Geographies Of Justice

The “Geographies of Justice: A Scholarly and Public Dialogue Series about the Contested Terrain and Meaning of Freedom in the 21st Century World” is a year-long seminar exploring the meaning of freedom in three international and social contexts: Palestine/Israel since the 1967 war, apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa, and the U.S. Black Freedom Movement from 1960 to the present.

The seminar is made possible through a grant awarded by the Andrew G. Mellon Foundation. The funding allows for one Postdoctoral Fellowship and two Dissertation Fellowships. The seminars are scheduled to begin in the fall of 2016. Planned activities include 3 seminars accompanied by public programs and an interactive website to document the conversations. 30 local scholars and community members comprise the Sawyer Working Group, which is responsible for planning the seminars.

The upcoming public event for the Geographies of Justice seminar is EDUCATION IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT: Sites of Struggle, Contestation, and Re-imagining. 

The Social Justice Initiative presents the second public forum in the Geographies of Justice Seminar Series. An international panel of scholars, labor leaders, educators and policy analysts will explore the challenges to public education in the U.S., South Africa’s Fees Must Fall Movement, and education under Occupation. Co-sponsored by UIC College of Education.

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