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GLOBAPHOBlA: Seminar on Global Trade Issues

Seminar Location
1730 M Street, NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC

Preparing for a League restudy of its position on global trade, LWVDC has scheduled a series of six meetings to review the major global trade issues that have attracted media attention following anti-globalization demonstrations in Seattle and Washington. Particular attention will be given to the backlash from labor and environmental groups.

Six Wednesdays
12 noon — 1:30 p.m.
Brown Bag Lunch


  • Sep 13 "The Virtues of Open Trade" Chapters 1 & 2
  • Oct 11 "Openness, Jobs & Wages" Chapters 3 & 4
  • Nov 8 "Frankenfood Issues" Speakers from the International Food Policy Research Institute and either the Worldwatch or the Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Dec 13 "Level Playing Fields, Sovereignty & Standards" Chapters 5 & 6


  • Jan 10 "Dislocation and Inequality" Chapter 7
  • Feb 14 "Free Trade: Boosting Growth in Developing Countries: A senior research director at the World Bank and a Labor representative will be invited to speak.
Globaphobia: Confronting Fears about Open Trade, by Gary Burtless, Robert Z. Lawrence, Robert E. Litan, and Robert J. Shapiro. This short paperback presents the issues in plain English, with excellent graphs and no jargon was published jointly by the Brookings Institution, the Progressive Policy Institute, and the Twentieth Century Fund in 1998. Copies are available at the Brookings Bookstore for $15.95. They may also be ordered from

Janet Burmester, discussion leader, is former Adjunct Lecturer of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and a former policy advisor on the staff of the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Policy, Evaluation and Research (ASPER).

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