Discussion on global social movements kicks off research symposium

Brock University’s Social Justice Research Institute is hosting an evening of discussion and performance around the issue of global social movements.

The event will be held Thursday, Oct. 13 starting at 6:30 p.m. at Rodman Hall Art Centre and is open to Brock students, faculty, staff and the general public. It will kick off the two-day 2016 SJRI Symposium: Global Movement Assemblages.

The discussion Thursday explores the relation between post-2010 social movements such as the Arab Spring, Occupy and Idle No More with longer-standing movements for social transformation.

The event will feature a welcome to the Grand River Territory of the Haudenosaunee by Darren Thomas, Seneca Nation, Bear Clan, as well as a panel including:

Sonia Alvarez, Leonard Horwitz Chair of Latin American Politics, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Janet Conway, Canada Research Chair in Social Justice, Brock University

Glen Coulthard, Yellowknives Dene, First Nations Studies, University of British Columbia

Hamid Dabashi, Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

The evening will also include a literary reading by Lee Maracle, who authored Talking to the Diaspora in 2015.

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