“No Innocence This Side of the Womb”: Confronting Issues of Equality, Privilege, and Justice, From Syracuse and South Africa

Thursday, February 28, 2019, 5:00 pm
Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse 3

"Power is something of which I am convinced there is no innocence this side of the womb"

Nadine Gordimer

Overview

Confronting issues of equality, privilege, and justice will be the focus of this evening experience hosted by the Newhouse Center for Global Engagement and Syracuse University. The afterlife of slavery, apartheid, and colonialism runs deep. South Africa and the United States share the struggle to build a better future while being honest about our present, as well as our past. The event will bring together U.S. and South African artists, academics, activists, journalists, and the audience to analyze how we have responded to our shared struggles. Audience members will be surrounded by the imagery and sounds of South Africa while being encouraged to participate in panel discussions through the rotating open panel chair.

  • Photo and art galleries featuring work from Syracuse and South African artists and journalists.
  • Open, interactive panel format.

Goals

  • To spur debate and raise awareness using an immersive, creative format for engagement.

  • To examine our many similarities without ignoring our differences and distinct histories.

  • To bring together Syracuse University and the wider Syracuse community.

  • To recognize and reflect on shared struggles of racism, poverty, and privilege confronting South Africa and Syracuse.

Panels

South Africa to Syracuse – A Common Struggle 5 PM

How segregation and class affect us, regardless of geography. How we got here and where are we going.

Participants

Yusuf Abdul-Qadir
Yusuf
Abdul-Qadir

Chapter Director
New York Civil Liberties Union
New York, NY

Biography

Ellen Blalock
Ellen
Blalock

Artist and Journalist
Syracuse, NY
Syracuse

Biography

Zuko
Gqadavama

Resource Development Coordinator
Inkululeko
Makhanda, South Africa

Biography

Charisse L'Pree
Charisse
L’Pree

Assistant Professor
Newhouse School, Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY

Biography

Michelle Schenandoah
Michelle
Schenandoah

CEO & Editor-in-Chief
Rematriation Magazine
Oneida Nation

Biography

John Western
John
Western

Professor of Geography
Maxwell School, Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY

Biography

The Arts – Ordinary Acts, Extraordinary Promise 6:40 PM

Art’s role on unpacking and pushing back against injustice.

Participants

Neelika Jayawardane
Neelika
Jayawardane

Associate Professor of English
State University of New York-Oswego
Oswego, NY

Biography

Communication – No Easy Walk to Freedom 8:10

The role of a free press in providing a reflection of our societies and a method of holding the powerful to account.

Participants

Paul Botes
Paul
Botes

Photographer and picture editor
Mail & Guardian
South Africa

Biography

Ken Harper
Ken
Harper

Director
Newhouse Center for Global Engagement, Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY

Biography

Joe Lee
Joe
Lee

General Manager
WAER
Syracuse, NY

Biography

Khadija Patel
Khadija
Patel

Editor-in-chief
Mail & Guardian
South Africa

Biography

Niren Tolsi
Niren
Tolsi

Co-Editor
The Con
South Africa

Biography

Sponsors

Accessibility Information

Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be available during all panel discussions and Q&As. Contact Kristen Northrop at (315) 443-7358‬ with any further needs. All panels are free and open to the public. The Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium and Newhouse 3 are wheelchair accessible.