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2010 Events

Speaker Series

  • February 8, 2010. Harm Reduction Training.  Ed Stellon, Director of Resource and Community Development for Heartland Health Outreach’s (HHO) Mental Health and Addiction Services trained us in harm reduction approaches and techniques.

  • February 22, 2010. Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.  James Geirach, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition spoke on his experiences in fighting an unsuccessful war on drugs and why prohibition doesn't work.

  • April 19, 2010. Foreign Intelligence: Results of Comparative Human Rights Investigations in Drug Policy – Amsterdam and Chicago.  Roosevelt University’s Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project hosted a gathering of the project’s students for the semester.  The students met with community leaders and local experts in the field to discuss their findings prior to publication of their results in the Annual Loundy Report on Human Rights in Chicago. Local experts included Ed Stellon, James Gierach, Ed Yohnka, Director of Communications and Public Policy for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois of the ACLU and Kathie Kane-Willis, interim director of Roosevelt’s Institute for Metropolitan Affairs and Director of the Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy.

Other Sponsored and Cosponsored Events

  • September 17- January 15, 2010. Violent Realities — Photographs by Jon Lowenstein and Carlos Javier Ortiz.  This critically acclaimed Gage Gallery exhibit examined the intended and unintended victims of gun violence in the United States and Guatemala. Cosponsored by Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation, The College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Communication, and Heartland International.

  • February 11- May 14, 2010. A Procession of Them: The Plight of the Mentally Disabled - Photographs by Eugene Richards.  Widely reviewed and praised, this Gage Gallery exhibit examined the dire situation of  “the impoverished mentally ill and mentally disabled patients being warehoused in psychiatric asylums that are more run-down, more uncaring than the most brutal American prisons” (from the Gage Gallery website).Cosponsored by Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation, The College of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Communication.

  • April 19, 2010. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: A Workshop for Teachers.  Cosponsored with Facing History and Ourselves, this workshop trained teachers in how to use the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in the classroom.  The external co-sponsor trains elementary and secondary education professionals how to incorporate a human rights lens in their teaching. The teachers trained directly experienced Roosevelt as an arena for social justice education and promotion.