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Social Justice Week observed March 19-28 with public events

BOONE—Social Justice Week will be observed at Appalachian State University March 19-28, featuring a Concert for Justice, documentaries on hunger and nuclear weapons, a Rwandan genocide survivor’s story, a night of TED-inspired talks, and more. The public is invited.

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A complete list of events is at http://sjweek.appstate.edu/events. Those attending are encouraged to bring canned food items to the events to benefit the Hunger and Health Coalition and the Hospitality House of Boone.

Highlights of the observance are:

Wednesday, March 19
“Concert for Justice,” 6 p.m., Crossroads, Plemmons Student Union – The kick-off concert features performances by a capella groups, dance groups and solo performers. Sponsored by Student Government Association.

Thursday, March 20
“World Outside My Shoes,” 8 p.m., Room 114 Belk Library and Information Commons – Carl Wilkens, the only American to remain in Rwanda during the genocide, will speak on his experiences in that country and abroad. Sponsored by the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies and its Center Fellows, PeaceJam and Invisible Children.

Sunday, March 23
“Parallel Institutions,” 1 p.m., Room 421 Belk Library and Information Commons – Local organizer Ben Loomis will share the idea of parallel institutions: what they are, where they are needed, and how they make community organizing goals more communicable and fruitful. Sponsored by Boone Community Network.

Monday, March 24
“A Place at the Table,” 6 p.m., Plemmons Student Union’s Three Top Mountain Room – One in four American children don’t know where their next meal is coming from. This documentary tells the stories of three people struggling to eat, while showing that the American public has the power to end hunger once it decides such action is in the best interests of all. Sponsored by Graduate Student Social Work Association.

Tuesday, March 25
“The Land Sustains Us,” 12:30 p.m., I.G. Greer Theater – This Elkland Art Center documentary explores how the changing landscape (development, infrastructure improvements, and loss of environment) affects the sense of community in the small village of Todd. Sponsored by the Elkland Art Center.

Wednesday, March 26
“Countdown to Zero: A World Without Nuclear Weapons,” 5 p.m., Room 114 Belk Library and Information Commons – This film explores the dangers of nuclear weapons, exposing a variety of present-day threats and featuring insights from a host of international experts and world leaders who advocate total global disarmament. Sponsored by SPICE Quaker Student Community and Global Zero.

Thursday, March 27
“Panorama – A Night of TED-inspired Talks,” 7 p.m., Crossroads, Plemmons Student Union –Students will offer talks on issues, experiences and ideas. This event gives them an opportunity to share their passions and perspectives in an open, non-persuasive environment with an engaged audience who is willing to consider new viewpoints. Sponsored by Student Government Association.

Friday, March 28
“Peace Event,” 4 p.m., Sanford Mall – This celebratory event will mark the end of Social Justice Week. Participants will peacefully march down King Street and participate in an interactive art exhibit on Sanford Mall.

For more information, visit sjweek.appstate.edu or contact Amanda Moore at 252-229-2922 or mooreaa@appstate.edu.

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