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Social Justice Week 2013

When Apr 01, 2013 12:05 AM to
Apr 05, 2013 11:00 PM
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2013 Calendar of Events PDF -- UPDATED 3/25/13

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April 1, 2013

A Discussion on the Eradication of the "N-Word" - Brown Bag Lunch

  • The most controversial word in the English language is “n*****”.  Even the fact that it has been often referred to as the “n-word” speaks to its power to impact people in extreme ways. We are inviting students, staff and faculty to discuss the historical implications of this word in the U.S.; how the word has evolved over time; and how this word continues to divide African Americans and European Americans. To help with the discussion, we will be showing parts of a 2004 documentary directed by Todd Larkins Williams entitled, “The N-Word: Divided We Stand”.  Presented by Dr. Mike Altekruse and Dr. Algernon Felice  Noon - 1:30PM, Reeve 306

Zombie Criminology: Mass incarceration and the Social Restructuring of America

  • A multimedia presentation of excerpts from classic horror films of Vampires, Werewolves & Zombies, music back track, and interspersed social and economic data.  Vampires represent ruling elite, Werewolves professional class and boundary patrols, Zombies, the problematic disposable poor.  Presented by Dr. Michael Lenza & Dr. Stephen Richards   1:50 - 2:50PM, Reeve 227A

The Privileges & Complexities of Power and Diversity

  • Do you really know what it means to have privilege?  How does privilege impact diversity?  As administrators, it’s important for us to be aware of the decisions that we make and the implications these have on diversity and minority populations.  This program will explore the complexities of both privilege and diversity and the balance that needs to happen to ensure an environment of positive and long term growth, individually and as an institution. Presented by Dr. Rinardo Reddick and Debbie Gray-Patton  2:00 - 3:00PM, Reeve 221

Personal Stories of Race and Color in America: An International Students View

  • Panel discussion presented by Dr. Algernon Felice and Dr. Ernest Rogers   5:00PM, Reeve 306

Archie Bunker's Neighborhood

  • Ever play Sim City? Archie Bunker's Neighborhood is a role-playing game where groups will work to build the best neighborhood community they can within the time allotted. Presented by Dr. Liz Cannon & Dr. Elena Petrova -   5:00 - 6:00PM, Reeve 202

"The Cuban Guy"


April 2, 2013

A Perception of the Working Poor: Immigrant & Refugee Stories of Work and Poverty in the United States

  • The issue of poverty is much more complex than most people think. The poor among us are not always and necessarily lazy as they are perceived most of the time. Some of them, including some very highly educated refugees and other immigrants, remain poor because of a variety of reasons which they do not control. This presentation will highlight the stories of five individuals collected through the life-story methodology over a six-year span. The focus will be on exploring issues of poverty from a variety of perspectives in order to grow participants’ understanding of the different perceptions of poverty in our society. Presented by Dr. Fonkem Achankeng I    10:00 - 11:00AM, Reeve 306


Social Justice Minor Program Student Panel

  • This minor will benefit students who seek a career in any aspect of public service, including government, law, medicine, social work, non-profit organizations, advocacy work, clergy, medicine, and education as well as those students who wish to engage themselves in the important issues and ideas surrounding social justice and diversity. Students in any major who are interested in devoting some of their energy to organizations that further the goals of social justice will find this minor a solid foundation for a lifetime of community activism. Presented by Courtney Bauder         2:00 - 3:00PM, Reeve 202


Alternative Spring Break Honduras Presentation

  • During this presentation student leaders from the ASB Honduras trip will share their experiences from the trip, educate audience members about OYE and the Hondurian reality.   1:00 - 2:00PM, Reeve 213


Men In Nursing


Creating Connections: Underrepresented Communities Networking Event


April 3, 2013


Dr. Michael Eric Dyson

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson – who is an American Book Award recipient and two-time NAACP Image Award winner – is one of the nation’s most influential and renowned public intellectuals. He has been named one of the 150 most powerful African Americans by Ebony magazine. The Philadelphia Weekly contends that Dr. Dyson “is reshaping what it means to be a public intellectual by becoming the most visible black academic of his time.”

