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Social Justice Series


There is a lot happening in our country and across the globe right now. And a lot of those events/issues are asking for your attention and effort. Are you struggling to figure out what causes matter to you and how to get involved? Then this Social Justice Series is perfect for you! 

We will be exploring the concept of Social Justice, systematic oppression, and institutional racism.  If you want to learn more about how to engage with the process to help make our community, systems and country more equal and safe for every human, we have space for you!   

April 2021 Events

Faculty Chat: Join us for a chat with a Faculty Expert! This month Dr. Ryan Burge, from the Department of Political Science, is going to be discussing the intersection of religion and climate change and what those implications are on society at large! He will start our time together with a presentation and then open it up to questions! You will not want to miss this! Dr. Burge is a phenomenal presenter! Join us on Thursday, April 8th at 3pm. Register to join us here!

Living Room Conversation: As our awareness and understanding of global warming and its implications on every facet of all of our lives grows, so does the number of questions each of us has about what we can do about it. In this conversation, we talk about our evolving understanding of energy, sustainability, energy choices and how our lives are impacted by the energy we use. What can we learn about our shared stories that is similar? And where are the common themes that we all share? Join us to have a respectful conversation how this impacts all of us on Monday, April 12th at 2:30pm here!

Ted Talk Chat: We are trying something new this month! We are going to come together virtually and watch (2) Ted Talks all with a different focus on environmental and sustainability issues and then have a conversation about the themes throughout the presentations. This will be a great way to come together and think differently or deeper about how the environment and the changes it is facing impacts our lives! Join us on Thursday, April 15th at 11am here!

Cinema and Conversation: This is a great way to Nexflix and fill….your brain with new information! From the comfort and safety of your living space you will watch a movie and then we will come together to have a conversation to look critically at the themes of race and how those same issues apply today. This month we are watching “Blackfish” which is available on Netflix. This film highlights the treatment of Orca’s at theme parks and how little we know about how captivity impacts these huge mammals. Join us on Tuesday, April 20th at 11am.  Register here

Living Room Conversation: We all want to live in a healthy environment, yet most of us make compromises to enjoy the benefits of modern society. How much pollution is ok in our air, water and homes?  When are environmental regulations helpful or harmful for individuals, businesses, and communities? What is the government’s role in protecting the environment?  Join us to have a respectful conversation how this impacts all of us on Wednesday, April 21st at 2pm here

Activism Chat: We are taking a new twist on our Activism chat this month! We will have three speakers, they will each ONLY get 10 minutes to present, and each have a different, but connected topic to cover. This month our three topics will be; The Paris Climate Agreement, Local Sustainability Efforts, and the US National Parks. Join us on Friday, April 23rd at 2pm to learn more about these three important topics here!

EIU Reads: We are committed to continue to learn and evolve and grow as humans and are continuing our conversations about race, racism, systematic racism and how it impacts everything and everyone. Our next book to read will be “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander. The conversations will take place via Zoom and will be facilitated by members of the university faculty, staff and administration through the month of June 2021. For those who participate we will meet once a week for 4 weeks for a 60 minute conversation. Space is limited to 20 people a session, so don’t delay in registering! Register here!

Wednesdays from 9am-10am
June 2, June 9, June 16, and June 23

Thursdays from 12pm-1pm
June 3, June 10, June 17, and June 24 

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Eastern Illinois University
MLK Jr. Union 3rd Floor
Charleston, IL 61920

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