The UT Amnesty International chapter will celebrate its third annual Human Rights Week March 11 through 20 with speakers on issues ranging from due process rights in foreign lands to reproduction rights to prisoners wrongly sentenced on death row. The week will kick off with a lecture by Ndiva Kofele-Kale at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 11, in the University Center Ballroom. A former UT faculty member, Kofele-Kale is now a professor of public international law at Southern Methodist University. Kofele-Kale, who was born in Cameroon, is leading the defense team representing Marafa Hamidou Yaya, former Secretary General of the Presidency of Cameroon.
Center for the Study of Social Justice News
The Center for the Study of Social Justice is inviting exceptional faculty researchers to apply for participation in the center’s Fall 2012 Proposal Development Initiative. The program is intended to support researchers in applying for external funding in the social and behavioral sciences, with the goal of providing structure and support to transform a research plan into a completed proposal for submission in spring 2013.
Area teen girls are invited to the screening and discussion of “Miss Representation,” a documentary film that links the media’s portrayal of women to the dearth of women in leadership positions. Screening will take place at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 28, in the Hidges Library. Guided group discussions will take place at 5:30 p.m.
Much has changed since UT Knoxville was founded in 1794. The nation’s priorities of prosperity and economic expansion have been overtaken by crises in the economy and social values. A conference at UT Knoxville will discuss the new role the university should play in today’s society. Hosted by the Department of Sociology and the Center for the Study of Social Justice, the Conference on Social Justice and the University will be Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 at the Baker Center.
Jeremy Rifkin, president and founder of the Foundation on Economic Trends, will speak at the inaugural event for the UT Knoxville Center for the Study of Social Justice at 7 p.m. on Nov. 10 in the University Center Ballroom. Rifkin has written 17 books on scientific and technological changes and their impact on the environment, the economy and society. Rifkin’s lecture, “Leading the Way to the Third Industrial Revolution,” focuses on the argument that society needs to radically overhaul the way in which energy is consumed.
With the goal of shedding light on society’s most pressing social issues, UT Knoxville has formed the Center for the Study of Social Justice. Based in UT’s Department of Sociology, the center provides a framework for scholars of sociology, psychology, education, social work, law, geography, political science and philosophy, among others, to collaborate on research and share insights about the conflicts, complexities and contradictions related to social justice. The center aims to produce science-based solutions for everyday problems.