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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.

Keynote: Suraya Pakzad

Suraya Pakzad is an internationally recognized women’s rights activist who fights to acknowledge the potential of women and girls in Afghanistan. Pakzad is the executive director of the Voice of Women Organization, one of the leading and most effective non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Afghanistan. She began the organization in secret in 1998, during the oppressive rule of the Taliban. The charity’s main goal is to strive for the freedom and empowerment of women in Afghan societies.

Pakzad, who received the International Women of Courage Award in 2008 from then Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, helps women organize, run, and win elections in Afghanistan openly. She supports programs in prisons for women and their children. She helps create education centers, health centers, food centers, business development programs, shelters, and legal assistance for abused women. She also partners with the non-profit organization, Traveling Mercies, building safe community water systems in Herat Province.

Luncheon Speakers: Senator and Mrs. Robert P. Casey, Jr

U. S. Senator Robert P. Casey Jr serves as the first Pennsylvania Democrat elected to a full term since 1962. Casey serves on five Senate committees: Foreign Relations; Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; the Special Committee on Aging and the Joint Economic Committee. He is also the Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs. Before his election to the Senate, he served as Pennsylvania Treasurer from 2005 to 2006. Casey’s priorities in serving the needs of Pennsylvanians are long-term job growth and economic stability, quality health care, and safety at home and abroad.

Terese Casey has been working jointly with Professor Mariana Chilton of Drexel University’s School of Public Health, on “Witnesses to Hunger," an extraordinary exhibition of photographs taken by mothers who, with their children, are experiencing hunger and other ramifications of poverty in our society. Mrs. Casey and Professor Chilton are leading an initiative to help mothers improve their socioeconomic circumstances through educational programs and advocacy training.

Townhall Meeting
  • Sondra Myers (Moderator)
    Senior Fellow for International, Civic and Cultural Projects
    University of Scranton
    Scranton, PA 18510


  • Marjorie Margolies
    President, Women's Campaign International
    3701 Chestnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104
  • Trudy Rubin
    Foreign Affairs Columnist
    The Philadelphia Inquirer
    400 North Broad Street
    PO Box 8263
    Philadelphia, PA 19101
  • Sharon Meagher
    Professor of Philosophy
    University of Scranton
    Scranton, PA 18510
  • Aldo Magazzeni
    Founder and Director, Traveling Mercies
    707 Smithville Road
    Lumberton, NJ 08048 
Promoting Community Partnerships Session

Cynthia Jetter
Director of Community Partnerships and Planning
Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility
Swarthmore College
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, Pa. 19081

Paul Downie
Director and Principal Artist, Chester Mural Program
214 Henley Road
Wynnewood, PA 19096

Joann M. Weeks
Associate Director
Netter Center for Community Partnerships
and Penn Program for Public Service, School of Arts and Sciences
University of Pennsylvania
133 South 36th Street, Suite 519
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3246

The Clemente Course Session

Earl Shorris
Clemente Course Founder
444 E. 82 Street Apt. 4N
New York, NY 10028

Eliza Reilly
Phillips Museum of Art
Franklin and Marshall College
P.O. Box 3003
Lancaster, PA 17604-3003

Developing Civic Identity in Youth Session

Matthew Bundick
MacArthur Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow
Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood
The Pennsylvania State University
002A Ferguson Building
University Park, PA 16802-4300

Samuel M. Loewner
UPUA Academic Affairs Chair
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802-1505

Barbara Shaiman
Founder and President
Champions of Caring
PO Box 568
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

Social Justice Research: Possibilities and Problematics Session

Greg Dimitriadis
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy
Graduate School of Education
Christopher Baldy Hall, Room 468
Buffalo, NY 14260

Louise Ammentorp
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Elementary & Early Childhood Education
Forcina Hall #394
The College of New Jersey
2000 Pennington Road
Ewing, NJ 08628-0718

Eve Tuck
Assistant Professor of Educational Foundations
Department of Educational Studies, School of Education
State University of New York at New Paltz
South Classroom Building, Room 111
800 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, NY 12561

Selves, communities, societies: Reflections and future directions

Cynthia Lightfoot
Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
Penn State Brandywine
25 Yearsley Mill Rd.
Media, PA 19063

Phyllis Cole
Professor of English, Women's Studies, and American Studies
Penn State Brandywine
25 Yearsley Mill Rd.
Media, PA 19063