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UIS Women's Studies Program to hold silent auction fundraiser
October 9, 2006
SPRINGFIELD – The Women's Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield will hold a silent auction Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, October 24, 25, and 26, in the main concourse (lower level) of the Public Affairs Center at UIS.
All proceeds will be used to help defray the costs of students and faculty traveling to Nicaragua as part of the spring semester course Globalization and Gender: Research in Nicaragua.
Items to be auctioned include artwork by local artists, a flag that has flown over the U.S. Capitol in Washington (certified by the architect of the capitol), and various sports trading cards (including OJ Simpson, Mark McGwire, and a factory-sealed set of 1990 rookie cards). Donations of money and resale items are currently being accepted; contact Bonnie Mayo at 206-8205 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
From January 12 to 21, eight UIS students and two faculty members will be in Nicaragua to research various human rights issues, study fair working conditions and sustainable farming practices, expand cultural awareness, and promote diversity.
Group members will also meet with management and workers at a factory that produces textiles for export; visit various urban neighborhoods and conduct research on basic living expenses to see how people in different socio-economic classes live; and consult a Nicaraguan economist on international trade and labor issues. The group will also spend time with farming families to learn first-hand how they make a living, and will interview U.S. Embassy officials on the impact U.S. foreign policies have had on the country.
On their return, members of the group will make their findings available to the university and the general community through public presentations and writing projects.For more information or to make donations to the auction or another of the group's fundraising efforts, contact Women's Studies graduate assistant Bonnie Mayo at 206-8205.
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