CUPID Conference: Reframing Freedom: A Critical Approach to Modern Slavery
Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM (EDT)
New York, NY
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Reframing “Freedom”: A Critical Approach to Modern Slavery
For many, the term “slavery” conjures an image of the past: the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, which transported captured Africans to serve as laborers in the Americas as a way to fuel the growth of Europe and North America. Though this system was formally abolished in the 19th century, it is not merely a painful memory of the distant past.
Slavery continues to exist in our modern world, with an estimated 29 million people from every corner of the globe unwillingly trafficked across country borders, forced to engage in manual labor or the sex trade, for no pay and with no freedom of movement. Driven by a global economy which places a premium on cheap labor and cheap pleasures, the system of modern slavery exists to fill a demand.
Thoughtful and innovative approaches to addressing this human rights issue are gravely needed. The annual Columbia University Partnership for International Development (CUPID) conference, Reframing “Freedom”: A Critical Approach to Modern Slavery, aims to take a closer look at the concept of freedom in an increasingly interconnected world.
Participants will join respected scholars and practitioners in exploring the converging legal, economic, political, and social realities that contribute to modern day slavery and be inspired to take action.
Panel Focus Areas*
1）The road to end modern slavery in Mauritania: A Socio-Historical, Politico-Legal Framework & Strategies for Advocacy
2）The Psychosocial Effects of Modern Slavery and Trafficking
3）Ensuring Slavery-Free Supply Chains through Corporate Social Responsibility
More about the CUPID Conference
The annual CUPID conference offers a multidisciplinary platform for scholars and practitioners to present their perspectives on important and timely issues in international development.
Additional information about CUPID can be found on our website, www.columbiacupid.org.
11:00 PM - 12:00 PM Registration
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM Intros
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM Keynote Speaker
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Panel 1: The road to end modern slavery in Mauritania
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Panel 2: The Psychosocial Effects of Modern Slavery & Trafficking
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM Break
4:30 PM -- 5:30 PM Panel 3: Corporate Social Responsibility: Ensuring Slave-Free Supply Chains
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM Closing Remarks
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Networking Reception
*Subject to change due to speaker availability
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Columbia University Partnership for International Development (CUPID)
A student-led effort across Columbia University to facilitate multidisciplinary dialogue, awareness, and action on international development.