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Laurier conference focuses on politics of dissent around the G20

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Mar 14/11| For Immediate Release


Alex Latta, Assistant Professor, Global Studies
Wilfrid Laurier University
519-884-0710 ext. 3115 or


Kevin Crowley, Director, Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University
519-884-0710 ext. 3070 or

WATERLOO – A defence lawyer and a community activist are the keynote speakers at a day-long conference about the politics of dissent and G20 activism, to be held March 19 at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Faculty of Social Work at 120 Duke St. W., Kitchener.

“Speak Up! Speak Out! Public Dialogue and the Politics of Dissent” will open with a keynote address by Peter Rosenthal, a G20 defence lawyer from Toronto. From 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. workshops will be held focusing on academic freedom, journalism and democracy, social healing and creative resistance.

Farrah Miranda of No One is Illegal, a Toronto-based organization fighting for the rights of undocumented workers, will speak at 7 p.m. in the Little Bean Coffee Bar at 417 King St. W., Kitchener. At 8 p.m., local spoken-word artists will perform.

“This event is a university-community collaboration,” said Alex Latta, assistant professor in the Global Studies Department and one of the organizers of the event. “The daytime events are being hosted at the university and will bring in people from the community. The evening is a community event that will bring in people from Laurier.”

The Council for the Intellectual and Cultural Development of the Arts, Laurier’s Faculty of Social Work, the Faculty of Arts, and the departments of Communication Studies and Global Studies are sponsoring the event.

Attendance is free, but participants are asked to email to register to ensure organizers can meet catering needs. The registration deadline is March 17.

For more information about the event, contact Alex Latta at or visit


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