One of the goals for 'Walking Merchandise' has always been for it to be not only a compelling short film in its own right, but also to be a jumping off point for for productive conversations about child advocacy, labor and immigration issues. Our imagined best case scenario would be for interested persons to watch the film in a group environment, and be spurred on to discuss these issues or learn more about them after the final credits have rolled.
In that vein, the event on October 23rd has been structured to include not only the New York premiere of the film, but also a panel discussion with people working on immigration and child advocacy issues. We'll be posting information about each of the panelists as we approach the screening date.
Today we're pleased to announce that the panel will include Dr. Ted Perlmutter, Lecturer in the Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (NECR) program at Columbia University. Dr. Perlmutter has a background in political science, immigration issues and sociology, and teaches a course on Conflict, Social Networks & Communications Technologies as part of the NECR curriculum.
Dr. Perlmutter has been a supporter of Walking Merchandise since it's early stages, having connected us with Jordanna Birnbaum Amsel, who contributed a number of posts for this blog, and having given us the opportunity to discuss the film with students at NYU and in Columbia's NECR program.
We're very pleased that Dr. Perlmutter will be joining us, and we look forward to his contributions to the panel discussion on the 23rd.
Dr. Ted Perlmutter
Ted Perlmutter is a Lecturer in the Negotiation and Conflict Resolution program at Columbia University, where he teaches a course on "Conflict, Social Networks, and Communications Technology". He works as the Knowledge Management director of a Genocide Prevention Program (GPP) jointly sponsored by the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University and Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4) at Columbia University. In the past, he worked at the Center for International Conflict Resolution at Columbia as a Knowledge Management director, focusing on a serious of projects in Iraq related to internal displacement, civilian monitoring of electoral violence, and conflict assessment. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Wesleyan University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University. He has worked on immigration issues, teaching undergraduate courses on immigration politics and has published articles and book chapters on immigration in Italy and Germany.
His research in this area includes work with Suzette Brooks Masters on a Ford Foundation sponsored project entitled "Networking the Networks: Improving Information Flow in the Immigration Field."