13th Annual Activism Symposium

Scheduled sessions will be based around the theme “Where Do We Go from Here: Identity, Culture, and Climate.”




See below for schedule


On-campus; see below for full listing.

General Info

Wells College presents the 13th annual Activism Symposium, a day of scheduled lectures, workshops, and other sessions based around the theme “Where Do We Go from Here: Identity, Culture and Climate.” Activism Symposium will take place throughout the day on Friday, March 28 on the Wells College campus. All events are free; click here to register.

The schedule for the 2014 Activism Symposium is:

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Check-in, grab a bag and a schedule of events and start attending sessions!
Macmillan Lobby 

9:30 a.m.

Professor Emerita Linda Schwab : “Changing the Culture: Growing from the Ground Up”
One year ago, an Activism Symposium presentation on sustainability actually started something that is continuing and literally growing today. Given the rarity of such a result, it is worth examining what it took in this case to initiate and bring activism to specific, practical expression.
Macmillan AER

10:30 a.m.

Students of Mandell House: “Home Food Production and Sustainability”
The nine Wells students living in Mandell House will give a panel discussion of their own efforts to explore self-sufficient food production, including sprouting and indoor planting. They’ll talk about the reasons why it is important to take a hand in your own food supply and share tips and instructions on starting your own efforts at home.
Macmillan AER

10:30 a.m.

Melena Hagstrom '15: "The Story of the Abaco Barb"
Wells student Melena Hagstrom has been following the progress of conservation of the Abaco Barb on Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas, and recently found that there is only one member of the species left in existence, a startling decrease from 200 about 40 years ago. The story of the Abaco Barb illustrates how important it is to be active now instead of waiting until it is too late, and teaches the lesson that in order to be an activist to a cause you need to persist even if your efforts are approaching failure.
Macmillan 121 

11:30 a.m.

Faherty Nielsen '06: “A Saga of much Talk and Insufficient Action”: The Legacy of School Segregation in Buffalo, NY”
We live in a world still haunted by the legacy of slavery.  Ignoring our problems with race is not the answer to ending discrimination.  The history of segregation in the Buffalo, NY public schools proves that ignoring the problem or offering up band-aid solutions is not enough to reverse the legacy of slavery and segregation.  We must take more direct and thorough actions to break through the veil of racism.
Macmillan 326

12:30-1:20 p.m.

LUNCH BREAK or attend Science Colloquium
Richard Merchant, M.A.: "Area Health Education Centers(AHEC): Opportunities for Applied Learning and Career Development"
The CEO of Central New York Area Health Education Center will speak on the above topic. This Science Colloquium is hosted by the Pre-Health Advising Committee.
Stratton 209

1:30 p.m.

Keynote Speaker
Mariam Raqib '97: “Global Activism and Sustainable Development”

Dr. Mariam Raqib, a 1997 graduate of Wells College, who will give a talk titled “Global Activism and Sustainable Development.” Raqib founded Afghanistan Samsortya to address widespread and ongoing environmental damage in her home country of Afghanistan. Over 30 years of conflict, the country has lost vast networks of farms and forests, leaving those in rural areas without traditional means of providing food for their families. Through her Massachusetts-based organization, Raqib works to establish locally-managed tree nurseries, family gardens, and livestock in these areas, bringing new opportunities to rural communities and working towards food sovereignty and a reforested landscape in Afghanistan.
Stratton 209

2:30 p.m.

Sustainable Snack Avengers (WGS 385 Class): “Unwrapped: Sustainable Snacking, Consumption, and Corporate Responsibility on Campus”
What do your taste buds have to do with social consciousness and sustainability? Whether you crave sweet or salty, you can be part of the sustainable snacking solution on campus. In this interactive workshop you will connect the dots between consumption and key local and global environmental justice and sustainability issues. Snacks provided.
Macmillan AER

2:30 p.m.

Dr. Joseph M. Campbell and Yvonne L. Taylor of Gas Free Seneca: "The Finger Lakes: Clean Water and Fine Wine, or Industrial Gas Storage?"
The cofounders of the environmental advocacy group Gas Free Seneca will discuss plans to make the Finger Lakes the gas storage and transportation hub for the Northeast, sharing what they've learned about the potential expansion of salt caverns under Seneca Lake and how this could impact the region’s economic and public health. Those involved in Gas Free Seneca have a mission to protect the heart of New York from gas industry infrastructure, preserving and protecting the region and maintaining local, sustainable businesses.
Macmillan 326

2:30 p.m.

“Print a City of Asylum Poetry Broadside”
Come by the Book Arts Center from 2:30 to 3:30 to help print a broadside to honor Ithaca City of Asylum’s 2012-14 writer-in-residence Sonali Samarasinghe. A journalist and human rights activist, Samarasinghe and her family had to flee their native Sri Lanka after her newspaper-editor husband was assassinated in 2009. The multi-color printed broadsides will be donated to Ithaca City of Asylum for the writer’s reading on April 9.
Morgan Hall

3:30 p.m.

“Imagine Local and Global Peace” bonfire for Scottie’s Place
Join a group of ten students and one Wells alumna at the boat house to roast s’mores and discuss the need for “s’more” peacemaking, creativity and compassion on the local and the global level.  Play team building games, led by Jo-El Wadsworth, founding director of Scottie’s Place, and experience laughter and cooperation.  Listen to Wells College student interns describe their current work to bring Appalachian youth and resettled refugee youth to Scottie’s Place this summer for empowerment and adventure.
Boathouse (rain location AER)

Started by the Collegiate Association in 2002, the annual symposium is an opportunity for the Wells community to gather and learn more about the difference we each can make individually and collectively in this world. The purpose of the student-centered symposium is to promote civic engagement, encourage critical thinking, and find links between the academy and the world at large. One objective of the day is to empower Wells and local community members to use the college as a space for advancing social justice and community development through interdisciplinary study.