Human rights and social justice events announced at Miami Regionals

By Brennan Burks, Miami University Regionals

Miami University Regionals is sponsoring a number of events focused on human rights and social justice, beginning Nov. 10. All events are free and open to the public.

Nov. 10, Flow: For Love of Water

4–6 p.m. Seminar Room 3, Harry T. Wilks Conference Center, Hamilton campus and Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. in 136-137 Johnston Hall, Middletown campus.

This film screening and discussion will focus on the myriad of ways multinational companies control the infrastructure of water for their financial gain at the expense of local people worldwide, including the United States. This documentary features interviews with water activists, community activists, and scientists. Light refreshments provided.

Nov. 14, Sweatshop: Deadly Fashion

The first screening is at 9:15 a.m. in 120 Johnston Hall with a second screening at 1 p.m. in 115 Johnston Hall, both at the Middletown campus. This film follows the story of three Norwegian fashionistas on their journey to Cambodia to meet and live with garment workers.

Nov. 14, The Water Front

4–6 p.m. Seminar Room 3, Harry T Wilks Conference Center, Hamilton campus.

This film screening and discussion will focus on residents of Highland Park, Michigan, known as the birthplace of the auto industry, who have received water bills as high as $10,000. They have had their water turned off and their homes foreclosed and are struggling to keep water, a basic human right, from becoming privatized. Light refreshments provided.

Nov. 16, Ask a Muslim

11:30 a.m. Johnston Hall, Hawk Haven, Middletown campus. Take this opportunity to chat with local Muslims about any issue you wish.

Nov. 16, Protest at the Dakota Access Pipeline

4–6 p.m., Harry T. Wilks Conference Center, Hamilton campus.

Roxanne T. Ornelas, associate professor of geography and director of women's, gender and sexuality studies, will speak about indigenous and environmental rights in the context of the Dakota Access Pipeline project. A question and answer session will follow. Light refreshments provided.

Nov. 17, What’s Up With the Water in Flint, Michigan?

4–6 p.m. Seminar Room 3, Harry T. Wilks Conference Center, Hamilton campus.

Donnie Johnson Sackey, assistant professor at Wayne State University, will speak about human rights and environmental justice in the context of the Flint, Michigan water crisis. A question and answer session will follow. Light refreshments provided.  

Human rights and social justice programs at the Hamilton campus are generously sponsored by the Center for American and World Cultures, the Miami Regionals office of diversity and multicultural services, the Miami Regionals dean’s office, the department of English, the department of literatures, languages, and writing, and Rentschler Library. For more information on events at the Hamilton campus, located at 1601 University Blvd., call (513) 785-3034.

Human rights and social justice programs at the Middletown campus are generously sponsored by Miami Middletown's diversity council. For more information on events at the Middletown campus, located at 4200 N. University Blvd., call (513) 217-4177.