Three students from the Global Economic Issues class submitted research papers and all were accepted for presentation at the 13th Annual Social Research Social Justice (SRSJ) Conference at Muhlenburg College on April 8, 2016.
The following students were among the presenters: Brendan Illis (below, right) presented “How to Increase Access to Medicine in Less Developed Countries– Role of Pharmaceutical Industry”; Kellie Dietrich (below left) presented “China’s One Child Policy, Human Rights and Reform”; and Emily Stuart (above) presented “Economic Consequences of Lack of Upward Social Mobility.”
More than 25 faculty members from the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC) participated as moderators or attended to manage concurrent sessions at the conference. Forty three papers were presented and all sessions were well attended.
“Our students did a marvelous job with their presentation and answering questions raised by the attendees,” said Dr. Tahereh Hojatt, professor of business who taught the Global Economic Issues Class. “It was a great experience for them to listen to other presenters and to the key note speaker on “Project Imagine”. Hojjat was the faculty moderator for the session, “Economic Inequalities and Labor Histories.”
“I think it was important to share my topic of social injustices of China’s regarding one-child policy and also become aware of other social issues that was presented at the Conference” said Dietrich. And Stuart said “At SRSJ Conference we had a great collaborative conversation about social mobility, inequality, and poverty and it was overall quite illuminating."
SRSJ began in 2003 as a collaboration between faculty and students in the Department of Media and Communication at Muhlenberg College, with the goal to create a forum outside of their classes to discuss issues of social justice in a democratic society. The Conference continues to foster this initial vision, with a strong and consistent faculty, student and community representation from across the Lehigh Valley region.
“Presenting at SRSJ was a great experience for me academically and professionally. We had an excellent variety of topics in my panel, and myself ant the other panelists had a great exchange of ideas,” said Illis
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