Campus Activism For Justice from Southern Africa to Michigan

September 27, 2018 - 12:00pm - September 28, 2018 - 5:00pm
Location: 
Main Library Green Room
366 W Circle Drive
East Lansing, MI 48823
United States

All events are free and open to the public. Registration by 9/5/18 is strongly encouraged.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

12:00–1:30 p.m. Eye on Africa: Somadoda Fikeni, Contributing Consultant BBC (Contemporary Political Issues in South Africa) (NOTE LOCATION: International Center Room 201)

2:00–3:00 p.m. Lunch

6:00 p.m. KEYNOTE: Ms. Phumzile Mazibuko, Consul General, South African Consulate in Chicago (Main Library Green Room)

Friday, September 28, 2018 (Main Library Green Room)

9:00 a.m. Welcome and Overview

9:15 a.m. PANEL ONE: 1960s Activism at MSU

10:30 a.m. Break 10:45 a.m. PANEL TWO: Divesting from Apartheid South Africa: MSU & the Michigan Legislature

12:30 p.m. Lunch / Activism Fair / Special Collections Open House

2:00 p.m. PANEL THREE: Contemporary Student Activism at MSU

3:30 p.m. Open Mic

5:00 p.m. Adjourn 

This conference commemorates the 40th anniversary of Michigan State University’s decision to divest from companies doing business with apartheid South Africa. The conference also will put the divestment campaign into the larger context of campus movements that came before it, including activism at MSU by African Americans, women, and those opposed to the war in Vietnam, amongst others. Campus activists from South Africa and MSU will also discuss some of today’s student movements focused on such issues as global justice, responsible employment practices, and the environment.

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