2012-'13

Unless noted otherwise, all events were free and open to the public.

Fall 2012

A Jewish Journey Between Genders
Oct. 12, 11:45 a.m., USF

In June 2007, after a lifetime of struggling to live as a man, Dr. Joy Ladin began to live as a woman. In this powerful presentation Joy will share parts of her newly published autobiography, Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey between Genders.

Jews, Blacks, and the Politics of Identity
Oct. 11, 11:45 a.m., USF

A candid discussion of race, class, gender and beyond led by African-American Jewish woman Yavilah McCoy. Join Yavilah for an up close and personal look at the successes and challenges of contemporary multidimensional identity in the U.S. and the ways that women of color are caring for themselves, their families, and their communities as they walk the road with grace.

The Jews of Africa
Nov. 11, 11:45 a.m., USF

Join Rabbi Gershom Sizomu, Uganda’s Chief Rabbi and the leader of the Abayudaya Jews, in a presentation on the Jews of Africa. Though there have been Jews in Africa since their beginning, little is known about them.

Spring 2013

Ending Genocide in the Congo and Sudan?
April 1, 6 p.m., USF

For the fifth annual Social Justice Passover Seder we will be joined by long-time social justice activist Rabbi Lee Bycel, the founder and CEO of CedarStreet Leadership. Bycel will focus the seder on his recent humanitarian work in Eastern Africa.

My Neighborhood
April 22, 5 p.m., USF

Through personal stories, the acclaimed Just Vision-produced My Neighborhood goes beyond the sensational headlines that normally dominate discussions of Jerusalem and captures voices rarely heard, of those striving for a shared future in the City of Peace.

Karski - How One Man Tried to Stop the Holocaust
April 24, 6:30 p.m., USF

We will be joined by E. Thomas Wood, author of Karski: How One Man Tried to Stop the Holocaust, who will show a short film about Karski, followed by a book signing. A Polish Catholic WWII resistance fighter, in 1942-43 Karski began working tirelessly with the Polish government in exile and Western Allies to have the Nazi extermination camps in Occupied Poland dismantled. Due to his efforts, in 2012 he was posthumously awarded the highest American civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, by President Barack Obama.

Social Justice Activism Conference: Transforming Conflicts and Societies
April 26 and 27, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., USF

This two-day conference offers students a number of workshops and presentations focusing on multiple ways to become more engaged social justice activists working to transform local and international conflicts. The conference is open to all USF under/graduate students as well as student alumni from USF-affiliated programs run in partnership with Abraham's Vision and the Center for Transformative Education.

In the first half of this workshop, we will be joined by USF Performing Arts Faculty Amie Espen-Dowling, Ivan Corado-Vega, and Reggie Daniels. These three individuals are all involved in the Well Contested Sites project, which uses a metaphorical, movement-based film to explore the effect of incarceration on individuals and suggests that the imagination can thrive even while the body is behind bars. In the second part of the workshop Corado-Vega and Daniels will join long-time, world renowned social justice activist Clarence B. Jones on a panel moderated by USF Vice-Provost Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi. Their discussion will focus on the intersection of social justice activism in terms of the seemingly distinct tracks of the Environment, Gender and Sexual Identities, Immigration, Race and Ethnicity, and International Conflict.

Opening Session: The Human Right to Grow
Mark Gonzales is a thought leader in using storytelling as a global health strategy. His ability to cultivate imagination, teach methodology, & curate stories across thematic lines has awarded him invitations to over fifteen countries, with previous clients that include TED(x) talks, Stanford University, Wehdat refugee camp, State Library of Queensland (Australia), the United Nations, & HBO's Def Poetry. He is often found poetically integrating narrative and medicine via twitter: @WageBeauty.