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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 photos and videos from past events, please visit our media page. 

To see what is in store for the coming weeks and months, head to the upcoming events page.


Justice Work in Cleveland

Orientation 2018

  • Date and Time:  Friday, August 24, 1-1:50 pm
  • Location: Crawford Hall, Room 9A

Join SJI Co-Director and local activists Shemariah Arki (Ellipsis Institute for Women of Color in the Academy) and Akshai Singh (Clevelanders for Public Transit) to learn more about social justice issues in Cleveland.  What are the major problems and how are activists tackling them?  How can CWRU students become involved?

Photo of Joy Bostic

"God Complexes" and "Complex Gods": Emancipatory Practices in Religion and Hip Hop

Social Justice Research Lunch Series

  • Date and Time:  Tuesday, September 11, 11:30 am-12:45 pm
  • Location: Crawford Hall, Room A9 (ground floor), 10900 Euclid Avenue

Joy Bostic will explore the use of "divine grammars" by Black hip hop and contemporary pop artists to address complex issues of race, gender, sexuality, power and divinity. Bring a lunch; drinks and dessert provided.

History is Relevant: The Israeli New History and Its Legacy

Co-sponsored with the Department of History

  • Date and Time:  Thursday, September 13, 4:30-6 pm
  • Location:  Wolstein Auditorium, 2103 Cornell Road

Ilan Pappé, Professor of History and Director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies of the University of Exeter, will discuss the emergence of the Israeli New History as an interpretation of 1948, and the post-Zionist debate that followed this new interpretation. He will then assess the impact of the New History on Israel and Palestine since its emergence. The talk will conclude with an update on the present historiographical orientations in historical research on Israel and Palestine. Free and open to the community.  

Photograph of James Forman, Jr.

Locking Up Our Own: Crime & Punishment in Black America with James Forman, Jr.

  • Date and Time:  Thursday, September 20, 11:30 am-12:45 pm
  • Location:  Tinkham Veale University Center Senior Classroom, 11038 Bellflower Rd.

Author and former public defender James Forman, Jr., will speak about Locking Up Our Own: Crime & Punishment in Black America, the winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction.  This critically acclaimed book explores mass incarceration, its disproportionate impact on people of color, and why the war on crime that began in the 1970s has been supported by many African American leaders in the nation’s urban centers.  Free and open to the community.  

Photograph of immigrant detention center with wire fence and children sleeping on the floor

Childhood Trauma at the U.S. Border: A Panel Discussion

Co-sponsored by Alianza Latina, the Schubert Center for Child Studies, the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education, the Center on Trauma and Adversity, and the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development

An event of Hispanic Heritage Month

  • Date and Time:  Tuesday, September 25, 2:30-4 pm
  • Location:  Noble Commons, MSASS, 11235 Bellflower Rd.

This critical and timely discussion will focus on the experiences of immigrant children and teens detained at the border, including the legal context under which family separations are occurring, the medical and therapeutic guidelines for youth exposed to trauma, issues of consent for treatment, long-term consequences of internment and options for advocacy and activism for allies.  Panelists are: Sana Loue (CWRU School of Medicine), Gabriela Sehinkman (The Centers for Families and Children), and Jane Timmons-Mitchell (CWRU School of Medicine and the Begun Center for Violence Prevention).  SJI Co-Director John Flores will moderate.  The event is free and open to the community.  RSVP to

Artistic rendering of the phrase "love is love" with a rainbow background

Queer Love: Then & Now - An Art Installation

Co-sponsored by Collective Action Towards Social Justice and the LGBT Center

  • Dates:  September 24-28
  • Location:  Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, 11235 Bellflower Rd.

Whoever you are, whatever you are, this is for you.  Stop by anytime to see the photographs and objects of this Arts-in-Action exhibit.  Join the community on Friday, September 28, from 6-9 pm, for a Living Art Installation event.  For more information, contact Dani Dickinson.

