2014 GLOBAL SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY CONFERENCE
October 20TH-23RD ATWOOD CENTER, ST. CLOUD STATE UNIVERSITY
Sponsors: Social Responsibility Masters Program, SCSU Diversity Grant and St. Cloud Technical and Community College.
Co-Sponsors: Social Responsibility Student Organization (SRSO), Multicultural Student Services, Theatre & Film Studies,
SCSU Women’s Center, Mass Communications, Reta J. Wood Trust, Human Relations, Global Studies, Environmental Technology Studies, School of Education, School of Public Affairs (SOPA)
For more information, contact: email@example.com
Monday, October 20th, 2014
10AM-10:50AM Local solutions for a global problem: what communities can do about climate change, Tara Ritter, Program Associate, Climate and Rural Communities, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) The speaker will talk about her experience with the Rural Climate Dialogues and the Rural Climate Network and how they spur community-level climate action. Alumni Room, Atwood
11AM-11:50AM Veganism, Social Justice, Disability and Racism, Anthony J. Nocella II, Ph.D., Save the Kids This presentation will interweave scholarship and community organizing around veganism, anti-racism, and disability rights. Specifically, it will speak to the economic barriers of participating in this ethic, while also discussing the ecological and health concerns targeting communities of color, the economically disadvantaged, and those with disabilities. Finally, this presentation will identify the ways in which food justice, racial justice, and animal liberation are interwoven. Alumni Room, Atwood
12PM-12:50PM Is Special Education the New Eugenics? Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline and the Rise of Hip Hop and Disability Justice, Anthony J. Nocella II, Ph.D., Save the Kids This presentation will examine how special education is the first stop in the pipeline from schools to prisons. Dr. Nocella will examine how special education is a modern form of eugenics and elaborate on the many ideas and players involved in the movement to dismantle the school to prison pipeline and those who profit off of school pushout and youth incarceration. Alumni Room, Atwood
12PM- 1:30PM Fed Up (Film, 90 minutes) “Everything we’ve been told about food and exercise for the past 30 years is dead wrong. FED UP is the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see. From Katie Couric, Laurie David (Oscar winning producer of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH) and director Stephanie Soechtig, FED UP will change the way you eat forever” Atwood Theatre
1PM-1:50PM Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species, Devon Boker, Ecology Club (SCSU) Alumni Room, Atwood
2PM-2:50PM Veganism, Dallas Rising (Animal Rights Coalition), Kimberly Socha (Social Justice Scholar and faculty advisor of Animal Rights Club, Normandale Community College) and Natalie Luntz (Co. President of the Normandale Community College Animal Rights Club) Alumni Room, Atwood
2PM-3:00PM Sincerely Ethiopia (Film, 54 minutes) Sponsored by Ethiopian Student Association For decades Ethiopia has been widely publicized as a country with insurmountable hardships, extreme poverty, diseases, political instability and much more. These challenges we constantly were told would only be solved with immediate intervention from aid organizations or foreign governments. What we missed in these stories is the beauty and strength of the local people and diaspora who have been tackling these issues daily and on the ground. Atwood Theatre
3:15PM-4:45PM The Age of Aluminum (Film, 90 minutes) “Aluminum is an integral part of our daily lives, from cooking pans and computers, to soda cans, cosmetics and vaccines. Long known as a neurotoxin, many scientists suspect aluminum is linked to such modern scourges as breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, allergies and autism. Aluminum mining and manufacturing have also created acute environmental problems.” Alumni Room, Atwood
3:30PM-4:45PM Climate Change: A Social Justice and Humanitarian Issue. Patty O’Keefe and Andy Pearson (MN 350.org) The session will provide tools to advocate for fossil fuel and tar sands divestment as strategies to address climate change. Atwood Theatre
5:00PM-7:00PM Meena Natarajan and Dipankar Mukherjee, Pangea World Theatre A two hour long interactive workshop dealing with the issues of the conference- ensemble building / social justice / art activism focused on equity of gender / race / environmental awareness. Alumni Room, Atwood
