Ocean County College Hosts Social Justice Series

Sep 07, 2016

The Center for Access and Equality at Ocean County College has scheduled a Social Justice Series to run through the fall on the college’s Toms River campus, with one presentation a month in September, October and November. All events are free and open to the public.

Robert Jensen, a writer, political activist and full-time professor of journalism at the University of Texas-Austin, will speak about social justice in the 21st century on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in Conference Room A&B of the OCC Bookstore. According to a college news release, Jensen “has published several publications and has presented on the following topics: media, power, pornography, white privilege, activism, institutional racism and inequality. His lecture will provide a platform for meaningful dialogue in an attempt to understand differences.”

The following month, on Oct. 19, La Bruja (Caridad De La Luz) offers a workshop, spoken word poetry/performance and Q&A at 10:30 a.m. and noon on the main stage of The Jay & Linda Grunin Center for the Arts, and on Oct. 20 at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the Gateway Building lecture hall. La Bruja, born and raised in the Bronx, N.Y., “has traveled the world performing her poetic rhyme skills, and has been all over the internet, on television, film, theater and radio,” the college explains.

“On Oct. 19, she will perform a melting pot of urban rhymes, Nuyorican anecdotes, comedic tales, musical renditions, and heartwarming storytelling followed by a Q&A session. The audience will be encouraged to interact and ask questions in both English and Spanish. On Oct. 20, she will work with a creative writing class and coach their individual performances, sharing her favorite personal tips and techniques she has used over her 20-year career. Audience members are encouraged to observe the critiques.”

Finally, on Nov. 17, Hayden Kristal – a deaf, bisexual, transgender, Jewish activist and public speaker – will present GaySL: A Crash Course in LGBTQ American Sign Language at 11 a.m. in Room 115 of the Technology Building. “Living his life and the intersection of multiple marginalized identities, Kristal focuses on the intersections of disability, gender and sexuality, particularly within the spheres of activism and social justice,” OCC stated. Attendees can learn American sign language signs relating to the LGBTQ community and discuss deaf culture, intersectionality and the importance of accessibility in activism. Individuals with all levels of experience with ASL and the deaf community are welcome and encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Megan Miskin, assistant director, Education Opportunity Fund and The Center for Access and Equality at OCC at 732-255-0400, extension 2027, or mmiskin@ocean.edu.  —J.K.-H.

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