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Politics and Social Justice Week

Politics and Social Justice Week 2015
"Bringing Together a World Divided"

Reza Aslan

The Keynote Speaker for 2015 Politics and Social Justice Week is Dr. Reza Aslan, an internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions.

Dr. Aslan is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside and serves on the board of trustees for the Chicago Theological Seminary. He is also a member of the American Academy of Religions, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the International Qur'anic Studies Association. Dr. Aslan is also the founder of Aslan Media, a social media network for news and entertainment about the Middle East and the world, and co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of BoomGen Studios, the premier entertainment brand for creative content from and about the Greater Middle East. He is a frequent guest on news programs and talk shows on channels such as CNN and HBO.

Dr. Aslan's first book is the International Bestseller No god but God: The origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, which has been translated into seventeen languages and named one of the 100 most important books of the last decade. he is also the author of How to Win a Cosmic War (published in paperback as Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in a Globalized Age), as well as editor of two volumes: Tablet and Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East, and Muslims and Jews in America: Commonalties, Contentions, and Complexities. His most recent book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, has been translated into twenty-eight languages and was a #1 New York Times Bestseller.

His keynote address will be at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 2nd., in the W.C.Morris Auditorium

2015 Politics and Social Justice Week Schedule March 30th - April 8th.

Dr. Kenneth Cust Social Justice Precisely Defined Monday, March 30th. 5:00 Union 238
Candlelight Vigil- Opening Event
Featuring a Choir and a Variety of Speakers from the
Warrensburg Community and Beyond
Politics and Social Justice Week Opening
Monday, March 30th. 6:30 pm Union Quad at UCM
Dr. Charles Epp Immigration and Policing Tuesday, March 31st. 3:30pm Union 237B
Dr. Tim Rich "North Korea: Fact, Fiction, or Propaganda? Tuesday, March 31st. 5pm Union 238
Brent Martin Media and Politics Wednesday, April 1st. 4:00pm Lovinger 1290
Dr. Gregory Streich and Dr. Robynn Kuhlmann "American Exceptionalism and Women in Politics- A Female Head of State" Thursday, April 2nd. 3:30pm Union 229
Reza Aslan: PSJW Keynote Address "Bringing Together a World Divided" Thursday, April 2nd. 7:00pm W.C.Morris Auditorium
Senator David Pearce and Representative Denny Hoskins Open Forum Friday, April 3rd. 11:00am Union 236
Dr. James Staab "Myths and Realities of Judicial Activism." Friday, April 3rd. 12:00pm Wood 100
Dr. Amber Clifford and Melvina Young "Rethinking Exotic Dancers: First, Second and Third Wave Feminism" Monday, April 6th. 4:00pm Union 235
College of Education Panel "Education Today and Affirmative Action" Monday, April 6th. 5:30pm Union 238
Criminal Justice Panel Policing and Race Tuesday, April 7th 12:30pm Wood 105

Scholars Symposium
"Politics and Social Justice"
Competition Panel 7: Social and Behavioral Sciences

Tuesday, April 7th


Union 235A
Dr. Mike Makara and the UCM Talking Mules Debate Team "Israel Palestine, and the Barriers to Peace" - UCM Talking Mules Debate Team Follow-up Tuesday, April 7th 2:30pm Wood 100
Brent Martin "A Minute After Midnight: Observing Executions in Missouri" Wednesday, April 8th. 3:30pm Ward Edwards 2020
Innocence Project and UCMs Health Center Panel Contraception in American Politics (Innocence Project on "The Contraception Debate." Wednesday, April 8th. 4:00-5:30pm Wood 105
OXFAM HUNGER Banquet Hunger Banquet Wednesday, April 8th. 6:00-7:00pm Union
A Variety of Films Concerning Social Justice Issues will be Shown at the
Show Me Justice Film Festival
April 9th. - 10th.

(for the schedule see

*Events are sponsored by Students for Political Action, Department of Government, International Studies, and Languages, UCMs Student Government Association, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Department of Communication, Department of Criminal Justice, Center for Teaching and Learning, College of Education, and UCMs President's Office.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Robynn Kuhlmann at








Politics and Social Justice Week

Politics and Social Justice Week 2014


Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Russell, Jen Chapin, and a Variety of Speakers Starting March 31st., 2014

Mary Russell

Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Russell

A seventh-generation Missourian, Chief Justice Mary R. Russell was appointed to the Supreme Court of Missouri in 2004, and retained by a majority vote of the citizens of Missouri in November 2006, for a twelve-year term. She was elected as Chief Justice by her colleagues for a two-year term, running from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2015. She is a former Chief Judge on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, where she served from 1995 to 2004. Chief Justice Russell was educated at Truman State University, receiving her B.S.and B.A. Summa Cum Laude in 1980, and graduated from law school at the University of Missouri-Columbia with her J.D. in 1983. After graduation, she was a lawclerk for the Honorable George Gunn, Jr. at the Supreme Court of Missouri. She was engaged in the private practice of law in the firm of Clayton & Rhodes in Hannibal until her appointment by Governor Carnahan to the Court of Appeals.