6:00PM-7:30PM GOD LOVES UGANDA (Film, 90 Minutes) A powerful exploration of the evangelical campaign to change African culture with values imported from America’s Christian right. Atwood Theatre
Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
11AM-12:15PM Factory farming causes tremendous animal suffering. Those of us who have concerns about the treatment of animals on farms must speak up. If we don’t, who will? Christine Coughlin, MN Voters for Animal Protection Enacting laws that protect animals has the potential to significantly reduce animal suffering on a large scale, and the animal protection movement in MN is building its political power. However, agribusiness is intent upon doing things as it always has, and is doing what it can to keep its practices hidden from the general public. Learn about political challenges, victories, and most of all, how you can speak up to positively affect the lives of animals in Minnesota. Alumni Room, Atwood
11AM-12:15PM Global Solutions MN, Transforming the United Nations System: Designs for a Workable World Joseph Schwartzberg (Past President of GlobalSolutionsMN, Co-founder of MN Alliance of Peacemaker and a distinguished International Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota) How to Transform the United Nations System, Particular attention will be paid to decision-making by weighted voting, Proposals for needed new agencies will be put forward. Atwood Theatre
12:30PM-1:45PM Student Leadership through the Model United Nations, MODEL UN Atwood Theatre
12:30PM-1:45PM, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Older Adults, Rajean Moone, Training to Serve LGBT Older Adult Whether you know it or not, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders will be or are people you serve. Alumni Room, Atwood
1PM-3PM Promoting Healthy Life Choices, Nursing Club Voyager South, Atwood
- “Recognizing Seasonal Affective Disorder in College Students” presented by Cassandra Haggerty, and Elizabeth Stefely. “Enhancing Nutritional Awareness” presented by Katie Fliehr and Emily Eggert.
- “Understanding the Importance of the Influenza Vaccination for College Students” presented by Michelle Christensen and Lexi Lawhorne.
- “Developing Awareness for Hypothermia and Frostbite” presented by Megan Lehnen and Amanda Turck.
- “Dangers of Tanning Beds” presented by Amy Grundahl and Riika Quernemoen.
- “Physical Activity During the Winter Months” presented by Craig Metcalf and Linnea Rice-Epsky.
2PM-3:15PM The FLOWER Industry: Labor Rights Violations, Pesticide Poisoning, and the Free Trade Agreement CACTUS is a Colombian advocacy organization to encourage women flower workers to fight for themselves by offering legal advice and support programs to ensure their workers rights, participate in decision-making and enhance their skills. (Organized by Witness for Peace) Atwood Theatre
3:30PM-5:00PM GMO OMG (Film, 90 Minutes) In the largest experiment ever conducted on human beings, we are unknowingly consuming genetically engineered food on a daily basis. The risks and effects to our health and the environment are largely unknown. Studies around the world provide reason for concern. But we still have time to heal the planet, feed the world, and live sustainably. Voyager South, Atwood
5PM-6:15PM KEYNOTE SPEAKER Massive Spying and Governmental Secrecy Are Unethical, Illegal, and Counter-productive, Coleen Rowley, FBI Whistleblower Atwood Theatre
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
11:00AM-11:50AM Climate Change and its impacts on Sri Lanka, Iresha Herath Mudiyanselage Sri Lankan Student Organization (SCSU) Climate change is drastically increasing all around the world. Small island nations like Sri Lanka are facing the prospect of completely disappearing with the looming threat of rising sea levels. The farmers struggle to farm due to unexpected heavy rainfalls and droughts. Sri Lanka as a hot spot for diverse endemic species are directly struggling to survive with the unanticipated climate changes. Alumni Room, Atwood
12PM-1:45PM Gold Fever (Film, 84 minutes) 500 years have passed since the conquistadors sailed, but Wall Street investors push gold prices to record highs, while in the Guatemalan highlands, Goldcorp Inc. levels ancient mountains for more gold. In formerly remote San Miguel Ixtahuacán, Gregoria, Diodora and Crisanta defend their ancestral lands against a new mine with grave consequences. Alumni Room, Atwood
