2011 Events

Engaging Global South: Terms of Engagement


Saturday, April 9, 2011. 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in room 110

Global Justice and the Global South is the guiding theme of the Center for Global Justice at Seattle University School of Law. However, we remain mindful of Benjamin Disraeli's (in)famous and evocative statement: "The East is a career." Therefore, our guiding theme warrants a continuing interrogation of some basic questions about the terms of engagement with the Global South - Where is it? What is it? How did it come to be what it is? What is its history of engagements by the outside? How does this history inform engagements with the Global South Today? This one-day conference will explore these questions with the aim to inform projects that seek to promote Global Justice with particular reference to the Global South. The conference will be organized around four themes: Theorizing Global South, Containing Global South, and Learning Global South.

The full day's program is available here.

Law and Media: A Complicated Relationship
Derecho y prensa: una relación complicada


Public Lecture on Wednesday, April 6, 2011. 3:30 p.m. in Room 109

Pilar Úcar Ventura is a colleague from the Jesuit university Pontificia Comillas in Madrid where she is a professor in the Department of Traducción e Interpretación. She is visiting Seattle University to talk about her current research analyzing the clarity and transparency with which legal matters are presented/represented (and sometimes lost in translation) by mass media. Journalists often interpret and analyze the law for citizens, she points out, but seldom is their use of juridical language analyzed. The language of legal news and public opinion is Professor Úcar's area of investigation, and she will share findings as well as recommendations that result from her project.

Maestra (teacher)
U.S. Premier Tour of Cuban Documentary Film
The 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign: Transforming Cuban Women and Society

Tuesday, April 5, 2011. Noon to 1:30 p.m., Sullivan Hall room C5

Cuban gender justice activist Norma Guillard and U.S. documentary filmmaker Catherine Murphy visit Seattle University as part of a national tour sponsored by the U.S. Women and Cuba Collaboration, The Literacy Project, and WILPF. Guillard and Murphy will talk about the role of women in the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign and will screen Murphy's 30-minute documentary film, Maestra, which features Norma Guillard recalling her coming of age in the Literacy Campaign as a young woman of 15 who left home to work in the countryside as a literacy teacher, una maestra. The history of Cuba in the early years of the Cuban Revolution, as well as celebrating the reality of Cuban women's lives in Cuba today will be included in discussion by the speakers.

Students studying in front of Sullivan Hall