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Symposium on the Role of the Academy in Promoting Social Justice to be held on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at Penn State Brandywine.


9:00-9:30 Opening Remarks
  • Sophia Wisniewska, Chancellor, Penn State Brandywine
  • Jeremy Cohen, Associate Vice President and Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education
9:30-10:30 Keynote Address:
Social Justice for Women in Afghanistan
We are at the Crossroads
Suraya Pakzad, Afghan Women’s Rights Activist, Recipient of the Peace X Peace Award, Founder of the Voice of Women Organization
10:45-12:15 Panel: A Conversation on Human Rights and Institutional Responsibilities
  • Sondra Myers (Moderator), Senior Fellow for International, Civic and Cultural Projects, University of Scranton.
  • Trudy Rubin, Editorial Board & Foreign Affairs Columnist, The Philadelphia Inquirer.
  • Sharon M. Meagher, Professor of Philosophy & Chair of the Dept. of Latin American Studies and Women’s Studies, University of Scranton.
  • Marjorie Margolies, President of Women’s Campaign International.
  • Aldo Magazzeni, Founder and Director of Traveling Mercies.
12:30-1:30 Lunch
A conversation with U.S. Senator Robert Casey, Jr. and Mrs. Casey
2:00- 3:30 Choose from the following Sessions
  • The Clemente Course: Integrating a Social Justice Agenda in Humanities Curricula. Earl Shorris, Founder of the Clemente Course and Eliza Reilly, Director, Phillips Museum of Art.
  • Developing Civic Identity in Youth. Matthew Bundick, Penn State University; Barbara Shaiman, Champions of Caring; Samuel Loewner, Penn State University.
  • Promoting Community Partnerships. Paul Downie, Chester Mural Program; Cynthia Jetter, Swarthmore College; Joann Weeks, University of Pennsylvania.
  • Scholarship for Social Justice. Greg Dimitriadis, SUNY. Buffalo; Louise Ammentorp, College of New Jersey; Eve Tuck, SUNY New Paltz.
3:30-4:30 Selves, communities, societies: Reflections and future directions
  • Cynthia Lightfoot, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Penn State Brandywine.
  • Phyllis Cole, Professor of English, Women's Studies, and American Studies. Penn State Brandywine. 

All sessions will be held in the Tomezsko Classroom Building on the Brandywine campus.