Social Justice Dinner Dialogue Series
Spring 2014 Social Justice Dinner Dialogue Series Events
Join us for a free dinner and to have a conversation on social justice issues on the following dates:
- Wednesday, January 29 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in Lakeshore Dining (2nd Floor in CFSU, Lake Shore Campus): The Making of the Stonewall Myth: Erasing Diversity from LGBTQ History - Patrick Fina
Often Stonewall is a rallying cry to band together for LGBTQ identified individuals - but was Stonewall really a home for all, and a critical moment in history that redefined the LGBTQ movement?
- Wednesday, February 19 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in Regis MPR (Lake Shore Campus): Of Every Coin: Examining Exclusivity in the Western Feminist Movement - Dionne Addai & Emily Rymer
My feminism will be intersectional, or it will be bull*&$#!" This presentation aspires to critically examine the prevalent narratives surrounding feminism in the United States. We will expand your knowledge of the feminist movement by acknowledging the ways many feminists have reinforced societal ideas about race, heterosexuality and gender. Finally we'll focus on how the movement can improve, moving forward.
- Wednesday, March 19 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in Regis MPR (Lake Shore Campus): Ubuntu Teambuilding: A Relational Model for Facilitation - Chris Zajchowski & Amanda Dever
The sub-Saharan African concept of Ubuntu stresses the fundamental humanity and interdependence present in all of us. Popularized by the presidency of late Nelson Mandela, Ubuntu counters Cartesian essentialism - “I think, therefore I am” - with a collectivist reply "I am because we are, and because we are, therefore, I am” (Mbiti, 1969). The articulation and actualization of this philosophy dramatically influenced the South African transition from Apartheid rule, and has since become internationally celebrated ethical and relational frame. As we strive for improved servant leadership at the LUREC Challenge Course, one training tool we have utilized with facilitators is Ubuntu literacy. We find the appropriation of Ubuntu into our practice helps to reduce power imbalances within group process between the facilitator and group members. Using Ubuntu to create initiatives/activities for participants also transitions the group from a problem solving frame to relational and person-centered group engagement. Join us for an evening of teambuilding activities inspired by Ubuntu and discussion of how to bring this philosophy into your own work. Please be prepared for moving, bending, power-walking and having a good time.
- Wednesday, April 16 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in Regis MPR (Lake Shore Campus): "Mitakuye Oyasin" - Toward Solidarity and Communion with the Oglala Lakota People of Pine Ridge, South Dakota - Aaron Giard and Natalie Reilly-Finch
An all too frequently dismissed or forgotten subject, the complex reality of pain and hope, injustice and great resilience among the various Native peoples of this land continues to cry out for the attention of this nation. What is our responsibility as citizens of the U.S. to those who preceded us here? How can we as fellow human beings contribute to the building up of dialogue and respect, and “sing a new song” of peace and justice for the future? Come join us for discussion and Q&A on our experience in South Dakota with the Oglala Lakota “Oyate,” or people, during Spring Break 2013. We will focus on a case study into government commodities and nutritional concerns among those on reservations while providing some insights that their elders, educators and children offered for the road forward to healing and justice.
If you have any questions or need accomodations please contact Devita Bishundat at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-508-8858.
Fall 2013 Social Justice Dinner Dialogue Series Events
Thursday, September 12 from 6:30-8:30p.m. in Regis MPR (Lake Shore Campus): Taking Control of Your Identity - Benjamin Beltran, Elijah Ampo, Rowan Quinain.
Thursday, October 10 from 6:30-8:30p.m. in Regis MPR (Lake Shore Campus): Green for the Common Good: Sustainability's Connection to Human Rights - Susan Haarman, Oliver Goodrich. To view the presentation from this event, please visit http://prezi.com/fwrysypkxppy/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share
Thursday, November 14 from 6:30-8:30p.m. in Regis MPR (Lake Shore Campus): Language Inclusion - Molly Wiesman (Best Buddies Illinois)