Midwest Conference on Technology, Employment and Community

Chicago, IL, USA
March 3-4, 1995
Sponsored by the
Center for Urban Economic Development,
University of Illinois at Chicago

Call for Workshop Proposals

The Technology Revolution is touching every aspect of our lives. Its impact has perhaps been most profound on the way things are made, and with it, on jobs.

The Midwest Conference on Technology, Employment and Community will focus on the impact of the Technology Revolution on economic life, and its social consequences. With the impact of new technologies on production, transportation, and communications, we are entering a new historical period of change.

The conference is appropriately set in Chicago, once synonymous with heavy industry. But with the shrinkage and disappearance of the steel mills, the meat-packing plants, and other large scale production, the industrial job loss has devastated many of Chicago's working class neighborhoods. This pattern has been repeated in communities throughout the region.

At the same time though, the productivity of new technologies offers great promise for satisfying the basic needs of all citizens, of delivering the world's information to every home, and of providing new and exciting ways of developing as human beings.

This conference will provide an opportunity for scholars, community leaders, trade unionists, and anyone else concerned about the future of their communities and livelihood to discuss the impact and possibilities of the Technology Revolution, and look at how new technologies can be deployed to raise everyone's standard of living. The conference will also provide technology demonstration sites, and provide opportunities to learn about the new technologies.

The Midwest Conference on Technology, Employment and Community will mix plenary sessions with workshops. We encourage your participation both through attending the conference and through conducting a workshop or organizing a panel. We are currently soliciting workshop proposals. We suggest proposals on the themes below, but any topic related to the conference purpose is welcome. Community activists and off-campus researchers are encouraged to organize panels.



Communication and Information




Workshops and panels will be an hour and half in length. The proposal should include title, presenter, purpose of workshop, references, and plan. We encourage workshops that substantially involve the audience; and proposals in which some group product or action plan is created are preferred. As the proposals may be collected into a book, workshop proposals should be clear and informative to people who don't participate in the workshop.

Proposals are due January 8, 1995 and acceptance and rejection notices will be sent by February 1, 1995. Electronic submissions are encouraged but paper versions are also acceptable.

To reach the Midwest Conference on Technology, Employment and Community:

By Email
By Phone:
(312) 996-5463
By Fax:
(312) 996-5766
By Mail:
Conference on Technology, Employment and Community
Center for Urban Economic Development
400 South Peoria, Suite 2100
University of Illinois - Chicago
Chicago, IL 60607
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