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Interactive Lecture: The College Campus as a Site of Resistance

3/6/17 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Main Room

The College Campus as a Site of Resistance: Student and Faculty Activism in the Trump Era

This interactive session, held at St. Lawrence University's Eben Holden Center and led by Dr. Simona Sharoni (Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the State University of New York in Plattsburgh), is designed to provide students and faculty with an opportunity to reflect on their involvement in activism in the past and to brainstorm ideas about organizing on campus and in the community. We will focus on the responsibility of students and faculty to speak up as we address such key issues as campus sexual assault, police brutality, changes in immigration laws, and solidarity with oppressed people around the world.  We will examine the accomplishments and challenges facing students and faculty as they correspond with national and global trends.

This event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Sharoni's visit is sponsored by the Global Studies department, the Gender & Sexuality Studies program, the Government department, the Peace Studies program, the Sociology department, the Chaplain's Office, and Weave News.

Simona Sharoni is a feminist scholar, researcher and activist. She holds a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University and MA and BA degrees in Counseling and Special Education from Haifa University, Israel. Prior to joining SUNY Plattsburgh, she taught at the Evergreen State College in Olympia Washington and at American University in Washington DC. She also held semester long distinguished scholar appointments at the University of Oregon and the University of Cincinnati.

Sharoni is the author of Gender and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: The Politics of Women's Resistance (Syracuse University Press, 1995) and co-editor of the Handbook of Gender and War (Edward Elgar Publishers, 2016). She has also published over 50 scholarly articles and book chapters and is currently completing a manuscript titled Gender and the Struggles for Justice in Palestine/Israel to be published by Syracuse University Press in 2017.

Sharoni’s research and writing have included a comparative analysis of gender and resistance, with special attention to the role of grassroots organizing and social movements in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and in the North of Ireland. Additionally, she has researched the militarization and masculinities, especially the interplay between political violence and gender-based violence. In recent years, Sharoni’s masculinities research has focused on strategies to demilitarize masculinities and transform violent men.

Sharoni is the co-founder of Faculty Against Rape (FAR), a newly founded national organization advocating for an increased role of faculty in the struggle to confront sexual assault on college campuses. A former co-chair of the Board of Directors of the Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) and its founding Executive Director, Sharoni has played a key role in advocating for the centrality of feminist perspectives to peacebuilding and conflict resolution.

A former co-chair of the Board of Directors of the Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) and its founding Executive Director, Sharoni has played a key role in advocating for the centrality of feminist perspectives to peacebuilding and conflict resolution. In addition to gender justice, Dr. Sharoni’s activist experience involves primarily campus sexual assault, solidarity work with Palestinians, anti-racism work, political prisoners’ solidarity work and community organizing for justice and peace.