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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

The Social Justice Institute presents meaningful events where students, scholars and community members gather together to tap into our individual and collective psyches and souls, hearts and minds, knowledge and networks of support, and dare to draw forth the words, analyses, strategies and actions that respect and uplift human dignity and life.  We are honored to provide distinctive educational opportunities  – and we invite you to join us and become partners in our work. 

An Evening with Dr. Willie Parker

A Preterm Event

  • Date and Time: Wednesday, August 23 - 7 pm
  • Location: Church of the Covenant, 11205 Euclid Avenue

SJI is serving as a community partner for this evening with Dr. Willie Parker, an outspoken Christian reproductive justice advocate and an abortion provider in the South.  Dr. Parker will discuss and sign copies of his new book, Life's Work: A Moral Argument for Choice.  Tickets are available at  General Admission/$10.  Student Admission/$5.  E-mail with questions.  


They Can't Kill Us All: Law Enforcement, Race and Justice

Wesley Lowery at the City Club of Cleveland

  • Date and Time: Friday, September 22 - 12 pm
  • Location: City Club of Cleveland, 850 Euclid Avenue, Second Floor

The deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and Freddie Gray inspired Washington Post reporter (and Shaker Heights High School graduate) Wesley Lowery to question the data around police shootings. His inquiry spurred The Post's investigative data-gathering project The Fatal Force which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. Lowery's experiences traveling across the country covering police shootings are chronicled in his book They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America's Racial Justice Movement. In it, he also describes the events that led to the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement and how black activists used social media to elevate their message. 

SJI is proud to co-sponsor the lunch and conversation with Pulitzer Prize winner Wesley Lowery on the ongoing struggle between law enforcement, race, and justice.

SJI supporters receive a 20% discount on City Club tickets - click here to register and use code SJI17 to receive your discount.  Tickets: $20/Members, $35/Non-members.



Think Tank 2017

Educating for Struggle: State Violence, Then and Now

  • Date and Time: November 16-18
  • Location: Tinkham-Veale University Center, 11038 Bellflower Road

Featuring Keynote Addresses by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Ibram Kendi.  

Sponsored by the CWRU Office for Inclusion, Diversity & Equal Opportunity, the President's Advisory Council on Minorities, ideastream, Ndeda N. Letson, the Beamer-Schneider Professorship in Ethics and the CWRU School of Law.





About Our Events

The majority of our events are free of charge and open to the community.  We cannot do this important work without you – we hope that you will consider supporting us in these endeavors.  Gifts of any size will impact our work and support our signature programs.  Donations may be made online or sent to Social Justice Institute, 10900 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106-7243.

To RSVP or volunteer for any upcoming event, please call 216.368.7568 or email