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2020 Visions of Justice Series

Visions of Justice: Northern Uganda and Appalachia 

Featuring Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe holding a young girl in a yellow shirtThe Eberly College of Arts and Sciences is proud to host Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe as an activist-in-residence during the week of March 9, 2020. Sister Rosemary has dedicated her life to healing Ugandan girls and women who were subjected to violence by the Lord’s Resistance Army. During her time in residence at the Eberly College, Sister Rosemary will participate in discussions with students, researchers and activists working for justice and peace in Appalachia.

The series is presented by the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences and co-sponsored by the Honors College.

Read a Q&A with Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe.
Read a Q&A with photovoice expert John Harris.


“Visions of Justice” will include the following public events:

Keynote: I Believe in Who I Am

Monday, March 9
5:30 p.m.
Gluck Theater, Mountainlair

In this lecture, Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe discusses the necessity of believing in one’s self, which she connects to the ability to help others. After her talk, there will be time for audience members to engage with Sister Rosemary about her work and social activism.


The Importance of Educating Women and Girls: A Conversation with President Gee

Tuesday, March 10
1:30 p.m. 
Blue Ballroom, Mountainlair

E. Gordon Gee, president of WVU, and Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe will discuss the importance of access to education for women and girls in the Global South. They will also explore the gendered social and economic challenges that impact education and share ways to overcome these challenges. The conversation will be moderated by Gregory Dunaway, dean of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.

Note: Earlier announcements listed a different room for this event.  


Social Justice and Prison Reform: A Conversation with Katy Ryan

Tuesday, March 10
3 p.m.
130 Colson Hall

Katy Ryan, Eberly Family Professor of Outstanding Teaching, and Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe will engage in a crucial conversation about the incarceration of women in the United States and Uganda. Ryan is the founder of the Appalachian Book Project and teaches WVU’s Inside-Out prison literature course. This event is cosponsored by the Department of English.


Workshop: Using Photovoice for Community-Based Research and Action

Wednesday, March 11
10 a.m. 
309 Brooks Hall

Photovoice is a participatory action research method that asks community members to photograph their daily lives as a starting point for critical reflection on community conditions, local assets and the social and political realities that shape their quality of life. The method is increasingly used in communities facing socioeconomic exclusion as a way to make policy makers see opportunities for change. John Harris, President's Associate Professor of Regional and City Planning at the University of Oklahoma, and Lupe Davidson, Woodburn Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at WVU, have used the method for many years in several contexts. Drawing on their experiences, they will introduce the method’s background and evolution, provide a basic understanding of how to use it with communities and discuss practical challenges for community-based research and activism. This workshop is cosponsored by the Center for Resilient Communities.


‘Sewing Hope’ Film Screening and Discussion

Wednesday, March 11
5 p.m. 
Rhododendron Room, Mountainlair

The documentary film "Sewing Hope," which tells the story of Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, will be screened followed by Q&A with Sister Rosemary, moderated by Judith Stitzel, professor emerita of English and women’s and gender studies. This event is cosponsored by the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies.


John Harris: Community-Based Participatory Research in Postconflict Northern Uganda

Thursday, March 12
12 p.m.
309 Brooks Hall

The Center for Peace and Development at the University of Oklahoma partners with grassroots women’s organizations throughout northern Uganda through community-based participatory research projects. The goal of these projects is to further the efforts and priorities of local organizations for peace-building and women’s advocacy. John Harris, the co-director of the Center for Peace and Development and President’s Associate Professor of Regional and City Planning at the University of Oklahoma, will discuss the ongoing partnerships and the projects that have emerged, including the annual Women’s Grassroots Peacebuilding Conference, the baseline survey of members of grassroots women’s organizations and a photovoice project with women formerly abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army during Uganda’s civil war. This lecture is cosponsored by the Center for Resilient Communities.