Case Western Reserve University Social Justice Institute Launches Think Tank Event

Case Western Reserve University’s new Social Justice Institute is about “understanding and addressing the root causes of social injustice and developing innovative solutions,” according to Rhonda Y. Williams, the Institute’s founding director and also associate professor of history at the university.

To develop new insights on critical social justice issues that have commanded the past and continue to shape the present, the university Institute will host the two-day Social Justice, Race and Profiling:  An Intergenerational Think Tank on Nov. 19 and 20. 

John Powell will give
the keynote address
at the Social Justice
think tank.

The Social Justice Institute and its alliance-based initiatives are an integral part of the university’s five-year strategic plan called Forward Thinking. It has support with seed funding from the Provost’s Interdisciplinary Alliance Investment Grant to advance education, research and community engagement, as well as to inspire the investigation of and develop solutions to societal problems. 

Some highlights of the Social Justice Institute’s think tank include:

  • An Intergenerational Evening of Art & Justice, featuring a special presentation by Bernice Johnson Reagon, singer, composer, cultural historian, and freedom and justice activist for nearly half a century.  Reagon will present on Saturday evening, 1960s freedom songs with commentary, at the Church of the Covenant. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
  • John A. Powell, director of Ohio State University’s Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, will give the keynote lunch address Nov. 20 at Thwing Ballroom.

Four plenary sessions, one on Nov. 19 (Friday evening) and three others that will run consecutively on Nov. 20, will examine the countless ways that injustice is manifested through the historic and ongoing profiling of racial and ethnic communities, and provide a forum for discussing lessons learned, as well as methods for challenging such injustices. 

The conference is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required.  Tickets for Reagon and Kitwana are $25 for individuals and $50 for patrons.  Call 368.2904 to register and for tickets. Read more.

Campus News

Starting Friday, an 80-foot lift will be stationed outside Adelbert Hall to allow workers to repair masonry surrounding the building’s two chimneys. The work is necessary to eliminate leaks affecting the interior of the fourth-floor stairwells. The repairs may require the closure of the east side entrance to Adelbert Hall–that is, the doors facing Adelbert Road (the workers will not know for certain until the crane is on site). Those requiring handicapped access should contact Tom Bondra at 216.368.2583 or 216.406.0536 before seeking to enter the building. The work is expected to be complete by Tuesday.

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The new issue of Think: The Magazine of Case Western Reserve University is on campus and online. Delve into groundbreaking research that has the potential to rewrite the book on lead poisoning; read a conversation with alum and computer programming icon Don Knuth; and find out how new laws about unpaid internships are affecting students and employers alike. Keep up with the latest news and research all year long—bookmark the Think website or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

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The Case Western Reserve University MLK Celebration Week Advisory Board is now accepting funding requests for programming for Case Western Reserve’s fourth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week, The Weight of History and the Challenge of Change.  In the past, co-sponsorships have helped support speakers, films, workshops, receptions, and field trips. To see last year’s schedule of events, please review the website

This MLK Week will be the week of Jan. 17, and academic departments, schools and colleges, student organizations and university offices may submit proposals online. The annual MLK Convocation will be Jan. 21 during the Community Hour and will feature noted historian and author Nell Irvin Painter. The deadline for proposals is Nov. 12.  Proposals should be submitted online. You may email with any questions.

For Faculty and Staff

Staff Advisory Council’s Training & Development Committee is collecting hats, gloves, socks and scarves for homeless men in Cleveland. Last year SAC donated 420 pairs of socks to Care Alliance. This year we have added additional items that are necessary to keep warm in our cold winters.

Items can be dropped off at the Benefits Fair next Tuesday and Wednesday. A box for donations will be located on the SAC table inside the Thwing Ballroom. In addition, you can drop items off until Dec. 3 at the Department of Anthropology, Mather Memorial R238. Contact Kathleen Dowdell at 368.2264 with any questions.

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The Faculty Leadership Development Institute has established as a space for women on the faculty, whether new to Case Western Reserve or not, to ask questions and to get to know peers who are in similar situations. The Women Faculty Connect listserv is a place for you to post your questions and get some feedback and answers. Its goal is to provide answers that will assist in expediting solutions to a number of work/life dilemmas faced by women faculty at CWRU. It will give you an opportunity to connect with other women on campus in a timely, direct and beneficial way. To sign up, visit and search for “womenfacultyconnect.”  For more information, contact Susan Freimark or call 368.8860.

For Students

The Office of Housing, Residence Life & Greek Life has some graduate student job opportunities available. There is one Graduate Resident Mentor position currently open now. The position term ends on May 27, 2011. The early consideration deadline for the application is Nov. 18. We also anticipate one Recovery House Coordinator position open for the Jan. 5 - July 15 term. Applications are available online. By late November, we will begin our selection process for our 2011-2012 graduate staff. Please check our website for more information or updates on our position openings.

