CALL FOR PAPERS!
We are excited to invite all CSUN students (undergraduate or graduate) to apply to CD&SC's second annual all day symposium on "Social Justice and Student Activism." The theme reflects the powerful role that students play in transforming higher education, which was recently highlighted at CSUN, where students led a movement to repeal Executive Orders and challenge curriculum changes, changes that would have a dramatic impact on their education and future. Building on historical legacies as well as this recent student activist work, the 2019 CD&SC Student Research Conference invites all undergraduate and graduate students at CSUN to present research and creative work that addresses any aspect of social justice and social change.
You do not need to have a completed paper or presentation to apply! By working closely with a faculty mentor we can help you turn your good idea into a powerful presentation. Submit your personal information and an abstract (no longer than 200 words) here by 5 pm March 15, 2019.
Symposium will take place on May 7, 2019 and in addition to student research presentations we will have: 1. an opening plenary featuring student art; 2. music and performances and 3. a closing keynote by Dr. David Stovall, a scholar and activist for school reform. His talk is titled "Justice and the Inevitability of the Fight: Working, Building, and Planning in Struggle." Stovall's address seeks to put the current social, political, and economic moment in the context of a series of planned distractions. Instead of focusing on the volatility of antics of the current presidential administration, Stovall argues that distractions are operationalized to spark paranoia. If we know this to be the case, history reminds us that any demand for justice will require a fight. Instead of a hostile and violent fight, the efforts to build the world we need will require a serious, unfiltered commitment to struggle that must be thoughtful and organized.
Last year's program:
CDSC is proud to support the struggle against the Executive Orders on the CSUN campus. We ask that you please watch the following student-made video for more information: