Shepard Symposium Proposal Submission
We invite you to participate in the 23rd Annual Shepard Symposium on Social Justice, Radical Listening.

The mission of the Symposium is to promote transformative learning and engagement in the pursuit of social justice. Each year, we bring together leading voices in social justice movements — scholars, students, community members, activists, artists, and filmmakers — to support an inclusive dialogue addressing issues of social and environmental justice in interpersonal, community, and structural contexts.

Against a backdrop of increasingly divisive public discourse, it is more important than ever that our universities promote spaces to discuss difficult, challenging, sometimes urgent topics of social justice. Building from the 2018 Symposium theme of courageous conversations, the 2019 Symposium will engage with the broad topic: radical listening for local and global transformation. Lasting change and growth occurs not simply from providing silenced and marginalized communities space to speak their experiences; growth and change of ideas, actions, behaviors and attitudes can only occur when both the speaker and the listener are safe in their vulnerabilities. The speaker needs are to be heard and not just listened to. And the listener must feel secure when modifying the lens through which they have looking for a long time. Radical Listening is more a circle than a line.

In the spirit of listening to create movement, we invite proposals that engage with the social justice work of sitting in humility when our choices are challenged and learning to listen so that our resistance movements can grow in depth, breadth, and effectiveness. We invite the people and communities, those on the front lines of creating space for marginalized populations and allies to be heard, to participate in the symposium. Through the theme of listening as resistance, we also invite participants to think critically and creatively about changing the practice of dialogue around social justice. We ask attendees and presenters alike to consider how we listen to each other and we encourage all to engage with each other in ways that challenge our judgments and assumptions about how to broaden the effectiveness of our individual and community advocacy.

We welcome proposals that push the boundaries of traditionally accepted iterations of social justice discourse. The symposium has featured scholarship from all disciplines, and welcomes participation from community members, artists, scientists, students, and anyone with a compelling story to tell. We are continuing our commitment to foster dialogue in our sessions, and will have collaborative communication facilitators available to support sessions designed for engaged conversations.

Sustainability & Accessibility: The Shepard Symposium is committed to environmental sustainability, and continues to strive for Zero Waste. A Zero Waste Event is one in which as much "trash" as possible is diverted from landfills and incinerators. Please help us in this endeavor by considering the environment in your presentation plans. Accessibility remains an integral part of our justice programming, so presenters will be asked to design presentations with maximum accessibility in mind. In this spirit, presenters will be asked to provide content early, and guidelines for universal design will be provided. More information about these initiatives can be found on our website: shepardsymposium.org

Important notes about the Symposium:
~ Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis from September 15, 2018 through October 31, 2018.
~ You will be notified on the status of your proposal by December 1, 2018.
~ All submissions are evaluated by a blind, peer-review process.
~ Registration for the Symposium and lunch on Thursday, Friday and Saturday is charged on a graduated basis. Please see shepardsymposium.org.
~ Confirmation and any requests for changes in the schedule will need to be reported by March 1, 2019.

For more information, contact Christi Boggs at cboggs@uwyo.edu or Danielle Cover at dcover1@uwyo.edu.

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