College of Humanities

CDSC 10th Anniversary, 2010-2020: Ten Years of Vision, Struggle, and Movement Building

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 12:30pm

Online Webinar

CDSC 10th Anniversary Webinar

“CDSC 10th Anniversary, 2010-2020: Ten Years of Vision, Struggle, and Movement Building” 

Date: Wednesday October 21, 2020 

Time: 12:30 PM (Pacific Time) 

Please join us to celebrate Civil Discourse and Social Change’s Tenth Anniversary.

Speakers include: 

Reverend James M. Lawson, Jr., Civil Rights Movement strategist and CDSC Scholar and Mentor.

Dr. José Juan Gómez, CSUN alum, former member of CSUN MEChA, and member of the CSUN Si

Jonnae Thompson, CSUN alum and member of the CSUN Six

Justin Marks, CSUN alum and member of the CSUN Six 

Special guest:

Dr. Karren Baird-Olson, Professor Emeritus CSUN Sociology, former director of the CSUN American Indian Studies Program, and member of the CSUN Six

Summary: This event celebrates CDSC’s tenth anniversary, grounding the initiative’s origins in student activism. CSUN alumni Dr. José Gómez, Jonnae Thompson, and Justin Marks were organizers of the March 4, 2010 student mobilization against tuition/fee hikes during the Great Recession and for undocumented students. The three alumni will speak about the March 4th mobilization, the LAPD crackdown of the protest and arrest of six of the marchers, and the subsequent legal struggle to have charges dropped. 

To contextualize this mobilization and CDSC’s tenth anniversary, Reverend James M. Lawson, Jr. will discuss the longer arc of peoples’ mobilizations and his role in CDSC’s formation.

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