Photograph of mourners outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida following the shooting
Tampa Bay Times

Gun Violence in America - A Public Health Crisis

Co-sponsored by the CWRU Master's in Public Health Program

  • Date and Time:  Wednesday, October 3, 6-7:30 pm
  • Location: Crawford Hall, Room A9, 10900 Euclid Avenue

Annie Du (CWR '21), a graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, will convene a panel to discuss the critical issue of gun violence through a public health lens.  Featuring Dr. Scott Frank, founding Director of the CWRU Master of Public Health Program and Director of Public Health Initiatives, Alexander Smith of Sandy Hook Promise, and representatives from Moms Demand Action, the discussion will include ways individuals can become involved in violence prevention and policy advocacy.  Bring your thoughts and questions. The event is free and open to the community.  Light refreshments will be served.  RSVP to

Photograph of Faith Spotted Eagle

Traditional Leadership from Mother Earth: Standing Rock and the Mni Wiconi Gathering

An Evening with Faith Spotted Eagle (Ihanktonwan Dakota)

Co-sponsored by Native Cleveland with the Beamer-Schneider Professorship in Ethics

  • Date and Time:  Thursday, October 18, 6:30-8 pm
  • Location:  Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom, 11038 Bellflower Road

The Social Justice Institute and Native Cleveland are honored to welcome Native American activist and environmentalist Faith Spotted Eagle, who provided Indigenous leadership during the gatherings at Standing Rock and protests against the North Dakota Access Pipeline.  The Mni Wiconi (“water is life”) was an historic convergence of numerous American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes, as well as supporters and onlookers.  Spotted Eagle will share the story of the protest and explain how Traditional Knowledge and beliefs provide a profound and enduring framework for social justice. Free and open to the community.

Photograph of buttons encouraging people to vote

Capturing the Flag

Co-sponsored by the CWRU LGBT Center, the Department of History, the Department of Political Science, the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning, and Vote Everywhere 

  • Date and Time:  Thursday, October 25, 6:30-8:30 pm
  • Location:  Mather House, Room 100, 11201 Euclid Avenue

Join us for a screening of the documentary film about voter suppression. This unexpected story about American democracy traces a tight-knit group of friends as they travel to Cumberland County, North Carolina - the 2016 epicenter of voter suppression - intent on proving the big idea that American democracy can be defended by small acts of individual citizens. Dr. Kenneth Ledford (History) will introduce the film and a discussion will follow.  

Photograph of Bruce Western

Homeward: Life in the Year After Prison with Bruce Western

  • Date and Time:  Friday, October 26, 4:00-5:30 pm
  • Location:  Thwing Ballroom, 11111 Euclid Avenue

Bruce Western is Professor of Sociology and co-director of the Justice Lab at Columbia University.  His most recent book, Homeward: Life in the Year after Prison, examines the tumultuous first year after release from prison. Drawing from in-depth interviews with over one hundred individuals, Western describes the lives of the formerly incarcerated and demonstrates how poverty, racial inequality, and failures of social support trap many in a cycle of vulnerability despite their efforts to rejoin society.  

Photograph of Eileen Anderson-Fye

Never Leave Yourself: Gender, Education and Health in Belize

Social Justice Research Lunch Series

  • Date and Time:  Tuesday, November 6, 11:30 am-12:45 pm
  • Location:  Crawford Hall, Room A13, 10900 Euclid Avenue

Eileen Anderson-Fye of the School of Medicine will provide an analysis of a twenty-year study that followed the first high school educated cohort of women in Belize and discuss how they subsequently transformed their society. Bring a lunch; drinks and dessert provided.


Campus ERA Day

Co-sponsored by the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, the Department of Political Science, the Women's and Gender Studies Program, and the American Constitution Society-CWRU Chapter

  • Date and Time: Thursday, April 26, 6-8 pm
  • Location: Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, TVUC

In conjunction with the E.R.A. Coalition, the second annual Campus E.R.A. Day aims to spread awareness of and gain support for the revitalized push to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution.  

