September 12, 2005


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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Frances Fox Piven will give the lecture, "The War at Home: The Domestic Causes and Consequences of America's Imperial Wars," Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The lecture, which is open to the public without charge, is the first in the International Focus Year lecture series, "Global Capitalism, Global Empire?" sponsored by Bucknell's international relations department.

Piven is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York.

She has co-authored several books with Richard Cloward including Regulating the Poor; Why Americans Don't Vote; Why Americans Still Don't Vote; The Breaking of the American Social Compact, and The War at Home: the Domestic Cost of Bush's Militarism.

According to Hilbourne Watson, Bucknell professor of international relations and faculty coordinator, the series will explore the universalization of capitalism as one of the most distinctive features of contemporary global life.

"A number of leading scholars are rethinking the question of world order and mapping innovative approaches to explain the seismic changes and consequences for global humanity in ways that break with conventional interpretations of social reality," he said.

Speakers in this series will explore issues such as the crisis of global capitalism's opportunities, challenges and hazards (William Robinson, Nov. 1); global capitalism and the American empire (Leo Panitch, March 21); and women in the newest empire (Cynthia Enloe, April 11).

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