Making Change: Working for Social Justice Conference

The Kirkland Project at Hamilton College will sponsor a conference, "Making Change: Working for Social Justice," on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4 and 5, on the Hamilton campus.  Hamilton and Kirkland have long traditions of training students to help create a more just society. In this conference, organizers seek to acknowledge and celebrate that tradition.  At the same time, by bringing together a critical mass of graduates working for social change, they hope to get new ideas and analyses of current problems, as well as ideas about how to address those problems. The conference is free and open to the public.  

Keynote Speaker:
Robert P. Moses '56
"The Presumption of Innocence, Sharecropper Education and America's Ideals"
Saturday, October 5, 11 a.m.
Hamilton College Chapel
Robert (Bob) Moses spent his young adult life as a pioneer in the Civil Rights Movement, working as a prime mover in the drive to register Black voters in Mississippi. More recently, as a teacher and founder of the national math literacy program called the Algebra Project, he has been applying the lessons of grassroots organizing to one of today's most pressing civil rights issues - education and its effect on economic access. Moses's recent book, Radical Equations: Math Literacy and Civil Rights (Beacon, 2001), will be available for purchase at the talk.


12 - 1 p.m.  Opportunity for Hamilton students to have lunch with "Making Change" presenters, alums with experience in a variety of social justice fields (Location TBA).

1 - 3 p.m. College 130 class meeting "Coming of Age in America:  Narratives of Difference" with special guest Bob Moses (K-J Red Pit).  Followed by informal discussion.

9 p.m. "What God Really Wants/The Age of Reason" Dance performance by Vanessa Paige '88 (List Studio Theater)  Q&A to follow.


8:30 - 9 a.m. Opening Reception and Conference Registration. Kirner-Johnson lobby
9 - 9:15 a.m. Welcome (Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz, Director, Kirkland Project), Kirner-Johnson 109 (Red Pit)
9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Panel: Educating for Social Change: In the Belly of the Beast, Kirner-Johnson 109 (Red Pit)
11 a.m. Keynote Address: Robert P. Moses '56  Hamilton College Chapel
1:30 - 2:45 p.m. Panel: Using the Law for Social Change: Making Rights Real, Kirner-Johnson 109 (Red Pit)
3 - 4:15 p.m. Panel: Writing for Social Change: From Proposals to Propaganda, Kirner-Johnson 109 (Red Pit)
4:15 - 5:30 p.m. Panel: Organizing for Social Change: Policymakers and Grass Roots Activists  Kirner-Johnson 109 (Red Pit)

A Kirkland Project program with support from:
* Career Center
* Communications and Development
* The Office of the President

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