Annual Research Conference Spring 2021

Seeking Justice Wednesday, April 21 & Thursday, April 22, 2021 Virtual Event

Traditionally our Annual Student/Faculty Research Conference has been held on our campus at Inver Hills. Things changed quickly in 2020, however, and with campus closing we were forced to decide whether or not to continue with the conference. We chose to soldier on and held a shortened version last April on the heels of the shutdown.

Brief background

This April 2021 we are hoping to host a lively, student-driven conference focused on the issue of Justice and what that means in the 21st century. We will continue to make use of Zoom and other technologies, but this time we will have a LOT more experience behind us in terms of holding such events “remotely.”

Our campus community continues to work toward bringing awareness and education about the range of global issues facing future generations. We can, will, and must face these challenges. Just like what we have seen in the pandemic interventions, this starts locally at the community level.

Our Inver Hills community can play a big role in participating in sustainable practices and educating our community. In that spirit we will also work in tandem with the campus Bee/Sustainability committees around celebrating Earth Day 2021.

Learn more by visiting:

Annual Student/Faculty Research Conference Spring 2021

Earth Day 2021

Earth Day 2021 is on Thursday, April 22. We are proud on this day to turn our focus toward the problems of environmental justice, including listening and learning about the links between human justice and environmental justice.

In honor of our keynote speaker, Jim Denomie, we will offer discussions around the role land plays in American Indian views of Justice.

Michael J. Sandel, Harvard University

As an introduction to the theme of Justice, we cannot recommend Dr. Sandel’s lectures enough, which Harvard has been kind enough to share for public viewing.

Dr. Sandel exposes the uncertainty inherent within any claim on justice, and we are excited to continue the search for Justice.

What IS the right thing to do?

Schedule of Events

All presentations will be available on the Zoom webinar as well as streamed over YouTube.

LINKS to Zoom and YouTube will be listed HERE a few hours before the conference begins.

Please feel free to email any questions to:

Shane Stroup, Philosophy faculty

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Blanketflower: Annabella Meyer
  • 8:30 – 9 a.m. — Opening Remarks: President Michael Berndt
  • 9 – 10 a.m. —  The Continuing Legacy of Henrietta Lacks: An Inquiry and Discussion about Ethics, Equality, Science, and Medicine
  • 10 – 11 a.m. — IHCC Criminal Justice Program: Understanding the Scope of Criminal Justice Studies 101
  • 11 – noonKeynote: Dwight Welch: Can Religious Communities Ground the Pursuit of Justice?
  • Noon – 1:30 p.m.What IS Justice? A Philosophical Discussion
  • 1:30 – 3 p.m. — Political Science: Justice and Method
  • 3 – 4:30 p.m.Humanize My Hoodie (Student-Led Discussion on Social Justice)

Thursday, April 22, 2021 (Earth Day)

Japanese Barberry: Mary Nelson
  • 8:30 – 9 a.m. — Opening Remarks: Dr. Tia Robinson
  • 9 – 10 a.m.Visualizing Justice with Tableau
  • 10 – 11 a.m.IHCC Garden/Food Justice — Lauren Fleischhacker
  • 11 – noonKeynote: Jim Denomie: Justice Through Art
  • Noon – 12:30 — Chat with Jim
  • 12:30 – 1 p.m.Sustainability Initiatives at IHCC
  • 1 – 2 p.m. — Roundtable Discussion: Justice for the Land
  • 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. — Phi Theta Kapa: Seeking Environmental Justice in Minnesota Communities
  • 3:30 – 4 p.m. — Closing Remarks
Note: With a concern for our changing climate, Inver Hills Painting and Drawing students pay homage to Minnesota native plants and flowers. Visit Inver Hills Flickr to view the image album.

Keynote Speakers: Jim Denomie and Dwight Welch

We are proud to welcome our esteemed keynote speakers to this year’s Annual Student/Faculty Research Conference. Jim and Dwight represent the diversity within academic research, and offer windows into Justice that are often overlooked if not downright ignored.

We encourage you to join us for both Jim and Dwight’s presentations as well as the Chat w/Our Keynotes, where you will be able to continue your discussions with our speakers as we Seek Justice.

Jim Denomie

Jim Denomie

Jim Denomie (Ojibwe) works as a painter and multimedia artist from his studio in Shafer, Minnesota. He refers to his work portraying historical, political, and social issues as “narrative paintings,” expressing a broad range of ideas and experiences with sly humor and an eye-popping palette. He will present and answer questions about his work.

Jim Denomie: Useful link:

Jim Denomie Sketch Work

Rev. Dwight Welch

Rev. Dwight Welch

Rev. Dwight Welch is the campus pastor at United Campus Ministry and an Instructor in Philosophy and Religion at Montana State University Billings. His work with UCM is focused on interfaith dialog, advising Out (an LGBT student group) and the Autism club, as well as building a community of students across divides to engage the religious and ethical issues of our day. His research and writing have focused on communication across our religious/ethical divides.

Dwight Welch: Useful links:

United Campus Ministry at MSUB–UCM on Facebook

Approaching Justice

Learn more about the Annual Student/Faculty Research Conference 2021 by contacting:

Shane Stroup
Philosophy Faculty
651-450-3585

Steve Hartlaub
Spanish and French Faculty
651-450-3776

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