Arrighi Center co-sponsors Greg Asbed and Laura Germino of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers on Tuesday, April 24 at 8 pm

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The student-run Foreign Affairs Symposium, the Arrighi Center for Global Studies, and the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association present human rights advocates Greg Asbed and Laura Germino, who co-founded in 1993 the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a human rights organization to eliminate injustice—including forced labor, sexual assault, and wage theft—in Florida’s tomato industry. In October, Asbed was one 24 individuals to be named a 2017 MacArthur Fellow, an award often referred to as the “genius grant.” Winners receive $625,000 to advance their work.

Both Asbed and Germino earned master’s degrees from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.

Asbed and Germino will receive FAS’s annual Smedinghoff Award, named in honor of 2009 Johns Hopkins graduate and former FAS executive director Anne Smedinghoff, who was killed in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan in 2013while delivering books to schoolchildren.

The Foreign Affairs Symposium, founded in 1998, is organized and run by Johns Hopkins undergraduate students.

The event will be held on Tuesday, April 24th at 8pm in Mason Hall Auditorium. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.