Dr. Jennifer Jewell will speak on the topic of, “Too legit to quit: Gaining legitimacy through human rights organizing.”
Thursday, April 25, 4 p.m.
Egan Leadership Center
The welfare rights movement emerged out of the struggle against punitive welfare policies that enforced dehumanizing requirements and provided minimal subsistence. Despite battling economic deprivation, personal shame, and public hostility, welfare recipients, many of whom were women of color, organized to secure an adequate standard of living for their families. Even with some success, activists faced a repressive welfare state and stigmatization in society and a shift in the organizing framework developed. The evolution of welfare rights to human rights assisted some organizations in gaining more legitimacy within society. This lecture will trace that strand of history.
The semi-annual colloquia will highlight the forward-looking research performed by a faculty member and will spur further interaction amongst our academic community as we gather to learn and discuss. There will be a reception afterwards where we can socialize with our colleagues. It is my hope that as faculty present on topics they are passionate about, we will not only uplift scholarly achievement but shine a light on our efforts as a Compassionate University.
RSVP to Helen Nelson via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 18.