Apr. 18, 2012

Human trafficking expert leads April 25 lecture and other related events


Kevin Bales, an expert on modern slavery, will be on campus April 25 through April 27 to examine the topic in a series of events.

Bales has gone undercover to meet slaves and slave holders and has helped to liberate thousands of slaves in India, Nepal and other countries and to help them build new lives. He is the co-founder of Free the Slaves, the American sister-organization of the United Kingdom's Anti-Slavery International, the world's oldest human rights group, and the author of the book "Ending Slavery."

On Wednesday, April 25, Bales will present the lecture "The End of Slavery?" in Newton Hall 214, at 7:30 p.m. The lecture is sponsored by Robert Boneberg '73, the Department of Anthropology, Multicultural Programs and Services, the Office of the Provost, and the Geneseo Foundation.

On Thursday, April 26, at 4 p.m. there is a special screening of the film "Not My Life," followed by a discussion with Bales and the film's director, Robert Bilheimer.

On Thursday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m., in Newton Hall 214, Bales will be part of the panel discussion "A Roadmap for Human Rights" with Diane Willkens '75, CEO of Development Finance International, Associate Professor of Biology Kristina Hannam, and James Myers of the Center for Multidisciplinary Studies at Rochester Institute of Technology.

On Friday, April 27, Bales will meet with student groups during special sessions in the Student Union.

Watch Kevin Bales speak about how to end modern-day slavery as as a TED Talk guest.