Social Justice Activism Conference 2013
Transforming Conflicts and Societies
April 26-27, 2013
USF Main Campus, Fromm Hall
Our world is rapidly changing. Local and international conflicts abound.
With these challenges comes an unprecedented opportunity to transform the world as it is into the world as it should be. With new approaches and fresh ways of thinking, we now have the ability to create positive change for thousands, if not millions, in a matter of minutes.
In April 2013, the University of San Francisco, the Center for Transformative Education, and Abraham's Vision are running a two-day conference focused on social justice activism. Offering a range of panels, presentations, and workshops related to the following five tracks -- Environment, Gender and Sexual Identities, Immigration, Race and Ethnicity, and International Conflict -- participants will have the chance to learn with scholars, professional activists, and fellow students and alumni. The conference is open to all USF students, alumni, faculty, and staff, as well as alumni of USF-affiliated programs run in partnership with CTE and AV.
This April 26 and 27, the Social Justice Activism Conference 2013 on the USF campus and is open to all USF students, alumni, faculty, and staff (FREE). The goals of the conference are to expose participants to the multiple ways to be an activist; to teach participants about the inter-play between various "distinct" fields of social injustice (i.e., intersectionality); and to to empower and excite participants to get (more) involved in social justice-related activities.
We are going to have a number of thematic tracks, all of which are related vis-a-vis conflict, activism, and transformation, and interlocked in terms of both intersectionality and the need for societal change:
- Gender and Sexual Identities
- Race and Ethnicity
- International Conflict
On both Friday (April 26) and Saturday (April 27) there will be four time-slots: 9-10:30am, 10:45am-12:15pm, 1:15-2:45pm, and 3-4:30pm. All sessions will take place in Fromm Hall on the USF Main Campus (near the corner of Parker and Golden Gate Avenues). Aside from the 9-10:30am opening session that is being offered both days, Friday and Saturday we will offer three consecutive sessions for each of the five tracks. For example, on both days, after the opening session, the "Environment" track will offer one session from 10:45am-12:15pm, a second session from 1:15-2:45pm, and a third and final session from 3-4:30pm. As Fromm Hall has five rooms, we will have five sessions going at any one time.
Co-sponsored by the Departments of Media Studies, Politics, Theology & Religious Studies, and the Bachelor or Arts in International Studies program (BAIS), Master's in International Studies program (MAIS), and programs in Jewish Studies and Social Justice, Middle East Studies, and Peace and Justice Studies.