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Geography professor John Western--panelist in campus symposium on equality, privilege, justice in South Africa and Syracuse

Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse 3

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“No Innocence This Side of the Womb,” hosted by the Newhouse Center for Global Engagement, will bring together Syracuse and South African artists, academics, activists and journalists.

The event begins at 5 p.m. in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse 3. The event is free and open to the public.

The event will consist of three panel discussions with a rotating open panel chair, allowing audience members to participate.


South Africa to Syracuse – A Common Struggle, 5 p.m.

How segregation and class affect us, regardless of geography. How we got here and where we are going.


Yusuf Abdul-Qadir '11, chapter director, New York Civil Liberties Union, Syracuse

Ellen Blalock G'84, artist, Syracuse Zuko Gqadavama, resource development coordinator, Inkululeko, South Africa

Charisse L’Pree, assistant professor, Newhouse School, Syracuse University

Michelle Schenandoah, CEO and editor-in-chief, Rematriation Magazine, Oneida Nation

John Western, professor, Maxwell School, Syracuse University

The Arts – Ordinary Acts, Extraordinary Promise, 6:40 p.m.

Art’s role in unpacking and pushing back against injustice.


Jaleel Campbell, artist, Syracuse

Gabrielle Goliath, artist, South Africa

Simon Gush, artist, South Africa

Neelika Jayawardane, associate professor, SUNY Oswego

Communication – No Easy Walk to Freedom, 8:10 p.m.

The role of a free press in providing a reflection of our societies and a method of holding the powerful to account.


Paul Botes, photographer and picture editor, Mail & Guardian, South Africa

Ken Harper, associate professor and director, Newhouse Center for Global Engagement, Newhouse School, Syracuse University Joe Lee, general manager, WAER, Syracuse

Khadija Patel, editor-in-chief, Mail & Guardian, South Africa

Niren Tolsi, journalist, South Africa

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Exterior of Maxwell in black and white when there was no Eggers building

We’re Turning 100!

To mark our centennial in the fall of 2024, the Maxwell School will hold special events and engagement opportunities to celebrate the many ways—across disciplines and borders—our community ever strives to, as the Oath says, “transmit this city not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”

Throughout the year leading up to the centennial, engagement opportunities will be held for our diverse, highly accomplished community that now boasts more than 38,500 alumni across the globe.