A viewing party of the short film 50/50 will be held, followed by a livestream Q&A with Carol Robles-Roman (CEO of the E.R.A. Coalition), Carol Jenkins (founding president of The Women's Media Center and chair of AMREF USA, an African health organization) and others.  

A Critical Discussion on Defending Immigrant Communities

Co-sponsored by the Latino Alumni Network and the CWRU Alumni Association

  • Date and Time: Wednesday, April 25, 6-8 pm
  • Location: Mandel Community Studies Center, 11402 Bellflower Road

Join fellow alumni, students and CWRU community members for a critical discussion on the challenges facing Latinx immigrant youth and families in northeast Ohio and across the country. Learn what you can do to support immigrant members of your community.

Featured speakers:

  • Veronica Dahlberg, Community Leader and Activist, Executive Director of HOLA Ohio
  • Professor John Flores, Climo Junior Professor History
  • Fatima Rahman, DACA Recipient and Student Activist, CWRU Class of 2021

Our panel of experts will explain from various perspectives the challenges facing Latinx immigrant communities, propose solutions, and suggest actions attendees can take to make a difference. Ms. Dahlberg will provide insight as a nationally recognized advocate for the Northeast Ohio Latinx immigrant community. Professor Flores will present a historical context for understanding the causes of migration and the criminalization of immigrants. Ms. Rahman will share first-hand knowledge as a DACA-recipient, activist and CWRU undergraduate student.

We invite you to be part of the conversation and learn how you can work within your sphere of influence to support immigrant communities.  

Race, Food and Justice: Examining the Urban Food Movement through a Social Justice Lens

Presented with Environmental Health Watch and Rid-All Green Partnership

  • Date and Time: April 19-20
  • Location: CWRU Campus 

Featuring keynote presenters Allyson Carpenter, Keymah Durden III, Dr. Monica White, and Malik Yakini

Registration is now open - sign up today!

Click here to view the full program agenda and conference details.

Social Justice Institute Fellows Present...

Research Lunch Series with Janet McGrath and Andrew Rollins, Frank Manzella and Megan Schmidt-Sane

  • Date and Time: Tuesday, April 17, 11:30 am-12:45 pm
  • Location: Crawford Hall, Room A13, 10900 Euclid Ave 

Anthropology-Engineering Collaborative: Designing Interdisciplinary Solutions to Global Health Problems

Janet McGrath (professor of anthropology) and Andrew Rollins (professor of biomedical engineering and medicine) will present the results of their collaboration that trains social science and engineering students at CWRU and Makerere University, Uganda in a collaborative design process involving community based participatory action research (PAR) andbiodesign to develop solutions to locally identified technology for health needs in Luwero district, Uganda.

(Dis)Embodied Experiences of Medical Tourism in Urban Brazil

Drawing on the results of a one-year ethnographic study on the medical tourism industry in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Frank Manzella (graduate student in anthropology) will focus on the social justice dimensions that encourage foreign patients to seek healthcare in another country.  Additionally, conflicts encountered by patients throughout the many phases of the medical tourism process will be described.

"We lost many of our friends": Economic scarcity, social resilience, and HIV vulnerability in Kampala, Uganda

The research of Megan Schmidt-Sane (graduate student in medical anthropology) employs a broader framing of risk in the patterning of HIV vulnerability and social resilience among men in Kampala, Uganda who live and work in communities deemed “high-risk” due to the presence of sex work. This study draws on core principles in social justice to confront the complexity and fragility that punctuates life at the margins.

The Research Lunch Series is free and open to the community.  Bring a lunch; drinks and dessert provided.  RSVPS requested to

Lunch with SJI - Learn about the Social Justice Minor

  • Date and Time: Friday, April 13, 12:45-2 pm
  • Location: Crawford Hall, Room A9

Join SJI Academic Coordinator John Flores for an informal lunch and conversation about SJI and the social justice minor.  Bring your questions or just come to connect with other like-minded students interested in justice and activism.  RSVP to

Who's Afraid of Edward Said? The Palestinians, Antisemitism and the Culture of Silence

  • Date and Time: Tuesday, April 10, 7-9 pm
  • Location: Mandel Community Center Building, 11402 Bellflower Road.

