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Sunday, May 2, 2021

Academic Freedom Workshop 

An introductory workshop designed to open up Advocacy Week with an interactive discussion of Academic Freedom and its implications abroad and on college campuses like Muhlenberg.

Monday, May 3, 2021

  • May 3 - 7, Light Lounge, Seegers Union

"Visuals for the Voiceless: Exposing the Uyghur Genocide" (Art Exhibit)

A photo and art exhibit depicting the lives of the Uyghur people and the human rights violations they endure.

  • 12:00 - 2:00 p.m., Parent’s Plaza

Peace through sport should NOT mean political neutrality Petition Drive

Students advocating for the release of human rights activist Patrick George Zaki, detained since February 2020 in Egypt, invite students to electronically join a petition drive to end the International Olympic Committee’s stance banning athletes from making political statements, as well as international petitions calling for Egypt to release Mr. Zaki.  Events like the Olympics have historically provided spaces for athletes to raise awareness about human rights abuses like Mr. Zaki’s detention.

  • 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Light Lounge, Seegers Union 

Cheetah Stuff-a-Plush 

Before her imprisonment, Niloufar Bayani's conservation work with the Persian Wildlife Foundation was focused on the endangered Asiatic Cheetah. Join us to make a stuffed cheetah while learning about her research and what you can do to help her case. Generously supported by MAC.

  • 6:00 - 7:00pm Zoom Workshop 

Academic Freedom in India Webinar 

Pre-Registration Link

David Romberg presents clips from his film in progress, "Mi Buenos Aires Querida," and talks about his father: artist, scholar, and political activist Osvaldo Romberg, who was active in Argentina in the 1960s-70s.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Lilies for Bayani

Senior Dana students will be planting lilies in honor of the wrongfully imprisoned environmentalist, Niloufar Bayani. Niloufar means water lily. This event will be livestreamed on instagram (@bergstudentsforSAR). We hope that these will serve as a long lived reminder for the Muhlenberg community of this injustice and the value of academic freedom. 

  • 5:00 - 6:30 p.m., The Red Door, Seegers Union  

"The Plight of the Uyghurs" (Film screenings of "China Undercover")

A cultural genocide is happening at this very moment. The Chinese government is persecuting Uyghurs and forcibly holding them in “reeducation” (detention) camps. China is trying to conceal this matter from the world, but China Undercover, a PBS documentary, unveils the reality of what is happening. Come learn the truth and say “No” to persecution!

Dana Senior Forum 

Group presentations showcasing Dana students' research and advocacy work in conjunction with Scholars at Risk and the Center for Ethics' Program, Engaging in Speech and Action.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

  • 9:30-10:00am - WMUH 91.7fm 

 Spotlight Muhlenberg: Muhlenberg Advocacy Week and Scholars at Risk

  • 11:00 AM - 12:00, Light Lounge, Seegers Union

Professor GN Saibaba Advocacy Tabling: Members of the DANA Scholars Senior Forum who are teaming with the organization known as Scholars at Risk will be bringing awareness to the case of Professor GN Saibaba who has been wrongfully imprisoned in India. Students will be presented with the opportunity to sign a petition and take free merchandise as ways of advocating for Dr. Saibaba's release from prison. 

  • 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Light Lounge, Seegers Union

 Free Patrick Zaki Contact Congress Event

 We invite you to stop by, scan a QR code, input contact information for the Congressional official of your choice, and help bring Patrick Zaki’s case to the attention of the US Congress. 

Letter Writing for Uyghur Human Rights Legislation   

Join the Ilham Tohti advocacy group as we write letters to our representatives asking them to endorse legislation that protects Uyghur rights. Information and templates will be provided, and more details on specific legislation will arrive as the event draws closer. We will be gathering virtually via Zoom.

  • 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. (Empie Theatre)

"Red Ant Dream" Documentary Screening  

Presented by students who have been advocating on behalf of scholar and human rights activist G.N. Saibaba, who has been in prison in India since 2017, this film is based on the Maoist movement in India. There will be a talkback immediately following the screening. Rain location TBA

Thursday, May 6, 2021

  • 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Light Lounge, Seegers Union

Birthday Cards for Bayani

Join us writing birthday cards for Niloufar Bayani, an imprisoned conservationist in Iran. We will be sending these cards to her family as a reminder of those fighting for her release and thinking about her case, to be received for her birthday, May 9th. 

  • 4:00-6:00 p.m., Light Lounge, Seegers Union

"Conversation with the Creators of Visuals for the Voiceless: Addressing the Uyghur Genocide"

Have you heard of the Uyghur genocide? Come by the Light Lounge to see our exhibit and learn how you can stand with the Uyghur people!

  • 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., The Red Door, Seegers Union 

"The Plight of the Uyghurs" (Film screenings of "China Undercover")

  • 10:00 p.m - 11:00 p.m., Burkholder Quad Tent

Saibaba Late Night Poetry Jam 

The Saibaba Late Night Poetry Jam is a space to share poetry and learn about Professor Saibaba's creative work written while in solitary confinement.

Friday, May 7, 2021

  • 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. 

A final event will take place Friday Afternoon.  Look for details about this event, which will either be held under the Burkholder tent, or via Zoom, very soon.

Brian Mello, Director
Associate Professor, Political Science
Marcia Morgan, Program Director
Associate Professor of Philosophy