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The Michigan Daily - Monday, November 12, 2001- 3A

Conference to
focus on economy
The University will hold its annual
Conference on the Economic Outlook
this Thursday and Friday to discuss
the future of the national and Michi-
gan economies and consumer outlook
for 2002.
Thursday's events will include:
Professor of economics and sta-
tistics Saul Hymans, director of the
University Research Seminar in
Quantitaive Economics, will open the
conference with a presentation on
"The U.S. Economic Outlook."
U Richard.Curtin, director of the
Survey of Consumers at the Universi-
ty Institute for Social Research, will
discuss "The Consumer Outlook for
A presentation on "The Tax
Rebate: Spent or Saved?" will be
given by University economics profs.
.Matthew Shapiro and Joel Slemrod.
M Tufts University profs. Drusilla
Brown, Alen Deardorff and Robert
Stern as well as Michigan professors
of economics and public policy will
examine "The Effects of Recent and
Potential Trade Agreements on the
U.S. and Other Major Trading Coun-
Michigan resident and economist
E. Philip Howrey will talk about "The
Index of Consumer Sentiment as a
Predictor of Cyclical Peaks."
Friday's events will include:
University economics pofessors
Joan Cary and George Fulton will
begin the day with a presentation on
"The 2002 Outlook for the Michigan
David Cole from the Center for
Automotive Research will give a
speech on "Auto 2000+, Life in the
Really Fast Lane."
German banker Peter Hooper
will discuss "Deutsche Bank's View
on the U.S. and Global Outlook."
All lectures will be held at the
Michigan Theater on East Liberty
Street and will begin at 9:30 a.m.
Knighted prof. to
speak on health
Sir Michael Marmot will give a lec-
ture today titled, "Inequalities in
Health: Interaction of Research and
Policy," during the School of Public
Health's annual Thomas Francis Jr.
Memorial Lecture.
Marmot, who was knighted for his
work on health inequalities, primarily
focuses on epidemiology, the preven-
bion of cardiovascular disease and
social and cultural determinants of
disease with respect to psychosocial
factors and nutrition.
He is a professor of epidemiology
at University College in London and
the director of the Interational Center
for Health and Society.
Marmot's talk is part of a theme at
the University addressing the causes
and cures of inequalities in health.
The event will be held from 4-5
p.m. at the School of Public Health
Building H. The talk is free and open
to the public.
Author to speak
on privacy in the
information age
The interrelationship between
telecommunications and law and

the issue of privacy in the informa-
tion age will be discussed Wednes-
day by author and scientist David
Brin. I
This event is sponsored by the
Park Foundation's grant to support
the study of telecommunications
and law. The lecture will begin at 7
p.m. in Room 100 of Hutchins Hall
at' the University Law School. The
event is free and open to the pub-
Brin's lecture, "A World Filled
With Cameras: Security at the Cost
of Freedom? Or Can We Have
Both?" is one in a series of presen-
tations by University faculty, staff
and students.
Brin is best known as the author
of best-selling science fiction novels
such as the "Uplift War" and the
Hugo Award winning novel "Star-
tide Rising." He holds a Ph.D. in
physics as well.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Shannon Pettypiece.

International panelists discuss labor in Asia

By Daniel Kim
Daily Staff Writer
New York University graduate student Sush-
ma Joshi said that when traveling from Nepal,
she was denied entrance into India because
she did not have a male guardian with her. She
was allowed to enter only after having
promised to return the following day with her
Joshi was one of many panelists from all
over the globe who spoke at a weekend-long
conference titled "Globalization, Labor, and
South Asian Communities" in the Michigan
League to address labor issues such as human
trafficking in India and underemployment of
immigrants in the United States.

"I was very impressed by all the speakers.
... And, overall, the conference was very infor-
mative and cohesive," said LSA junior Mered-
ith Koenig, who added that she had decided to
attend the conference "knowing virtually noth-
ing about issues in Southeast Asia."
The conference began Friday afternoon with
Wellesley College political science prof.
Christopher Canland's discussion of the prob-
lems faced by workers in India, 93 percent of
whom "work without any form of contracts
with the employers."
On Saturday morning, Columbia University
anthropology graduate student Svati Shah
spoke about human trafficking for prostitu-
tion. Shah said that victims of trafficking
include Nepalese women who are forced to

into prostitution in large cities in India.
In the same discussion, Joshi explained the
anti-trafficking fight as a restriction to the
women's movement within Asia.
In a discussion titled "'Diasporic Labors:
Domestic Workers and Taxi Drivers in the
USA," Loyola University undergraduate stu-
dent Ali Taqi said 70 percent of the immigrant
taxi drivers he interviewed in Chicago held
bachelor's degrees and that they had entered
the profession as a "temporary, transitional
job." Many of them maintain their jobs
because they do not want to lose "the sense of
belonging" they had gained in the new coun-
try, he added.
Other topics of the conference were the
impact of globalization on Indian industrial

relations law, conflicts in the United States
between employees and employers of South-
east Asian origin and the growing cases of dis-
crimination in the United States after Sept. 11
against Southeast Asians who are Muslim.
"There is a major hole in South Asian stud-
ies meetings having to do with real-world pol-
itics of working-class communities. This is
somewhat surprising since South Asians are
well represented in most disciplines and
across the intellectual and political spectrum,"
said Sharad Chari, a University of Michigan
assistant professor of anthropology and one of
the organizers of the conference.
"I hope that the intellectual and political
energy from this kind of event widens in its
concerns for social change," Chari added.

