UW School of Music: Carillon TowerEstablished in the Sociology Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1984, the A. E. Havens Center for Social Justice is dedicated to promoting critical intellectual reflection and exchange, both within the academy as well as between it and the broader society. The Center is named in honor of the late Professor of Rural Sociology, A. Eugene Havens, whose life and work embodied the combination of progressive political commitment and scholarly rigor that the Center encourages.

The traditional tasks of critical social thought have been to analyze the sources of inequality and injustice in existing social arrangements, to suggest both practical and utopian alternatives to those arrangements, and to identify and learn from the many social movements seeking progressive social and political change. These tasks are as relevant today as ever. Indeed, we face a variety of challenges, both new and enduring, that demand creative critical reflection. These include the increasingly integrated and global character of capitalist economic development, the durability of racial and gender oppressions, the threats of global environmental catastrophe, and the failure of many traditional models of progressive reform.

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Upcoming events

Forward 2018

A Day of Workshops and Discussions on the Society We Live In and How to Change It

Forward 2018 logoForward is an annual gathering of community activists, students, and educators organized by the UW Havens Center for Social Justice. The central goal of Forward is to contribute to social movement building by bringing people together to discuss issues,
strengthen networks and relationships, and explore strategies for social, political, and economic change.

This year's gathering will take place on Saturday, May 19 on the UW-Madison campus in the beautifully renovated Ed School building overlooking Lake Mendota. For the first time, it is also FREE of charge.

Mark your calendars for what promises to be an exciting, inspirational, and informative event. And spread the word to your friends, family, and colleagues, and anyone interested in working together in the pursuit of social justice.

For Program details, as well as a list of presenters, please click on the links below: