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October Topic:  Impact of Globalization

Globalization, according to Wikipedia, is the process of international integration arising from the interchange of world views, products, ideas, and other aspects of culture.  In 2000, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) identified four basic aspects of globalization: trade and transactions, capital and investment movements, migration and movement of people, and the dissemination of knowledge. Further, environmental challenges such as global warming, cross-boundary water and air pollution, and overfishing of the ocean are linked with globalization. Globalizing processes affect and are affected by business and work organization, economics, socio-cultural resources, and the natural environment.

Globalization is a phenomenon that has remade the economy of virtually every nation, reshaped almost every industry, and touched billions of lives—often in surprising and ambiguous ways.  It is meant to signify integration and unity, yet it has proved, in its way, to be no less polarizing than the Cold War divisions it has supplanted.

Come and join us at The Indian Hill Church as we try to untangle the importance of various aspects of globalization.


October 2nd— Brexit: A warning shot against Globalization

Speaker: Rich Lauf, Board Chair—Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council

Rich Lauf is the Board Chairman for the Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council.

He had a long career at Procter & Gamble, where he worked on such international projects as restructuring their European manufacturing and distribution as the EU borders opened, dealing with the Venezuela hyper-inflation, and integrating the Richardson-Vicks acquisition into P&G de Mexico.  He served in the U.S. Army as an infantry platoon leader in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and the Purple Heart.  He holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.  His PhD work centered on network models for human, business, and economic networks, including the application of network science to national security problems.


October 9thFree Trade Agreements: The Pros and Cons

Speaker: Joe Dehner, Partner—Frost Brown Todd

Joe concentrates his practice on multinational business and securities disputes. He counsels a wide variety of companies—domestic and foreign—on issues confronting global business, including: transnational investment, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, global personnel matters, cross-border tax, Customs and trade issues, international business structures, distribution and agency agreements, and the resolution of international disputes. He is business counsel to emerging technology and other firms. He represents companies, owners, investors, securities brokerage firms, brokers, and public customers in disputes involving the securities laws and claims involving takeovers, fiduciary duty, fraud, negligence, and securities statutes, and is a nationally recognized expert in structured settlements. In 1975, Joe joined Kyte Conlan Wulsin Vogeler in Cincinnati, Ohio, after a two-year federal appellate clerkship. That firm merged into Frost & Jacobs LLP in 1978, and became Frost Brown Todd LLC in 2000. Joe has chaired the firm’s International Services Group for over twelve years.


October 16th—Catholic Charities of Southwestern Ohio

Speakers: Allison Herre and Dan Sarell

Understanding a Migrant’s Journey—Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio answers the call to welcome the stranger through its newly established Immigration Department.

Allison Herre, director of the department, leads Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio’s Legal Immigration Department and provides representation to unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America who are facing deportation.

Dan Sarell serves as the Director of Mission Advancement for Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio.  For over twenty years, Dan worked in Catholic ministry in parishes and dioceses, including as administrator of a rural parish without a resident pastor.  He will share stories of the clients served, many of whom are children who fled Central America alone to reunite with family here.


October 23rd— World Migration in Age of Globalization

Speaker: Mary (Peggy) G. Shukairy—Frost Brown Todd

While countries have sought to promote integrated markets through liberalization of trade and investments, they have largely opposed liberalizing migration policies.*

The number of people living outside their country of origin has risen from 120 million in 1990 to an estimated 215 million in 2012, or 3.05% of world population.  War, internal strife, arid climates, and starvation are large reasons for growth of population migration.

Why do people leave their countries of origin? Is it because of political reasons, armed conflict, starvation due to climate changes, sexual slavery, etc.? Peggy G. Shukairy will address the overall issue of these migrations, how they can change governments, cause the possible toppling of  the current European Union, etc.

Peggy practices U.S. immigration and nationality law. She primarily represents clients in obtaining non-immigrant and immigrant employment-based visas for foreign national employees.  She has lectured at bar association seminars and civic meetings .

*from Suny Levin Institute