Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Activist Expert to Speak at SLCC Student Conference April 16

At heart, Paul Loeb is a storyteller. He knows what it takes to spur activism and relays it in The Impossible Will Take A Little While: Perseverance and Hope in Troubled Times. Loeb’s book tells of Nelson Mandela, Pablo Neruda, Václav Havel, Marian Wright Edelman, Desmond Tutu, Maya Angelou and a host of others whose lives and activism inspired millions.

Loeb is keynote speaker for SLCC’s 2015 Student Conference on Writing & Social Justice, Landscapes of Struggle: Making Your Way. His compelling stories of world-famous activists highlight individuals who have faced and overcome unprecedented despair and hardship to achieve justice and equity in their causes.

Loeb also penned Soul of A Citizen: Living With Conviction in Challenging Times, a guide for social activists, organizers, and anyone who wants to make a difference. The book has taught thousands to remain engaged in their causes.

In 2008, Loeb founded the Campus Election Engagement Project, a national nonpartisan student engagement effort that helped 500 colleges and universities engage their students on 750 campuses in the 2012 U.S. election.

“You need actually two things, I think, to make change: You need a leap of faith, of hope,” Loeb says. “You also need what I would call perseverance, keeping on. . . . It’s that sense of giving hope to the community that’s essential.”

Student Conference on Writing & Social Justice
  • Thursday, April 16
  • Student Center, SLCC Taylorsville Redwood Campus, 4600 S. Redwood Road
  • 11 a.m.-noon – Poetry slam
  • Noon-1 p.m. – Keynote presentation: Paul Loeb
  • 1:30-3:30 p.m. – Student presentations
  • 3:30-4 p.m. – Reception