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For the first time, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is combining its Social Justice and Earth Week celebrations in a week filled with activities, speakers and celebrations.

Theme of the week is A Dialogue in Sustainability.

As part of UW Oshkosh’s Tree Campus USA commitment, the grounds crew will be planting trees on campus during Earth Week (weather permitting) as well as during the following week in observance of Arbor Day.

The popular e-waste recycling event on campus is planned from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 in the parking lot at Blackhawk Commons; and a bike fair will be hosted at Reeve Mall entrance from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 19.

An array of speakers–including many social justice students, professors, and community members–will spark conversation on a variety of topics that connect with the theme of sustainability and social justice.

Following are highlights of the week’s events and speakers at UW Oshkosh:

Monday, April 16:

  • 8-9 a.m., Maria Wheeler will speak on Objectification of Women in Global Media at Sage 3221
  • 9:10-10:10 a.m., Melissa Werth will speak on Geothermal Energy Around the World at Sage 3221.
  • 10:20-11:20 a.m., Aubrey Cobern Quarford will speak on Mental Health Across the Globe at Sage 3234.
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Rebecca Payton will speak on Family Planning: A New Direction Towards Global Health at Sage 3235.
  • 12:40-1:40 p.m., Samantha Urbas will speak on Sex Trafficking in Thailand at Sage 3235.
  • 1:50-2:50 p.m., Karenna Jolin, will speak on Refugees: The Journey to Asylum at Sage 3221.
  • 3:30-4:30 p.m., Megan Beck will speak on Code Clear: A Global Water Crisis We Need to Pay Attention To, Sage 3234.
  • 4-5 p.m., Masculinity Monday: Environmentalism, will take place at the Women’s Center.
  • 7 p.m., Vandana Shiva, will describe Earth Democracy, a paradigm and process that creates living economics, democracies and cultures to end violence against the earth and its inhabitants. The event at Reeve Union Ballroom is free and open to the public. The book, Who Really Feeds the World? (2016) will be available for purchase, with book signing to follow.

Tuesday, April 17:

  • 7 a.m.-2 p.m., e-waste recycling will take place in the parking lot at Blackhawk Commons. Anyone from the campus community is welcome to bring their home electronics to be recycled for free. Items accepted are cell and corded phones, rechargeable batteries, cords, CRTs/computer monitors, CPUs/computer towers, printers, DVDs/VCRs, fax machines. Items not accepted are TVs, light bulbs, alkaline batteries, dehumidifiers, household appliances.
  • 8-9 a.m., Courtney Messplay will speak on Military Services: A Comparison Between the U.S., Greece and the United Kingdom at Sage 4234.
  • 9:10-10:10 a.m., Jessica Kurtz will speak on Sexual Violence: A Global Issue at Swart 240.
  • 10:20-11:20 a.m., Megan Rogers will speak on Paid Family Leave: How European Countries are Empowering New Parents and Families at Sage 2234.
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Arianna Albrecht-Hanke will speak on Incarceration Rates Across the Globe at Sage 4224.
  • 1:50-2:50 p.m., Carly Lemke will speak on Healthcare in North America at Sage 4408.
  • 5:30 p.m., African American Studies Spring Lecture by Angela Subulwa, will take place at Sage Hall, Room 4408. Subulwa will speak on Negotiating refuge: Africa’s urban refugees and protracted refugee situations.  
  • 6-9 p.m., a screening of the film, Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock, will take place at Sage 1214. A discussion, Awaken Your Mind: Water, Truth & Justice, will take place with Heidi Nicholls of the UW Oshkosh anthropology department. The event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, April 18:

  • 8-9 a.m., Annie Loewel will speak on Domestic Violence: A Global Public Health Issue at Sage 2224.
  • 9:10-10:10, Raabia Waheed will speak on Islam and Terrorism at Sage 3221.
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Jacob Bloechl will speak on Fleeing Genocide: The Lost Boys of Sudan at Sage 1232.
  • 1:50-2:50 p.m., Tayler Weber will speak on Reparations for All at Sage 1232.
  • 3:30-4:30, Autumn Benecke will speak on Global Practices of Sustainability in Death, at Sage 1232.
  • 4-5 p.m., LGBTQ Women of Color, Intersections of Race, Gender Expression and Sexual Orientation at the Women’s Center.
  • 5-6 p.m., Sustainable Menstrual Hygiene at the Women’s Center.
  • 7 p.m., Racism. Hate Crimes. Love. Islam. Culture. Language. Life. Five Muslim women in a post-9/11 world serve tea and uncover what lies beneath the veil in a performance of Rohina Malik’s, Unveiled. The event is free, open to the public at Reeve Union Ballroom.

Thursday, April 19:

  • 8-9 a.m., Madelyn Ziebart will speak on A Global Comparison of Methods of Reducing Infant Mortality at Sage 3232.
  • 10 a.m.-3 p.m., The UW Oshkosh Sustainability Office and the student organization Wildlife Conservation Club, are hosting a bike fair at the Reeve Mall entrance (near the concourse). Campus and community bike groups and bike shops will be present to raise awareness about biking, bike safety and will offer bike maintenance. Bike gear will be sold and bikes will be on hand that allow for the charging of cell phones and one that “makes” smoothies. The bike fair will be inside the Reeve concourse in the event of rain or snow.
  • 10:20-11:20, Allison Smith will speak on Global Issues on the Decriminalization of Illicit Drugs at Sage 2234.
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Kasey Hirst will speak on The Worst Human Trafficking at Clow 233.
  • 4-5 p.m., Taylor Piper will speak on The Death Penalty at Clow 233.
  • 4-5 p.m., Madelynn Ziebart, Kylie Kostka, McKenna Joosten, will speak on Implementing Baby Boxes at Safe Haven Locations in Wisconsin at Arts and Communication N211.   

7 p.m., Heather Swan, author and UW-Madison English lecturer, will continue the dialogue on campus with a talk on her book, Where Honeybees Thrive: Making a Better World for Bees and Humans. The discussion with Nicaragua Bee Project founders Martin Havlovic and Michael Bauer will take place in Halsey Science Center, Room 107. The event is free and open to the public.

Friday, April 20:

  • 10:20 a.m., A presentation by Dan Dieterich of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby will be on Wisconsin’s Changing Weather and What You Can Do About It. The free event will be held in Room 1214 at Sage Hall. Dieterich will explore how Wisconsin weather has changed over the years, why it has changed and what can be done to reduce future negative changes. The discussion also will touch on building respectful relationships with members of Congress regarding climate change issues.
  • 12:40-1:40 p.m., Liz Kelly will speak on The Syrian Refugee Crisis: A Global Issue at Clow 024.
  • 1:50-2:50 p.m., Christine Hamer will speak on Day Zero: The Global Water Crisis at Clow L102.

Sunday, April 22:

Earth Day, founded in April 1970 by the late Gaylord Nelson, a Wisconsin senator, governor and environmentalist, will be celebrated nationally on April 22.


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