Event Details

Location: Tucson, AZ

Friday, APRIL 1st
Dr. Kathleen C. Schwartzman
Global Flows, Local Miseries
Capital, Commodities and People
What do economic policy, chicken, and immigration all have in common? They can be the integral components of a riveting presentation!

Let us explain. In 1994, the United States, Canada, and Mexico signed the North American Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA for short. The agreement aimed to eliminate barriers to trade and investment between the three countries. This, in theory, was supposed to enhance economic prosperity and increase profits through trade.
Sounds great, right? But it wasn’t a win for everyone. The agreement actually hurt some vulnerable populations, especially workers in Mexico. Because it forced Mexico to open its markets, this eliminated some state support for local corporations and rural farmers. What happened then? A story we know all too well. Many had to abandon the country and seek work across the American border. So, by opening trade, we actually created another unintended result: immigration.
This month’s speaker, Dr. Kathleen C. Schwartzman, inspects these issues through an examination of an industry affected greatly by its challenges: poultry. Her work shows how large-scale economic decisions can produce unexpected and undesired results and how these decisions can drastically shift industries and hurt vulnerable people. Specifically, following the chicken trade, Kathleen’s research explores how poultry has changed in the face of this economic globalization.
But her research has implications far beyond the trade in chicken. To Kathleen, changes in the poultry industry represent a more global and widespread problem. How do we responsibly enact large-scale, economic agreements? How do we foresee the potential effects of these decisions? How do we ensure that countries retain key decision-making power amidst these changes and can continue to best protect their people? These are complex, global questions.  Dr. Schwartzman will guide us through these complexities. As a Professor of Sociology at the University of Arizona, she produces scholarship in political sociology, economic development and Latin America. She also holds an appointment at the UA Center for Latin American Studies.

2200 E. Elm Street (between Campbell and Tucson Blvd)
Free parking across the street from the Main Entrance

When you RSVP, please tell us if you would prefer the vegetarian/vegan selection.  Since this is a plated-luncheon, the main course for the attendees (including rolls, salad, dessert, and coffee or tea) will be the Chef’s Choice.  (If you select the V/V entree, you are committed to the fresh fruit for dessert.  NO chocolate for you!)

RSVP: To Marianne Kaestle at yaleclub.ariz@icloud.com by March 28th.  $30 at the door (cash or check)

Registration begins at 11:30 AM in The Arizona Inn (Tucson Room)
Lunch will be served at noon

Please treat your reservation as a commitment and notify us if you are unable to attend.  Lately, some of us have been failing to do this.  This is important for our continued good relations with The Arizona Inn (and our budget).  If you do not notify us that you must cancel (and we are unable to notify the Arizona Inn), we have to pay for your lunch.  In the future, we are going to pass on the Club’s obligation to you.
Marianne Kaestle
Yale Club of Southern Arizona
Director of Communications
Marianne Kaestle