In February 1999, nine months before anti‐globalization protesters brought the WTO ministerial meeting in Seattle to a grinding halt, Pietra Rivoli witnessed a precursor on the campus of Georgetown University. A group of about 100 students had gathered, and a young woman with a microphone spoke with moral certitude about the deplorable conditions in developing world sweatshops. “How did she know this?” thought Rivoli, skeptically. Thus began Rivoli’s five‐year research project into the people, markets, and politics of globalization. What can a T‐shirt teach us about globalization? As it turns out, quite a lot.
Please join us for a discussion of the book with the author, as well as comments by Adam Davidson of National Public Radio.