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Social Controversies Focus of Events

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG - 04/03/2007 - An examination of conflict and controversy around the world will be the focus of the University of Central Missouri's Politics and Social Justice Week April 2-6.

Neal Katyal

Neal Katyal, professor of law at Georgetown University, will open the week of discussion with his presentation, "The Constitutionality of Military Tribunals," at noon Monday, April 2 in the Elliott Union ballroom. Katyal also will lead a discussion on "Careers in Public Interest Law" at 2 p.m. Monday in Elliott Union 237A.

Pedro  Sanoja

"From Disenfranchisement to Class Rule: The Rise of The Poor, Social Movements and Political Change in Venezuela" is the topic of a lecture by Pedro Sanoja, an instructor in international communications at Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa., at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 3, in Elliott Union 237B.

Sanoja's background in communications, political science and international relations has led to careers in journalism, banking and public relations in Venezuela, as well as teaching higher education in the United States.

Model United Nations Demonstration

UCM's Model United Nations team, under the sponsorship of Darlene Budd, assistant professor of political science, will present a model United Nations demonstration at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Wood 1. The demonstration will feature a Security Council deliberation on an international crisis between nations' delegates.

Stefan Lorenzmaier

Stefan Lorenzmaier, a visiting Fulbright Scholar from Germany at UCM, will deliver a lecture at 4 p.m., also in Wood 1.

Ramona Houston

Ramona Houston, assistant professor of history at Morehouse College on Atlanta, will speak on "Sin Fronteras: Building Diversity in a Global Society" at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, in Wood 100.

UCM's Mock Trial Team

UCM's Mock Trial Team will conduct a mock trial demonstration at 2 p.m. in the Elliott Union ballroom. Coached by Warrensburg attorney Doug Harris and James Staab, professor of political science, the team will conduct the mock trial in an abbreviated competition format.

Lewis Diuguid

Lewis Diuguid, author and vice president for community resources and columnist for "The Kansas City Star," will speak on "Education and the Prison Industrial Complex" at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 5, in Elliott Union 237B.

Diuguid has co-chaired the diversity initiative for The Star wince 1995 and has facilitated diversity workshops for colleges and community organizations. He also is the author of "A Teacher's Cry: Expose the Truth about Education Today," an award-winning 2004 book about improvement of public schools in urban areas. He soon will be publishing his second book, "Discovering the Real America: Toward a More Perfect Union," an examination of diversity in American culture.

Rep. David Pearce

Rep. David Pearce of Warrensburg, who represents the 121st District in the Missouri House of Representative, will present a Legislative Update and Open Forum at 11 a.m. Friday, April 6, in the Elliott Union ballroom. Pearce will present up-to-date information on pending state legislation and lead an open forum on legislative issues.

Groups who contributed to the sponsorship of Politics and Social Justice Week are the American Democracy Project, College Democrats, College Republicans, Department of Political Science and Geography, the Political Science Students Association, the Office of Community Engagement, the Social Justice League and the Third Party Alliance.