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UN World Social Justice Day

UN World Social Justice Day

2011 Jean Donovan International Social Justice Conference Repression, Resistance, and Transformation in Central America

February 25-26, 2011

Jean DonovanInspired by the story of CWRU alumna Jean Donovan, one of four church women martyred in El Salvador in 1980, the conference will highlight the university's historic and contemporary commitment to international social justice. The conference, designed to inspire young people to careers and involvement in social justice, will connect the life of Jean Donovan with the broader contexts of human rights, liberation theology, and historical memory.

Program Schedule


CWRU Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence
Crawford Building, 10900 Euclid Ave. (corner of Euclid Ave and Martin Luther King Blvd.)

Friday February 25

“Jean Donovan: A Journey of Transformation”

  • 6:00 pm: Doors open (Light Refreshments)
  • 6:30 pm: Showing of Documentary: “Roses in December”
  • 7:30 pm: Discussion, Personal Memories, and Students' Responses

Saturday, February 26

  • 9:00 am: Doors open (Continental Breakfast)
  • 9:30 am: Welcome by Dr. Rhonda Williams
  • 10:00-11:45 a.m.: Session I

"God, Power, and Revolution: Politics of Liberation Theology"

Moderator: Joy Bostic (CWRU)


  • Susan Fitzpatrick-Behrens (California State University-Northridge).
  • Michael Lee (Fordham University)
  • Sister Sheila Marie Tobbe, OSU, (The Bowman Center)


  • Noon-1:15pm: Lunch (On Your Own)
  • 1:30-3:30 pm: Session II

"Confronting History and State Violence, Then and Now"

Moderator: Marixa Lasso (CWRU)


  • Jeffrey Gould (Indiana University)
  • Elizabeth Oglesby (University of Arizona)
  • Adrienne Pine (American University)


  • 3:30 p.m: Closing Remarks
  • End of Conference

Thanks to our co-sponsors:

Inter-Religious Task Force on Central America, and CWRU Centers: the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, the Hallinan Chair of Catholic Studies, the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, the Inter-Religious Council, and Share the Vision.