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No Innocence 'This Side of the Womb' : Confronting Issues of Equality, Privilege, and Justice, From Syracuse and South Africa

Time: Feb. 28, 2019, 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Location: Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse 3

5 p.m. Keynote by The Very Rev Michael Weeder (Dean of St. George’s Cathedral, Cape Town)

Ellen Blalock (Journalist, Artist, Syracuse)
Paul Botes (Photographer, Mail & Guardian, South Africa)
Jaleel Campbell (Artist, Syracuse)
Gabrielle Goliath (Artist, South Africa)
Simon Gush (Artist, South Africa)
Khadija Patel Hadija (Editor-in-chief, Mail & Guardian, South Africa)
Neelika Jayawardan (SUNY-Oswego)
Joe Lee (WAER, Syracuse)
Michelle Schenandoah (CEO & Editor-in-Chief, Rematriation Magazine, Oneida Nation)
Niren Tolsi (Journalist, South Africa)
John Western (Geography, Syracuse University)

Confronting issues of equality, privilege, and justice will be the focus of this daylong experience hosted by the Newhouse Center for Global Engagement and Syracuse University. The afterlife of slavery, apartheid, and colonialism runs deep. South Africa and the United States share the struggle to build a better future while being honest about our present, as well as our past. The event brings together U.S. and South African artists, academics, policymakers, journalists and the audience to analyze how we have responded to our shared struggles. Audience members will be surrounded by the imagery and sounds of South Africa while being encouraged to participate in panel discussions through the rotating open panel chair.

Accessibility information: Contact Audrey Burian at 315-443-1930.

Download the event flier here.

Daytime Panel topics:

Politics, Power, and Faith – There Is No Innocence This Side of the Womb
The creation of the repressive state. How did we get here? The situation on the ground.

The Arts – Ordinary Acts, Extraordinary Promise
Art’s role on unpacking and pushing back against injustice.

Communication – No Easy Walk to Freedom
The role of a free press in providing a reflection of our societies and a method of holding the powerful to account.

South Africa to Syracuse – A Common Struggle
How issues of inclusion, diversity, and class affect us all, regardless of geography. Where are we going now?


  • S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
  • Hendricks Chapel
  • College of Visual and Performing Arts / Transmedia
  • Light Work
  • WAER Syracuse Public Media
  • Syracuse University Humanities Center

Ken Harper, Newhouse Center for Global Engagement