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Ali Institute brings campus together for Peace & Justice Week

by UofL Today last modified Oct 21, 2010 11:15 AM

About half of the events in this year's Peace & Justice Week are being put on by a campus organization other than event sponsor, the Ali Institute for Peace and Justice.

Ali Institute brings campus together for Peace & Justice Week

Part of the Ali Institute's SeeRedNow campaign.

That's OK with Stacy Bailey-Ndiaye, the institute's director.

Peace and Justice Week has been embraced campuswide, she said, and it is part of the fabric of the fall.

"I'm really proud of that. What we're about is collaboration and working with others."

This year's Peace and Justice Week is designed to bring awareness to several issues: the environment, classism and community activism to name just three.

"It's a little more hands on" than in past years, she noted, with much of the focus on workshops rather than talks.

Highlights are:

  • Community organization workshop with author and environmental policy consultant Ibrahim Abdul-Matin. Sunday, Oct. 31, noon-3 p.m. at the Cultural Center.
  • "Green Deen: What Islam Teaches about Protecting the Planet," Abdul-Matin's talk on how environmentalism and Islam can work toward making change. Monday, Nov. 1, 5 p.m. in Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library.
  • Undoing Classism, a workshop with members of Women in Transition, to address stereotypes of people in poverty and to look at systemic injustices of poverty.
  • "The Civil Rights Movement and Students: Creating a Vital Transformative Change in the Struggle for American Freedom," by The Songtalker, Bernice Reagon, a longtime musical and cultural leader in the civil rights movement. Sponsored by the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research. Friday, Nov. 5, 6 p.m., Comstock Hall, School of Music.
  • "How Can We Best Serve" conference, a series of community engagement workshops and trainings designed to educate students, staff and faculty about health equity as a social justice issue and provide a better understanding of how they can engage with the community through direct service. Sponsored by UofL Bonner Leaders and the Office of Civic Engagement, Leadership and Service. Saturday, Nov. 6, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Student Activities Center.

If you're walking around campus, you'll also see banners asking you to "SeeRedNow." That doesn't mean to close your eyes so tightly that you literally see red. It's the Ali Institute's way of bringing attention to six areas of violence and asking people to learn about them, get fired up about ending them and find a place where they can make a difference and do something about them.

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