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Social Justice Symposium 2008

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Social Justice in Health: 

Local to Global

April 17-18, 2008, Thursday-Friday


The 2008 Social Justice Symposium and Resilience Workshop will be held from April 17 through the 19th at the University of Arizona's Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.  Let your voice be heard! 

This is a three-day event focusing on social injustices in health, followed by an intensive workshop to build resilience within our communities.


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Keynote Speaker: 

Alejandro Toledo

The 46th President of the Republic of Peru

will give two speeches:


1.  Keynote Speech for Social Justice Symposium:

8:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 17th, 2008

"Can the Poor Afford Democracy

Without Democratizing Health

and Education?"

DuVal Auditorium in the University Medical Center

1501 N. Campbell Ave; Tucson, AZ

RSVP required to Griselda Martinez at (520) 626-9672

By email:


2.  Public Evening Speech by Dr. Toledo:

7 p.m. on Thursday, April 17th, 2008

”Can Democaracy Afford to Neglect the Poor?”

McClelland Hall, 1130 E. Helen, Tucson, AZ - Room 207

No RSVP Required for Evening Talk

Dr. Toledo was born in a small, remote village of the Peruvian Andes at 12,000 feet above sea level.  He is one of sixteen brothers and sisters from a family of extreme poverty.  Beginning at the age of six, he worked on the street shining shoes and as a paper boy to supplement the family income.

Thanks to access to education and sponsorship by two local Tucson Peace Corp volunteers, Dr. Toledo was able to rise from extreme poverty to the most prestigious academic centers of the world, later becoming one of the most prominent democratic leaders of Latin America.  Dr. Toledo is the first Peruvian President of indigenous descent who was democratically elected to office in five hundred years of Peruvian history.

Dr. Toledo attributes his academic and political accomplishments to "statistical error."  He feels that his most important work now is to provide quality health services and education to the Peruvian and Latin American population; eradication of poverty was the central aim of his presidency.  Sustained economic growth and new social policies helped reduce poverty in Peru by 25 percent in five years.


Reversing the Trend: 

Resilience in the Face of Historical Trauma Workshop

April 18-19, 2008, Friday-Saturday

Keynote Speakers:

Eliane Karp

Former First Lady of the Republic of Peru

"Indigenous People and Their Social Inclusion In Democracy"

Saturday, April 19th, 8:15 a.m.

DuVal Auditorium, University Medical Center

1501 N. Campbell Ave; Tucson, Arizona


Samia Goudie

Lecturer in Indigenous Health

"Feet on Country: A Return to Wellness"

For a listing of the workshops, please see the Resilience Workshops web page.

Registering and RSVP's for Dinner:

Breakfast and lunch is provided to those who register, and the cost is free.  

Registration Check-in for the event will be held at the front entrance to the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health in Drachman Hall, 1295 North Martin Avenue in Tucson, Arizona.

If you plan to attend the Reception Dinner on Friday, April 18, from 5:00 to 8:30 pm, please send an email RSVP to

For more information about the Social Justice in Health Symposium, please contact Griselda Martinez at

For more information about the Resilience Workshops, please contact Kathryn Coe at (520) 626-6965.   

These three-day events are sponsored by the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona.

Last updated:  April 4, 2008


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