Upcoming Events

Texas Tribune Festival


Date: September 23-25, 2016
Location: Austin, Texas

SHSU students will be given an opportunity to travel to Austin with GCJD to attend the Texas Tribune Festival, an innovative and engaging three-day event for people who are passionate about the issues that affect all Texans. Each year, the Festival brings together some of the biggest names in politics to explore the state’s and nation’s most pressing issues. The conference will be held on Sept. 23-25, 2016.

Jakarta World Forum for Media Development


Date: September 20-22, 2016
Location: Jakarta, Indonesia

GCJD executive director Kelli Arena has been invited to chair a session on Women in Media at the Jakarta World Forum for Media Development in September. The conference will focus on best practices, new technologies, practical research and finding solutions for challenges facing the media and journalists. In the midst of the global debate on countering the narrative of radical groups, the role of media in promoting development and free access to information, the World Forum is timelier than ever. GCJD is excited to play a role in this important conference.

Difficult Dialogues


Date: October 4, 2016
Location: CHSS outdoor Amphitheater

In cooperation with the Center for Community Engagement, and the American Democracy Project, GCJD will launch a new program called “Difficult Dialogues”. The program will give students an opportunity to talk about topics that they may usually avoid, or find difficult to tackle. We hope this will provide a model for civil discussion, so that we can learn from each other and hear different perspectives. Our first topic of conversation will be Trump v. Clinton from 11:15 am - 12 Noon.

GCJD Speaker Series, Nadia Murad

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Date: October 11, 2016
Location: Huntsville, Texas

Nadia Murad is one of more than 5,000 Yazidi women held by ISIS fighters. They bought and sold her as if she were a slave, and the torture she endured is unbelievable. She has testified before the United Nations and has shared her chilling testimony with audiences around the globe. Murad is scheduled to tell her story at SHSU on October 11, 2016.  Ms. Murad escaped successfully in November 2014, after three months of abuse and torture, and made her way via a refugee camp to seek asylum in Stuttgart. Her account will be difficult to listen to, but important to hear.

Community Engagement #HeForShe


Date:Fall 2016
Location: Huntsville, Texas

Each semester, GCJD empowers students to raise awareness of important issues and enact change in their communities. This fall, students will be given an opportunity to participate in #HeForShe, which advocates bringing together “one half of humanity in support of the other half of humanity for the benefit of all.” No country has achieved gender equality, and violence against women remains alarmingly high. Campus chapters of HeForShe have been set up around the world, as many young women are realizing the importance of engaging men and boys in these conversations to cultivate their understanding about the pervasiveness of gender-based violence. Here at SHSU, students will be informed in a variety of ways about the movement and given opportunities to participate. GCJD’s campaign will start with an appearance by Nadia Murad, a Yazidi Iraqi woman who was kidnapped and tortured by ISIS.

GCJD to host international journalists

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Date: Fall 2016
Location: Huntsville, Texas

GCJD is planning a training for journalists from the Egyptian Media Women’s Union. The Cairo based organization offers legal, moral and professional support for female journalists. GCJD will bring leaders of the organization to Huntsville for a weeklong program. The participants will then go back to Egypt and share what they learned with other union members. Training will focus on ethics, safety, overcoming trauma and a variety of other issues the journalists face in their day to day work.

Global Center for Journalism and Democracy
Dan Rather Communications Building, Room 201, Huntsville, TX 77340
Phone: (936) 294-4399