Conference to address communications, social justice

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Inspired by the accounts of political activists through the years, including Angela Davis and her book “If They Come in the Morning: Voices of Resistance,” members of the Comm GRAD Forum in the College of Communications have organized a one-day conference exploring approaches to and communicating beliefs and ideas about social justice.

The Voices of Resistance: Communication and Social Justice conference -- which is free and open to the public -- will be conducted March 16, at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center.

Sessions begin at 8 a.m. and the event includes a keynote address by Robert Jensen, a professor of journalism at the University of Texas and a noted scholar about activism. The conference also includes a performance by activist and hip-hop artist Jasiri X.

Conference organizers plan a special focus on the research of graduate students from more than a dozen universities. That work will be examined in eight panel discussions spread out over four sessions. Specific sessions examine how social justice can be promoted through the arts, public spaces and various new media technologies.

“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 the 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 and also learn about the importance of bridging real-worlde activisim with scholarship.”

A complete schedule and more information may be found at the conference website.

The Comm GRAD Forum is a coalition of doctorate and master’s students in the College of Communications that focuses on hosting intellectually engaging discussions on communications issues and on professional development for communications scholars. The mission of the group is to enrich the intellectual lives of graduate students interested in the study of communication.

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Last Updated March 11, 2013