Dedicated to engaging in critical discussion on the complex crises in our world

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Conference Schedule —

March 30th to April 1st

Gore Auditorium at Westminster College


Thursday, march 30th

Opening Ceremony

2 pm – 2:30 pm


Opening Professor Panel

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm


Theme 1: Environmental Justice & Systemic Change
4:45 pm – 6:45 pm


Keynote Speaker: Pratik Raghu

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Friday, March 31st

Theme 2: Displacement, Migration and Incarceration
9:30 am – 11:30 am


Special Event: Clemente Luncheon Q&A

11:30 am – 12:30 pm


Keynote Speaker: Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni

12:45 pm – 1:30 pm



1:30 pm – 3 pm

Theme 3: Economic Crises
4 pm –  6 pm

Key Note Speaker: Patence Kabamba
6:30 p.m.

Saturday, april 1st

Theme 4: Food & Water Crisis
10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.


Keynote Speaker: Leo Killsback

12:45 pm – 1:30 pm



1:30 pm – 2:30 pm


Special Event: Wasatch Rising Tide Presentation

  2:30 pm – 4:00 pm


Theme 5: Subalterned Groups & Identities
4 pm –  6 pm

Keynote Speaker: Debjani Chakravarty
6:30 pm



“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”

Elie Wiesel  |  writer, professor & political activist


What is GCGC?

First held in 2016, the Global Crises and Global Change: Undergraduate Conference, was organized and run by undergraduate students from Westminster College. The 2017 Organizers continue the work of realizing the GCGC conference in the spirit of its founders’ intentions, goals and hopes.

The members of this years’ organizing team all presented their own research in the 2016 conference. This year, they intend to further expand the conference’s reach, hosting students and keynote speaker from local as well as out-of-state and even overseas.

With the help of our faculty advisors, Professor Figueroa-Helland and Professor Giancarlo Panagia, the 2017 organizers seek to facilitate a safe and stimulating environment to critically address and discuss some of the most challenging issues we see in our world today.


Conference Goals


Create a safe space for students from all disciplinary studies, to utilize any medium of expression to present their work and research.


Engage in critical discussion on the many complex crises we see in our world today.


Seek to raise the overall awareness, understanding, and compassion for these issues, on both a local and a global level.


Create a stimulating environment to critically address and discuss some of the most challenging issues we see in our world today.


For any further questions, feel free to reach out to the team by emailing