On Sept. 21, 2020, the University Libraries will host the presentation Challenges of Communiversity Organizing from 6-7 p.m. on Adobe Connect.
Mark Schuller, a professor of anthropology and nonprofit and NGO studies at Northern Illinois University and affiliate at the Faculté d’Ethnologie, l’Université d’État d’Haïti, will discuss how faculty within the public university come into contact with marginalized groups and their struggles for justice. Increasingly, these groups – undocumented, transgender, African American and women victims of sexual assault, for example – are in crisis and trauma.
In this presentation, Professor Schuller will discuss efforts made as a member of NIU’s “communiversity” to engage in organizing, particularly a training program called People’s Organizing Weekend Retreat (POWER). Professor Schuller will also discuss the need to update community organizing models to address contemporary struggles necessary to collective engagement: millennials’ increasing reliance on new technologies, revitalized identity politics and addressing trauma.
The webinar lobby will open at 5:30 p.m. The presentation will start at 6 p.m. Registration is required.
For more information, contact Wayne Finley at [email protected].