A man to remember

State lawmakers push a
new crossing to Canada

DETROIT (AP) - State lawmak-
ers are pushing for the opening of
another new bridge or tunnel
between Michigan and Ontario to
help deal with the slowdown in bor-
der traffic since the Sept. 11 terror-
ist attacks.
State Sen. Bill Schuette plans to
hold a hearing in Detroit on Dec. 3
on a new border crossing. The hear-
ing will be before the Senate Eco-
nomic Development, International
Trade and Regulatory Affairs Com-
mittde, which he chairs.
"There's been talk of a bridge
Downriver, a parallel to the Ambas-
sador Bridge'or opening up an old
railroad tunnel in Detroit," Schuette
said. "We need full review of

adding a gateway to Canada, and it
needs to start now."
Schuette said delays of more than
five hours at the border have been
reported since security increased
after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
That slows the movement of 12 mil-
lion vehicles each year and $1 bil-
lion worth of goods and services
every day, he told The Detroit
Schuette's committee also will
look at the states role in providing
border security, he said.
Meanwhile, state, federal and
Canadian government officials con-
tinue work on a plan for a new bor-
der crossing between Ontario and
Southeast Michigan.

"We're working on the red tape
"and were now trying to hire a con-
sultant to do a study to determine
where the crossing should be built
and what type it should be," said
Ari Adler of the Michigan Depart-
ment of Transportation. "We're
looking at potential crossings from
Detroit to Port Huron."
Government officials decided
another international gateway was
needed even before the assaults on
the World Trade Center and the
Pentagon, Adler said.
"We need one as quickly as possi-
ble," Adler said. "We want to speed
up the process," he added, but said
it could still take as long as eight
years to get something built.

Anthrax vaccine producer
protested by 40 in Lansing

LANSING (AP)-- About 40
people protested the military's
anthrax vaccination program at the
Capitol yesterday.
The protest, which happened just
after the dedication of the nearby
Vietnam Veterans Memorial, criti-
cized the U.S. Defense Department
as well as BioPort Corp., the Lans-
ing company that is the only U.S.

manufacturer of the anthrax vac-.
Protesters said BioPort and the
Pentagon are ignoring signs of ill-
ness in troops that have been vacci-
nated. They also say the military has
not done enough to investigate the
vaccine's long-term effects, or to see
whether the anthrax vaccine can be
given safely with other vaccines.

Steve Robinson, a Gulf War veter-
an who now works for the National
Gulf War Resource Center, said
Congressional testimony shows that
there are many unanswered ques-
tions about the vaccine's effects. A
2000 federal report recommended
ending the military's anthrax vac-
cine program after six hearings on
the vaccine's effects, he said.

Engineering prof. David Neuhoff speaks of the late University alum and
renowned engineer Claude Shannon at the unveiling of a bust in his memory
outside the Electrical Engineering Building Friday.
Ca~suaies of Vietnam
War honored by new
memorial 1n Lansing

LANSING (AP) - Hundreds of
people gathered near the Capitol yester-
day for the dedication of Michigan's
new Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a
graceful steel arc that honors the 2,654
state men and women who were lost in
the war.
"It's beautiful, a nice tribute," said
Ken Diegel, 56, of Newport, who served
two years in Vietnam with a Marine
Corps unit that removed mines. "Each
time I go to a wall I get a different feel-
ing. But more and more, it's a feeling of
belonging and healing."
Michael Hoa Viola-Vu, a native of
Vietnam, attended with his family.
Viola-Vu was a 14-year-old orphan
when he was airlifted from Saigon in
1975 by U.S. troops. He was adopted by
an American family and now lives in
"Many people sacrificed for our free-
dom, for this," he said, pointing to his
two young daughters. "It's a very pre-
cious gift."
The crowd was sometimes celebrato-
ry, as when Peter Lemon -- Michigan's
only surviving Vietnam recipient of the
Medal 6f Honor .-- exhorted everyone
to join hands and sing "God Bless
But it was silent as a box of dog tags
was interned at the monument, accom-

panied by a lone trumpeter playing taps.
Shortly afterward, four military heli-
copters flew over the ceremony in for-
Around 400,000 people from Michi-
gan served during the Vietnam War,
Gov. John Engler said in a tribute that
was televised because he is attending a
conference in Japan. With the monu-
ment, those people will not be forgotten,
Engler said.
"No one will see this memorial with-
out being profoundly moved," he said.
Visitors placed flowers and pho-
tographs yesterday along the 120-foot
monument, which bears plaques with
the names of those who died or are
Among those at the monument was
the family of Roland Pineau, a Navy
pilot from Royal Oak who was shot
down in Vietnam. Pineau, who was 38
when he was shot down, has never been
Pineau's parents, two brothers and
wife have died, but his three sisters con-
tinue to hope that searchers will find his
One sister, 61-year-old Mary Pineau,
said she plans to go to Vietnam some-
day and collect soil from the mountain
where his plane was believed to have

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