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Southeastern Social Justice Speaker scheduled

Wednesday, October 18, 2017Adrienne Brown
by: Tonya Lowentritt

SOCIAL JUSTICE SPEAKER - Adrienne Maree Brown, an author, science fiction scholar, community organizer and activist is the scheduled guest speaker for Southeastern Louisiana University’s Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice’s 13th Annual Social Justice Speaker Series. Brown will offer a free student workshop and lecture on Nov. 8.


     HAMMOND- Southeastern Louisiana University’s Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice’s 13th Annual Social Justice Speaker Series will feature Adrienne Maree Brown, an author, science fiction scholar, community organizer and activist from Detroit on Wednesday, Nov. 8.
     Brown will facilitate a free student workshop from 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. in the Student Union, room 3505. The workshop will introduce new methods to help groups and organizations work collectively and creatively. Brown will lead the students through hands-on activities that encourage new ways to hold meetings, plan agendas and build movement toward organizational goals.
     At 2 p.m. in the Student Union Grand Ballroom, Brown will give a free lecture open to the public based on her book “Emergent Strategy: Shaping Chance, Changing Worlds,” with a book signing to follow. The book focuses on creative and innovative ways to organize social justice movements based on her background as a science fiction writer and activist.    
     “Adrienne Brown draws inspiration from the work of Octavia Butler,” said Marc Settembrino, assistant professor of sociology at Southeastern. “She believes that visionary fiction can help us create communities that we want to live in and has said she works to motivate others to ‘bend the future toward justice.’”
     The Sociology and Criminal Justice Department organizes 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 Settembrino at marc.settembrino@southeastern.edu or Kellen Gilbert at kellen.gilbert@southeastern.edu.




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