Freedom School


January 2018

Villanova will host its annual Freedom School in observance of the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Thursday, January 25, 2018.  Each session lasts 60 minutes. Freedom School sessions cover a variety of topics including, for example, those listed below. Please consider offering a Freedom School session on a topic of your choosing. Please include a title and brief description (100 words) of your session, noting how it bears on the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  A booklet of abstracts of accepted Freedom School sessions will be distributed so that participants can plan their day. Also note your availability for the time of your session. The deadline for proposals is Friday, December 1st.

  • immigration
  • the possibilities and challenges of globalization
  • the rule of law and respect for human rights
  • affirmative action
  • education and social justice
  • peacebuilding and peacemaking
  • nonviolence and nonviolent social change
  • multiculturalism, and racism

2018 Feedom School Schedule & Session Descriptions

2018 Freedom School Schedule

The Freedom School | Thursday, January 25, 2018
  Cinema Radnor Room St. David's Room Devon Room Bryn Mawr Room  
“Living Historiography - I Will Speak for Myself”
Valerie Joyce
“U.S. Universities and Sweatshops: How Students Are Combating Economic Injustice”
Yvonne Nguyen
“Prison Abolition: Reaching Past The Status Quo?”
Harry King and John Pace
“If We Don’t Name, It Doesn’t Exist! ”
Shalyssa Smith
“Dr. King’s Villanova Speech 1965”
Jessie Dern-Sisco
11:30 PM “Theater and the Politics of the Disappeared”
Barbora Prihodova, and Raul Diego Rivera Hernandez
“Performative Wokeness in an Age of Neoliberal Activism”
Gabriela Puche
“Deviant Individuals Versus Monstrous Cultures: Race, Nation, and Blame in Sexual Violence”
Miranda Pilipchuk
“Asian in the Media: Let's stay silent (Or should we?)”
Terence Yee

“The Role of Leadership in Ensuring Education Equity for Social Justice”
Tolulope Omodara
1PM “Speaking with, and Embodying, the Other: Conversations with Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me”
Heidi Rose
“The Importance of Comic Books in Growing a Culture of Diversity During the Early Days of the Civil Rights Movement”
Brian Sirak

“Can Women Trust Each Other?: Women in Dialogue with Other Women”
Ariella Bradley

“Racism in the US Catholic Church: An Augustinian Perspective”
Fr. Arthur Purcaro
“Disabled or Differently- Abled: Overlooked Minority in the US?”
Gay Strickler and Christa Bialka
2:30PM “Affirmative Action OR Black Privilege?”
DeVon Jackson
“Whitewashed Legacies: What We Don't Learn About Black Leaders”
Liam Hoover and Jubilee Marshall

"Jumping forward: What comes after Vanillanova?"
Krista Malott
“Unequal Access to Education: A Foundation of Inequality”
Oliver Roberts

“Social Justice is Global Justice”
Delia Popa

2017 Freedom School Schedule

Freedom School Playlists