12PM-1:15PM Putting Queer Theory to Work: Activist Lessons from the Field and the Classroom (Co-sponsored by the LGBT Resource Center and the Women’s Studies Program) Dr. Carly Thomsen, feminist SCSU Alumnae Activist and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Rice University. Far from a simple show-and-tell, we will consider how each of the featured activist projects helps us to understand a key idea in queer theory—with the intention of creating a space for thinking about how we, too, might draw from these activist lessons and theoretical concepts in our social justice work. Atwood Theatre
1:30PM-2:45PM Climate Disasters and its Impact on Children of Rural Nepal, Kamana Karki, Helping Nepal International (HNI) Addresses the situation of Nepali children after the Bhotekoshi river landslide due to deforestation and other human negligence towards natural resources Atwood Theatre
1:30PM-2:45PM Ger Kler (Original Film), Diana Elhard and Ana Nugent, College of St. Benedict, Extending the Link (ETL) Non-profit CSB/SJU student organization film that focuses on the Karen refugee communities in Thailand and in MN. Alumni Room, Atwood
3:00PM-3:50PM Ebola, A Potential Global Pandemic, Emmanuel Oppong and Alfreda Daniels, Talent Emergence International To raise awareness on the Ebola and what the student and community can emulate to address this potential global pandemic. Alumni Room, Atwood
4:00PM-6:00PM Gasland II (Film, 125 minutes) This film investigates the myth that natural gas is a clean and safe alternative to oil, that fracked wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating water and air, and endangering the earth’s climate with the potent greenhouse gas, methane. It shows how the fossil fuel industries are “contaminating our democracy”. Alumni Room, Atwood
5PM-6:15PM KEYNOTE SPEAKER Climate Change: Have we already gone over the precipice?, Dahr Jamail, Internationally Recognized & Award Winning Journalist & Author. Atwood Theatre
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
11AM-12:15PM Alexis Boxer and Karen Monahan (Conservation Organizers at Sierra Club North Star Chapter Beyond Coal Campaign) The health and environmental impacts of the life cycle of coal. The main focus is on Sherco coal plant (Becker, MN) and the impacts our local consumption has regionally and globally.
11AM-12:30PM Ghosts in Our Machine (Film, 90 minutes) This film illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world. Through the heart and photographic lens of animal rights photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur, audiences become intimately familiar with a cast of non-human animals. From undercover investigations to joyful rescue missions, in North America and in Europe, each photograph and story is a window into global animal industries: Food, Fashion, Entertainment and Research. Atwood Theatre
12:30PM-1:45PM Poverty, Inequality and A Rural Bike Project, International Relations Club (IR Club, SCSU) A sustainable project initiative that the students of IR Club are working on developing, which immensely helps the environment. Alumni Room, Atwood
12:45PM-2:30PM The Last Ocean (Film, 88 minutes) The Ross Sea Antarctica is the most pristine stretch of ocean on Earth. But the fishing industry recently found its way there, targeting Antarctic Toothfish and unless stopped, the natural balance of this unique ecosystem will be lost forever. The Last Ocean follows the race to protect the Ross Sea from our insatiable appetite for fish, and raises the ethical question: do we fish Earth’s last untouched ocean or do we protect it? Atwood Theatre
3PM-4:15PM We are One for Social Justice Coalition. Dr. Miguel Chavez, Preeti Yonjon (SRSO), Benjamin Bourgoin (SRSO), Brianna Miller (St. Bens/St Johns), Abdul Kulane Jr. and Justine Michael. Panel discussion consisting of students and community members on the recent stir against the Muslim community of Saint Cloud. A peaceful march will follow on October 25th, 2014. (Hosted by Social Responsibility Student Organization) Atwood Theatre
3:30PM-4:45PM The Gangs in El Salvador, Jorge Miranda, (Salvadoran Student in SCSU): Come and learn about El Salvador and one of the main problems that is affecting Central America, the gangs, there will be a presentation with parts of the documentary “La Vida Loca” original of Chrisitan Poveda, there will be a brief explanation before the movie, and open forum after. Alumni Room, Atwood
3:00PM-4:30PM Tough Guise 2 (Film, 80 Minutes) In a sweeping analysis that cuts across racial, ethnic, and class lines, Jackson Katz examines mass shootings, day-to-day gun violence, violence against women, bullying, gay-bashing, and American militarism against the backdrop of a culture that has normalized violent and regressive forms of masculinity in the face of challenges to traditional male power and authority. Granite Room, Atwood
