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Symposium Day April 9: Social Justice

March  28, 2013

Executive Director of the National Council of Negro Women Avis Jones-DeWeever, will give the keynote address at 10 a.m. in Centennial Hall. Her lecture, titled “Life at the Intersection: Black Women and the Politics of Power, Privilege and Persisting Inequality in the Age of Obama” is the centerpiece of the third of three symposia days for the 2012-2013 academic year.

In addition to her keynote address, Dr. Jones-DeWeever will give a second talk at 12:30 p.m. in Olin Auditorium. This will be an opportunity for students and others to engage in dialogue and discussion with the her.

9-9:45 a.m. Advising group meetings    
10-11 a.m. Keynote address Concurrent session I
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Concurrent session II
12:30-1:30 p.m. Informal talk on social justice
12:30-2:45 p.m. Special extended session I
12-2:30 p.m. Special extended session II
1:45-2:45 p.m. Concurrent session III
3-3:45 p.m. Advising group meetings  


10-11 a.m. Session I

Worth a Thousand Words: Media as a Tool for Social Justice

Dr. Wendy Hilton-Morrow, communication studies
Olin 307

This session will address the powerful role that media can play in social justice movements. This includes the work of Augustana alumnus Tommy Grevlos, who uses his video camera to publicize the work that nonprofit groups are doing to better the lives of people living in poverty around the globe.

Equality of Educational Opportunity: Social Justice Issues Related to the Charter School Movement

Dr. Mike Schroeder and Dr. Pat Shea, education
Olin 305

This session will examine the impact of the charter school movement on urban school systems and, most importantly, on the children who attend urban schools. Special focus will be placed on the success of the Epic Achievement Academy Charter High School on the south side of Chicago and the impact of the Epic experience on students from disadvantaged backgrounds, as viewed by Epic teachers and students.

Sex Trafficking in the Quad Cities

Dr. Eric Stewart, religion
Doug Tschopp, entrepreneurial development
Hanson 304

Cathy O’Keeffe from Breaking Traffik will be the featured speaker. In this session, she will define human trafficking and its various forms. The main focus will be on sex trafficking in the United States, to include Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking, which is the sex trafficking of American children within U.S. borders. She will discuss how children fall victim, what happens to them when they are trafficked, the role of the Internet in trafficking, how this crime is affecting the Quad Cities and what Braking Traffik is doing to stop it.

How We Think About “Social Justice”: A Global Feminist Perspective on Theory and Praxis

Joe Bright ’13, Mecca Joseph ’16, Carolyn Muller ’16, Sarah Jean Kilker ’13
Olin 304

The presenters will address some theoretical implications when thinking about 'social justice' from a global feminist perspective. How does power play into who defines social justice, and how is it defined? How can we, as college students, work with and through these challenges? Why does the way we think about 'social justice' matter? The presenters will discuss these complex questions, offering examples from their individual research projects for the course on global feminism.

Awaken Yourself: Travel, Serve, Change the World—the Peace Corp Approach to Sustainable Social Justice

Rok Teasley, Peace Corps
Olin 302

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Session II

What the Media Isn’t Telling You: Issues Beyond “Gay Marriage” Faced by the LGBTQ Community

Augustana GSA members: Jacob Hoaglund ’16, Emily Wilder ’16, Kelsey Miller ’13 and Carolyn Muller ’16
Olin 304

GSA representatives discuss the silenced perspective of LGBTQ (lack of) rights, and what the media decides not to cover. Topics include “growing up gay,” pressures to conform to the “gay ideal” of physical perfection, and the general misrepresentation of gender variance as seen on television and in movies.

Or Forever Hold Your Peace: Are Minority Voices Heard in Literature?

Neal A. Shipley ’13
Olin 208

Is literature an effective way for minority voices to be heard? Can literature be a form of social action? What can be done outside of academia to get “literary” minority voices heard? English faculty and students will respond to these questions, reading from some of their favorite minority authors. Discussion will follow.

Honest Conversation

Ken Brill, Office of Student Activities
Tempris Daniels ’13
Olin 307

The Multicultural Programming Board will host an honest conversation where we will have a discussion about different social justice issues and promote diversity on campus. This session will give students the opportunity to engage in an educational yet enjoyable discussion in a relaxed environment. The purpose of this honest conversation is to open students' minds to different perspectives other than their own. We are seeking for honest dialogue, where no one will judge each other, and everyone is willing to share their voice and ideas.

Plato and Social Justice

Dr. Emil A. Kramer, classics
Olin 209

Justice in general is the topic of Plato's Republic. This session will focus on Plato's thinking regarding issues of social justice. Plato is especially concerned with the problem of income inequality (and also the problems produced by both wealth and poverty). Plato is the first person we know of to make an argument for gender equality, and his general theory of justice by extension would also demand racial equality.

