20th Annual Social Issues Conference

20th Annual Social Issues Conference

20th Annual Social Issues Conference

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Date and Time

Thursday, October 1, 2009 — Thursday, October 8, 2009




Join the University of San Diego community as we celebrate the 20th year of the Social Issues Conference. Events scheduled include:

*Thursday, October 1, 7 – 9 p.m., UC Forum AB
Signs of the Times: Options for the Poor by William Headley, CCSp, Ph.D.

The ranks of the world’s poor swell in these difficult times.  The commitment to care for the poor, a value so entrenched in Catholic Social Thought, may seem more difficult to honor as many feel the daily strain to make ends meet.  Gather with others to explore the complexity of this central value and to remain faithful to our care for the most vulnerable.

Rev. Headley is the founding dean of the School of Peace Studies and has devoted 25 years to peace-building as a priest, activist and academic.

*Friday, October 2, 2-3 p.m., Warren Auditorium, Mother Rosalie Hill Hall
Leadership for Social and Economic Transformation" by A.T. Ariyaratne

A.T. Ariyaratne, D.Litt., founder and president of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement in Sri Lanka, will present on his more than 50 years of work in community and economic development. Recipient of the Gandhi Peace Prize, he has been a peace activist, has addressed economic needs through community banking and micro-credit, has promoted volunteerism in more than 15,000 villages, and did outstanding relief work after the tsunami. His comprehensive philosophy of economic and social development is based on Buddhism, and he advocates for a "no poverty" world.

*Monday, October 5, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Warren Auditorium, Mother Rosalie Hill Hall
"Decolonizing Mental Health" by Larry Emerson, Ph.D.

Larry Emerson is a visiting professor and consultant for Native American Scholars and Collaborators at San Diego State University. Emerson has been an active lecturer and provided a wealth of services to urban foundations and Indigenous Nations. Emerson's research articulates "decolonized notions of Diné education" by describing "Diné patterns of resistance to colonialism through the active engagement and advocacy of Diné non-modern, traditional thought and identity."

*Tuesday, October 6, 7-9 p.m., Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theater               
Transborder Institute Lecture
Reception to follow

*Wednesday, October 7, 6 – 8 p.m., UC Forum AB
Dr. Eugene Labovitz Lecture by Maria Elena Durazo

Theme: Ethnic Studies

Maria Elena Durazo is the executive secretary-treasurer for the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, which represents more than 800,000 workers. Prior to her current position, Durazo was elected president of Unite-HERE, local 11, was the first Latina elected to the executive board of HERE International Union, and served as the national director of the Immigrant Workers’ Freedom Ride. 

Reception to follow

*Thursday, October 8, 12:15 -2 p.m., Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, rooms C and D         
Global Citizenship Luncheon
Theme: International Development

*Thursday, October 8, 4-5:30 p.m., Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theater
Is Health a Human Right?
Theme: Health Care and International Development

Join panelists from USD’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences to address experiences regarding health care and international development. Panelists include: Anita Hunter, Ph.D., APRN, FAAN; Susan Banel, RN, MSN, PhPH; Lois Howland, RN, DrPH; and Barbara Sarter,Ph.D., RN, FNP.

*Thursday, October 8, 7 -9 p.m., Shiley Theater, Camino Hall
Dr. Judy Rauner Lecture and IPJ Distinguished Lecture Speaker Dr. Paul Farmer

NOTE: Due to the overwhelming interest in the Farmer keynote address, all the tickets are now sold out. There will be overflow seating at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice to see his speech through a live broadcast.

Medical anthropologist and physician Dr. Paul Farmer has dedicated his life to treating some of the world’s poorest populations and, in the process, helped raise the standard of health care in underdeveloped areas of the world.  A founding director of Partners In Health, an international charity organization that provides direct health care services and undertakes research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty, Dr. Farmer and his colleagues have successfully challenged the policymakers and critics who claim that quality health care is impossible to deliver in resource-poor areas.

Dr. Farmer is the subject of Tracy Kidder’s book, Mountains Beyond Mountains.

“If access to health care is considered a human right, who is considered human enough to have that right?” – Paul Farmer

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