Why is it so difficult to speak about the Palestinian people on the Case Western Reserve University campus? Ted Steinberg, Davee Professor of History, will give a lecture about his life as a Brooklyn-born Jew, while elaborating on Edward Said’s thoughts about the Palestinian question and its place in university life. Steinberg’s talk will challenge us to think about diversity, equality, and our common humanity in light of what he sees as one of the greatest oppressions in modern history before opening the discussion to audience members.

Women's Liberation at CWRU: Educating, Empowering and Creating Institutional Change from 1965-1972

An event of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women's Spotlight on Women's Research Series

  • Date and Time: Friday, April 6, 12:30-2 pm
  • Location: Center for Women, Tinkham Veale University Center

Student Gillian Prater-Lee will present research on the women’s liberation movement at Case Western Reserve University from 1965-1972, including activism surrounding sexual liberation, reproductive rights, the Vietnam War, and women in athletics. Panelists will discuss changes in women’s activism and representation at Case from 1965 to today.  Featured panelists include:   

  • Christine Ash, alumna and retired Vice President for Planning & Institutional Research
  • Tori Hamilton, CWRU Feminist Collective, undergraduate student
  • Colette Ngana,  reproductive rights activist, graduate student

The Babes Were Silent: Infant Mortality and Public Health

CONVERSATIONS! at the Dittrick Museum

  • Date and Time: Thursday, March 29, 6 pm
  • Location: Clark Hall, Room 206, 11130 Bellflower Road

Co-sponsored by the Dittrick and the CWRU Social Justice Institute, this event will be part of the Cleveland Humanities Festival. Join us for a short-lecture, panel discussion, and public round-table about  public health history, industrialization, housing, and the ways race and class combine to produce an ongoing crisis for our community.

Brandy Schillace, PhD, Senior research associate at the Dittrick Museum, will give a short TED-style talk on the rapid industrialization and immigration boom of the early 20th century in Cleveland. She will take a look at how a stressed water and sewage system, poor housing, and the exploitation of the poorest workers with the least social mobility led to outbreaks of cholera, rampant lead poisoning, and high rates of infant mortality in urban centers. The geography of these neighborhoods still matters, and Cleveland still faces high infant mortality rates. The historical presentation will end with a panel discussion about problems of race, class, and health today. The presentation will end with a public roundtable and Q and A.  

Looking Towards Home: An Urban Indian Experience

Presented with the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Native Cleveland (an initiative of the Beamer-Schneider Professorship in Ethics) and the Indigenous Alliance

  • Date and Time: Wednesday, April 4, 7-8:45 pm
  • Location: Crawford Hall, Room A9

In this documentary film, narrator Conroy Chono (Acoma Pueblo) explains how the 1950s Federal Relocation Programs enticed significant numbers of Native Americans to leave reservations for life in major cities, including Cleveland.  The film reveals the hardships and resilience of relocated Native people and subsequent generations, who maintain cultural identities and traditions far from tribal homelands. Panelists, including Joe Connolly (Chair, Lake Erie Chapter of American Indian Science and Engineering Society), will share their own experiences and discuss how community and cultural identity intersect with education, health care, institutional racism and economic justice.  Drinks and dessert will be served.

    No Más Bebés: Film & Conversation with Producer/Researcher Virginia Espino

    Presented with the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, Office of Multicultural Affairs, President's Advisory Council on Minorities, Schubert Center for Child Studies, Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, The Alianza Latina/Latino Alliance, SAVE (Sexual Assault and Violence Educators), and the Latino Medical Student Association

    • Date and Time: Wednesday, March 21, 6-8:30 pm
    • Location: Tinkham Veale University Center, 11038 Bellflower Rd. 

