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Social Justice Institute

Think Tank 2017

Think Tank 2017

Educating for Struggle: State Violence, Then and Now


Thursday, November 16

 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Wounded Knee, A film by Stanley Nelson

Discussion led by Susan Dominguez, Full Time Lecturer, Department of English, Case Western Reserve University


Friday, November 17

6:00 pm - Registration Begins - Doors Open

7:00 pm - 7:15 pm - Opening Ceremony

Lawrence Reddest (Sicangu Lakota)


7:15 pm - 7:30 pm -  Welcome and Introduction

Barbara Snyder, President Case Western Reserve University

Cyrus C. Taylor, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, Case Western Reserve University

Timothy S. Black, Interim Director, Social Justice Institute


7:30 pm - 8:30 pm - Opening Keynote and Moderated Dialogue

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, The Genocidal Foundation of the United States


8:30 pm - 9:00 pm - Audience Q & A


Saturday, November 18

9:00 am - 10:00 am - Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:30 am - 10:00 am - Welcome, Conference Overview and Introduction

William A. “Bud” Baeslack III, Provost and Executive Vice President, Case Western Reserve University

Marilyn Sanders Mobley, Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity & Equal Opportunity, Case Western Reserve University

Maxie Jackson III, Station Manager, 90.3 WCPN ideastream


10:00 am - 11:00 am - Keynote Address and Moderated Dialogue

Ibram Kendi, State Violence and the Antiracist Struggle


11:00 am - 11:45 am - Audience Q & A


11:45 am - 1:00 pm - Lunch Break (on your own)


1:00 pm - 2:30 pm - Plenary Session I

Facilitator - Spencier Ciaralli, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, Case Western Reserve University



Frank Abe, Writer/Producer, PBS Film, Conscience and the Constitution

John H. Flores, Associate Professor, Department of History, Case Western Reserve University

Kim Foreman, Executive Director, Environmental Health Watch

Guy Jones (Hunkpapa Lakota), Executive Director, The Miami Valley Council for Native Americans


2:30 pm - 2:45 pm - Break


2:45 pm - 3:45 pm  - Breakout Sessions (select one to attend)

Direct Impact: Homelessness and the Flint Lead Crisis

Debra Hayes, MBA, Executive Director/CEO, My Brother's Keeper of Genesee County, Michigan

Individuals facing homelessness have faced various challenges through history.  Today, the work of the My Brother’s Keeper Shelter in Flint, MI, has been directly impacted by the water crisis and current policies addressing the issue.  Hear how the experiences of one shelter provide an important and tragic illustration of an environmental crisis, an inadequate state response and the intersection with homelessness.


Police and Criminal Justice Reform: The Search for Reason and Common Sense

Terry H. Gilbert, Attorney

Cleveland has been at the epicenter of multiple incidents of police brutality and the community continues to address mass incarceration and the inequities therein.  Gilbert will discuss the struggle for reason and common sense while balancing public safety, due process, police accountability and advancing civil rights.


La Lucha Sigue como Siempre (The Struggle Continues like Always): Global Solidarity through Indigenous Resistance

Christine Stonebraker-Martinez, Co-Director, InterReligious Task Force on Central America

In one generation we have many examples of extreme militarism and materialism, from military training in Latin America to war based economies like Israel/Palestine.  We've turned a blind eye to solitary confinement and torture in Guantanamo Bay AND domestic detention centers. We allow civil liberty repression in Standing Rock and Cleveland to be profitable. It has always been our duty to persist through education, advocacy and the creation of people power.


Setting the Stage for Social Change:  How to tackle "legacy" problems and make an impact

Brie Zeltner, Healthcare reporter, and Rachel Dissell, Investigative reporter, The Plain Dealer

Journalists Zeltner and Dissell will discuss strategies for laying out plans to tackle social problems that involve history, policy, power imbalance and skewed social perceptions.  How do you start the community conversation? How do you create a plan that will lead to real, measurable and lasting change?


Threats to National Security?  Systems that Exploit Immigrant Workers

Veronica Isabel Dahlberg, Executive Director of HOLA Ohio

NE Ohio is known for its fertile soil due to its proximity to Lake Erie, and the resulting agricultural industry employs thousands of immigrant workers. Ther region is also designated as a U.S. border, with two U.S. Border Patrol stations. Learn how immigrant workers are considered federal targets and further exploited in a system that includes detention centers, exorbitant bonds charged in immigration court in exchange for freedom, and the growing use of GPS ankle monitors.


3:45 pm - 4:00 pm - Break


4:00 pm - 5:30 pm - Plenary Session II

Facilitator - John H. Flores, Associate Professor, Department of History, Case Western Reserve University



Timothy S. Black, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Case Western Reserve University

Jessie Hill, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Law, Case Western Reserve University

Rhonda Y. Williams, John L. Seigenthaler Chair in American History, Vanderbilt University


5:30 pm - 7:30 pm - Dinner Break (on your own)


7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - HASHTAG: Your Phrase Here

Presented by TASC (Theatre Artists for Social Change), a collaboration between Karamu House and Dobama Theatre

Directed by Nina Domingue-Glover

HASHTAG: Your Phrase Here is a curated evening of performance art including theatre, dance, poetry and music. The event grapples with our society's varied responses to horrific events and explores how we maintain strength, vitality and joy in the midst of them. HASHTAG: Your Phrase Here is TASC’s debut response to the world in which we currently live.