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CDSC Events

Civil Discourse & Social Change Events

Welcome to Fall 2017!

CDSC is hosting an exciting range of events this Fall focusing on Mass Incarceration, Social Justice and Media Literacy and Environmental Justice.

September 21st, 2017

Susan Burton: Activists & Abolitionists Against Mass Incarceration.

Sierra Hall 451 (Whitsett Room).

October 10th, 2017

Social Justice By For Of People

Northridge Center. 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Please reference our CDSC Save-The-Date flier for more details.

Please visit our "Teaching Commons" for readings and materials related to our events.

All events are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.


Related Campus Events

Please send information on related campus events to sheena.malhotra@csun.edu


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Please contact aimee.carrillorowe@csun.edu or
if you have news you want to post to the CDSC site.

Contact Information

The CDSC Initiative was co-founded by Marta López-Garza and Kathryn Sorrells in 2010 for the purpose of addressing student concerns regarding access to education, their future aspirations and larger issues of social justice. This year, it is co-directed by Aimee Carrillo Rowe and Martha D. Escobar.

Aimee Carrillo Rowe
Dept: Communication Studies
Phone #:818 677-5378
Dept Office: MZ 353
Email: aimee.carrillo@csun.edu

Martha D. Escobar
Dept: Chicana and Chicano Studies
Phone #: 818-677-7216
Dept Office: JR 120B
Email: martha.d.escobar@csun.edu

Previous Facilitators

Marta López-Garza (2010-14)

Chicana/o Studies & Gender and Women's Studies.
Chicana/o Studies Office Location: JR 121A
Gender and Women's Studies Office Location: JR 340
Office Phone Number: 818-677-4785
email: marta.lopez-garza@csun.edu

Kathryn Sorrells (2010-14)

Communication Studies
Office Location: MZ 344
Office Phone Number: 818-677-2104
email: kathryn.sorrells@csun.edu

Theresa White(2013-14)

Pan African Studies Department
Office Location:  SN 217  
Phone Number: (818) 677-6136  
Email: theresa.white@csun.edu,

Marcella (Marcy) De Veaux (2014-15)

Dept: Journalism
Phone #:818 677-3135
Dept Office: MZ 365
Email: marcella.deveaux@csun.edu


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Civil Discourse & Social Change: Vision Statement

Civil Discourse and Social Change (CDSC) is a campus-wide initiative that combines education, community involvement and sustained activism on issues aroundsocial justice and social change. The initiative operates under the auspices of the Provost, offering dynamic programming designed to provide social justice education opportunities to students and faculty.


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Teaching Commons

The Teaching Commons are a place to post readings and materials that connect to the various events CDSC programs throughout the year. It is set up for use in classrooms, conversations and collaborations to develop critical consciousness and engender responsible action for social justice and change.

Reverend Lawson's Bio

Reverend James Lawson has been working with the CDSC initiative at CSUN since 2010.

James Lawson was born in Pennsylvania in 1928. His father and grandfather were Methodist ministers, and Lawson received his local preacher's license in 1947, the year he graduated from high school. At his Methodist college in Ohio, he joined the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), America's oldest pacifist organization.

Rev. Lawson being arrested in Nashville during the civil rights struggle.

After spending time in prison for refusing the Korean War draft, he obtained his B.A. in 1952, and spent the next three years as a campus minister and teacher at Hislop College in Nagpur, India. While in India, Lawson eagerly read of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the emerging nonviolent resistance movement back in the United States.

By 1957, Lawson decided he could no longer sit on the sidelines. He began holding seminars to train volunteers in Gandhian tactics of nonviolent direct action. James Lawson helped coordinate the Freedom Rides in 1961 and the Meredith March in 1966, and played a major role in the sanitation workers strike of 1968. On the eve of his assassination, Martin Luther King called Lawson "the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world."

In 1974, Lawson moved to Los Angles to be the pastor of Holman Methodist Church. He spoke out against racism, and challenged the cold war and U.S. military involvement throughout the world. Even after his retirement, Lawson was protesting with the Janitors for Justice in Los Angeles, and with gay and lesbian Methodists in Cleveland.

Congressman John Lewis, and recent author of March Book 1 recounts his activists years in the Civil Rights Movement, and mentions our own Reverend James M. Lawson Jr. as one of the most influencial men in his life. Watch John Lewis’ interviews with Bill Moyers (Jul 26, 2013) and with National Public Radio (August 14).



Source: PBS website http://www.pbs.org/thisfarbyfaith/witnesses/james_lawson.html