The mission of the Nelson Mandela Social Justice Day and Speaker Series is to raise dialogue at USI around current issues of human and civil rights, public service, and activism through diverse, dynamic, nationally, and internationally known public intellectuals and academics. We aim to augment each speaker’s visit with a day of educational opportunities for the USI community. In these activities we hope to commemorate Nelson Mandela, an internationalist educator, activist, and champion of human and civil rights.
Nelson Mandela was a South African Nationalist, a democratic socialist, an anti-colonial freedom fighter, an anti-racist activist, and a political prisoner for a third of his long life. He was imprisoned for his efforts to liberate South Africans from apartheid, racism, and colonialism. In addition to fighting in these struggles, he also played a crucial part in reconciliation efforts and the recreation of South Africa as an inter-racial democracy. His legacy is inspirational to those who seek a world in which social justice reigns, and human rights issues guide our leaders to create better societies.
Mandela Social Justice Commemoration Day 2016/17
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Cornel West
Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He is a Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. He has also taught at Yale, Harvard, and the University of Paris. Cornel West graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton. He has written over 20 books and has edited 13. Though he is best known for his classics, Race Matters and Democracy Matters, and for his memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud, his most recent releases, Black Prophetic Fire and Radical King, were received with critical acclaim.
Evansville African American Museum Traveling Exhibits on Race and Civil Rights
2pm - 8pm October 12 in the Carter Hall Atrium.
A Film and Discussion
11am - 1pm October 12 in UC 2217-2218
Why a Social Justice Day and Speaker Series?
The annual Nelson Mandela Commemoration is a speaker series that directly addresses social justice issues that affect the local or national community. As USI expands its student population, questions of diversity will come into an even starker relief on campus, and this series aims to address some of those issues, helping to prepare students to live wisely in a diverse, global community.
Committee Members 2016/17:
Co-Chairs: Sakina Hughes (History), Denise Lynn (History)
Members: Aimee Adam (Psychology), Timberly Baker (Teacher Education), Stephanie Cunningham (Counseling Center), Ashley Evearitt (Counseling Center), Adrian Gentle (Mathematics), Pam Hopson (Multicultural Center), Joy Howard (Teacher Education), Veronica Huggins (Social Work), Karen Huseman (Housing and Residence Life), Joseph Uduehi (Art and Design), Lovey Marshall (Housing and Residence Life).