    An Event of the Cleveland Humanities Festival

    They came to have their babies.  They went home sterilized.  So begins the incredibly moving tales of the women chronicled in No Más Bebés (No More Babies), a heartbreaking documentary film based on the research of Latinx historian Virginia Espino.  This is the story of Mexican immigrant mothers who sued Los Angeles county doctors, the state and the federal government after they were sterilized while giving birth in the 1970s.  Led by an intrepid young Chicana lawyer, the mothers faced public exposure and stood up to powerful institutions in the name of justice.  A discussion with Espino will follow the film.  Light refreshments provided.

    A Different PoV: A Plea for Academic Rigor on North Korea

    Research Lunch Series with Merose Hwang, Hiram University

    • Date and Time: Tuesday, March 20, 11:30 am-12:45 pm
    • Location: Crawford Hall, Room A13, 10900 Euclid Ave 

    The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, aka North Korea) is referred to as the most isolated country in the world. We assume this is an inaccessible country and yet we hold strong assumptions and feelings about this place. Teaching on this topic presents many challenges when ideas of North Korean threat and violence dominate the headlines and racial misogyny permeates the literature.

    In this presentation, Professor Hwang challenges us to look beyond our enemy-lens to find a better way of understanding North Korea and to look at the DPRK from its own historiographical vantage point.  Examining North Korean pedagogical materials allows us to glean a new perspective, one in which a country endured a long history of imperial and colonial aggression and emerged as a truly post-colonial nation. By studying DPRK poems, interviews, documentaries, and films, we can gain nuanced understanding of the values and attitudes of people as individuals, social sub-groups, communities, as humans experiencing pleasures, local and global challenges, and the mundane of everyday life and see North Korea beyond a faceless horde under a diabolic dictator.  

    Forced Labor and Maritime Art: Finding Slaves in Seventeenth-Century France

    Research Lunch Series with Gillian Weiss

    • Date and Time: Tuesday, February 13, 11:30 am-12:45 pm
    • Location: Crawford Hall, Room A13, 10900 Euclid Ave 

    Historians long assumed that after the medieval period, slavery vanished from metropolitan France and re-emerged only in its American colonies. In fact, thousands of enslaved Muslims and convicts labored for King Louis XIV (r. 1643-1715). Besides rowing his Mediterranean galleys, these servile oarsmen helped build and decorate naval vessels and other artworks that proclaimed royal supremacy. In her collaborative book project (with NYU art historian Meredith Martin), historian Gillian Weiss explores the role of forced labor in maritime art produced and displayed in seventeenth-century France. Her talk will consider how revealing the historical presence of Muslims and the persistence of slavery reverberates in current debates about Islam, immigration, integration and citizenship.

    2018 Social Justice Teach In

    Presented with the Center for Civic Engagement & Learning and the Interreligious Task Force on Central America

    • Date and Time: Saturday, February 10
    • Location: Tinkham Veale University Center, 11038 Bellflower Road 

    Join hundreds of students and community members for an illuminating and meaningful opportunity to learn about the social justice issues that concern you.  Following a powerful keynote address by Amanda King and the youth of Shooting Without Bullets, participants will select workshops from dozens being offered. The event is free for students and $10 for community members.  Registration requested. 

    Medical Deportation: The New Form of Patient Dumping

    Research Lunch Series with Sana Loue

    • Date and Time: Tuesday, January 23, 11:30 am-12:45 pm
    • Location: Crawford Hall, Room A13, 10900 Euclid Ave 

    Medical deportation refers to the involuntary removal of documented and undocumented immigrants with long term health care needs and little or no health insurance coverage from a US hospital to a facility in their country of origin.  Often, the medical facilities that exist in the immigrant’s country of origin to which individuals are sent lack adequate equipment and/or skill to provide the requisite care. Research suggests that hospitals are increasingly utilizing this practice to address inadequate funding for emergency and long term medical care costs.  Some hospitals have attempted to have a US citizen patient removed to the country of a parent’s origin in an effort to reduce their costs. Hospitals have often been successful in their attempts to obtain a state court order permitting such medical deportations. Various commentators have suggested that the practice of medical deportation represents a form of patient dumping across international borders, and constitutes a violation of both US and international law. This presentation explores the ethical and legal issues confronting health care providers in such situations, as well as the obligations of local governments and organizations to provide care for immigrants with health needs.

