Journalist to present talk at Day of Human Understanding March 26

LZ Granderson, CNN weekly opinion correspondent and senior writer at ESPN, will present the keynote address March 26 at Shippensburg University’s annual Day of Human Understanding.

This year’s topic is “Human Rights in the 21st Century.”

The day includes various programs including a panel discussion to explore past and current social justice  issues.

grandersonGranderson will present his address at 3:30 p.m. in the Ceddia Union Building multi-purpose room. As a gay African American journalist he often addresses topics of race, sexuality and gender in society and sports.

Prior to joining ESPN, Granderson was a sports columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Grand Rapids Press. He is the 2009 recipient of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Award and a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. He was also named 2011 Journalist of the Year by the National Lesbian Gay Journalist Association.

The celebration begins with an 8:30 a.m. panel discussion to explore past and current social justice issues, including immigration reform, anti-imperialism, trade union and labor organizing, and economic and disability rights. Panelists include university faculty members Dr. Allison Carey, Dr. Robert Shaffer, Dr. Michael Bibby and Dr. Deborah Cornelius, and Andrew Hoover from ACLU-PA. Faculty member Stephanie Jirard will lead the discussion.

A silent auction to benefit Teach Rwanda will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the CUB lower level.

Following the panel discussion, breakout sessions will be offered involving inclusion for women, people with disabilities, children, people of color and individuals in the LGBT community. The breakout sessions will begin at 10 a.m., continue through 3:15 p.m. and conclude with a session at 6 p.m. The sessions, presented by university faculty members, students and others, are:

  • 10 to 10:50 a.m.: “Does Sex Segregation Still Matter? Job Satisfaction of the Women Workers in America,” Dr. Dina Banerjee, CUB 103.
  • 10 to 10:50 a.m.: “Mass Incarceration: The School to Prison Pipeline,” Stephanie Jirard, CUB 104.
  • 10 to 10:50 a.m.: “Court Appointed Special Advocates For Children,” social work students Megan Buchy, Nicole Smith and Tabatha Weigle, CUB 105.
  • 10 to 10:50 a.m.: “Two Roads to Conflict Resolution,” Dr. Toru Sato, Franklin Science Center 030.
  • 10 a.m. to noon: “Understanding Workers Rights as Human Rights,” Dr. Jerry Carbo and Dr. Ian Langella, CUB 119.
  • 11 to 11:50 a.m.: “Examining Social Justice Through Film,” Dr. Kathryn Brooks and Dr. Matthew Shupp, CUB 103.
  • 11 to 11:50 a.m.: “Dispelling Myths About People With Disabilities,” Theo Braddy, executive director of the Center for Independent Living in Central PA, CUB 104.
  • 11 to 11:50 a.m.: “Lessons in Resilience in Rwanda,” Dr. Jen Clements, CUB 105.
  • 11 to 11:50 a.m.: “Two Roads to Conflict Resolution,” Dr. Sato, Franklin Science Center 030.
  • Noon to 12:50 p.m.: “What’s in a Name?,” Pavan Purswani, assistant director of residential education, CUB 103.
  • Noon to 12:50 p.m.: “It Could Be Better – Experiences of Minority Students In Shippensburg University,” Dr. Marita Flagler and Dr. Eucabeth Odhiambo, CUB 104.
  • 1 to 1:50 p.m.: “Fighting Segregation and Discrimination Through Language: Creole and French in Haiti,” Dr. Agnes Ragone, CUB 103.
  • 1 to 1:50 p.m.: “The Graying Gay Population,” Dr. Jayleen Galarza and Dr. Charlene Lane, CUB 104.
  • 1 to 1:50 p.m.: “Conversations on Disability,” Dr. Allison Carey, Dr. Flagler, Dr. Cheryl Zaccagnini Dr. Sue Morin and students Ashley Bonsall-Gaffney, Emily Michael and Paul Becker, CUB 119.
  • 2 to 2:50 p.m.: “True Understanding: Meaning Through Connection,” Dr. Sato, CUB 103.
  • 2 to 2:50 p.m.: “Understanding Diverse Religions in 21st Century America – Four Perspectives,” Dr. Dara Bourassa and panel, CUB 119.
  • 2 to 3:15 p.m.: “Toilet Training: A Film and Discussion About Gender Neutral Bathrooms to Improve Accessibility for Transgender People,” Dr. Corrine Bertram, CUB 104.
  • 6 to 8 p.m.: “Poverty Simulation,” social work students Aimee Held, Tamara Hade, Kathleen Prest and Kira Beard, Heiges Field House arena.