The Exploring Social Justice Series, a program cosponsored by the American University Library, the Center for Diversity & Inclusion, and the Kay Spiritual Life Center, brings to campus exemplary leaders from diverse backgrounds who have advocated for various human rights and social justice issues.
All events are free and open to the public.
Upcoming 2017-2018 Events
Silencing Speech, Diminishing Discourse: Threats to Democracy on Campus and Beyond Wednesday, October 18, 2017
McDowell Hall, Formal Lounge 11:30am-12:30pm
Speaker: Catherine Ross, Professor of Law, George Washington University
Catherine Ross, professor of law at George Washington University, will analyze contemporary controversies over expression on college campuses and beyond through the lens of First Amendment doctrine, discussing lessons in censorship learned from kindergarten through high school, critical distinctions among censors and speakers on college campuses, and the importance of active citizenship to pluralist democracy.
Sleeping with Uncle Sam: Sex Education, Public Health and Social Justice Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Bender Library, Training and Events Room 150
Speaker: Alexandra Lord, Chair and Curator, Division of Medicine and Science, Smithsonian Institution
How have Americans historically understood the battle for good public health and good sex education, in particular? Why have public health initiatives targeted, or not targeted, specific communities? Drawing on her research into the history of the United States Public Health Service and its public education campaigns, Alexandra Lord will explore the intersections between the battle for the public’s health and the battle for social justice.
Advocating for the Invisibles: Defending Migrants’ Rights at the U.S.-Mexico Border and Beyond
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Mary Graydon Center, Room 200 11:30am-12:30pm
Speaker: Maureen Meyer, Senior Associate for Mexico and Migrant Rights, Washington Office on Latin America
In recent years, a significant number of the hundreds of thousands of migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border have been unaccompanied children and family units fleeing violence and persecution in Central America who seek protection in the United States. Others attempt to cross the U.S. border’s harsh terrain undetected in the hope of a better life or to reunite with their family and live a place they consider home. It is a dangerous journey for all. Maureen Meyer will present information about efforts to seek justice for the widespread crimes and abuses against migrants in transit through Mexico and to denounce practices by U.S. Border Patrol and other agencies that put migrants at risk at the border.
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America Wednesday, March 28, 2018
McDowell Hall, Formal Lounge 11:30am-12:30pm
Speaker: Richard Rothstein, Research Associate of the Economic Policy Institute and a Fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Racial segregation characterizes every metropolitan area in the U.S. and bears responsibility for our most serious social and economic problems – it corrupts our criminal justice system, exacerbates economic inequality, and produces large academic gaps between white and African American schoolchildren. We’ve taken no serious steps to desegregate neighborhoods, however, because we are hobbled by a national myth that residential segregation is de facto—the result of private discrimination or personal choices that do not violate constitutional rights. The Color of Law demonstrates, however, that residential segregation was created by racially explicit and unconstitutional government policy in the mid-twentieth century that openly subsidized whites-only suburbanization in which African Americans were prohibited from participating. Only after learning the history of this policy can we be prepared to undertake the national conversation necessary to remedy our unconstitutional racial landscape.
Criminal and Juvenile Justice Reform in the U.S. Wednesday, April 11, 2018 Bender Library, Training and Events Room 150
Speaker: Marc Schindler, Executive Director of the Justice Policy Institute RSVP Here
Marc Schindler, executive director of the Justice Policy Institute, will talk from his perspective as an attorney, researcher, and former juvenile corrections administrator, about the justice reform landscape in the United States. Issues covered will include how to break America’s addiction to incarceration and help build safer and stronger communities.
View videos of past events on our You Tube page here.
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