Thursday, October 4 4:30-6:00 PM
“Social Movements amid Global Crisis: Local & Global Activism in the US and World Social Forums”

5604 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh Open to the Public

How does the economic and ecological crisis affect popular mobilization for social change? Panelists draw from a wealth of experience and knowledge of diverse movements in Latin America, the Middle East and other parts of the world to assess the lessons, resources, and obstacles affecting the efforts of social movements to come together around shared goals. Of particular concern are questions of how movements build solidarity and enduring relationships that connect local-level activism with global analyses and networks.
  • Cindy Wiesner, Director, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance & member of US Social Forum National Planning Committee
  • Jerome Scott, US Social Forum National Planning Committee, former director of Project South/Anchor Organization for US Social Forum 2007, League of Revolutionaries for a New America
  • Darryl Jordan, Former Director, American Friends Service Committee's Third World Coalition, US Social Forum National Planning Committee & WSF Palestine Organizing Committee
  • Rose Brewer, Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of African American and African Studies, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities & member of US Social Forum National Planning Committee & WSF Palestine Organizing Committee
  • Valentine Moghadam, Director, International Affairs Program & Sociology Department, Northeastern University, & author of Globalization and Social Movements: Islamism, Feminism, and the Global Justice Movement

*Reception following panel in 4130 Posvar Hall


Workshop Schedule
Friday October 5 9:00AM-5:00 PM Workshop (by invitation only). University of Pittsburgh University Club, 123 University Place
The workshop brings together leading scholars and practitioners who are theorizing contemporary social movement coalitions and alliances. We will be discussing the challenges and opportunities for building links between local organizing contexts and global networks and analyses, and for advancing the collective knowledge and work of the World & US Social Forum process. For more information, contact Jackie Smith, Department of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh. (jgsmith @ pitt.edu)

RAW NOTES

Friday October 5 1:00 PM 4130 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh: Lunch with Pitt Faculty and Students & Visitors for the workshop: Please RSVP to cogrodnik @ gmail.com


6:30PM: Dinner with Pittsburgh activists (by invitation only) The Union Project 801 N Negley Ave. Pittsburgh 15206

Saturday October 6 9:00AM-2:00 PM Workshop (by invitation only) University of Pittsburgh University Club, 123 University Place

Workshop Discussion Questions

Detailed Workshop Agenda

Background Documents

Participant Biographies