Southeastern Social Justice Speaker scheduled
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
by: Tonya Lowentritt
SOCIAL JUSTICE SPEAKER - Chris Eder, an air force veteran, yoga teacher and artist, is the scheduled guest speaker for Southeastern Louisiana University’s Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice’s 13th Annual Social Justice Speaker Series. Eder will offer a free lecture on Nov. 14 and a free 90-minute yoga class on Nov. 15.
HAMMOND- Southeastern Louisiana University’s Department of Sociology and Criminal
Justice’s 13th Annual Social Justice Speaker Series will feature Chris Eder, an Air
Force veteran, yoga teacher and artist on Monday, Nov. 14, at 2 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium.
Eder will discuss his journey and how yoga can be used to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and help veterans manage life after service. The lecture is free and open to the public.
“Eder served 23 and one-half years as a combat correspondent and considers himself a broadcast journalist turned yogi who now creates mala beads to support several non-profit organizations, such as Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans and the Give Back Yoga Foundation,” said Marc Settembrino, assistant professor of sociology at Southeastern. “Chris is a Yoga Alliance registered Vinyasa and Hatha interdisciplinary yoga instructor.”
Eder began his yoga journey in 1999 after a bout with sciatica and a diagnosis of adult attention deficit disorder. A friend introduced him to yoga as an alternative to pain pills and other medications. He has taught in a variety of styles, starting with sunrise yoga during a 2007 Air Force deployment to Baghdad. He also serves as the director of communications for Mindful Yoga Therapy.
Eder will also offer a free 90-minute yoga class on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m. Due to limited space, registration is required for the yoga class. Participants can register via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by stopping by the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department in Fayard Hall, room 336. The location of the yoga class will be announced to registered attendees at a later date.
The Sociology and Criminal Justice Department organized the annual Social Justice Speaker Series as a means of bringing nationally and internationally recognized social justice activists to the Southeastern community. Previous speakers have included Sister Helen Prejean on the death penalty, Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty and Law Center on race and racism, and Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink, on war and human rights.
For more information, contact the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at 985-549-2110.