Social Justice Dialogue Luncheon series announced

Social Justice Dialogue Luncheon series announced

GandhiWagner College invites the campus community to participate in a new series of Social Justice Dialogue Luncheons scheduled for the Spring 2013 semester. All sessions are scheduled for Thursdays from 1 to 2 p.m. in Union 201 — and, yes, free lunch will be served at these luncheons!

The Social Justice Dialogue Luncheons are designed to be a safe space in which the Wagner community — students, faculty and staff — can come together to exchange varying viewpoints, across differences, on timely and challenging issues. These moderated discussions encourage mutual respect, close and sympathetic listening, diverse perspectives, suspended judgment and individual reflection.

The dialogue luncheons are hosted by the centers for Intercultural Advancement and Leadership & Engagement.

Jan. 31Hunger: Responses to our hunger crisis

Feb. 7Gun control: A deliberative dialogue

Feb. 14Same blood, different love: Discussion on FDA ban on gay men from donating blood

Feb. 28Stop & frisk: Is NYPD racially discriminating?

March 28Same-sex marriage: A discussion of the Supreme Court cases

April 10Remembering the Wagner 1970 protests: How far have we come?
Note that this week's program is scheduled for Wednesday, not Thursday — and that the program will be held in Union 203, not Union 201)
Special guests:

  • Lonnie Brandon, president of Wagner’s Black Concern organization in 1970, and organizer of a 2010 alumni symposium on the 1970 protests
  • Lily McNair, provost and vice president for academic affairs, discussing the current status of diversity in student recruitment, faculty and staff composition, and curriculum at Wagner College

April 25Being undocumented in the United States: Conversations on immigration reform