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March 18, 2013

Social Justice Research Academy — Introduction

by Andy Lamas

Social Justice Research Academy

The Social Justice Research Academy brings high school students from across the USA and around the world together with faculty from the University of Pennsylvania (and visiting faculty from other institutions) 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

Program Director: Andrew T. Lamas, J.D.

Andy 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.

If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact Prof. Lamas at:

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