Feb 17th, 2006 @ 11:53 am | Author:
"What in the World is Going on?" the book, lecture, film series sponsored by Valley City State University, is launching the Spring 2006 activities with the theme, "What in the Corporate World is Going on?"

Through film, discussion, and lecture everyone is invited to explore the role of corporations in the United States and in the world. The series is intended to stimulate thought and raise awareness on issues related to the impact large corporations have on the social, political, and economic conditions in the world.

The first presentation, Tuesday, February 21, 2006, at 7:30 pm, in Rhoades Science Center Auditorium, on the VCSU campus, will include the film, "Stolen Childhoods," a documentary that explores the use of child labor in several different countries including the United States. Child labor contributes significantly to the profits of international companies.

One of the questions raised is, "How much money would be necessary to eliminate child labor?" The film explores that question and many others related to child labor. If child labor could be eliminated, children could be relieved of their work duties and free to experience their childhoods and attend school.

While the documentary does not claim to have all the answers to the problem of child labor in the world, it does help to increase awareness of the issue. The film presentation will be followed by a period of open discussion, a time for attendees to express ideas, reactions, and opinions to the film and its content.

The second presentation, scheduled for Tuesday March 21, 2006, at 7:30 pm, in Rhoades Science Center Auditorium, on the VCSU campus, will be the documentary "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price." This film includes interviews with past and current employees of Wal-Mart. It also looks at the impact Wal-Mart stores have had on the local business environments in the towns where they have built stores.

Viewers will be encouraged to think about and become more aware of the cost of price-cuts. While many people are on the look-out for a "good deal," we are not always aware of why the price is low or why the deal looks so good. This film presentation will also be followed by an open discussion period.

The third event planned for Tuesday April 11, 2006, at 7:30 pm, in the Rhoades Science Center Auditorium, on the VCSU campus, includes a lecture presentation and discussion by Mr. Howard Dahl, CEO of Amity Technology in Fargo, ND. He has made public presentations to other regional groups, and brings to his topic the experience of a corporate executive.

Mr. Dahl’s presentation is entitled, "Corporate Social Conscience," and will explore some of the ways that corporations impact our lives and the lives of people around the world. Issues addressed will include outsourcing, employees’ retirement benefits, and community interest. At the conclusion of the presentation, attendees will be encouraged to ask questions and participate in a discussion of the issues raised by Mr. Dahl as well as those related to the two film presentations.

All members of the public are welcome and encouraged to attend these presentations. Admission is free. University credit is also available through the Division of Communication Arts and Social Science at VCSU. For more information call 845-7310.

Photo caption: Lee kruger, Julee Russell, Richard Betting, Sharon Buhr Seated: Gina Kelly. Not Pictured: Kay Kringlie and Ellen Arthur.