Valencia College’s Four-Day Conversation on Justice Series Returns This Month

Hot button issues ranging from the #metoo movement, gun violence, immigration, economic inequality, sexual orientation all lie at the center of our current social and political state as a nation. These topics and more will be highlighted at the end of this month as Valencia College delves into a four-day Conversation on Justice, which will be held Jan. 27-30.

Sponsored by the college’s Peace and Justice Initiative, the Conversation on Justice includes workshops, lectures, film screenings and festivities on Valencia College campuses.

Starting at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 27, students, faculty and staff are invited to the East Campus mall area to take part in the opening events of the four-day series. The series of events kicks off with the recognition of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Throughout the afternoon, a collection of events will occur at various locations across the campus commemorating the day.

On Tuesday, Jan. 28, a series of workshops will be held throughout the day at East Campus, addressing issues from sustainability to gender equality. “Changing Our Minds: The Story of Dr. Evelyn Hooker” will also be screened at 6 p.m. on East Campus later that evening. At West Campus, a series of lectures and discussions will occur from 8:30 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. Topics to be covered include immigration, healthcare, and an exploration into the comparison of “1984 vs. Today”.

On Jan. 29 from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m., Dr. Kim Dennis, coordinator for Rollins College’s Program in Sexuality, Women’s & Gender studies, will present “Understanding Title IX in the #MeToo Era.” The interactive workshop will explore FAQs, myths and facts related to sexual assault and interpersonal violence. The featured workshops continue on East Campus at 7 p.m. with a special “Gender Roles: Given, Taken, and Desired” discussion, emphasizing the impact of gender roles within your life and community.

On Jan. 30, the week’s activities culminate with the 6 p.m. showing of “Fruitvale Station,” a film that will be shown on Valencia College’s East Campus in the School of Arts and Entertainment. The film, based on a true story, focuses on the final hours of 22-year-old Oscar Grant’s life and his death at the hands of a BART Police officer in Oakland, Calif. The award-winning film is being sponsored by the African American Cultural Society.

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Valencia’s East Campus is located at 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando. Valencia’s West Campus is located at 1800 S. Kirkman Road, Orlando. Valencia’s Osceola Campus is located at 1800 Denn John Lane, Kissimmee.

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