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“Educating for Struggle: In the Academy, Schools, Prisons, and Streets"

Program Overview

UPDATE (12 November 2013): Plenary Sessions I, II, and III of the Think Tank have been closed. However, the Friday night keynote with Maytha Alhassen and Sonia Sanchez, the Caucus Luncheon, and the closing performance with Jasiri X are still open. Contact (216) 368-7568 to add your name to the registration list.

Thank you for your support of Think Tank 2013.

FRIDAY, November 15th

Keynote: "The Struggle — Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow"

Sonia Sanchez & Maytha Alhassen

Thwing Center, 2nd Floor Ballroom
11111 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106

5:00 pm      Doors Open

6:00 - 7:30 pm   Keynote Presentation and Moderated Dialogue

7:30 - 8:00 pm   Q & A

7:30 - 8:00 pm   Q&A Session

Light Reception to follow


SATURDAY, November 16th

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

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

10:00 - 11:30 am

Plenary Session I: "Educating for the Academy"

Thwing Center, 2nd Floor, 1914 Lounge

John Flores, Assistant Professor, History, College of Arts & Sciences
Introduction & Moderator

   • Lisa Brock, Academic Director, Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI
   • Donte Hilliard, Assistant Dean & Director, Multicultural Student Center – University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
   • H.L.T. Quan – School of Social Transformation - Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
   • Rhonda Y. Williams – Founder & Director, Social Justice Institute, CWRU


11:45 am - 1 pm  

Caucus-Style Table Discussions:
"Educating for the Streets"

Thwing Center, 2nd Floor Ballroom

1:15 - 2:45 pm

Plenary Session II: "Educating for the Prisons"

Thwing Center, 3rd, Spartan Room

Gabrielle Celeste, Director, Child Studies, Schubert Center for Child Studies, CWRU
Introduction & Moderator

• Dan Berger – Assistant Professor, Comparative Ethnic Studies - Civil Rights, Prisoner Rights, and Social Struggle , University of Washington, Seattle, WA
• Kali N. Gross – Associate Professor, African American Women’s History, - Activism educating black women in prison (PA & TX) University of Texas, Austin, TX
Damian Calvert, Returning Citizen & Re-Entry Advocate, Cleveland, OH
Emeline Liu, Undergraduate Student & New Abolitionists, CWRU

3:00 - 4:30 pm

Plenary Session III: "Educating for the Schools"

Thwing Center, 2nd Floor, 1914 Lounge

Marilyn Mobley, Vice President, Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity, CWRU
Introduction & Moderator

• Pauline Lipman, Professor, Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL
• Matthew Cregor (Dignity in Schools)– NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Washington, D.C.
Scherhera Schearer, Parent Activist (Ohio Communities United/Parent Action Committee), Cleveland, OH
Alexis Crosby, CWRU, Youth/student speaker - POWER UP!

4:45 - 6:45 pm

Closing Keynote: Performance and Talk


Emcee/Hip-Hop Artist & Community Activist

Thwing Center, 2nd Floor Ballroom

Light Reception to Follow

ThinkTank 2013 Co-sponsors

ACLU of Ohio

District 7 – Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Yvonne Conwell

Kent State University, Pan African Studies Department

Meryl Trimble Johnson

Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence

City of Cleveland Office of Sustainability

Case Western Reserve University Offices and Programs:

Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities
Center for Community Partnerships
Office of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equal Opportunity
Office of Multicultural Affairs

Special Thanks to:

Bon Appetit
MediaVision, Case Western Reserve University
Martinez E. Garcias (local artist), Martinez E-B
Terri Geiger, Thwing Student Center
Bakari Kitwana, Rap Sessions, LLC
Kayode Omoyosi, SJI webmaster
Tamera Schick, Graphic Design Strategists, Inc.
Alexzondria Carter, SJI undergraduate volunteer