    Who's Afraid of Edward Said?  The Palestinians and the Stifling of Dissent

    Research Lunch Series with Ted Steinberg

    • Date and Time: Tuesday, December 5, 11:30 am-12:45 pm
    • Location: Crawford Hall, Room A13, 10900 Euclid Ave 

    Steinberg writes: "Growing up in the sixties and seventies, I don’t recall hearing anything about Palestinians. It was always Arabs. Golda Meir herself had said that the Palestinian people 'did not exist.' My personal journey with respect to this contentious issue, and an update on the serious threats to dissent now present and brewing in the United States—and on our campus."

    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 X. 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. 

    Race, Equity and Inclusion: How Cleveland Generates Wealth

    Research Lunch Series with Kevin Alin and Peter Truog

    • Date and Time: Tuesday, November 7, 11:30 am-12:45 pm
    • Location: Crawford Hall, Room A13, 10900 Euclid Ave 

    What happens when a community comes together to unpack the history of structural racism and how it manifests locally? In 2017, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, the Fund for Our Economic Future, and other engaged partners funded a learning journey to increase shared understanding of racial inequality in Northeast Ohio and foster productive dialogue among stakeholders. Through that journey, The Fund for Our Economic Future has produced an analysis looking at how wealth is generated annually in the Cleveland MSA through a racial equity and inclusion lens. A discussion of this analysis and the questions that it provokes will be the focus on this presentation.

    Decolonizing Cleveland Charette

    Co-sponsored by the Beamer-Schneider Lecture in Ethics and Civics

    • Date and Time: Saturday, October 14, 10:30 am-2 pm
    • Location: Clark Hall, Room 309, 11130 Bellflower Road 

    Indigenous movements such as the Dakota Access Pipeline often call for “decolonization” as a goal of social justice advocacy. What does decolonization mean? What are the different forms decolonization could take locally? The greater Cleveland area may assume its history to start with the formation of the U.S. and European colonization of North America. But the area is also home to a much longer history of diverse Indigenous peoples. In fact, this area has been known by many names. Moreover, more recently, Indigenous persons and communities make their home in the Cleveland area, bringing both traditions from this region and from many other regions in North America, and also beyond. In the last 200 years, additional groups, including African-Americans, have created homes, communities and cultures in the area. But the current infrastructure, maps, buildings, artwork, and other markers of the physical landscape in the Cleveland area do not appear to include or honor these connections to Indigenous peoples and other groups. In fact, in some respect, the physical landscape and urban/suburban ecology reflect U.S. desires to take the land from other groups and erase their histories and contemporary lives. What would it mean, then, to change this situation? This event, open to the Cleveland community and CWRU, will be an open discussion of whether decolonization has a place in the Cleveland area, what decolonization might look like, and how it might be achieved.

    At this participatory event, Kyle Powys Whyte, several elders from the Cleveland indigenous community, and an SJI representative will lead us in an envisioning process to imagine what it would be to decolonize Cleveland.  This process is meant as an introduction and as something incomplete — a kind of proposition, even a preposition.  

    Lunch with SJI - Learn about the Social Justice Minor

    • Date and Time: Friday, October 27, 12:45-2 pm
    • Location: Mather House, Room 100 

    Join SJI Academic Coordinator John Flores for an informal lunch and conversation about SJI and the social justice minor.  Bring your questions or just come to connect with other like-minded students interested in justice and activism. 

    The Monument Quilt

    To create a culture of support for survivors of rape and abuse

    • Date and Time: Wednesday, October 11, 10 am-2 pm
    • Location: Corner of Euclid Ave and Adelbert Rd (Rain location: Tinkham Veale University Center, 11038 Bellflower Rd) 

    Organized by FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, the Monument Quilt is an ongoing collection of stories from survivors of rape and abuse.  Written, stitched and painted onto red fabric, the stories are displayed in city centers to create and demand public spaces to heal.  The quilt resists the popular and narrow narrative of how sexual violence occurs by telling many stories, not one, and builds a new culture where survivors are publicly supported, rather than publicly shamed. After visiting cities across America, thousands of fabric suqares will blanket over one mile of the National Mall spelling "NOT ALONE."

