Past Events

We at the Social Justice Institute strive to be forward thinking in our inquiries as well as our actions. We wholeheartedly believe that to get an idea of where to go next, we must keep in mind where we have been. With that in mind, here are some of the events that SJI has sponsored and that continue to influence our thinking and guide our work.

To view some of the photos from past events, please visit our new media page. *Note: the media page is constantly being updated, so check back occasionally to see what is new. To see what is in store for the coming weeks and months, head to the upcoming events page.


Race, Food & Justice Conference, Friday April 4th and Saturday April 5th, 2014.

U.N. World Day of Social Justice — On Human Trafficking, Friday, February 21st and Saturday, February 22nd, 2014. Click the following link to see the playlist of events from the conference: Full video.

Think Tank 2013: Educating for Struggle, November 15th and 16th, 2013. Click the following links to see various parts of the conference: Welcome and Conference Overview, Plenary Session 1, Plenary Session 2, Plenary Session 3, Keynote, Closing and Performance, Full Playlist.

In(queer)ies — Rein in the Rhetoric: How Moral Panics over Sexuality Obscures Social Justice Issues, November 8th, 2013.

A discussion and reading with Thomas Glave, author of Among the Blood People, October 30th, 2013.

CWRU Social Justice Institute Open House, September 24th, 2013. Click the following links to see the presentation from the open house: Slideshow

Voicing and Action Project: Power of Testimony, People in Action - East Cleveland, Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Discussion of Heather Andrea Williams' book Help Me to Find My People, April 27, 2013, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Race, Food and Justice Conference, April 25th & 26th, 2013. Click the following links to see parts 1 & 2 of the Conference: Part 1, Part 2.

Women's Lives in Poverty: What Everyone Should Know About Gender, Race, and Class, April 12th, 2013, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Barbara Ransby's lecture on Eslanda Robeson: Black Internationalism and the Fight Against White Supremacy and Empire in the 20th Century, March 21st, 2013

Kwame Appiah Lecture on The Honor Code: Making Moral Revolutions, March 18th, 2013.

World Social Justice Day: The End of Poverty, February 20, 2013.

Michelle Alexander Lecture on The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarcerations in the Age of Colorblindness, October 25, 2012. Click the following links for parts of the lecture: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

Commnunity Book Discussion Series: The New Jim Crow, September 11 - October 16, 2012

Cleveland Voter Education Forum, September 25, 2012

East Cleveland Voter Education Forum, September 20, 2012

Student Leadership Conference, April 21, 2012. Click the following link for the Slideshow Recap.

Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, Thursday, April 19, 2012. Click the following link for the Slideshow Recap.

Slavery by Another Name: February 8, 2012

Social Justice Institute Open House, Thursday, November 3, 2011

Coalition of Immokolee Workers - Human Trafficking, October 20, 2011

An Evening with The Freedom Riders, September 30, 2011

Bonded Souls and Binding Histories, South Asia Initiative lecture by Chinnaiah Jangam, April 14, 2011

Worse Than War, featuring Daniel Goldhagen, by Facing History and Ourselves, April 6, 2011

Will Allen, CEO, Growing Power & MacArthur Genius Grant Recipient Visits Cleveland, Ohio, March 18-19, 2011.

2011 Jean Donovan International Social Justice Conference: February 25 & 26, 2011. Click the following links for the corresponding media: Introduction, Slideshow Recap, Session I, and Session II.

Social Justice, Race and Profiling: An Intergenerational Think Tank, November 19-20, 2010.


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