More Than Just a Ride to Chicago: The High-Speed Rail Project and Social Justice

Dr. Amanda Baugous, business
Olin 302

Members of the Quad City Interfaith will discuss how the proposed QC Passenger Rail Project might influence the local community and highlight ways that the proposal could be crafted so that it provides social and economic benefits to the citizens, organizations and communities in the region.

Women in South Asia: Goddesses or Commodities

Dr. Umme Al-Wazedi, English
Dr. Pareena Lawrence, Dean & Chief Academic Officer
Hanson 304

Women in South Asia have been viewed as either "Goddess" - mother, caretaker, obedient daughter or wife, or a "commodity," someone who can be abused at will and who has limited "social value" once she leaves the boundaries of her "home." But a new generation of women are fighting for justice, challenging the stereotypes and redefining their roles. They reject the predefined life choices for them and simply want to live their lives and make their own choices, select their own destiny as women, flaws and all. As a result, we see women challenging key assumptions of patriarchal notions through re-configuring the women's role in their home, their work and the political space.

50 Shades of Augustana

Elizabeth Perez ’14 and Cameron Onumah ’14
Olin 305

A discussion with multicultural students of Augustana about life on campus.

Achieving Social Justice in the American Economy

Dr. Gregory P. Tapis, business
Hanson 102

The American Economy is suffering from high unemployment and a large gap between the so-called "haves and have nots". What can businesses and the American people do to bridge this gap? Are businesses the problem or the solution? This session will also discuss the effects of capitalism on social justice.

12:30-1:30 p.m. Discussion

Informal talk on social justice

Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever
Olin Auditorium

12:30-1:45 p.m. Special extended session I

$tart $mart

Johnna Adam, Community Engagement Center
Olin 305

April 9 (Symposium Day) is Equal Pay Day which symbolizes how far into 2013 women must work in order for their earning to equal what men earned during 2012. Over the course of a woman’s working life, she will earn roughly $1 million less than a man – simply because she is a woman. $mart $tart is an interactive workshop designed to give college women the confidence and skills they need to earn fair compensation. The workshop will 1) Provide benchmarks for salary and benefits, 2) Offer Salary Negotiation skill-building exercises, and 3) Teach participants to develop a personal budget to determine salary needs. We will be bringing a specially trained facilitator to campus to conduct the workshop. $mart $tart is a joint project of the American Association of University Women and the WAGE Project. Advanced registration is required (max. 40 students). Lunch will be provided as part of the session.

12-2:30 p.m. Special extended session II

Living Low-Income in the U.S.: Poverty Simulation

Dr. Carrie Hough, anthropology
Denkmann Hall — Wallenburg Hall

The Poverty Simulation is facilitated by the U. of Illinois Extension and challenges participants to live for a "month" (four 15-minute "weeks") as members of families who are struggling to make ends meet. Though the Simulation uses fictional scenarios and time limits, it is not a game. It is an experience that enables participants to view poverty from different angles and discuss the potential for change within local communities. Pre-Registration is required for this session.

1:45-2:45 p.m. Concurrent session III

Poverty in the Quad Cities

Dr. Michael Reisner, Upper Mississippi River Center
Doug Tschopp, entrepreneurial development
Hanson 304

In this session, we will watch selected portions of the PBS Frontline special “Poor Kids”. The documentary explores the lives of several families living in poverty in the suburbs of the Quad Cities region. The story is told through the eyes of the children and examines the challenges created by underemployment/unemployment, foreclosure/homelessness, and financial distress. Along with a leader from the Quad Cities Food Bank, we will hold a brief discussion of the issues raised in the documentary.

World War II: An Artistic Resistance to Social Injustice

Jordan Kirkbride ’14
Kelly Klees ’14
Olin 208

Justice and Access to Health Care

Dr. Dan Lee, religion
Dr. Joanna Short, economics
Dr. Peter Metcalf, Genesis
Olin 302

Justice in the distribution of health care has been an exceedingly important ethical issues for years, but one that has become even more difficult in this era of skyrocketing costs and managed health care.  A physician, an economist and an ethicist will share views on ensuring access to health care in ways that are both economically feasible and consistent with basic standards of distributive justice.

The Past, Present, and Future of LGBT Activism: Issues, Communities and Outreach

Dr. Allen Bertsche, international/off-campus study
Olin 307

We Demand Justice!

Augustana Debate Union
Olin 304

A public debate about historical and contemporary examples of social justice movements. What's worked? What hasn't? Members of the Augustana Debate Union will provide evidence for and against strategies and tactics used by activists and movements in the pursuit of social justice.

Intergenerational Justice

Steven Bahls, College President
Hanson 102

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