Opening Remarks

Tamar Mayer, Director, Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs, Middlebury College

Session 1: Dignity and Dollars: The Case of the U.S.

Robert A. Jones ‘59 House conference room
4:30-6:00 p.m.

Moderator: Charlotte Tate, Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs
Student Chair: Emily Bensen ‘14

  • On the Political Economy of Youth Unemployment

Robert PraschProfessor of Economics, Middlebury College

  • The Rise of the J-1 Summer Work Travel Program and Its Links to Youth Unemployment

Cate Bowman, Department of Sociology, University of Colorado-Boulder


Session 2: Unemployment, Violence and Terror

Robert A. Jones ‘59 House conference room
6:15-8:00 p.m.

Dinner will be served over this presentation.

Moderator: Robert Prasch, Economics
Student Chair: Molly Stuart ‘14.5

  • Youth Labor Prison Terror: An Economist’s Meditation on Human Disposability

Marcellus Andrews

  • Unemployment and Violence

Juana Gamero de Coca, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Middlebury College


FRIDAY, 3/14

Session 3: Pounding the Pavement: Voices of Recent Alumni

Robert A. Jones ‘59 House conference room
12:15-2:00 p.m.
Lunch will be served over this presentation.

Moderator: Amy Gibans McGlashan, Center for Careers & Internships
Student Chair: Caroline Goodwin ‘14

Ava Kerr ‘12 - History with Religion minor
Barrett Smith ‘13 - Classics with Physics minor
Ashley Guzman ‘13 - Women & Gender’s Studies and French 
Hanna Mahon ’13.5 - Independent Major, Peace and Justice Studies


Session 4: No Exit? Migration and Borders

Robert A. Jones ‘59 House conference room
2:30-4:15 p.m.

Moderator: Nadia Horning, Political Science
Student Chair: Levi Westerveld ‘15.5 

  • Youth Unemployment in a Mayan Indian Town in Guatemala

David Stoll, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Middlebury College

  • Fighting Unemployment in Sub-Saharan Africa: Illegal Emigration as Youth Response?

Ange Bergson Lendja Ngnemzué, Department of Anthropology, C.V. Starr-Middlebury School in Africa: Cameroon

  • The Inactives: How Can Public Policy Encourage the Engagement of the Youth in the Labor Marker?

Natalia Herbst, Office of the Vice-Chief of Government of the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina


Session 5: ¡No Mas! Strategies and Alternatives

Robert A. Jones ‘59 House conference room
4:30-6:00 p.m.

Moderator: Will Pyle, Economics
Student Chair: Gabrielle Lee ‘14.5

  • Bailing Out Capital or Diffusing a Time Bomb?: The Question of Youth Wage Subsidy in South Africa

Crispen ChingunoDepartment of Sociology, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa 

  • Youth and Work Policy in Spain: The Andalusian Case

Ciro Milione, University of Córdoba, Córdoba, Spain

  • Eliminating Youth Unemployment: A Proposal 

Pavlina TchernevaDepartment of Economics, Bard College, New York



Session 6: Sticky Floors: Gender and Unemployment

Robert A. Jones ‘59 House conference room
8:45-10:45 a.m.

Moderator: Sujata Moorti, Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies
Student Chair: Adam Lang ‘14

  • Gendering the Recession in Ireland: Unemployment, Migration and the Post-Celtic Tiger Era

Diane Negra, Film Studies, University College, Dublin, Ireland

  • Precariousness in Japan: After the ‘Lost Decade’

Heidi GottfriedWayne State University


Session 7: Overworked and Underpaid

Robert A. Jones ‘59 House conference room
11:00-12:30 p.m.

Moderator: Jamie McCallum, Sociology and Anthropology
Student Chair: Claudia Esteva ‘15

  • “I Need Money, That’s the Only Reason I Do It”: Youth “Volunteers,” Unemployment and International Action in Pakistan’s health Sector

Svea ClosserDepartment of Sociology/Anthropology, Middlebury College

  • The Chosen, the Choosers and the Others: How Unpaid Internships Lengthen the School-to-Work Transition and Reproduce Inequality

Alexandre Frenette, Department of Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center

  • Ambivalent Attachments: Youth and Economic Insecurity in India

Stephen YoungDepartments of Geography and International Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Session 8: False Promises: Is There a Way Out?

Robert A. Jones ‘59 House conference room
12:45 p.m.
Concluding remarks will be held over lunch.

Moderator: Kacy McKinney, Geography

  • Concluding Remarks - Discussion and Summary

Jackie Voluz ‘14 and Jia Lun Lee ‘15, International and Global Studies Seminar 404

Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs
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148 Hillcrest Road
Middlebury, VT 05753