Social Justice Research Academy
July 6 – July 26, 2014
The Social Justice Research Academy brings students — from across the USA and around the world — together with Penn faculty to examine the historical importance and the contemporary relevance of struggles to overcome inequality and injustice.
Morning Lectures and Discussions - Attend classes with Penn faculty from several disciplines, including urban/global studies, philosophy, race and gender, economics and community development, politics, law and policy, history, sociology, environment, and public health.
Afternoon Workshops and Site Visits - Participate in activities with special guests from community groups, cooperatives, socially responsible businesses, labor unions, political advocacy organizations, environmental projects, urban farms, research institutes, and philanthropies.
The promise of – and the struggle for – freedom is one of the enduring narratives of human society. The faculty will call upon knowledge and experience from many sources:
- past struggles – peasant revolts, slave rebellions, anti-colonial and anti-apartheid independence movements
- present struggles – Arab Spring, Occupy, and ongoing human rights campaigns across the globe
This academy has been designed for students who are interested in:
- society, economy, politics, and environment
- performing research supplemented by photography, video, music, art, or digital design
- developing skills for leadership and organizational development
- completing projects related to freedom, justice, equality, sustainability, peace, and fairness
Download: 2013 Program Syllabus
Program Director: Andrew T. Lamas, J.D.
Andrew Lamas began teaching at the University of Pennsylvania in 1990. His primary appointment is in the School of Arts & Sciences’ Urban Studies Program, where he focuses on the theoretical and practical dimensions, as well as the philosophical and religious bases, of social justice and economic democracy — in the context of urbanization. He has also lectured in other schools and programs at Penn, including the Law School, the Wharton School, and the School of Social Policy & Practice.
Are you a School District of Philadelphia public or charter high school student? If so, learn how you could attend this program free of charge through our Penn Summer Scholars Program.