    This event is organized by SJI, Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, CWRU Green Dot, Greek Life, SMARRT (Students Meeting About Risk and Responsibility Training), Center for Civic Learning and Engagement, Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education at the Mandel School for Applied Social Sciences, SAVE (Sexual Assault and Violence Educators), The Feminist Collective at CWRU, the CWRU LGBT Center, the Women & Gender Studies Program, the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, National Council of Jewish Women/Cleveland, and ATNSC: Center for Healing and Creative Leadership.

    Social Justice Institute Fellows Present...

    Research Lunch Series with Matthew Rossman and Elizabeth Nalepa

    • Date and Time: Tuesday, October 10, 11:30 am-12:45 pm
    • Location: Crawford Hall, Room A13, 10900 Euclid Ave 

    Not the Sharpest Tools in the Shed - In Search of Smarter Homeowner Subsidies

    Matthew Rossman, professor of law, will discuss his revealing research project about the profound disconnect between the federal tax code’s homeowner subsidies (often criticized for primarily benefiting higher income households) and other federal housing related policies. These other policies include combating disinvestment in distressed housing submarkets, decreasing residential segregation, and minimizing negative environmental externalities. This project also explores how homeowner subsidies might be made smarter, including through community level applications of advances in real estate data and analytics.

    The Effect of Abortion Restrictions on Individual Outcomes

    New regulations and restrictions placed on access to abortion in the United States are assumed to disproportionately impact women marginalized by their race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Using data that spans more than 30 years, Elizabeth Nalepa, sociology graduate student, will explore how health policy such as abortion regulation generates or worsens health inequalities.  

    The Research Lunch Series is free and open to the community.  Bring a lunch; drinks and dessert provided.  RSVPS requested to 

    In Search of One Big Union: Folksongs and Social Movements in the U.S.

    Co-sponsored by the CWRU Center for Popular Music Studies 

    • Date and Time: Thursday, October 5, 7-8:30 pm
    • Location: Clark Hall, Room 206, 11130 Bellflower Road

    Focusing on the role that folksongs play in the U.S. labor and other social movements, musician and sociologist Corey Dolgon brings both history and theory to life.  This singing lecture includes songs from a multicultural perspective and examines the function of folk songs in the struggles for workers' rights, civil rights, women's rights, environmental protection and more contemporary movements as well.  Free and open to the community.  Light refreshments will be served.  RSVPs requested to

    Dress for Less

    An Economic Justice Event co-sponsored with the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women

    • Date and Time: Tuesday, October 3, 10 am-5 pm
    • Location: Center for Women Living Room, Tinkham Veale University Center, 11038 Bellflower Rd. 

    Dress for Success of Cleveland will be providing professional women's clothing at discount prices.  All CWRU students, staff and faculty are invited to attend. 

    Authoritarianism and its Challenges to Democracy and College Campuses

     A Social Justice Institute Teach-In

    • Date and Time: Friday, September 29 - 12:45 pm
    • Location: Clapp Hall, Room 108, 2080 Adelbert Road

    White nationalists have been legitimated and emboldened by a presidential administration that took office by advancing racist, sexist, homophobic, ablest, and nationalist rhetoric.  In August, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and white supremacists took to the streets in Charlottesville armed with clubs, shields, pistols, and assault rifles, while President Trump expressed indifference. In a move toward political exclusion, Trump has recently called for a ban on transgender members of the military and threatened to remove more than 800,000 young immigrants given amnesty under DACA. Is this the formation of neo-fascism? What can be done to challenge this militant right movement? What is the role of university campuses?

    Join us for a panel discussion to more deeply understand this historical moment, its call to action, and the role of the university.

