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Annual Human Rights and Social Justice Program Nov. 13-15


The annual Human Rights and Social Justice program at Miami University, “A Call to Action,” is a series of events Nov. 13-15 that help raise awareness about economic, social and cultural human rights violations locally and around the world. A special presentation on human trafficking and victim identification is organized by the Oxford League of Women Voters. Download a schedule and curriculum guide to events on the Oxford campus.

Events will also be held on Miami’s Middletown and Hamilton campuses.

On the Oxford campus:

• "Human Trafficking 101 and Victim Identification"
7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, Hillel Foundation, 11 East Walnut St.
Led by Erin Meyer, Anti-Trafficking Program Manager, Salvation Army and End Slavery Cincinnati. The Salvation Army in Cincinnati has formed a partnership with End Slavery Cincinnati to work to combat human trafficking in the greater Cincinnati area. More than 3,000 youth in Ohio are at risk for sex trafficking, according to the Report on the Prevalence of Human Trafficking in Ohio, 2010.
Organized by the League of Women Voters of Oxford and sponsored by Hillel and CAWC.

• Anti-Bullying Program: “CHOICES: An Interactive Play on Cyberbullying and Suicide”
7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 13-14, at Leonard Theatre, Peabody Hall.
Presented by the Looking for Lilith Theatre Company. Free, but tickets required (box office, Shriver Center).

• Human Rights and Social Justice Information Fair:
Noon-4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, Shriver Center multipurpose rooms

12:30 p.m.: Proclamation by Oxford mayor Richard Keebler

40 organizations (on-campus, local, state, national and international) will share information about their work related to social justice and human rights.

• Exhibition:
“RESTAVEK: A Day in the Life (Child Slave in Haiti)

Noon-4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, Shriver Center, Bystrom-Reid Room
An interactive exhibition that helps people understand the restavek system of child slavery in Haiti. Led by students from LEPSWA 4 Haiti.

• Human Rights and Social Justice Read-In:
2-4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, 212 MacMillan Hall
2 p.m.: “ A Call to Action”: Individual and collective readings;
3 p.m.: “Going to War and Coming Home:” Summer reading program, “Continuing the Dialogue” led by Jennifer Kinney and Nancy Arthur (members of the 2012 Summer Reading Program committee).

Michael Benitez
Michael Benitez
• Hip Hop and Social Justice, Lecture and Performance:
7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, Leonard Theatre, Peabody Hall

Michael Benitez
, social justice educator, speaker and activist will present ”Hip Hop as critical Pedagogy For Transforming Consciousness and Teaching About Social Justice and Human Rights Issues in Education.”

The Human Rights and Social Justice Program is organized and sponsored by the Center for American and World Cultures (CAWC) with support from many campus organization. The women’s, gender and sexuality program’s (WGS) capstone class collaborated in the development of the curriculum guide.

For more information contact Jacqueline Rioja Velarde, associate director, CAWC.


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