Line Up for Global Social Responsibility Conference 2014



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)

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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 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 UniversityFar 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


Mandala Project:

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)