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Ellis Jones, Ph.D.
has been teaching students to make a difference in the world for the past
15 years. In his early years at USC, he volunteered weekdays to teach environmental
education to local school children. After receiving his Master's Degree
in International Peace Studies from Notre Dame, he spent the next 2 years
of his life in the Peace Corps teaching Panamanian students and teachers
to care for their own rainforests. Since his return to university life,
Ellis has focused all of his energies on bridging the gap between academics,
activists and the average citizen. He has been empowering college students
in his classes to change the world by getting their hands dirty for almost
10 years. A scholar of international human rights law, nonviolence and everyday
activism, Ellis continues to teach and give presentations on making a difference
around the country. Ellis is currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Director of Service Learning at Sacramento City College.
Ross Haenfler, Ph.D.
emerged from the straight edge punk rock scene to study, teach, and participate
in social movements. His courses include U.S. Social Movements, Nonviolence
and the Ethics of Social Action, and Self & Consciousness. Each class
creates possibilities for students to live more fulfilling lives while
making a difference in the world. He has led presentations on powerful
teaching, humane teaching, and active learning. Ross also camped in a shanty
town with the student anti-sweatshop movement and volunteered at an orphanage
in Guatemala. As an active member of the Mennonite Church, Ross has
committed civil disobedience in the movement to close the U.S. Army School
of the Americas and authored a district-wide resolution condemning the
school's actions. Ross enjoys cooking great vegetarian meals for his friends. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Mississippi.
Brett Johnson, Ph.D.
has been a dedicated member of the environmental and simple living movements
for years. He coordinates his apartment complex's composting program, leads
voluntary simplicity workshops, and is an Eco-cycle block leader. With
courses like Self in Modern Society and Social Conflict & Social Values,
Brett enlightens students about economic and racial inequality and the
increasing role of advertising in our lives. He is currently researching
the voluntary simplicity movement in the U.S. He volunteers at Left Hand
Books, a local progressive cooperative bookstore. Brett lifts activists'
spirits with his guitar, singing old labor songs and anti-sweatshop ditties
of his own creation. He also plays a mean short stop on the sociology softball
team. Brett and his wife, Jen, are well known for hosting creative board
game parties. They also enjoy just being with their beautiful son, Benjamin. Brett is currently teaching sociology at Luther College in Iowa.
Brian Klocke has been
actively involved in social change organizations for as long as he can
remember. A passionate activist in the field of social justice, he has
taught students about corporate ethics, race relations, gender issues and
the most pressing global problems that we face at the end of the millennium.
He stands out as one of the few scholars that can juggle a committed academic
life while remaining fully engaged in his social activism. His current
research is focused on understanding how corporations shape and control
our modern culture. He recently contributed to two chapters of The Vegan
Sourcebook, an essential guide for anyone committed to living a truly vegan
lifestyle. Brian was involved in the creation of Boulder's Cooperative
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