For leaders and educators interested in creating and applying ideas and actions to promote the worth, dignity, and development of individuals, communities, and organizations.

Special Guest Daniel Ellsberg

Author, Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers
Whistleblowers as Social Change Agents

Conference Features

President's Award for Leadership in Social Change

Presented to Daniel Ellsberg
5 p.m., Friday, October 21, reception following

Daniel Ellsberg is the author of author Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers. In 1967, Ellsberg worked on the Top Secret McNamara study of U.S. Decision-making in Vietnam, 1945–68, which later came to be known as the Pentagon Papers. In 1969, he photocopied the 7,000-page study and gave it to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; in 1971 he gave it to the New York Times, Washington Post and 17 other newspapers. His trial, on 12 felony counts posing a possible sentence of 115 years, was dismissed in 1973 on grounds of governmental misconduct against him, which led to the convictions of several White House aides and figured in the impeachment proceedings against President Nixon. Since the end of the Vietnam War, Ellsberg has been a lecturer, writer and activist on the dangers of the nuclear era and unlawful interventions.

Social Change Charette: Creative Thinking and Research Design for Social Change Research

This two-day charette, a compressed-time activity, allows participants to design a research project addressing an aspect of social change.

The Ancients of Zimbabwe

A one-woman play based on playwright/actress Lillian Wallace's experience being raised in South Africa during apartheid.

Presentation of Social Change Research

In conjunction with the Journal of Social Change

  • Social Change in Education: Technology and Transformation
  • Social Transformation in Business and Industry
  • Cultural Transformation and Social Welfare

Session Highlights

  • Community-University Partnerships: How the Academy Can Help Practitioners Effect Social Change
  • Socially Responsible Investing
  • Politics and the Junk English Language: How Personal and Public Hucksterism are Eroding American Democracy
  • Supporting the Social Change Agenda in Higher Education: Who Cares? Who is Willing to Invest?
  • Education, Social Change, and the Retribalization of Culture
  • Turning an Ocean Liner on a Dime: Social Change in the Healthcare System
  • The Supreme Court and the War on Terror: How the Court Influences Modern American Social Change Post-9/11
  • Charity and Social Change
  • Walking Through Change in Mt. Vernon: History, Architecture, and People in Baltimore’s Central Historic Neighborhood

Films and Discussions

  • Born into Brothels
  • Dark Days
  • Paper Clips
  • The Corporation