Convocation 2008-2009

Convocation 2008-2009
Theme: "Human Rights: With Liberty and Justice for All?"


Keynote Address:
Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President
Children's Defense Fund (CDF)

Marian Wright EdelmanMrs. Edelman presented the annual Maytum Convocation Lecture at State University of New York at Fredonia, "Human Rights: With Liberty and Justice for All?" on Wednesday, September 24, 2008. She was also named a Williams Distinguished Visiting Professor at Fredonia. Mrs. Edelman has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life. Under her leadership, CDF has become the nation's strongest voice for children and families.

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Sharon Katz

Concert: "Sharon Katz and the Peace Train"
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 8 p.m.
Juliet J. Rosch Recital Hall

Two-day visit by Grammy award winning, social justice musical group features three events:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 10: "Story of the Peace Train;" 4 - 6 p.m., Juliet J. Rosch Recital Hall
  • Wednesday, Feb. 11: Music Therapy Workshop for students and local music therapists; 9 to 11 a.m. (by invitation).
  • Wednesday, Feb. 11: "Sharon Katz and the Peace Train in Concert;" 8 p.m., Rosch Recital Hall.

Sponsor: Music Therapy Club, School of Music, Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs,
Dean of Arts & Humanities, and Black Student Union

Contact: Dr. Joni Milgram-Luterman, 673-4648,

"Educational Access in the Development of the Indigenous Rights Movement in Latin America"
Presentation by Dr. Eric Meringer, State University of New York at Fredonia, Department of History
Wednesday, November 5, Noon-12:50 p.m.
Williams Center S104

Sponsor: Brown Bag Luncheon Series

Contact: Dr. Natalie Gerber, Department of English, 673-3855,

"Writing to Explore Liberty and Justice for All"
Presentation and book signing by Linda Sue Park, award winning children's author
Saturday, October 25, 7-8:30 p.m.
209 McEwen Hall

Sponsor: Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Department of Language, Leadership and Learning, Department of English

Contact: Dr. Clara Beier, Department of Language, Learning and Leadership, 673-4680,

Judy Shepard: The Meaning of Matthew Shepard
Sunday, September 14, 7 p.m.
Juliet J. Rosch Recital Hall

Judy Shepard, mother of hate-crime victim Matthew Shepard, discussed how the tragedy of her son’s murder in 1988 spurred her campaign for justice and ultimately led to the founding of the Matthew Shepard Foundation to help carry on his legacy. » Read more

Co-Sponsors: Spectrum Entertainment Board and Pride Alliance

Women’s History Month: Women’s Rights as Human Rights

Sponsored by the Women’s Student Union & Women’s Studies Program

Wednesday, 3/4 
Lecture/ Opening Ceremonies 
Wyndi Anderson: "US Weekly, Starbucks, and "Starbabies" 

Dinner will be served. 
Williams Center Horizon Room: 6pm 

Tuesday, 3/10 
Film and Letter Writing Campaign 
“The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo”
Jewett 101: 8pm 

Wednesday, 3/25 
Women Studies Student Research Conference 
Keynote Speaker, Dr. Amanda Godley: “Gender Equity in Higher Education”
Dinner will be served. 
Williams Center Horizon Room: 5-7pm 

Friday, 3/27 
Dr. Anahi Viladrich: "Immigrant Women and Access to Health Care: The Legacy of Welfare Reform and the Struggle for Health-Related Rights”

Williams Center S104: 2pm 

Monday, 3/30 
"Recognizing Human Trafficking in Chautauqua County" 
The International Institute of Buffalo 

Williams Center Horizon Room: 1:30pm-4:30pm 

Monday, 3/30 
Panel Presentation 
Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis: "The Violation of Women's Rights: A call for an Interdisciplinary Response to Violence Against Women" & Amy Fleischauer: "Human Trafficking in Western New York: Is It Happening Here?"
Fenton 105: 6pm-8pm 

Tuesday, 3/31 
Saakumu Dance Troope from Ghana (Co-sponsored with Students For Peace) 

Time and Place: TBA

"Water: The Parched Human Right"

Sponsor: Amnesty International/State University of New York at Fredonia Student Chapter

Contact: Nate Odden,

Convocation Team

State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063