Upcoming Events

Photo of community leaders during the Glenville 50 Conference

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. 

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Poster advertising We Exist documentary - close-up photograph of a person's face

WE EXIST: Beyond the Binary

Co-sponsored by the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland, Collective Action Towards Social Justice, Kelvin Smith Library, CWRU LGBT Center and QGrad

  • Date and Time: Tuesday, May 7, 6:30-8:00 pm
  • Location:  Crawford Hall, Room A9 (ground floor)

This documentary film is a deeply personal, first-hand account of living life beyond the binary construct of strictly male or female.  Too often, the implications of that reality are both personal and global: invisibility, silencing, systemic discrimination and exclusion, and the denial of the most fundamental human right–the legal right to exist. Despite these extraordinarily rigid conditions, personal determination and social agency prevail.  Free and open to the community; drinks and dessert provided.  RSVP to socialjustice@case.edu.


Black and white photo with quote from the Kerner Report about segregation

What Works and New Will: American Has Made Little Progress 50 Years After the Kerner Commission

An event of The City Club of Cleveland

  • Date and Time:  Thursday, May 9, 12:00-1:30 pm
  • Location:  The City Club, 850 Euclid Avenue

In February 1968, the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders – known as the Kerner Commission – concluded that America was heading toward “two societies, one black and one white, separate and unequal,” llustrating the country's economic and social division. The report is widely considered one of the most insightful government examinations of the state of race relations in 20th century America.

Fifty years later, in February 2018, the Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation released its update of the Kerner Commission. This report, Healing Our Divided Society: Investing in America Fifty Years After the Kerner Report, concluded that America has made relatively little progress in reducing poverty, inequality, and racial injustice.  Dr. Alan Curtis, president of The Eisenhower Foundation, will discuss what these findings mean for the next 50 years as  racial tensions continue to increase and more Americans believe the American Dream to be unattainable.

Please note: since this is an event of The City Club, there is a fee to attend.  Tickets are $37; use the code SJI19 for 20% savings. 


Photograph of anthropology professor Lee Hoffer
Portrait of Allison Schlosser

Using Photovoice to Capture Diverse Experiences of Cleveland's Opioid Crisis

Social Justice Research Lunch Series

  • Date and Time:  TBA - Fall 2019
  • Location:  Crawford Hall, Room A13, 10900 Euclid Avenue

SJI Research Fellows Lee Hoffer (associate professor, anthropology) and Allison Schlosser present findings from a visual participatory action research project that combines media studies, interviewing and photography to give voice to people who use opioids. Bring your lunch; drinks and dessert provided. RSVP to socialjustice@case.edu.


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 socialjustice@case.edu.