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What would you do?

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Panel discussion exploring how people have been empowered to create social change in the past, present and future.

Moderator: Warren Goldstein, Professor and Chair of the History Department, University of Hartford

The panel will frame the Civil Rights Act as a critical first step that removed legal barriers and emphasize the ways in which students can be empowered to generate societal change through their individual and collective actions and choices. More specifically the panel will focus on how to address micro-aggressions (implicit or subtle forms of discrimination based on difference-race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.) when people are recipients and/or bystanders, what the consequences are to our responses, and how our reactions can reinforce moral courage to empower change. Hosted by the University of Hartford’s College and Arts and Sciences.

Activists from the past, current activists, future activists


  1. Rabbi Stanley Kessler, Former Freedom Rider and founding rabbi of Beth El Temple, West Hartford
  2. Marissa Lawrence, University of Hartford student and Co-President of "Women for Change"
  3. Cheryl Sharp, Deputy Director, Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities
  4. Elizabeth Horton Sheff, Community activist and plaintiff in Sheff v. O'Neill education lawsuit.

Break out groups with students in audience and faculty leaders – how do their stories make you feel, what action would you want to take, what stories can you share? What can we do about it?

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 17

Time: 7:30–9 p.m.

Location: Wilde Auditorium