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April 12, 2004
Corwin Pavilion, UC Santa Barbara

8:30 a.m. Dick Hebdige, UCSB, Welcoming Remarks

8:35 a.m. Nelson Lichtenstein, UCSB, Introductory Remarks,
“From General Motors to Wal-Mart: Templates for an Era” (download presentation)

8:50 a.m. Culture, Technology and Historical Contingency
Erika Rappaport, UCSB, Chair

Susan Strasser, University of Delaware, “From Wanamaker’s to Wal-Mart: The Changing Culture of Consumption.”

Bethany Morton, Yale University, “It Came From Bentonville: the New South Origins of Wal-Mart’s Managerial Culture.”

James Hoopes, Babson College, “Growth Through Knowledge: Wal-Mart, High Technology, and the Ever Less Visible Hand of Management” (download presentation)

10:45 a.m. Coffee

11:00 a.m. A Global Corporation

Richard Appelbaum, UCSB, Chair

Gary Hamilton, University of Washington, “Global Market-Makers: The Role of Retail in Restructuring the World Economy.” (download presentation)

Julio Moreno, University of San Francisco, “Wal-Mart, Free Trade, and American Mass Marketing in Latin America” (download presentation)

Chris Tilly, University of Massachusetts, Lowell and Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco, “Wal-Mart in Mexico: Transformations in the Retail Sector”

1:15 p.m. Lunch (box lunches available, please register)

2:15 p.m. How Wal-Mart Reshapes the Nation

Eileen Boris, UCSB, Chair

David Karjanen, UC San Diego, “When Wal-Mart Comes to Town: Assessing Community and Labor Market Impacts” (download presentation)

Ellen Rosen, Brandeis University, “Organizational Structure, Anti-Unionism, Sex Discrimination, and Labor Law Violations” (download presentation)

Brad Seligman, Impact Fund of San Francisco, “The Effects of Wal-Mart’s Pay and Promotional Practices on its Female Employees.”

Joey J. Hipolito, United Food & Commercial Workers (download presentation)

5:00 p.m. Adjourn

This conference is sponsored by the Center for Work, Labor, and Democracy at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in cooperation with the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, and the Hull Chair in Women’s Studies.

Convener: Nelson Lichtenstein
Note: All of the above are confirmed speakers.