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Social Justice Week

October 22-26, 2012

By Kate Claffey

Social Justice is a key component of Elizabethtown College's mission and this series of events is designed to foster discussion about social justice at the school and beyond.  The week is held in October and set to coincide with United Nation's Day.

This week-long event kicks off with a follow-up discussion to the hotly debated Kony2012 documentary, includes panels representing students and faculty from a variety of departments including a debate on the idea of Social Justice, and provides an opportunity for members of the college community to show their creative side during the social justice themed Slam Poetry.

All events are free and open to entire Elizabethtown College community and we strongly encourage all students, faculty, and staff to attend. Please contact Angela Wilt or Dr. Rita Shah for additional information, questions, or concerns.  

Monday, October 22:
UgandaSpeaks Panel
6:30-9:30 pm
Musser Auditorium, Leffler Chapel and Performance Center  
A follow-up presentation to last semester's Kony2012 discussion, this panel will look at the issue from the Ugandan perspective and discuss the methods of achieving social justice. This panel will consist of a roughly 45-minute documentary followed by an open question and answer period.

Tuesday, October 23:
Gun Violence Discussion
3:30-5:00 pm
Hoover 110
A student panel discussing the recent span of gun violence, how to address it, and the role gun control should play, if any, in reducing gun-related violence.  

Slam Poetry
9:00-11:00 pm
Blue Bean Coffee Shop
An open forum for students, faculty, and staff to discuss issues of social justice by showing their creative side. This is an opportunity for you to use spoken word, music, short plays, etc. to showcase the issues you believe are captured under the idea of social justice.  

Wednesday, October 24:

Human Trafficking Awareness and Response
11:00 am-12:00 pm
Musser Auditorium, Leffler Chapel and Performance Center
The College’s Education Department hosts Kathleen Davis, director of National Training & Technical Assistance at Polaris Project, an organization that combats human trafficking. She presents “Human Trafficking Awareness and Response” as it relates to Pennsylvania.  

Model UN: Addressing Syria
5:00-6:30 pm
Hoover 110
Elizabethtown College's Model UN club will perform a simulation of the United Nation's Security Council as they discuss how to address the human rights crisis taking place in Syria. The panel will discuss the issue for approximately 1 hour followed by a 30 minute question and answer session open to the audience.  

Thursday, October 25:
Social Justice Debate
3:30-5:00 pm
Panelists: Dr. Maia Cucchiara, Assistant Professor of Urban Education, Temple University; Dr. Matthew Woessner, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg; Lauren Stine, Class of 2013, Elizabethtown College
Moderator: Dr. Fletcher McClellan, Dean of Faculty and Professor of Political Science, Elizabethtown College
With individuals representing both sides of the social justice issue, this panel hopes to open up dialogue as to the definitions of social justice, its worth, and whether or not educational institutions should play a role in social justice activities. The first 45-minutes will be a moderated debate between both sides, with the final 45-minutes serving as a question and answer session open to the audience.

Friday, October 26:
Social Justice in Action
5:00-7:00 pm
Hoover 110
This panel will wrap-up the week by discussing social justice within various fields of study, the extent to which individuals are willing to go to achieve social justice, and where the boundaries of social justice lie. The panel will include a 90-minute moderated discussion followed by a 30 minute question and answer session open to the audience.

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