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Hancock Symposium Schedule of Events


2017 Hancock Symposium

Advocacy and Activism: Leading from Where You Are

Wednesday, September 20 & Thursday, September 21, 2017


Tuesday, Sept. 19

12:00-1:00 PM:  Kassy Dillon, Founder, Lone Conservative: "Campus Conservatism and Social Media" (Hermann Lounge)

2:00-3:00 PM:  Book signing with Dave Collins, Professor of English, Emeritus, Westminster College; and Vic Holmes, Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies, University of North Texas Health Science Center: “Should We? Or Shouldn’t We?: Rising to Activism” (Bookstore)

Wednesday, Sept. 20

9:00-9:20 AM:  Opening of 2017 HSWC: Dr. Mark Boulton (Champ Auditorium)

9:20-10:15 AM Plenary Session 1: Katharine Hayhoe, climate scientist, political science professor, and Director of the Climate Science Center, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas: "Talking Climate: Why Facts Are Not Enough" (Champ Auditorium)

10:30-11:30 AM:  Executive Session 1

  • Dave Collins, Professor of English, Emeritus, Westminster College, and Vic Holmes, Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies, University of North Texas Health Science Center: “Should We? Or Shouldn’t We?: Rising to Activism” (Champ Auditorium) Book signing to follow session.
  • Eryn Wise, Youth Coordinator, Honor the Earth and Former Media Coordinator, International Indigenous Youth Council: “Stand Tall With No Fear” (Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury)

11:45 AM:  Lunch (Mueller Leadership Hall/Backer Dining Room)

1:30-2:30 PM:  Breakout Sessions A

  • Donald Wood ’00, Executive Director, Just Communities of Arkansas: “The Equity Puzzle: Connecting the Dots of Power, Prejudice, and Collective Action” (CSC 305)
  • Beau Underwood, Senior Minister at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ): “Impolite Conversations: Why We Must Talk About Religion & Politics” (CSC 207)
  • Subhi Nahas, Founder and Executive Director of Spectra Project: “The Spectra Project: Advocacy for LGBTQ+ Refugees” (CSC 138)
  • Ratchet, Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) Vice President of Missouri, and B.A.C.A Chapter President of Mid-Missouri Chapter: “Breaking the Chains of Abuse” (CSC 329)
  • Westminster Faculty and Student Panel: “Pope Francis: An Unlikely Climate Activist” (CSCLH)
  • Dr. Dave Hammer, All the Way Home organization: “All The Way Home: Advocacy and Support for American Veterans” (CSC 139)
  • Paula Kreissler, Director for Healthy Living and Community Development for Health Savannah: “Leading a Movement Toward a Culture of Health: Working Together to Create A Healthier Community for Our Children” (CSC 304)
  • Ryan Dillon ‘06, Candidate for Missouri State Senate: “One in Ten, One in Twenty-Six: Advocacy & Epilepsy” (CSC 204)

2:45-3:45 PM:  Executive Session 2

  • Dr. Leah Gunning Francis, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, Christian Theological Seminary: “Leadership at the Intersections of Faith and Justice” (Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury)
  • Fereshteh Forough, Afghan Technology Entrepreneur & Founder and CEO of Code to Inspire, Peace is Loud Speaker: “From Refugee to CEO: The World of Connectivity and Digital Citizenship” (Champ Auditorium) 

Thursday, Sept. 21

8:30-9:30 AM Plenary Session 2: Aisha Fukushima, founder of RAPtivism, New York: "RAPtivism: Artistic Engagement in Social Movements" (Champ Auditorium)

9:45-10:30 AM:  Breakout Session B

  • Panel moderated by Dr. Kali Wright-Smith ’04 KAӨ: "21st Century Slavery: A Panel on Fighting Human Trafficking" (CSC 139)
  • James Gordon, Lead Developer, California Civic Data Coalition: “The Hype, History, and Hope of Data Journalism” (CSC 207)
  • Milia Islam-Majeed ’01, Executive Director, South Coast Interfaith Council, Long Beach, California: “Islam in America” (CSC 329)
  • Westminster Alumni Business Leadership Panel(s): Entrepreneurs and Industry Leaders (CSC 239)
  • Dr. Marialice Curran, Curran Dee, & Matt Murrie ’98 BӨπ, Chief Curiosity Curator, What If…? 360: “What If Curiosity Can Be A Resource for Education, Advocacy, and Innovation?” (CSC 304)
  • Larry Miller & Troy Stabenow: “Advocacy in Federal Sentencing: Simulated Sentence Hearing of a Criminal Defendant” (CSC 204)
  • One-On-One with Aisha Fukushima (Hermann Lounge)
  • Special Session: Max Abrahms, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, Northeastern University, Boston: “The Stupid Terrorist: Lessons from History and the Social Sciences” (CSCLH)

11:00 AM-12:00 PM: John Findley Green Foundation Lecture: U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, former presidential candidate and longest serving independent member of the United States Congress.

12:30-1:30 PM:  Lunch (Mueller Leadership Hall/Backer Dining Room)

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