Saturday, January 28, 2017
9 am – 5 pm
The University of Texas at Austin campus, Julius Glickman Conference Center
(first floor, CLA Building)


Those of us seeking to advance social justice and ecological sustainability are a powerful political force in this country, a point driven home by the multitudes who took the streets in protest this past weekend. The community of higher education has historically played a key role in resistance movements, and it will do so again today. But only if it gets organized.

The Social Justice Institute of the University of Texas at Austin is sponsoring a teach-in where we will explore two key questions: How do we understand the forces that have shaped this moment in U.S. history? How can we participate most effectively? The teach-in will feature UT faculty and Austin community organizers who will offer a historical perspective on the systems of power that structure the contemporary political landscape; an analysis of the current political dynamics; and ideas for action to create a more just and sustainable society.

Speakers will include:
·Raj Patel, UT LBJ of Public Affairs Professor

·Omi Osun Joni Jones, Professor of Theater and Dance at UT African and African Diaspora Studies

·Jose Garza, Workers Defense Project Executive Director

·Paula X. Rojas, Mama Sana Founder

·Nancy Cardenas, Texas Associate Director for State Policy and Advocacy at National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

·Michael Young, UT Professor of Sociology

·Sharmila Rudrappa, UT Associate Professor

·Eric Tang, UT Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies and Director of the Social Justice Institute

·Ted Gordon, UT African and African Diaspora Studies Chair

·Kellee Coleman, Social Justice & Equity Consultant

·James Nortey, Attorney, Community Advocate

·Michael Young, UT Environment Division Associate Director

·Peniel Joseph, The LBJ School of Public Affairs Professor and the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy Director

This event is organized by the Social Justice Institute of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) and is co-sponsored by UT Austin’s African and African Diaspora Studies, with support from the Third Coast Activist Resource Center in Austin and the Senior Fellows Honors Program of the College of Communication at UT Austin.