The History Department of Simon Fraser University is pleased to announce “Thinking Through Action: Twentieth-Century Social Movements and their Legacy,” a conference to be held at SFU’s Harbour Centre campus in Vancouver, British Columbia, June 10-12, 2005. Please join keynote speaker Bill Fletcher, Jr. from TransAfrica Forum, along with plenary participants Mable Elmore, Michael Honey, David McNally, Judy Rebick, Audra Simpson, and Nikhil Pal Singh at this important and timely event.
The conference is bringing a diverse group of scholars and organizers from across North America to discuss how the history of social movements in Canada and the United States can broaden our vision of the challenges facing today’s struggles, including the globalization of social justice issues, the ongoing retrogressive clawback of twentieth-century social movements’ policy achievements, and a hostile political climate. Our program includes panels on issues vital to organizing today, including ones on building a democratic culture, the necessity and challenges of coalition building, the impact of movements on electoral politics, labour and social justice, organizing poor people’s movements, and the struggles and balance between rights-based reform and social transformation, among many others.
We are organizing this conference in honor of Jack O’Dell, a social justice activist now living in Vancouver. O’Dell worked closely with Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jesse Jackson, and has played an important organizing role at different periods in the labor, civil rights and peace and justice movements from the 1940s to the present. Inspired by O’Dell’s organizing experience and vision, the conference is focusing on the three processes we have identified as essential to the often unprecedented successes of twentieth-century movements: “organizing change,” “building internationalism,” and “linking struggles.”
Please Note: The Thinking Through Action conference is being held in collaboration with the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association (PNLHA) Conference, and registrants will have access to both conferences. Information about the PNLHA conference can be found at www.pnlha.org.
Department of History
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6
Fax: 604-291-5837 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit the website at http://www.sfu.ca/~thinkact
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