Social responsibility conference
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Anti-bullying activist Jamie Nabozny, State Sen. John Marty and apartheid scholar Mary West will headline the Oct. 3-6 Global Social Responsibility Conference at Atwood Memorial Center.
In addition, other speakers will address subjects such as famine in the Horn of Africa, Ojibwe treaty rights at Mille Lacs Lake and the use of toxic weapons in warfare.
Conference organizers will screen documentary films about topics such as war, human trafficking, free trade, the media’s effect on society and the environment.
Free parking is available on the street adjacent to campus. Parking in the 4th Avenue Parking Ramp is a dollar per hour.
The 39-minute film examines his 1996 landmark federal lawsuit against the Ashland, Wis., school system. Nabozny was tormented and beaten, at one point requiring hospitalization and surgery after being repeatedly kicked in the stomach. Nabozny's appearance is sponsored by University Program Board, the university's student-run entertainment and education organization.
Marty, a longtime Democratic-Farmer-Labor legislator from Roseville, will speak 2 p.m. Monday in Atwood Theater about the Minnesota implications of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the national debt crisis, health care policies and poverty.
Author and lecturer Mary West will speak on white identity in post-apartheid South Africa. She teaches at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, St. Cloud State's sister university in Port Elizabeth. Her book "White Women Writing White: A Study of Identity and Representation in South African Literatures" is expected in March.
West speaks 2 p.m. Thursday in Atwood Theater.
View a video welcome to conference participants featuring Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.).
Two women from the Minnesota chapter of Veterans for Peace will discuss the costs of war. Chante Wolfe and Layne Beckmann will speak 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in Atwood Theater. Wolf served 12 years in the U.S. Air Force. Beckmann served a combined 16 years in the active and reserve U.S. Army.
Documentary films by Extending the Link, a student group at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University, will also be screened. View the trailer for "Pragati Nepal," a 22-minute film about the trafficking of Nepali women to India and elsewhere.
St. Cloud State's master's in social responsibility program sponsors and organizes the Global Social Responsibility Conference. The program's students and graduates have won numerous university and community awards for scholarship and social justice work.
The 2011 conference honors the memory of Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai, an environmental and political activist from Kenya who died Sept. 25. A documentary about her, "Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai," screens 5 p.m. Monday in Atwood Theater. A reception follows at 6 p.m. in the lounge adjacent to the theater.
The conference is also sponsored by these campus entities: Department of Environmental and Technological Studies, Department of Theatre & Film Studies, the Global Studies Program, Department of Human Relations & Multicultural Education, Department of Mass Communications, Multicultural Resource Center, Social Responsibility Student Organization, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the Women’s Center and Department of Ethnic & Women’s Studies.
Off-campus sponsors include Anna Marie’s Alliance, Mille Lacs Area Human Rights Commission, Extending the Link and League of Women Voters.
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