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Hang out after the conference!

Conference organizer Cristina Mislan would like to invite participants to meet after the conference for drinks and conversation.

Please join us at the Chrome Bar and Hookah Lounge at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 16. Chrome offers a full menu with appetizers, salads and sandwiches and is located at 222 West Beaver Ave.

For more information about this meet-up, please contact Christina at cum192 at psu dot edu.

“Voices of Resistance”: Communication and Social Justice conference

College of comm. Graduate students organize conference for social justice awareness

State College, PA (February 18, 2013)—When Angela Davis wrote her landmark book If They Come in the Morning: Voices of Resistance she was invoking a call to action. In recounting her own experience with a famous prisoner revolt, her goal was to give new light and meaning to her concept of the political prisoner.

Inspired by this and other historical accounts, students in the College of Communication’s Comm GRAD Forum have decided to host a conference exploring approaches to communicating beliefs and ideas about social justice.

The “Voices of Resistance”: Communication of Social Justice conference will be hosted from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, at Penn State’s Pasquerilla Spiritual Center. The conference will feature a keynote address by noted activist-scholar Dr. Robert Jensen (University of Texas at Austin) and a performance by activist/hip-hop artist Jasiri X.CGF logo

A highlight of the conference is its intention to highlight student work. Research conducted by graduate students from more than a dozen universities will be featured in eight panel presentations spread out over four sessions. Sessions will examine how social justice can be promoted through the arts, public spaces, and various new media technologies.

Professors and activists from Penn State and other universities will also participate in specialized panel sessions. In addition to scholars examining how to teach social justice and what it’s like being a scholar-activist, community-based artists will discuss and reflect on their own experiences with activism.

“The conference is important as it seeks to unite and integrate the work of scholars, activists and scholar-activists who have called for action against prevailing repressive structures,” said Cristina Mislan, president of Comm GRAD Forum. “I hope that students and faculty who attend the conference will learn how they can contribute to contemporary discussions about social justice but also learn about the importance of bridging real-world activism with scholarship.”

The time for the main conference events are:

  • 9:05-10:20 a.m.: Session 1
  • 10:25-11:40 a.m.: Session 2
  • 1:20-2:40 p.m.: Keynote address with Dr. Robert Jensen
  • 2:45-4 p.m.: Session 3
  • 4:05-4:30 p.m.: Performance by Jarisi X
  • 4:40-5:40 p.m.: Activist Panel Discussion
  • 5:45-7 p.m.: Session 4

This conference will be free and open to the public. For more information about the conference, including a complete schedule of events and panel descriptions, see the conference program.  Conference coordinator Cristina Mislan can also be reached for comment at cum192 at psu dot edu.

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