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Labor and the Struggle for Black Lives Matter at School

The struggle for access to education has been a part of every major uprising for racial justice that Black people have engaged in throughout U.S. history — from the abolitionist movement, to Reconstruction, to the Civil Rights and Black Power. Jesse Hagopian will talk about social justice unionism and the fusing together of the labor movement with social movements for racial justice. Joined by a strong progressive labor movement, these overdue demands for greater social and racial justice can be achieved.

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How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?

How does it feel to be a problem

Being Young and Muslim in America

Thursday, September 6, 2018 @7pm
UVM Davis Center, Livak Ballroom

Moustafa Bayoumi is a Brooklyn College professor, journalist, book author, and radio and television commentator. He will discuss themes from his critically acclaimed book in light of recent challenges, especially the Trump Administration.

Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, UVM Global and Regional Studies, UVM English Department, UVM Interfaith Center, UVM International Socialist Organization, UVM Middle East Studies, Students for Justice in Palestine, United Academics: AFT/AAUP, Will Miller Green Mountain Vets for Peace, Global Justice Ecology Project, Black Rose/Rosa Negra Burlington, Peace & Justice Center, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine

Steven Salaita speaking at UVM

Palestine: Long Road to Freedom

Steven Salaita speaking at UVM

Reflections on Resistance to Occupation & Colonialism on the Centenary of the
Balfour Declaration

Thursday, November 9 @7pm
UVM Davis Center, Silver Maple Ballroom

Steve Salaita is a scholar, political commentator and activist. He is the author of 8 books, most recently, Inter/Nationalism: Decolonizing Native America and Palestine. A former professor, Salaita now foucuses on political writing and organizing.

Vermonters for Justice in Palestine, UVM International Socialist Organization, UVM Global and Regional Studies, Will Miller Green Mountain Vets for Peace, Global Justice Ecology Project, Black Rose/Rosa Negra Burlington, Peace & Justice Center, New Hampshire Palestine Education Network

Black Lives Matter in the Trump Era

Black Lives Matter in the Trump Era

Black Lives Matter in the Trump Era

Thursday, February 23rd @ 7:00pm
UVM Davis Center Silver Maple Ballroom

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, assistant professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, writes about Black politics, social movements and racial inequality in the US and is the author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation.

University of Vermont sponsors: Black Student Union • Center for Cultural Pluralism • College Undergraduates Not Tolerating Sexism • Critical Race and Ethnic Studies • English Department • Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies • Geography Department

Additional Sponsors: International Socialist Organization • Justice for Queer & Trans Students • Women of Color Coalition • Black Lives Matter VT • Black Rose/Rosa Negra Burlington • CCTV • Global Justice Ecology Project • Haymarket Books • Will Miller Green Mountain Veterans for Peace

Vijay Prashad - Western Bombs, Eastern Societies

Vijay Prashad – Western Bombs, Eastern Societies: the Destruction of Nations and “Humanitarian” Interventionism

Vijay Prashad - Western Bombs, Eastern Societies

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Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 at 7:00pm

Livak Ballroom, UVM Davis Center (4th floor), Burlington

Vijay Prashad is an Indian historian, writer, and commentator. He has reported from around the world — from Colombia to Iraq. His most recent book is The Death of the Nation and the Future of the Arab Revolution.

Sponsors: English and Geography Departments, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Global and Regional Studies, Middle East Studies, United Academics, International Socialist Organization Burlington Chapter, ?Global Justice Ecology Project, Will Miller Green Mountain Veterans for Peace, Toward Freedom?

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Dongping Han: Economic and Political Crisis in China


Dongping Han, professor at Warren Wilson College and author of The Unknown Cultural Revolution: Life and Change in a Chinese Village is the Fall 2015 guest speaker for the lecture series.

Thursday, October 15, 2015 @ 7pm
Livak Ballroom, Davis Center, UVM

Sponsored by: Departments of History, Economics, Geography, Asian Languages & Literature, and United Academics, AFT-AAUP

Gary Younge

Ferguson: A Nation of Laws and a History of Injustice with Gary Younge

Gary Younge

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Davis Center, Silver Maple Ballroom

Sponsored by: Will MIller Social Justice Lecture Series, United Academics, UVM Department of English, James and Mary Brigham Buckam Fund.

Co-sponsored include: Green Mountain Veterans for Peace, Global Justice Ecology Project, International Socialist Organization

For accommodations contact Conference and Event Services at conferences@uvm.edu in advance of the event.

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Hari Kondabolu September 18th @ ArtsRiot

The Will Miller Social Justice Lecture Series presents Hari Kondabolu, a brilliant comedian who addresses political issues which outrage him and cuts through the polite talk around race, gender and colonialism.

Thursday, September 18th @ 7:30pm
ArtsRiot, 400 Pine Street, Burlington

Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 at the door

Learn more about Hari @ harikondabolu.com or on Facebook.

“Hari Kondabolu is one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today.” New York Times.

Hari Kondabolu is a Brooklyn-based, Queens-raised comic who the NY Times has called “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today.” In March 2014, he released his debut standup album “Waiting for 2042? on indie-label Kill Rock Stars. He is currently NYU’s APA Institute’s “Artist in Residence” for the 2014-2015 Academic Year.

Hari has done standup on the Late Show with David Letterman ,Conan , Jimmy Kimmel Live, Live at Gotham and John Oliver’s New York Standup Show. His Comedy Central Presents half-hour television special debuted on the network in February 2011. He was also a writer and correspondent for the Chris Rock-produced Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on FX.

In 2014, he was interviewed on Fresh Air with Terry Gross on NPR. A regular on the public radio circuit, he has also appeared on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Studio 360, Bullseye and Soundcheck and Q with Jian Ghomeshi. He has also appeared on popular podcasts like WTF with Marc Maron, You Made it Weird with Pete Holmes and Too Beautiful to Live with Luke Burbank.

In the UK, Hari has established himself with appearances on BBC 3’sRussell Howard’s Good News, Live at the Electric and Channel 4’s 8 out 10 Cats. He also performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011.

He has also performed at such notable festivals as the HBO Comedy Festival, South by Southwest, Bumbershoot, Sasquatch, the Aspen Ideas Festival and Just for Laughs in Montreal and Chicago.

When in New York City, he co-hosts the mostly improvised talk show The Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Project with his younger brother Ashok (“Dap” from hip hop group Das Racist) and their podcast The Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Podcast. He also wrote the cover story for Spin Magazine about Das Racist in November 2011.

He was also a former video blogger for WORLD COMPASS, a joint initiative between WGBH Boston, PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Hari was born and raised in Queens, NY. He went to Townsend Harris High School and the school’s mascot, “Hari the Hawk,” was named after him during his senior year. (He sometimes fears that his greatest achievement was accomplished at 17.)

He attended both Bowdoin College and Wesleyan University, graduating from the former institution with a B.A. in Comparative Politics in 2004. A former immigrant rights organizer in Seattle, Hari also earned a Masters in Human Rights from the London School of Economics in 2008, writing a merit- earning dissertation entitled “Mexican Returnees as Internally Displaced People: An Argument for the Protection of Economic Migrants Under the UN Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement.” This is, by far, the least funny thing he’s ever written…including this bio.

The WMSJLS brings speakers to the Burlington community to provide a continuing program of radical analyses of social, ecological and political concerns. The series is dedicated to Will Miller, Vermont’s activist philosopher and UVM Philosophy Professor for 35 years.