Fall 2008- Spring 2009: “The Many Faces of Justice”

September 16, 2008: “Hungry Planet”: A Food Justice Event Presentation

Menzel and D'Aluisio's latest book is another around-the-world exploration of average daily life in 24 countries — focusing on food. Hungry Planet: What the World Eats, details each family's weekly food purchases and average daily life. The centerpiece of each chapter is a portrait of the entire family surrounded by a week's worth of groceries accompanied by interviews and detailed grocery lists. The book received the coveted James Beard Best Book Award in 2006 and was awarded Book of the Year from the Harry Chapin World Hunger Media Foundation.
Menzel and D'Aluisio's first collaboration, Women in the Material World (Sierra Club Books, 1996), which explored the lives of women around the world, builds upon the documentary work of Menzel's first book, Material World: A Global Family Portrait (Sierra Club 1994). (Workshop hosted by Hunger Los Angeles)

October 28, 2008: “Interrogation or Torture”: Political Justice and Torture panel

Changemakers presents a panel of diverse experts on the critical issues of political justice and the politics and controversies of U.S. practices of torture:

NEIL KOSLOWE is a litigation specialist and former appellate attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice. He has represented Guantanamo Bay detainees with two victories in the U.S. Supreme Court.

CLAYTON CAMPBELL is a political artist recently renowned for his projects entitled "Words My Son Has Learned Since 9-11" and "After Abu Ghraib."

JOSE QUIROGA, MD is the medical director at the Program for Torture Victims and has worked for more than 30 years with torture victims.

(Workshop hosted by Artist Clayton Campbell)

November 18, 2008: “Sustainability in the 21st Century”: An Environmental Justice Event

In his lecture, Harvey Stone will:

Briefly define the roots of some of today's environmental crises.

Highlight examples of the cutting-edge steps towards sustainability
being taken by communities, corporations and countries.

Illustrate two very powerful tools that concerned individuals and organizations
can incorporate into their daily lives.

Make the case for a systems-based approach that solves seemingly unrelated environmental,
social and economic issues within a single solution.

(Workshop hosted by sustainability consultant Harvey Stone)

February 24, 2009: Academy Award Winner Alex Gibney: Taxi to the Dark Side

Alex Gibney

An Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning writer, producer and director, Alex Gibney is the director and producer of the 2008 Academy Award Best Documentary winner, Taxi to the Dark Side, an in-depth look at the torture practices of the United States in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Guantanamo Bay, focusing on an innocent taxi driver in Afghanistan who was tortured and killed in 2002. He also wrote, directed and produced Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, which premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and was subsequently nominated for a 2006 Academy Award for Best documentary feature.

(Film Screening hosted by CEC)

March 11, 2009:Preventing Violence and Critiques of Criminal Justice System” with James Gilligan

Dr. James Gilligan is a visiting professor of psychiatry and social policy at the University of Pennsylvania, teaching on the causes and prevention of violence. Gilligan explores the causes and prevention of the human propensity to engage in violent behavior, from individual (homicide and suicide) to collective (war, terrorism and genocide). Gilligan's unique approach reframes violence not as a moral and legal problem but as a bio-psycho-social problem in public health and preventive medicine. Violence, from this perspective is seen as a form of lethal and life-threatening pathology that threatens the survival of the human species.

March 25, 2009: “Social Change and the Mind” with Larry Ward

Larry Ward

This talk will explore how states of mind create social patterns and how applying the art of mindful awareness can make a real contribution to personal/ social wellness. Join Larry Ward for his exploration of mindfulness teachings, principals, and practices on the individual, professional, and institutional level, with the aim of encouraging personal and collective healing and transformation in ways that enhance planetary social evolution.

March 31, 2009:The War on Drugs: Is Current Drug Policy Effective?” with Judge James Gray and Dr. Kevin Sabet

The War on Drugs

JUDGE JAMES GRAY Member, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition; author of "Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed and What We Can Do About It"

DR. KEVIN SABET Senior Drug Policy Advisor, Clinton and Bush Administrations

This debate event will focus on the effectiveness of drug prohibition policy. Current topics such as Mexican drug cartels and the possibility of marijuana legalization (AB390) as well as broader issues associated with the war on drugs will be addressed.

April 3-5, 2009: Theater for Social Justice Workshops and Performance

Playback Theater was first developed by Jonathan Fox, a director, theatrical scholar, and social activist in the 1970s. It is an improvisational form whereby personal stories told by audience members are transformed into theater pieces. The Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble is a non-profit organization that produces performances, workshops and events for personal, professional and organizational growth. Created in 1986 under the direction of Armand Volkas, the Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble has established itself as an innovative local and national resource for transformation.


Featuring: Roni Alperin, Christine Kalb, John Kadyk, Allison Kenny, Joyce Lu and Gina McKuen.
Directed by Armand Volkas.

May 8, 2009: Community Engagement & Action Research Symposium

Join students, faculty and community partners for a celebration of community-based research and activism. Enjoy presentations from CEC's Global-Local Senior Thesis awardees, Changemakers student projects and courses including: Media Action for Social Justice, Latino/a Literature, Intermediate Spanish and Social Change practicum. Learn how to get involved!