A discussion titled, "Life and Labor under the Worker’s Party: What Does it Mean for Workers to Have a Union Man as President?" will feature two international speakers from Brazil. Maristela Miranda Barbara, Education Department of Federation of Labor, and Marino Vani, director of the National Metalworkers Federation, will lead the talk on Monday, March 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Indiana University Northwest in the Savannah Center, Room 203-04.
The event follows on the heels of a two-day weekend conference entitled, "Building Learning Communities Engaged in Social Change: A conversation for Activists and Educators." Participants will collaborate with other educators and students from all over the United States and Canada to look at merging traditional college programs with community-based learning centered approach.
They will explore and share different teaching approaches and learning experiences. The conference will encourage critical dialogue on adult and worker education for social change, according to Division of Labor Studies Chairperson Ruth Needleman, Ph.D.
Both Barbara and Vani have taught labor courses in universities within Brazil. Barbara’s dissertation, "Occupational Restructuring, Training and Recycling and Unemployment: the Perception and Suffering of Workers," won the Mira y Lopes Dissertation Award from the Brazilian Federal Psychology Council. Vani also worked as the training secretary of CUT Metal Workers Trade Union Federation, Rio Grande do Sul State from 1999-2002. He was the political coordinator of Integrar Program in Rio Grande do Sul state and worked for the Professional and Trade Union Training Program for unemployed, workers and union leaders from 1997-2000.
For more information, contact (219) 981-4259.