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GSR Conference: Protecting ma'iingan

Friday, October 4, 2013

Poster for GSRC, a signature St. Cloud State conference organized by students seeking global change

Poster for GSRC, a signature St. Cloud State conference organized by students seeking global change.

Poster for GSRC, a signature St. Cloud State conference organized by students seeking global change Reyna Crow, Duluth activist and co-founder of Northwood Wolf Alliance Maureen Hackett, gray wolf advocate and founder of Howling for Wolves J. Drake Hamilton, science policy director, Fresh Energy, a St. Paul energy policy think tank Francisco Cerezo, Mexican human rights activist  

Protecting the ma'iingan is one of the social justice issues to be discussed during the Global Social Responsibility Conference Oct. 21-24 at St. Cloud State.

Ma'iingan is the Anishnaabe or Ojibwe word for gray wolf, the endangered canine predator now hunted for sport in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Opposing wolf hunting will be keynote presenter Reyna Crow, the co-founder of Northwoods Wolf Alliance, a Duluth-based coalition committed to protecting Great Lakes wolves. She will present “Wolf Endangerment: A Native Perspective” 12:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in Atwood Theatre.

Also presenting "Do Gray Wolves Have a Future in Minnesota?" will be Maureen Hackett, a physician and founder of Hopkins-based Howling with Wolves. Her presentation is 12:30 p.m. Oct. 22 in Atwood Theatre.

Crow and Hackett will join nearly 30 speakers presenting on issues such as amphibian extinction, use of child soldiers in Africa, the role of independent media in social change, disability rights, military use of drone aircraft and female infanticide.

Conference organizers from St. Cloud State's Social Responsbility Master's Program will also screen more than a dozen films and videos, including "Girl Rising" and "Do the Math."

"Girl Rising" is a star-studded 2013 documentary about nine girls from around the world who face arranged marriages, child slavery and other challenges. Narrators include Academy Award-winning actors Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway. 

"Do the Math" is a 2013 documentary that argues the fossil fuel industry -- coal, oil and gas -- is leading the world into a cataclysmic climate crisis.  

Events, which are free and open to the public, will be in Atwood Memorial Center. Parking is free on streets adjacent to campus and a dollar per hour in the 4th Avenue Parking Ramp.

In its fifth year, the Global Social Responsibility Conference is a student-led activism event that educates people on global issues of social justice, peace, environment and animals. 

Meet the conference committee. Committee leaders include Julie Andrzejewski, professor of human relations and multicultural education and co-director of the Social Responsbility Master's Program, and Naomi Maina, social responsibility graduate student from Nairobi, Kenya.

Other sponsors include St. Cloud State Alumni Relations and St. Cloud Technical & Communty College.

For more information, email globalsocialresponsibilityconf@gmail.com.

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