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Title: Beyond Jena: Blogging and Social Justice
START DATE: 1/31/2009
Duration: 6 Hours
Location: Mid-City
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Xavier University Center Ballroom
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The 2007 demonstrations in Jena, Louisiana, were "a civil rights protest literally conjured out of the ether of cyberspace, of a type that has never happened before in America" [Chicago Tribune]

Nearly a year and a half after these cyber-driven protests, this forum will explore the convergence of social media and social justice. Convening diverse panels of bloggers of color, faculty, students and activists, the forum will focus on the rise of the blogosphere in New Orleans and the unique ways that grassroots media can be utilized to enhance pedagogical practices as we seek to realize the Xavier mission of a more just and humane society.

How can we merge new technologies, pedagogy and grassroots media to realize the Xavier mission in unique and innovative ways? We'll address this and other topics through two exciting panels:

PANEL ONE: The Rise of Blogging and Grassroots Media as Tools for Social Justice in New Orleans and Beyond

PANEL TWO: Using Blogging and Grassroots Media as an Educational Tool to Realize the Xavier Mission: A Discussion of Best Practices and Student Reflections

New: View the list of speakers and panelists.

Beyond Jena: A Forum on Bloggers of Color, Education and Social Justice in New Orleans will be held Jan. 31, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom at Xavier University of Louisiana. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Admission is free and open to all, but registration is required.
Coordinated by:

* Dr. Kimberly J. Chandler, Communications Department
* Mr. Bart Everson, Center for the Advancement of Teaching

Sponsoring Partners (to date):

* Center for the Advancement of Teaching
* Communications Department
* Center for Student Leadership & Service
* Department of English/African American Studies
* Office for Academic Affairs
* Office of Campus Ministry
* Office of University & Media Relations
* Office of Technology Administration

Community Partners (to date):

* Rising Tide (annual blogger/new media conference focusing on political, cultural, environmental and economic issues facing New Orleans and South Louisiana in the recovery from Hurricane Katrina and beyond)
* Volunteers of America: Mentoring Children of Promise
* New Orleans Human Rights Film Festival

Questions? Contact us via or call the Beyond Jena hotline at (504) 520-5068.

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