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By Molly Majewicz The Social Research Social Justice Annual Conference, held this year on April 8th, began in 2003 at Muhlenberg College in a collaborative effort between the faculty and students. The goal, as Muhlenberg’s website states, is to “create a forum outside of their classes to discuss issues of social justice in a democratic society.” According to the National … [Read more...] about Social Research Social Justice: The Wide Variety of Presentations in 2016
by Molly Majewicz At the LVAIC Campus Sustainability Conference on February 20, 2016, keynote speaker Dr. Shana Weber, Director of the Office of Sustainability at Princeton University, urged the forward-thinking students and faculty present to strongly think about ethos—our character, our set of values—and not just our personal ethos, but our campus and national ethos. In her … [Read more...] about Campus Sustainability: A Window into How We Can Change National Ethos
As part of the schools initiative, we're posting this preliminary list of thoughts on implementing climate-related activities in various subject areas: Below are some ideas that can serve as a starting point — they're not intended as actual classroom activities but to raise some possible ways that teachers can use to engage students and develop lesson plans or … [Read more...] about Cross-curriculum integration
by Colton Krial & Leah Triber During the first month of 2014, Oxfam released a report on the state of global inequality. The fact that quickly came to define the report spoke of the unprecedented level of wealth that a small group of individuals accumulated through what capitalists would have us think of as “hard work” and the “entrepreneurial spirit of competitiveness … [Read more...] about Social Space, Public Discussion, Political Action
By Kathleen Moore in Yes! Magazine, November 1, 2011] Much of the Occupy movement’s power comes from a simple moral message: It’s wrong to wreck the world. It’s wrong to wreck the health and hopes of others. The Occupy Wall Street and climate action movements stand on the same moral ground and affirm the same moral principles: It’s wrong to wreck the world. It’s wrong to wreck … [Read more...] about Occupy Wall Street’s Moral Ground
by Martin Boksenbaum — It’s amazing to me that Dante’s Peak, a mediocre commercial catastrophe movie, could have one of the most important political messages I’ve heard in the movies. Pierce Brosnan’s character is trying to convince his boss, who is in denial, of ever-growing indications that volcanic activity is building toward a devastating eruption. In an effort to get … [Read more...] about Crisis? — What Crisis?
PREAMBLE A free and vibrant media, full of diverse and competing voices, is the lifeblood of America's democracy and culture, as well as an engine of growth for its economy. Yet, in recent years, massive and unprecedented corporate consolidation has dangerously contracted the number of voices in our nation's media. While some argue we live in an age of unprecedented … [Read more...] about Bill of Media Rights
Meet the new eco-terrorists: Us By Anne Felker — Words matter. That's why I noticed the words "eco-terrorist" and "eco-terror" the other day in the reporting of the arson of a number of houses in a development being built in Maryland. The development, "Hunters Brooke", borders a magnolia bog, an environmentally sensitive rarity, and has been fought for years by locals. Thirty … [Read more...] about Who are the new eco-terrorists?
By Joe DeRaymond — The numbers can be numbing. For example, according to an article in the Los Angelos Times published on January 14, the war in Iraq will surpass the Vietnam War spending next year. This means that sometime in 2008, the United States will have spent over $660 billion on the Iraq War. A quick check of the cost of the war to date shows that Pennsylvania has … [Read more...] about Sustainability in Wartime?