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March 30, 2016 : Ohio University Lancaster Kicks Off Social Justice Week with Series of Awareness Events


SJWEEKOhio University Lancaster kicks off Social Justice Week with a series of awareness events and activities. Social Justice Week is an initiative aimed at bringing awareness to the numerous social justice issues impacting the campus as well as our community. Social Justice Week is also supported by many student organizations. It is an opportunity to bridge gaps between various student organizations and bring together diverse individuals and student leaders, as well as the greater Ohio University community, to shed light on their passions and educate others on today’s pressing social issues. The week’s events are free and open to the public:


MONDAY April 11 —Theme: Domestic Violence

Agency Information Expo—North Lobby

Shoe Project Collection—North Lobby

12:30-1:30—room 302—Table Talks with students



Roundtable Discussion with representatives from organizations that support domestic violence awareness, including representatives from the Fairfield County Prosecutor’s Office, Ohio Crime Victims Justice Center, The Lighthouse, Inc., and other organizations.



Film screening:—HBO documentary, “Private Violence”, award winning film festival documentary

Private Violence is a documentary film and audience engagement campaign that explores a simple, but deeply disturbing fact of American life: the most dangerous place for a woman in America is her own home. Every day in the US, at least four women are murdered by abusive (and often, ex) partners. The knee-jerk response is to ask: “why doesn’t she just leave?” Private Violence shatters the brutality of this logic. Through the eyes of two survivors – Deanna Walters, a mother who seeks justice for the crimes committed against her at the hands of her estranged husband, and Kit Gruelle, an advocate who seeks justice for all women – this documentary allows us the opportunity to bear witness to the complicated and complex realities of intimate partner violence



Speaker Presentation and Q&A:  Kit Gruelle, one of two domestic violence survivors featured in “Private Violence,” will speak and answer questions.


kitKit Gruelle was a special advisor and film subject for the documentary Private Violence.  Gruelle is a survivor of domestic violence and has worked as a battered women’s advocate and community educator for over 25 years. She educates advocates, criminal justice professionals, healthcare providers, faith leaders, educators and other allied professionals about domestic violence. She is dedicated to challenging the stereotypes and prevailing belief systems about violence against women and children and highlights the prevalence of out-of-date responses that do little to change the fundamental dynamics of domestic violence



TUESDAY April 12 —Theme: Environment

Agency Information Expo—North Lobby

11am-12:00pm—room 414

Roundtable Discussion with Ohio University Lancaster professors Matt Wanat and Joe Faber who will discuss environmental and sustainability topics as they relate to social justice


WEDNESDAY April 13 —Theme: Drug Awareness

Agency Expo—North Lobby

12:30pm-1:30pm—room 414—Table Talks with students

2pm-3pm—room 414

Roundtable Discussion with representatives from organizations that support drug awareness, such as recovery center, funding agencies, special projects and other organizations.


3:30pm-5pm—room 414

Speaker Presentation:  Professor Schonberg—The Research of Survival, Loss, and Hope: Reflections from the Field for Righteous Dopefiend

dopeDr. Schonberg will discuss his 10-year study of heroin addicts with HIV. His work with Dr. Bourgois was published in Righteous Dopefiend, a resource used in courses at Ohio University Lancaster as well as by the Centers for Disease Control.

Righteous Dopefiend is a powerful study that immerses the reader in the world of homelessness and drug addiction in the contemporary United States. For over a decade, Philippe Bourgois and Jeff Schonberg followed a social network of two dozen heroin injectors and crack smokers on the streets of San Francisco, accompanying them as they scrambled to generate income through burglary, panhandling, recycling, and day labor. Righteous Dopefiend interweaves stunning black-and-white photographs with vivid dialogue, detailed field notes, and critical theoretical analysis. Its gripping narrative develops a cast of characters around the themes of violence, race relations, sexuality, family trauma, embodied suffering, social inequality, and power relations. The result is a dispassionate chronicle of survival, loss, caring, and hope rooted in the addicts' determination to hang on for one more day and one more "fix" through a "moral economy of sharing" that precariously balances mutual solidarity and interpersonal betrayal.


THURSDAY April 14  —Theme: Women’s Rights

Agency Information Expo—North Lobby

12:30pm-1:30pm—room 414—Table Talks with students


2pm-3pm—room 414

Roundtable Discussion about the Equal Rights Amendment.  This panel discussion and audience Q&A will examine the history of the ERA, why we need it, and the current activist work.  Panelists: Ohio University Lancaster professor Pamela Kaylor, Activists Tammy Simkins and Tammy Kaelin, ERA Action.