    Opening remarks:   Dean Cyrus Taylor, College of Arts and Sciences  

    Panelists: John Flores, Associate Professor, History, Kenneth Ledford, Associate Professor and Chair, History, Ayesha Bell Hardaway, Assistant Professor, Law

    Moderator: Tim Black, Interim Director, Social Justice Institute

    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.

    The Secret Joy of Accountability

    Mixed-Race -Gender -Class -Age  Collaborations in Life and Liberation Work

    • Date and Time: Tuesday, September 19, 11:30 am-12:45 pm
    • Location: Crawford Hall, Room A13, 10900 Euclid Ave 

    Veteran queer, sex-positive activists Ignacio Rivera and Jaime Grant will talk about their long history of collaboration across differences  that are often fault lines in our culture and society.  How do we create accountable partnerships and grow accountable communities across race and gender differences (especially) in the midst of so much white supremacist, sexist and transphobic violence?  How do we address how racism, sexism, queer and transphobias, ageism, fatphobia and other systems of oppression inequitably distribute resources and opportunity?  How do we take care of each other while fighting? How do we take care of ourselves?  Bring a lunch; drinks & dessert provided. 

    History, Biography and Age: Levels of Inequality in the Life Course

    Research Lunch Series with Dale Dannefer

    • Date and Time: Tuesday, September 12, 11:30 am-12:45 pm
    • Location: Crawford Hall, Room A13, 10900 Euclid Ave 

    In many late modern societies, increasing attention is being paid to the realities of inequality.  Although those who focus on inequality have paid little attention to its relation to age, the set of temporally grounded processes associated with individual aging comprise a robust and reliable generator of social inequality.  In this talk, Dannefer will review those processes and consider the reasons for their resilience and the possibilities of change.






    • Discussion of Heather Andrea Williams' book Help Me to Find My People, April 27, 2013, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., 4.27.13 (PDF)
    • Race, Food and Justice Conference, 4.25.13-4.26.13.
    • Kwame Appiah Lecture on The Honor Code: Making Moral Revolutions, March 18th, 2013., 3.18.13 (PDF)
    • World Social Justice Day: The End of Poverty, February 20, 2013., 2.20.13 (PDF)
    • Michelle Alexander Lecture on The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarcerations in the Age of Colorblindness, October 25, 2012., 10.25.12 (PDF) Watch all parts of the lecture on our media page.
    • Community Book Discussion Series: The New Jim Crow, 9.11.12-10.16.12
    • Cleveland Voter Education Forum, September 25, 2012, 9.25.12 (PDF)
    • East Cleveland Voter Education Forum, September 20, 2012, 9.20.12 (PDF)


    • Student Leadership Conference, April 21, 2012, 4.21.12 (PDF) View the Slideshow Recap on our Media page.
    • Slavery by Another Name: February 8, 2012, 2.8.12 (PDF)
    • Social Justice Institute Open House, Thursday, November 3, 2011, 11.3.11 (PDF)
    • Coalition of Immokolee Workers - Human Trafficking, October 20, 2011, 10.20.11 (PDF)
    • An Evening with The Freedom Riders, 9.30.11.


    • Bonded Souls and Binding Histories, South Asia Initiative lecture by Chinnaiah Jangam, 4.14.11.
    • Worse Than War, featuring Daniel Goldhagen, by Facing History and Ourselves, 4.6.11.
    • Will Allen, CEO, Growing Power & MacArthur Genius Grant Recipient Visits Cleveland, Ohio, 3.18.11–3.19.11.
    • 2011 Jean Donovan International Social Justice Conference, 2.25.11–2.26.11. View the corresponding media for this lecture on our Media page.
    • Social Justice, Race and Profiling: An Intergenerational Think Tank, 11.19.10–11.20.10.


    • ‌Social Justice and the Research University: A Faculty Forum (PDF) 3.17.11.

    Visit the SJI YouTube Channel to see recorded conference lectures, plenary sessions and oral histories.

    Selected event photos courtesy of Eric Benson Photography