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The Jolly Scholar will be the site of a charity concert and open mic night Friday, co-sponsored by the Gender and Sexuality group of the American Medical Student to raise money for Pride Clinic at Metro Hospital. The fun starts at 7:30 p.m. featuring Evil Elite, Edgewater Lights and The House Band. The Jolly Scholar will donate a portion of proceeds from each plate and drink to the Pride Clinic. A $10 donation at the door entitles you to an appetizer. Email if you would like to reserve a spot in the open mic or just show up and sign up. Drums, mics, amps, chords, speakers, and techies are available.


Case Western Reserve University has teamed up with Town Hall of Cleveland as the academic sponsor of the longtime speakers series. The next speaker in the 2010-2011 lineup is author and businesswoman Mireille Guiliano, who will talk about “Business Sense and Sensibility,” at 6 p.m. Monday at the Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square. The Case Western Reserve community can purchase tickets at special prices: $17.50 for adults and $30 for students. Call 216.241.1919 for tickets and reference code THCWRU110810

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Demystifying Wine and Entertaining Clients, sponsored by the Weatherhead School of Management Wine Club, will be 4-6 p.m. Nov. 8 with Brandon Chrostowski, sommelier of L’Abatros restaurant. Join the WSOM Wine Club and Chrostowski for an evening of exploring and demystifying wine in a upscale environment at L’Albatros, 11401 Bellflower Road. Aside from expertly selected wines and hors d' oeuvres, we'll explore the basics of entertaining clients–a skill that is necessary for anyone entering the business world. Everyone attending will receive a complimentary guide. Space is limited to 30. A $15 fee covers a portion of the costs. Contact Mackenzie King or Jerzy Glica for reservations.

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Case Western Reserve University Dance Presents On the Verge today through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Mather Dance Center. This season’s opening concert features a new multimedia dance by Gary Galbraith and Kasumi, internationally noted video artist and faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Art.  Returning to this production is Doris Humphrey’s seminal Two Ecstatic Themes and last season’s light-hearted Tribute Rag, co-choreographed by faculty Gary Galbraith and Karen Potter set to original music by Ross Petot.  Also included are new works by alumni Heather Koniz, Kelli Sanford, and Shannon Sterne. For tickets call: 368.6262.

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Frederick K. Cox International Law Center presents The Role of Legal Infrastructure Enhancement in Promoting Economic Development in Africa with Swithin Munyantwali (JD ’92), Executive Director and Co-founder, International Law Institute African Centre for Legal Excellence, Kampala, Uganda, 4:30-5:30 p.m. today in the Moot Courtroom (A59). Free and open to the public. Refreshments provided.

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Professor Upendra Prasad, Department of Mathematics, Case Western Reserve University, will discuss Eigenstate analysis of the Trivalent reaction A+B<=>C  12:45-2 p.m. Friday in the Department of Mathematics Yost 300. Prasad will talk about the stochastic master equation (SME) of the elementary chemical reaction A+B<=>C called trivalent reaction. This equation plays important role in several biological processes and having its complete stochastic dynamics would be beneficial. More information is available online.


The views and opinions of those invited to speak on campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.

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Introduce a Girl to Science Day is Friday.

Introduce a Girl to Science Day is from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday in Nord 310. As part of its Girls' STEM Outreach Program, WISER will host 60 middle school girls on campus, who will be visiting four different faculty labs on campus in the morning.  After lunch, the girls will be conducting several genetics experiments (including “DNA in a Bottle”), facilitated by graduate students in the Department of Neurosciences.. Students from E-Prep School and the Intergenerational School will visit various lab and participate in hands-on science activities. More information is available online.

Nov. 4, 2010

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Multimedia Moment

The latest Off the Shelf podcast with Case Western Reserve librarian William Claspy features musicologist, author and chair of CWRU's music department, Mary Davis, about her new book, Ballet Russes Style. She also promotes next week's American Music Masters series. Listen onsite or download in mp3 or m4a (iTunes) formats.

In the News

Hospitals looking for medical research volunteers, Nov. 3, 2010
Case Western Reserve University, in partnership with the Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth Medical Center and University Hospitals, is conducting a study of how foreclosures are affecting people's health in certain communities. Volunteers are being sought for the study.

Discovering Water's Role
Within a Protein, Nov. 3, 2010
Researchers from Case Western Reserve University have identified a way to probe water molecules deep inside proteins, finding a communication network mobilized when proteins are turned “on.”  “Our technique revealed that water molecules are dynamic players in transporting information from deep inside a protein to its surface,” said the study's co-author Sayan Gupta, PhD, instructor at the university's Center for Proteomics and bioinformatics.

Supreme Court Grapples With Violent Video Game Law, Nov. 3, 2010
Upholding a California law restricting sales or rentals of violent video games to minors would require carving out a new exception in the First Amendment, assuming video games are deemed to be protected under the First Amendment, Raymond Ku, a law professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, told the E-Commerce Times.

Higher Ed News

Online Education vs. Traditional Learning: Time to End the Feud

Chronicle of Higher Ed, Oct. 31, 2010
Mark David Milliron, deputy director of postsecondary improvement at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes that “we should be innovating with all our might and using any resource at our disposal to help all students succeed. Online-learning resources should be a powerful part of this work.”