5PM-7:30PM According to Coyote by Mixed Blood Theatre (MBT), a theatre presentation. This energetic collection of legends gives life to Coyote: the wise/foolish/brave/sneaky and very entertaining Trickster, teacher, magician, and hero in American Indian traditions. Lightning-paced action abounds in this imaginative blend of narrative, humor, action, music, and fantasy. Atwood Theatre
5PM-6:15PM Sex-Trafficking 101 for Students, Jennifer Gaines, Case Manager and Intake Specialist at Breaking Free Ms. Gaines spent 28 years involved in prostitution after being recruited at age 14. She came to Breaking Free in 2011 and successfully completed the program in 2012. Her passion and devotion to Breaking Free motivates her to help women and girls escape from systems of sexual exploitation. Granite Room, Atwood
Displayed at Atwood Memorial Center from October 20th -23rd
Celebrating the biggest environmental march in history, The People’s Climate March, September 21, 2014 and People’s Power!
Tables During the Conference:
- Animal Rights Coalition (20th, 9am to 3PM)
- Save the Kids (20th, 9am to 3PM) outside Alumni room
- SRSO (Whole Conference)
- GSRC (Whole conference)
- GERO (All day, 21st, 22nd and 23rd)
- Helping Nepal International -HNI (outside Atwood Theatre) Oct 22nd, 1pm-2pm
- Sierra Club Northstar Chapter (23rd, 10am-2pm)
1. Dr. Mark Seeley, University of Minnesota Climatologist, Climate Change in Our Own Backyard and Its Consequences à Wednesday, 2PM (Atwood Theatre)
- 2. Francisco Cerezo, Comite Cerezo, Drugs, Guns, and US Policies in Mexico: Lessons from the Mexican Human Rights Organization Comite Cerezo à Wed 12:30 – 1:45 (Voyager or Alumni)
- 3. Reyna Crow, Idle No More, Stopping Environmental Destruction by the Fossil Fuel Industry in the US and Canada Indigenous peoples, leading environmental struggles across North America, are challenging destructive petrochemical exploitation and violations of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change – I am changing the things I cannot accept” AND Northwoods Wolf Alliance, Why Wolves Should Not Be Hunted in Minnesota à Tue or Th 3:30, Th 11am (Atwood Theatre)
- 4. Michael G. Starkey – SAVE THE FROGS! – The Amphibian Extinction Crisis: Current threats facing amphibian populations, and what you can do about it! (Santa Cruz, CA) àWed or Th SCTCC
- 5. J. Drake Hamilton, Fresh Energy, Beyond Coal: The Urgency of Changing to Renewable Energy Monday, 2 or 3PM (Alumni Room)
- 6. Keno Evol (Spoken Word Artist) Artist, Performer, Poet, Educator, Spoken word artist, Dancer, and Director Antoine “Keno Evol” Duke has competed nationally as a spoken word artist to do Social Justice Education through theater and art for creativity and social change to become better human beings. 3PM Monday Atwood Theater (and SCTCC)
- 7. Sharon Sobotta, Director of the Women’s Center, St. Mary’s College, Reporter for Pacifica KPFA (Berkeley) and Free Speech Radio (NYC) Power to the People: The role of independent media in giving voice to change makers and in exposing sexist, racist and xenophobic policies From police brutality to Stand Your Ground laws, fossil fuel extraction to wars in the middle east, racist/sexist policies continue to take a toll on the lives of people(s) of color. Independent media exposes these policies and gives voice to change makers. à Tue 2pm
- 8. Naomi Maina, Social Responsibility Club, AFRICOM: The Militarization and Recolonization of Africa à Tue or Th 9:30am
- 9. Becca Kotz and Sara Menning – Students Against Trafficking & Sexploitation - The Business & Economics of Sex Trafficking: Supply & Demand àTue 5pm
- Darrell Paulsen, Nikki Villavicencio-Tollison, and Galen Smith, MN Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, Disability Rights SCTCC
- Antonia Mkunya, Street Children in Tanzania àAnytime or day after 2pm
- Child Soldiers in Liberia – Talent Emergence International
- 13. Kurtis Hanna, Minnesota NORML SCTCC
- Michelle Gross, Communities United Against Police Brutality àWed 3pm
- Emily Farell and Madeline Lohman , The Advocates for Human Rights – Human Rights at Home àTh 2pm
- Pepperwolf and Lucia Smith, Women Against Military Madness (WAMM) – Drones 101 à Tue 9:30, 11, 12:30 or 2 SCTCC
- 17. Elizabeth Burr and Margaret Sarfehjooy, Women Against Military Madness (WAMM) – Middle East Tensions and U.S. Connections à Tue or Th 12:30pm
- Lyra Schneider – Modern Madness: A critique of corporate/state psychiatry A trans feminine activist for social change, Schneider challenges the language of “mental illness,” how it can be used to contain, control, and repress, and what alternative language and approaches are necessary.
