Conference

Founded in 2009, The Global Social Responsibility Conference, held once a year at St. Cloud State University, is a student-led and organized activism event designed to educate people regarding urgent issues of global social justice, peace, environment, and animals that may not receive the educational attention or media coverage they deserve.

Other key goals of the conference are to:

  • provide a forum for student organizations to gain presentation skills, network with other grassroots citizen action groups, and gain visibility on campus and in the community.
  • encourage citizen actions on local and global problems that may reach beyond state and national borders.
  • highlight the intersections of global social justice, peace, and the environment: how the lives of people, animals, plants, and the sustainability of the earth are being drastically affected by human activities.

Each year the Global Social Responsibility Conference aims to offer speakers, workshops, presentations, and films that address pressing global concerns related to war versus non-violence/peace, human rights, advocacy/activism, animal rights, environmental issues, and social justice issues related to race, class, gender, disability, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, and appearance.

 

2014 GLOBAL SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY CONFERENCE
October 20TH-23RD ATWOOD CENTER, ST. CLOUD STATE UNIVERSITY

Sponsors: Multicultural Student Services,  Theatre & Film Studies, DIVERSITY GRANT SCSU Women’s Center, Mass Communications, Human Relations, Global Studies, School of Education??

For more information, contact: globalsocialresponsibiilityconf@gmail.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)
    Alumni Room, Atwood

 11AM-11:50AM EXPOSED: USDA’s Secret War on Wildlife (Award Winning, Best Wildlife Activism Film, 30 Minutes)

  • Whistleblowers provide evidence that Wildlife Services, a USDA agency, is killing over 100,000 native predators and millions of birds each year, as well as maiming, poisoning, and brutalizing countless pets and seriously harming more than a few humans. Wildlife Services kills at the bidding of corporate agriculture and the hunting lobby, all with taxpayer dollars.
    Atwood Theatre

 12:00PM-1:30PM The Ghosts in our Machine (Film, 90 Minutes)               

Atwood Theatre

1:00PM-1:50PM Aquatic and Terrestrial Invasive Species

  •  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

3:30PM-4:45PM Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB) Michelle Gresis                                                                                                                                     Alumni Room, Atwood

5:00PM-6:00PM Tough Guise 2 (2013)

  • 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.

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

9:30AM-10:45AM 

11AM-12:15PM Global Solutions MN, Transforming the United Nations System: Designs for a Workable World

  • Joseph Schwartzberg (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.

          Alumni Room, Atwood

12:30PM-1:45PM, TOPIC HERE

  • 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

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.
    Alumni Room, Atwood

5PM-6:15PM KEYNOTE SPEAKER Massive Spying and Governmental Secrecy Are Unethical, Illegal, and Counter-productive

  • Colleen Rowley, FBI Whistleblower
    Atwood Theatre

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

10:00AM-10:50AM

11:00AM-11:50AM Deforestation and it’s environmental impact on Sri Lanka,  

  • Iresha Herath Mudiyanselage member of the Sri Lankan Student Organization (SCSU)

          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  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 Kamana Karki, Helping Nepal International (HNI)                    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 

9:30AM-10:45AM

11AM-12:15PM  International Relations Club (IR Club, SCSU)                              Alumni Room, Atwood

12:30PM-2PM  Dirty Wars (2013 Sundance Winner & Oscar Nominee, 90 minutes)

  • Follows investigative reporter, Jeremy Scahill, into America’s covert wars, from Afghanistan to Yemen, Somalia and beyond.  A global investigation of the secretive and powerful Joint Special Operations Commands (JSOC), CIA agents, Special Forces operators, military generals and US-backed warlords go on the record for the first time.  Survivors of night raids and drone strikes raise haunting questions about freedom and democracy, war and justice.                                                                                 Atwood Theatre

2PM-3:15PM Preeti Yonjon, Social Responsibility Student Organization (SRSO) and Nepalese Student Association (NSA)
Alumni Room, Atwood

3:30PM-4:45PM 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.
    Atwood Theatre

5PM-7:30PM   According to Coyote by Mixed Blood Theatre (MBT), a theatre presentation

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