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DATES: Jan. 18, Feb. 15, & Mar. 14, 2017

TIME: 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.


FEE: Free

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Global Action for Social Justice Webinar Series

This guide provides links to resources for learning and teaching about the topics addressed in the free Primary Source 6-part webinar series for 2016-2017, "Global Action for Social Justice." Click on each tab to see the resources related to the topic of that webinar.

About the Webinars
Many of the global social justice campaigns that engage young people in the United States have important counterparts in countries around the world. This webinar series introduces educators and high school students to global activists on several continents as we explore topical issues of global significance such as sports and human rights, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, human trafficking, climate change and environmental justice, gender-based violence, and child labor and children’s rights. Scholar experts will join the conversation to provide context for the issues. The webinar format will allow participants to engage with presenters and share their questions. Classroom resources will also be shared. Registration information

2017 Webinars

Sports and the "Right to Play": A Global Human Rights Issue
Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Gender, disability, sexual identity, race and religion have each been used in various ways and places to exclude people from access to sports. Eli Wolff of Brown University will speak about sports and the "right to play" as a global human rights issue. He has been active on an international level in the disability rights movement and directs the Inclusive Sports Initiative at the Institute for Human Centered Design.

Teaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

The Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) is one attempt by the United Nations to address global justice issues. Led by a Primary Source staff member and K-12 teacher, this webinar provides an introduction to the key components and targets set by the international community to combat some of the world's greatest social, political, and environmental challenges and offers teaching strategies and resources to incorporate these 17 goals into the K-12 classroom.

Human Trafficking
Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Hear from advocates, students and teachers involved in the 21st century "abolition" campaign to end all forms of coerced unfree labor and the traffic in human lives. Learn about the many avenues for informed action that are open to young people and the critical role that teachers can play in their classrooms and beyond.


2016 Webinars

Climate Action for Global Social Justice
Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Noel Healy, professor of Geography at Salem State University, presented on climate change and social justice using examples from his work in Latin America, Nigeria, and Ireland. Professor Healy’s recent research focuses on the abuses perpetrated by oil companies. His past projects examined the fossil fuel divestment movement, climate change adaptation in Massachusetts, and concepts of democracy underlying the United Nation’s “Framework on Climate Change” meetings. He attended the Paris climate summit this winter.

Gender Violence in Global Context — and What Women Worldwide Are Doing To Stop It
Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Elora Chowdhury, professor of Women's Studies and Asian Studies at UMass Boston, addressed gender-based violence through a global lens, sharing examples from her work on South Asian women's campaigns to end violence and abuse. Professor Chowdhury’s research interests include transnational feminisms, critical development studies, and gendered violence and human rights advocacy with an emphasis on South Asia. She is the author of Transnationalism Reversed: Women Organizing Against Gendered Violence in Bangladesh.

Children's Human Rights: An Issue for Global Action
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Professor Warren Binford from Willamette University's College of Law presented on the state of children's rights around the globe with specific examples from her work in South Africa. In addition to examining children's issues in southern African nations, she has toured Asia to research the role of child labor in the development of the Pacific Rim. Professor Binford has worked with the International Red Cross in Switzerland, the Croatian Red Cross and the Japan Red Cross on issues relating to child soldiers and other child victims of war. She has served as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children in the United States and on the boards of numerous non-profits. She is also a former foster parent.

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