12th Annual Activism Symposium

Students, faculty, staff, and guests will explore the theme "Nearing Our Destination? Conflict Resolution and Problem Solving in a Changing World"




All Day


Macmillan Hall

General Info

Wells College's 12th Annual Activism Symposium will center around the theme "Nearing Our Destination? Conflict Resolution and Problem-Solving in a Changing World." Students, faculty, staff members, and special guests will gather for discussions, lectures, and other events that explore the theme in a variety of ways.

The day will feature two exciting guests: keynote speaker Arun Gandhi, who will give a talk titled "Lessons Learned from My Grandfather: Non-violence in a Violent World," and closing speaker Susanne Slavick, curator of the poignant art show "Out of Rubble," which is currently on display in Main Building on the Wells campus.

Other sessions will take place in Macmillan Hall throughout the day. Please register at www.surveymonkey.com/s/actsymp2012 so the organizers of Activism Symposium will be able to plan for attendance. The full schedule is:

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.: Registration

Pick up a program and learn a bit more about the history of the symposium. (Macmillan Hall Lobby)

10:30 - 11:20 a.m.:

  1. Joe Heath, Esq., "Resistance to hydro fracking in New York: How citizens are working on the local and town level to protect their homes, farms, communities and water wells." (Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall)
  2. Candy Clark, Deborah Riester, Connie Smith and Karen Hoffman, "Predators in Our Changing World: An Invisible Threat. Surprising information predators don’t want you to know!" (Macmillan Hall 121)
  3. Huda Rehman and Fahad Rahmat, "Islamophobia: Not so explosive a concept!" (Macmillan Hall 326)
  4. Wells College Community Service and Activism Board, "Constructing Cleveland." (Macmillan Hall 300)

11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.:

  1. Leslie James Pickering, "The Struggle for Earth’s Liberation." (Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall)
  2. Remi Alapo (Institute for Peace and Transformational Leadership), "Conflict Resolution in a Changing World: Working Together Towards a Culture of Peace."  (Macmillan Hall 302)
  3. Linda Schwab, Rosemary Stillman, Rachel Partington, "Overcoming Obstacles to Sustainability at Wells." (Macmillan Hall 326)
  4. Turan Sidky, "Youth Can Move the World: Engaging Young People in Community Building and Social Action." (Macmillan Hall 300)

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.: Lunch Break

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.: Keynote Speaker

Arun Gandhi, "Lessons Learned from my Grandfather." (Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall)

2:30 - 3:20 p.m.:

  1. Arun Gandhi, Breakout Session. (Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall)
  2. Azra Rehman, "Burlesque as means to empowerment." (Macmillan Hall 321)
  3. Robert Michael Ruehl, "Toward a Wild Way of Life: Rethinking Activism through Henry David Thoreau and the Concept of Preservative Care." (Macmillan Hall 326)
  4. Gkisedtanamoogk, "Finding the Courage to Transform Humanity." (Macmillan Hall 300)

3:30 p.m.: Closing Speaker

Susanne Slavick, Curator of "Out of The Rubble." (String Room Gallery, Main Building)