- 19. Kim Socha and Dallas Rising, Animal Rights Coalition, Questions of Consent: Women and Animals Under Patriarchal Systems of Domination
- 20. Erin Parrish ,Minnesota Women’s Consortium, “Build from the Inside Out”: Integrating Difference into Feminist Coalition Leadership à Th 11,12:30 or 2
- 21. Jamie Utt, Change from Within, The Wall: Understanding and Dismantling Barriers to Accountable Relationships Across Difference à Mon or Tue
- Maureen Hackett, Howling for Wolves, Why Wolves Should Not be Hunted in Minnesota SCTCC
- Meredith Aby, Minnesota Anti-War Committee, US Militarism: Tthe Role of the US Abroad & What You Can Do to Work for Peace
- Michael and Cynthia Orange, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Shock Waves: Learning to Live with Psychic Trauma and the Moral Wounds of War SCTCC
- Joanna Lowry, Committee to Stop FBI Repression (whistleblowers info?)
- 26. Bob Tammen, Sierra Club, Global Mining and Local Values: Economic, Environmental, and Cultural Conflict in Minnesota SCTCC
- CSB/SJU, Human Trafficking Committee
- Aaron Zellhoefer – Repression of Environmental and Animal Rights Activists
- Mackenzie A. Lecy, Extending the Link, CSB/SJU- Documentary: “Khulla”- meaning “open” in Bengali
Films to be screened include the following:
Girl Rising: A ground-breaking film by Academy Award Winner Richard Robbins, tells the stories of 9 girls from 9 countries, written by 9 celebrated writers, narrated by 9 reknown actresses, Girl Rising showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. àMonday 5-7 Atwood Theater
Do the Math: Bill McKibbon and the Fight Over Climate Change The math is simple. To avoid climate catastrophe, we have to limit carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere to 350 parts per million or below. The only problem? We’re presently at 400 parts per million — and climbing. Bestselling author and environmental activist Bill McKibben and 350.org, the organization he founded, hits the road to build a movement to challenge the fossil fuel industry. An astonishingly clear breakdown of the facts — and the stakes – Do the Math shows how an unprecedented global movement is rising up to keep CO2 emissions down. (2013 – Purchased by SCSU)
The War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State highlights four cases where whistleblowers noticed government wrong-doing and took to the media to expose the fraud and abuse. It exposes the surprisingly worsening and threatening reality for whistleblowers and the press.
