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Alumni Participate in Activism Panel

Part of the year-long Center for Ethics series "Civility and Disobedience," this event is presented in conjunction with Homecoming Weekend.

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 16:32:00 EDT

Three Muhlenberg College alumni will return to campus to participate in the Center for Ethics program, “Muhlenberg Alumni Activism Panel,” on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 2:00 pm in Trumbower 130.  Kelly Howe ’03, Alex Lotorto ’09 and Adrian Shanker ’09 will discuss different forms of activism. This event is free and open to the public and is presented in conjunction with Homecoming Weekend.

Howe has been involved with social justice activism through theater.  She currently teaches courses in theatre history, activist theatre, script analysis, acting, theatrical dialogue facilitation, and feminist and queer theory at North Central College, near Chicago.  Her commitment to activist performance includes her work as past president of Pedagogy & Theatre of the Oppressed, an organization that supports people whose work challenges oppressive systems by promoting critical thinking and social justice through liberatory theatre and popular education. 

Lotorto has been heavily involved in labor and environmental activism.  A proud member of the IWW, Alex has played a leading role in organizing opposition to fracking, gas pipeline construction, and other forms of industrial development that threaten the environment in Northeast Pennsylvania. 

Shanker has been a leading advocate for LGBT rights, including workplace nondiscrimination, marriage equality, and employment benefits.  He has led successful campaigns to expand LGBT equality in cities, towns, colleges and school districts in Pennsylvania and has worked as a union organizer, non-profit fundraiser, and political campaign operative.  

The panel is part of the year-long Center for Ethics series, Civility and Disobedience, under the direction of Brian Mello, associate professor of political science, and Christine Sistare, professor of philosophy.

Each year, the Center for Ethics sponsors an intensive series designed to encourage discussion and reflection on a timely, pertinent topic.  Center for Ethics programs are free and open to all members of the Muhlenberg campus and the local community.