Chief Justice Russell has received numerous honors and awards including: the University of Missouri School of Law Citation of Merit Award and Spirit of Martha Award; a Henry Toll Fellowship; the Young Lawyers Chairperson Award in 1992 and 1993; the Missourians for Equal Justice Award; the Mathews-Dickey Boys' & Girls' Club 2001 Appreciation of the Year Award; Faculty/Alumni Award at the University of Missouri in 2002. She was inducted into the Missouri Academiy of Squires in 2002; and the Rollins Society at Mizzou in 2011. The City of Kirkwood honored her as the Citizen of the Year in 2003. She is the recipient of the President's Award from the Women Lawyers Association in 2003, the Distinguished Service Award from Truman State University in 2003, the "Women Helping Women" Award from the Soroptimist Club, the Rotarian of the Year in Jefferson City in 2007; Women's Justice Award in 2008; a "Woman of Achievement Award" from the Zonta Club and the Lasting Legacy Award in 2012 from Missouri CASA. In 2013, Truman State University named her its Alumna of the Year. She was named Woman of the year in 2014 by Missouri Lawyers' Media.

Chief Justice Russell is a member of many bar associations throughout the state and is a frequent lecturer. She is an active member of the Back Stoppers, Board of Directors, Jefferson City Rotary Club, PEO, the Missouri Women's Forum, Grace Episcopal Church, and the Missouri Histoical Society. In addition to her many civic activities, she volunteers as a Truancy Court Judge at Lewis and Clark Middle School in Jefferson City. Chief Justice Russell devotes much time to mentoring young people and speaking to groups around the state.

Jen Chapin's music is jazz-tinged urban folk-story songs that search for community and shared meaning, powered by the funk, soul and improvisation of the city. She has been featured on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," honored by the USA Songwriting Competition, appeared on stage with Bruce Springsteen, and opened up for Smokey Robinson, Bruce Hornsby, and the Neville Brothers. her performances are powerful, spotlighting the world-class musicianship and rare chemistry of Grammy-nominated husband/acoustice bassist Stephan Crump and guitarist Jamie Fox.

jen chapin

2014 Politics and Social Justice Week Schedule
March 31st - April 12

Speaker/Event Topic Date Time Room
Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Russell
Politics and Social Justice Week Openning

Monday, March 31st


5 pm


Union 235

Jen Chapin

Concert with Singer/Songwriter Jen Chapin Tuesday, April 1st

7:30 pm

Hendricks Hall
OXFAM Hunger Banquet
Hunger Banquet
Tuesday, April 1st
5:30 pm
Union Cafe Rough-Ballroom 236

Jen Chapin
Hunger and Social Justice Wednesday, April 2nd
12 pm
Twomney Auditorium

Social Justice Speech Competition
Speech competition on social justice sponsored by the UCM Department of Communications
Wednesday, April 2nd

3 pm

JCKL Performance Center
Feminism from various Perspectives
Wednesday, April 2nd
4 pm

Union 235
Dr. Rantz No Child Left Behind Thursday, April 3rd 2 pm Union 235
Panel LGBTQ Issues Thursday, Apri 3rd 3:30 pm Union 238
Robert Weems Civil Rights Friday, April 4th 12 pm TBA
Senator David Pearce Open Forum Friday, April 4th 2 pm Union 235
Mock Trial Watch Court Procedures by UCM's Mock Trial Team Monday, April 7th 2 pm Union 219
Dr. Gregory Streich Immigration Reform Monday, April 7th 4 pm Union 304/306
Dr. Carol Atkinson Ethics in the Media Tuesday, April 8th 2 pm Union 235
Brent Martin (Nebraska Network News Reporter) Nebraska's Unicameral Legislature Tuesday, April 8th 3 pm Union 219
Brent Martin (Nebraska Network News Reporter) Media and Politics Tuesday, April 8th 5 pm Union 304/306
Dr. James Staab Obama's Affordable Care Act Wednesday, April 9th 12 pm Wood 100
Dr. Wendy Geiger and Dr.Robynn Kuhlmann Panel: Defense of Marriage Act Wednesday, April 9th 4 pm Union 229

