Rhetoric & Democracy in the Internet Age
An interdisciplinary conference organized by Trinity College in cooperation with the Intercollegiate E-Democracy Project, Rhetoric & Democracy in the Age of the Internet, will take place June 22-24 in Hartford, Connecticut.
The conference will bring together teachers, students, researchers, journalists, commentators, activists, and others interested in the contemporary state of public discourse and the complex role of education in preparing active citizens for the electronic democracies of the future. Discussion groups will offer participants the opportunity to have conversations across academic disciplines, public roles, professional lives, and geographic areas, from the local to the global.
Topics such as these will be explored:
- deliberative democracy and cultures of argument
- the shaping of the online public commons
- service learning and civic engagement
- dialogic literacies and new educational technologies
- activism and protest in the new public square
- the Internet and Information Society
Email , Conference Director, for more information or explore the website.
Reparations Conference in Harlem this Month
A Reparations Education & Mobilization Conference will be held at City College of New York on June 29 and 30. All who are ready and willing to work in a national and international campaign to educate people about the necessity of black reparations are invited to attend and help initiate this historic education and mobilization campaign.
The Conference is being organized by the Reparations Mobilization Campaign Coalition. Click here or contact Sam Anderson ( or 718-270-6287) for more info.
Read more about reparations by following this link to an article by Dr. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz entitled Slavery and the Genocide Treaty.
September Conference on Racism and Public Policy
The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) will hold a 3-day Conference on Racism and Public Policy to coincide with the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance in Durban, South Africa.
UNRISD is inviting social scientists, historians, and legal scholars from various regions of the world who have studied racism, xenophobia, and public policy to present papers and lead discussions at its conference. The UNRISD research and conference (which will be held September 3-5) focus on four themes: the social construction of race and citizenship; the social dynamics of racism and inequalities; organized responses to cultural diversity; and the impact of public policies on race relations.
As an institution concerned with the study of social development, the institute has carried out extensive research on ethnic conflict, public policy, and development. In 1994, UNRISD organized a major international conference at UN Headquarters on Ethnic Violence, Conflict Resolution, and Cultural Pluralism as a contribution to preparations for the World Summit for Social Development.
Go to the UNRISD site for more info. Papers prepared for the conference will be available on the website.
Harboring Hope in a Sea of Change
The Taos Institute, the University of New Hampshire, and the Portsmouth Family Institute will hold an interdisciplinary conference on June 15-17, at the University of New Hampshire. Harboring Hope in a Sea of Change: Transforming Families, Communities, Organizations, and Education will follow a number of intensive pre-conference courses, including:
- Renewing Systems from Within for the Public
- Relational Practices in Education and Training
- Client Change Through Facilitation Processes
- Therapeutic Collaboration
Go to the conference website for more information, or email for further information or telephone 603-862-1900.
World Conference Against Racism
World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance will take place in Durban, South Africa from August 31 through September 7, 2001.
For specific inquiries, you can contact the Development and Human Rights Section of the United Nations by calling 212-963-3771 or emailing . Here are the two websites I found with the most info on the conference:
The Economics of War and Peace
CODEP (the Conflict, Development and Peace Network) will hold a conference called The Economics of War and Peace: Addressing the Dilemmas will be held in London June 18-20, 2001. Participants will explore the impact of the global economy on conflict and peace, and the response of civil society at local, regional and international levels.
The conference will provide a forum for presentation and debate of current thinking and practice on the economics of war and peace, as well as in other aspects of the work in conflict situations, including impact assessment. Participants will include activists, analysts and decision makers from academic institutions, government departments, donor agencies, and development and humanitarian NGOs from the UK, their partners and other key networks and organizations from throughout the world.
CODEP was founded in the UK in 1993 as a multi-disciplinary forum for academics, organization, and practitioners involved in exploring the causes of conflict and its impact on people's lives. For more information, click here or .
Globalization & Cross-Cultural Development
The Race and Ethnic Studies Institute of Texas A&M University will hold its 3rd International Summer Conference, July 19-28, in New Delhi and Bangalore, INDIA. The theme of the conference is 'Globalization and Cross Cultural Development: Society, Policy, Economics, Public Administration and the Environment.'
The Race and Ethnic Studies Institute's mission is to conduct and disseminate--at regional, national, and international levels--interdisciplinary and policy research pertaining to race, ethnicity, gender, and social class in the areas of education, economics, the environment, health, and other social/policy issues.
Email , Director of the Race and Ethnic Studies Institute, for more info, or go to the Race and Ethnic Studies Institute website.
NAACP Convention to be Held Next Month
This year's NAACP Convention will be held in New Orleans July 7-13, 2001. In its 92nd year, the organization expects over 15,000 members, civil rights leaders, volunteers, policy makers and corporations to meet in order to share models for civil rights advocacy and strengthening communities. This year's convention theme, Speaking Truth to Power, underscores the challenges facing communities of color across the country.
Founded in 1909 in New York City by a group of black and white citizens committed to social justice, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) considers itself the largest and strongest civil rights organization in the U.S.