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'Trauma and Compassion' at ASU's West campus Nov. 4

October 30, 2009

Arizona State University’s West campus is the site of a Nov. 4 day-long discussion and exploration of social justice and human rights issues in Arizona.  The event gets underway at 9:30 a.m. and concludes at 4:30.

Sponsored by the M.A. degree program in social justice and human rights, the Light of Hope Institute, and the West campus chapter of Amnesty International, “Trauma and Compassion” is free and open to the community.  All of the events take place in La Sala B, in the University Center Building (UCB).

Included on the schedule of events:

... Opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m.;

... Discussion panel on trauma, 10-11 a.m., featuring Peggy Bilsten, former Phoenix City Council member; Kuol Awan, Arizona Lost Boys Center; Reverend Ken Heintzelman, Shadow Rock United Church of Christ; and Rachel Aherin, International Rescue Committee;

... Workshops on social justice and trauma, 11-noon;

... Film showing, noon-1 p.m., featuring “Miracles in Mexico,” a documentary that follows an amazing group of people from St. Christopher’s Church in Marana, Ariz., as they help to bring a culture of life and hope to the U.S.-Mexico border at Nogales. Following the film, a Q&A session with Deacon Joe Bogushefsky of Poverty 24/6 will take place.  A canned food donation to Poverty 24/6 at this event is encouraged;

... Legislative town hall: The Arizona State Budget Crisis and Social Justice Issue, 1-2 p.m., featuring John Kavanagh, State Representative and chair of the House Appropriations Committee, and Kyrsten Sinema, State Representative.  Following the town hall, Rep. Sinema will sign copies of her book, “Unite and Conquer”;

... Panel on humanitarian aid, 2-3 p.m., featuring Dan Abbott, Humane Borders; Katie Resendiz, Arizona League to End Human Trafficking; and Kit Danley, Neighborhood Ministries;

... Workshops on issues of humanitarian aid and compassion, 3-4 p.m.;

... Closing comments, 4-4:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Williams Simmons, director of the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences’ master’s program in social justice and human rights, at 602-543-6089 or via email at

ASU’s West campus is located at 4701 West Thunderbird Road in Phoenix.