It’s a Girl: In India, China and many other parts of the world today, girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls. The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girlsare missing in the world today because of “gendercide”. Girls who survive infancy are often subject to neglect, and many grow up to face extreme violence and even death at the hands of their own husbands or family members. The war against girls is rooted in centuries-old tradition and sustained by deeply ingrained cultural dynamics which, in combination with government policies, accelerate the elimination of girls. (2012 Purchased by SCSU)
The Atomic States of America convincingly encapsulates both the history of this allegedly clean source of energy and our collective denial of a potentially looming disaster at our aging sites. Given the recent Fukishima disaster and despite the known risks of utilizing nuclear power, our country’s rapidly increasing energy needs are fueling a nuclear renaissance. (2012 – SCSU has purchased a copy)
Greedy Lying Bastards investigates the corporations who fund politicians, scientists, think tanks, and others to create a campaign of deceit regarding the science of climate change and its dire impact on the planet. From ExxonMobil to the Koch brothers to the Citizens United decision of the US Supreme court that put profits before people and the future of the earth.
Bidder 70 centers on an extraordinary, ingenious and effective act of civil disobedience demanding government and industry accountability. In 2008, University of Utah economics student Tim DeChristopher committed an act which would redefine patriotism in our time, igniting a spirit of civil disobedience in the name of climate justice. (Screening school purchase $250 or $100 for program)
The Naked Option: Fueled by the determination for a better future, grassroots women in Nigeria’s Niger Delta use the threat of stripping naked in public, a serious cultural taboo, in their deadly struggle to hold the oil companies accountable to the communities in which they operate. The women, at the risk of being raped, beaten or killed, are trained and armed, but not with anything you can see. Through the leadership of the courageous, charismatic, and inexhaustible Emem J. Okon, these women are taking over where men have failed, peacefully transforming their ‘naked power’ into 21st century political action and mobilization. (2010 – Purchased by SCSU)
The Invisible War: (Received the 2013 Ridenhour Film whistleblower film award) investigates the troubling epidemic of rape in the military while speaking with courageous victims who have refused to be intimidated into silence. In 2009 alone, 16,150 service members were sexually assaulted. Meanwhile, it’s estimated that female soldiers in the U.S. military are more likely to be raped by a male soldier than shot by an enemy combatant. Despite the overwhelming evidence presented by these victimized soldiers, however, only 2% of rape accusations in the military end in prosecution. In some cases, male soldiers have even been awarded medals for bravery and professionalism while being investigated for rape. In addition to hearing from women who have been sexually assaulted while serving their country, we also learn how systemic corruption allows the vast majority of their attackers to walk free and what is now being done to ensure that no crime goes unpunished. (SCSU film)
Trashed Jeremy Irons travels on a meticulous, brave investigative journey around the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution, from China and Indonesia, to Lebanon, taking us from scepticism to sorrow and from horror to hope. Where do fifty-eight billion disposable cups, billions of plastic bags, 200 billion litres of water bottles, billions of tons of household waste, toxic waste and e-waste end up? In the North Pacific he faces the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and the effects of plastic waste on marine life, and how chlorinated dioxins and other man-made Persistent Organic Pollutants are attracted to the plastic fragments. Meanwhile, global warming, accelerated by emissions from landfill and incineration, is melting the ice-caps and releasing decades of these old poisons, stored in the ice, back into the sea. Having faced the worst Jeremy Irons searches for solutions. From individuals who have changed their lives and produce almost no waste, to increasing anti-waste legislation, to an entire city which is now virtually waste-free, he discovers that change is not only essential, but happening.
The Suffering Grasses and the Crisis in Syria
The Annual Ridenhour Whistleblower Awards 2013 video:
SHORT VIDEO: The World Must Stand Together (Global Zero campaign) 2 minutes Zero Nuclear Weapons (many famous film stars statement and Obama’s words)
Good Earth Food Coop booth
Possible Keynote Speakers: Richard Carlbom
Other ideas and possible sessions:
Preeti Yonjon – Root Causes of the War in Nepal South Asian Immigrants
Menan Jangu to skype in from Tanzania about environmental issues there?
Michael Birchard from No Hennepin CC
Aadikaar – Luna co-founder – rights in Nepal.
Food issues – Organic Consumers Association – food labeling – GMOs – vegetarian/vegan – land grabs
Alumni logo for the posters
Default – MEF film on student loans.
Bees & North Dakota
SCSU Choir – songs about social justice, peace, environment, animals, & activist songs
Everything at SCTCC will be interpreted! SCSU will need to pay for interpreters for the keynote.