    • Classroom Visit to Dr. Michael Fonkem's Class 11:30 - 12:30PM
    • Book Signing - 4:30 - 5:30PM,  Reeve Ballroom 227
    • Speaking Event - 6:00 - 7:30PM, Reeve Ballroom 227
    • Invitation Only Dinner - 8:00PM - Sponsored by Student Rec & Wellness
    • Biography Dr. Dyson


Employment Law Update Breakfast

Photojournalism Project Presentation

  • In the Fall 2012 semester, 26 graduate students undertook creating photojournal projects as a means of highlighting issues of inequity in the surrounding communities.  Students sought to understand the impact of their research at a personal level.  Photojournals captured inequities in things such as housing, accessibility, athletics and curriculum.  Projects contain photos supported by research that show homeless students striving to graduate, ESL students in technical colleges, heterosexism in stores, lack of access for parents in schools, gender and sports, and numerous other issues.  Graduate students will be present to share some of the projects and what they learned about inequities within our own community that were always there, but not noticed until the project. Presented by Dr. Marguerite Parks       3:30 - 4:30PM, Reeve 306



April 4, 2013

No Wrong Way to Have a Body: Why Fatness is a Social Justice Issue

  • Sounds strange to say fatness is a social justice issue, especially as we hear so much about the obesity epidemic. But what if the way we think about weight was harming people? What if we knew that weight was used to justify discriminatory treatment? What if the way we think about fat was bad for our health as individuals and as a nation? Would we care? Would we respond? Stigma based on weight is as prevalent as racial and gender stigma and intersects with class oppression. Yet with few exceptions, weight discrimination is 100% legal.  Presented by Dr. Michaela Nowell    2:30 - 4:00PM, Reeve 307


Inequality & Poverty: What can Government Do?

  • The purpose of this panel is to shed light on the progressive and conservative views of what government can do. Panel by : Dr. Tony Palmeri, Dr. James Simmons, Mr. Gregg Underheim                        3:30 - 4:30PM, Reeve 306


Panel discussion of the effects and influences of poverty and social inequality on AAm Communitites.

  • "What happens when so many young men, teens, and boys are incarcerated for economic crimes (Drug dealing and related services), receiving long sentences and/or released as "felons" who are left unable to re-mix into their communities?"   Presented by Dr. Norlisha Crawford and African American Studies Program   5:00PM, Sage 1216


Forward Discussion: A Civil Conversation on Wisconsin’s Present and Future"

  • In a low key environment students, staff, and faculty talk with each other about Wisconsin and how it is doing, socially, politically, and otherwise. Presented by American Democracy Project 6:30PM, Reeve 201

Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping: Protecting Universal Human Rights in Areas of Violent Conflict

  • Presented by Dr. Ann Frisch   6:15 - 7:15PM, Sage 1232


April 5, 2013

Alternative Spring Break Guatemala Presentation

  • During this presentation students from the ASB Guatemala trip will share their experiences from the trip in relation to: Social inequality, Economic Inequality, Poverty.       Noon - 1:00PM, Sage 2212


"11 X 15 For Safer, Healthier Communities"

  • The campaign is an urgent call to reduce Wisconsin's prison population (non-violent offenders) by half - to 11,000 - by the end of the year 2015. The presentation will document current incarceration statistics in WI, demonstrating racial disparities and the expensive failure of the criminal justice system in terms of money, wasted lives and opportunities, damaged communities and failure to achieve goals of public safety or rehabilitation. Presented by ESTHER                  1:00 - 2:00PM, Sage 2212


Alternative Spring Break Washington DC Presentation

  • During this presentation students from the ASB Washington DC trip will share their experiences from the trip in relation to homelessness 11:30 - 12:30 PM, Reeve 220


Micro-aggressions Presentation

  • In this presentation we examine the concept of micro-aggressions and how they not only can impact our students, but our work and personal environments. Presented by Stan Sweeney & Jenny Lopez               1:00 - 2:00PM, Sage 2224


This is Me... Respect Me for Who I Am Campaign Launch

  • Presented by Kelly Kramp and Jenny Lopez  3:00 - 4:00PM, Reeve Union Art Gallery


Student Perspectives: Views on Nationality, Gender, Ethnicity & Race

  • This is a structured discussion relating to the impact of nationality, gender, ethnicity and race on the daily life of students at UW Oshkosh.  The focus will be on the experiences and perspectives of students from diverse backgrounds.The discussion will feature views, opinions and idea from students from different countries around the world.The panelists will share their experiences as in daily life on campus and in the community.Individuals will share their ideas, opinions, and suggestions for future consideration.      4:30 - 5:30 PM, Reeve 306



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