March 28, 2011

Series of Hamline events to celebrate diversity & social justice April 4-8

 Hamline invites the community to participate in several events focused on social justice and inclusion. The annual Social Justice Symposium events provide an opportunity to learn about social justice issues that affect the university, local, national, and global communities.

The keynote lecturer of the Social Justice Symposium will be Camille Nelson, dean of the Suffolk University Law School. Her Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Lecture, “Love at the Margins: Laws on Love in Black & White,” which honors Richard and Mildred Loving, of the landmark 1967 civil rights case that ended all race-based legal restrictions on U.S. marriages. The lecture will take place Tuesday, April 5 at 11:30 a.m. in Sundin Music Hall on Hamline University’s Saint Paul campus. The event is free and open to all, as are all of the additional Social Justice Symposium events listed below.

Monday, April 4
Dissecting Intersecting Identities, Communities, & Oppressions:
A Workshop for Students, Leaders, & Activists
Kay Fredericks Ballroom from 6:30–9 p.m.
Professor Lisa Albrecht, from the Social Justice Program at the University of Minnesota, will facilitate this interactive workshop to educate and challenge participants to move beyond a singular focus for social justice work to a more integrative approach for addressing issues of intersectional relationships in anti-oppression work. Workshop participants will include student organization leaders, new student mentors, resident assistants, McVay fellows and interns. Other students interested in diversity, social justice, and anti-oppression liberation work are invited to participate.

Tuesday, April 5
Keynote Address: “Love at the Margins: Laws on Love in Black & White”
Sundin Music Hall from 11:30 a.m. –12:30 p.m.
(See details above)

Queer Life at Hamline: A Forum and Reception
Sorin Hall, Rooms A&B from 4-5 p.m.
What is the state of affairs for queer (LGBTQIA) life at Hamline? Learn about the expanding programs and services, including the recent hiring of our full-time staff person to coordinate gender and sexual orientation initiatives. Meet Shawyn Lee, assistant director for gender and sexual orientation initiatives, and share your ideas of what kinds of queer programming and events would continue to make Hamline an open and affirming community for people of all identities.

“Making Waves” Social Justice Theatre Troupe
Bush Student Center Ballroom at 7 p.m.
The Hamline Social Justice Theatre Troupe will present an interactive and educational play about social justice issue that affect us daily. Sponsored by Making Waves.

Wednesday, April 6
Legal Perspectives on Marriage Equality in Minnesota
Law School, Room 101 from 5-7 p.m.
A panel of four experts from Minnesota’s legal community will give a comprehensive presentation about the past, present, and prospective future of the fight for marriage equality in Minnesota. With Hamline law student Micah G. Ludeke (class of ’11) moderating, Phil Duran (from OutFront Minnesota), Jason Shellack (from Marry Me), William Mitchell College of Law professor Anthony Winer, and law student Eric Schmidtke (class of ’11) will comprise the expert panel. This event is sponsored by Hamline University Safe Zone Network and Stonewall Alliance.

Trans-Racial Adoptee Program
Bush Student Center HUB at 7:30 p.m.
FUSION invites everyone to a panel discussion about the experiences multiracial and transracial adoptees have navigating multiple identities. Korean food and other tasty snacks provided. Sponsored by the MISA Office and FUSION.

Thursday, April 7
“This is My Story: Tibetan American Community”
100E Giddens Learning Center from 11:30 a.m.- 12:40 p.m.
This community conversation will feature local members of the Tibetan and Tibetan American community share personal stories about their racial and cultural identities and journeys.

“Empty Bowls”
Hancock Midway Recreation Center from 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Empty Bowls is an international movement for food justice, which raises funds for area food shelves and educates people about hunger in the community. For a free will donation, neighbors enjoy a community meal which has been donated. People take home an empty bowl to remind them to do something about hunger. Funds will support local food shelves through Keystone Community Services and the White Earth Land Recovery Project. This event is sponsored by the Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service and Social Justice.

M. Butterfly: A Viewing and Discussion
Bush Student Center HUB; 7:00 PM
Love, betrayal, secrets, espionage, death. Gender, race, sexual orientation, culture. M. Butterfly is a 1988 play by David Henry Hwang loosely based on the relationship between French diplomat Bernard Boursicot and Shi Pei Pu, a male Peking opera singer. Participate in a viewing and discussion of the 1993 film directed by David Cronenberg, starring Jeremy Irons and John Lone. This event is sponsored by Commitment to Community, Anthropology Society, Spectrum, and Asian Pacific American Coalition.

More on keynote speaker Camille Nelson
Nelson has a professional career of outstanding scholarship, a deep love of teaching, and a longstanding commitment to public service and the pursuit of social justice. Before joining Suffolk Law, Nelson served as professor of law at Hofstra Law School. From 2000-2009, she was a member of the faculty of Saint Louis University School of Law, where she was named Faculty Member of the Year in 2004 and received the Faculty Excellence Award in 2006. She also was a visiting professor at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, where she became the Dean’s Scholar in Residence.

Following her undergraduate education at the University of Toronto, Nelson received her law degree from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law and went on to receive a master of law from Columbia Law School in New York. She clerked for Justice Frank Iacobucci of the Supreme Court of Canada before working as an associate at McCarthy Tetrault in Toronto, the largest law firm in Canada. Nelson is a member of the American Law Institute and is widely recognized for her writing and lectures, which focus on the intersection of critical race theory and cultural studies with particular focus on criminal law and procedure, health law, and comparative law.