During this seminar, two sides of the issue of legalization of marijuana will be presented. Legalization of marijuana was long considered unthinkable by serious policymakers, but polls show that public attitudes have dramatically changed in recent years, and in 2012 two states voted to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana. How will these policies work in Colorado and Washington, why were they approved by voters, and are any New England states likely to follow suit? Matt Simon, a New Hampshire-based legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, will explore these questions and more.
The Comeback Kid
Tim Churchard '65, '84G dropped out and flunked out and still managed to earn four degrees. But boys today may not get that lucky, he says.
Q: You teach a course on the challenges of "Growing Up Male in America." What's wrong with the way boys are raised?
A: What's wrong? Society is what's wrong. What we value. After Columbine, Susan Faludi, a feminist activist, wrote the book Backlash. In the middle of her research she said, "I changed my question. There's nothing wrong with boys and men—it's society that's wrong." We grow up in what William Pollack calls a gender straitjacket. If we do what's expected of us, we get rewarded famously. If we don't do that, we get punished. We don't accept the whole boy.
Presenter: Paul Conway
Paul Conway, a representative of Project Rescue and an advocate for victims of human trafficking, will be leading a session to share about human trafficking and Project Rescue’s journey working with victims of sexual slavery.
Project Rescue exists to rescue and restore victims of sexual slavery. Sexually exploited women and children find hope and healing through a place of physical safety, education, counseling, medical treatment, and vocational training. We provide global awareness and opportunities for concerned partners to help bring freedom and a transformed future to those imprisoned in sexual slavery.
David and Beth Grant, cofounders of Project Rescue, dream to see millions of girls who've been in sexual slavery find transformation, discover their God-given purpose, and become voices of hope in the dark world of sexual exploitation.
Project Rescue is a ministry to women and children in sexual slavery focused on providing physical, emotional and spiritual rescue and holistic restoration. Our multifaceted programs aim to provide a safe environment for transformation and growth.
Paul Conway is an Associate Professor, conference speaker and long term worker committed to training young adults in the intervention and care of children in crisis. He has served in the Inner cities of Providence Rhode Island, New York NY, and Philadelphia PA. Paul has also done short term work in crisis countries like Angola, Africa, addressing leaders about the value of children following their 30-year civil war. The college he serves has hosted an annual summit for three years on the awareness of human trafficking. His goal is to ignite a fire and light in the hearts of others to help children in crisis around the world.
A panel discussion.
Since, its inception in 1972, SpeakOUT Boston has provided volunteer presenters who draw upon their personal history to facilitate discussions of gender and sexuality. All speakers have completed a training program developed by SpeakOUT staff and currently used by LGBT activism groups throughout the United States.
The panel provided for Project SEARCH will focus on the issue of gender as it effects identity, development and socialization. Furthermore, the panel will include the parent of a transgender or gender variant individual. Seminar participant will be asked to follow SpeakOUT's motto and ASK US ANYTHING!
Presenter: Michael Mario Albrecht
Michael Mario Albrecht received his B.A. at Macalester College in 1988, his M.A. from Bowling Green State University in 2002, and his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 2008. At the University of New Hampshire, he teaches Introduction to Media Studies, Analysis of Popular Culture, Media and Consumer Culture, and New Media and Society.