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02-01-2018 Jackie Smith

Jackie Smith

View a recording of Dr. Smith's talk here.

Date: Thursday, February 1st, 2018
Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Location: Berger Gallery (207 College Hall), Duquesne University
Title: Human Rights in the 21st Century: Roles and Strategies for Scholars
Presenter: Dr. Jackie Smith, Professor of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh

Abstract: This presentation draws from Smith's observant participation research with local, national, and international human rights advocates. Her research on this topic grows from her earlier work on transnational global justice activism and on how people in different parts of the world are responding to pressures of globalization. Smith's current research reports on some of her work as a founding member and leader in Pittsburgh's Human Rights City Alliance, and it explores questions about how local practices and experiences are related to global level politics and movements. The talk will engage questions about the roles of scholar-activists and the challenges of doing engaged research. It also considers how this political moment calls for far more equitable and constructive engagement between the academy and the communities in which we live.

Author Bio: Jackie Smith is professor of sociology at the University of Pittsburgh and editor of the Open Access Journal of World-Systems Research. Her books include Social Movements and World-System Transformation (forthcoming, co-edited with Michael Goodhart, Patrick Manning, and John Markoff), Social Movements in the World-System: The Politics of Crisis and Transformation (with Dawn Wiest) and Social Movements for Global Democracy, among other co-edited and co-authored collections on social movements and global social change. Smith has served on the United States Social Forum's National Planning Committee and is co-founder of the International Network of Scholar-Activists. She works with technology justice organization, May First/People Link. Locally, she helps coordinate Pittsburgh's Human Rights City Alliance. Smith also serves on the National Steering Committee of the US Human Rights Cities Alliance.