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Oct. 12, 2004

Osiel To Speak On Indians' View Of U.S. Outsourcing Oct. 18

Mark Osiel, a professor in the University of Iowa College of Law, will discuss the hot-button topic of outsourcing of U.S. jobs to India on Monday, Oct. 18, from noon to 1 p.m., in the International Center Lounge. Speaking on "The Outsourcing Debate: The Indian Perspective," Osiel, who recently returned from a Fulbright Lectureship in Bangalore and Kolkata, speak on how Indians view the growing American opposition to outsourcing, and how they view outsourcing's effects upon their own society.

This lecture, part of International Mondays Lecture Series sponsored by UI International Programs, is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be provided.

Osiel said that Indians question why they must disguise themselves as American, adopting foreign names and accents, when working in call centers. He said they wonder whether this reduces them to "cyber coolies," as one leading intellectual, put it, or whether the hybrid linguistics and identity becomes the harbinger of an emergent world culture.

"Indians follow this American debate closely, and interpret it in light of how they view longstanding patterns of Indian-American relations," Osiel said. He said the underlying economic issue -- free trade in services -- is also conceived somewhat differently by Indians, given their country's comparative advantage in various fields, from information technology to more traditional professions, like law and medical diagnosis.

Osiel teaches transnational business disputes, international criminal law and remedies. He lectures widely on humanitarian law at the U.S. war colleges and abroad, has spoken at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and has served as a consultant to prosecutors of former Chilean President, Gen. Augusto Pinochet and of perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide. His books include: "Mass Atrocity, Collective Memory & the Law," "Obeying Orders: Atrocity, Military Discipline and the Law of War," and "Mass Atrocity, Ordinary Evil, and Hannah Arendt: Criminal Consciousness in Argentina's Dirty War."

For more information on this lecture or International Mondays, contact Buffy Quintero, International Programs outreach coordinator, at (319) 335-0345.

The International Mondays series is sponsored by UI International Programs and the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and presents discussions with individuals who have had international experiences. The lectures are usually from noon to 1 p.m. every Monday in the International Center Lounge or other locations on campus throughout the academic year with the exception of holidays and breaks.

UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Buffy Quintero, 319-335-0345. Writer: Po Li Loo