Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Royce Fellows -- Activism, Scholarship, and Social Transformations through Law, Media, and Politics

Friday, February 22, 2013

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Joukowsky Forum

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Activism, Scholarship, and Social Transformations through Law, Media, and Politics

Activism takes on many different forms to influence social processes on local, national, and transnational scales. Royce Fellows Mike Johnson, Rich Ramirez, and Julia Ellis-Kahana have gone into the field on four different continents researching, observing, and in some cases applying activist techniques addressing government-imposed land acquisition, mayoral control of public education, and safe abortion access. While their individual projects do not look to have much in common, much less be connected with one another, this generative discussion intends to map the ways in which these studies could help constitute a more general scholarship dedicated to improving approaches to social transformation. Moderated by Professor Michael Kennedy, this panel will explore how individuals, state actors, and international organizations strategically leverage law, media, and political processes to reformulate policy and catalyze social change. 

Reception to follow.

Location: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street.