A variety of films concerning Social Justice issues will be showin at the Show Me Justice Film Festival April 10th-12th (Events/Times TBA)


Politics and Social Justice Week 2013

2013 Politics and Social Justice Week Schedule

April 3rd – April 12th






Lilly Ledbetter

Gender Equity

Wednesday, April 3rd


WC Morris Auditorium

Dr. Gregory Streich

Immigration and Post-9/11 Politics

Thursday, April 4th


Union 237A

Senator Jolie Justus

Women in Politics and Minority Status

Thursday, April 4th


Union 237A

Senator David Pearce and Representative Denny Hoskins

Open Forum

Friday, April 5th


Wood 100

Dr. Wendy Geiger

Social Movements the LGBTQ Community

Monday, April 8th


Union 237A

Dr. Nader Hashemi

“Why Israel and Palestine are Central to Resolving the Crisis in Islam-West Relations."

Monday, April 8th


Union 237A

Dr. Tashel Bordere

African American Homicide and US Education Policy

Tuesday, April 9th


Union 237A

Social Justice Speech Competition

Speech competition on social justice sponsored by the UCM Communications Department

Wednesday, April 10th


JCKL Performance Center

Film Screening “Bully”

Documentary on bullying in US schools.

Wednesday, April 10th

3:30pm and 6:30pm

Union 240

Film Screening “Danny from North Korea”

Documentary of a refugee’s escape from North Korea

Thursday, April 11th


WC Morris Auditorium

Oxfam Hunger Banquet

Thursday, April 11th


Union Atrium/ 238

Dr. Elijah Anderson

“The Color Line: Race Relations in the US”

Thursday, April 11th


Union 236

Dr. Tola Pearce

Equality, Justice and African Women

Friday, April 12th


Union 123

*Events are sponsored by the Department of Government, International Studies and Languages, Students for Political Action, the Department of Communication and Sociology, Women and Gender Studies Program, the Center for Africana Studies, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars, the International Center and our UCM National Endowment for the  Humanities Muslim Journeys Grant, AKD Delta Chapter, the Sociology Club the Center for Teaching and Learning, the American Democracy Project, and the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, the President’s and Provosts Office.


Politics and Social Justice Week 2011

April 4-9 is Politics and Social Justice Week.  The theme for this year is "Locked Up, Locked Out ." Join us for some wonderful programs. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact the Political Science Department.

Monday, April 4
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  Voter Registration Drive on the Mall outside the Union
2:00 p.m. Gay Rights Panel Union 304 & 306
3:30 p.m.
 “The Kansas City Murder Factory."  Film showing followed by discussion by Ben Meade and Mike Rollen.  Lovinger 1290

Tuesday, April 5
11:00 a.m. Model United Nations Simulation in Union 237A
2:00 p.m.
Trial of a Good SoldierPresentation by Fran Thexton, mother of Spc. William Hunsaker in Union 237A

Wednesday, April 6
The Culture and Politics of Incarceration Symposium sponsored by The Institute of Justice & International Studies in Union 236
9:00 a.m. George Lombardi, Director of the Missouri Department of Corrections
10:00 a.m. Marie Gottschalk, PhD, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania, author
11:00 a.m. Marie Gottschalk, PhD, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania, author
1:00 p.m. Kenneth Wooden, President-Emeritus, Child Lures Prevention/Teen Lures
2:00 p.m. William Ray Price, Jr., Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Missouri.

5:30 p.m. Pi Sigma Alpha Banquet featuring Dr. Tom Longoria, keynote speaker, White Rose Pavillion

Thursday, April 7
11:00 a.m.  International Student Panel Union 236
2:00 p.m.  
Mock Trial Demonstration Union 234 A & B
7:30 p.m.
Excellence in Governance featuring Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster in the JCK Library Read and Relax area

Friday, April 8
12:00 p.m. Open Forum with Senator David Pearce in Wood 100

Saturday, April 9
8:00 a.m. 5K Law Day Run/Walk sponsored by PLSA

The week’s programming is sponsored by the Department of Political Science, The Institute of Justice & International Studies and Alpha Phi Sigma, Pi Sigma Alpha, Office of Diversity, Pre-Law Students Association, Student Government Association, Students for Political Action, UCM Mock Trial Team, and UCM Model United Nations Team.