Dr. Mason will provide an overview of the intersection of slavery and politics in
early American history, and explore contemporary slavery and connect the issues of
current based slavery to peoples everyday concerns. He will discuss slavery in our
own backyards and compare it to slavery in the 19th century and raise consciousness
in a way that will be meaningful.
Bio: Matthew Mason is an associate professor of history at Brigham Young University. He is also a national board member of Historians Against Slavery. He is the author of several articles in various journals, mostly on the intersection of slavery and politics in early American history. He is also the author of Slavery and Politics in the Early American Republic (2006). He is the co-editor, with John Craig Hammond, of Contesting Slavery: The Politics of Bondage and Freedom in the New American Nation (2011); and, with Nicholas Mason, of The History of the Life and Adventures of Mr. Anderson by Edward Kimber (2009).
Celeste Lojik will be discussing who and how people are being sex trafficked in America.
The effects trafficking has on a person and why no person has the right to ask "why
didn't you try to escape?". Lastly how the decisions we make as a society can aid
in the continuing of trafficking of people.
Celeste Lojik was born and raised here in Utah County. She spent most of her childhood traveling the globe doing humanitarian aid. She graduated from UVU with a double bachelors in Political Science and Psychology. She is now attending BYU for an Executive Master in Public Administration. She has been combating sex trafficking the last 9 years, three of which she was combating child sex trafficking in North America as the director of community outreach for Child Rescue. She now uses her knowledge of sex trafficking to train task forces, write books on trafficking in America, and teach courses on human trafficking at UVU. She has been in her current potion for two years as the sexual assault and rape crisis coordinator for The Center For Women and Children In Crisis. She has a passion for helping victims of sexual assault and making the public aware of these horrific issues that too often get ignored.
Dr. Akmatalieva will discuss the revival of the old nomadic tradition of bride kidnapping
in former Soviet republics in Central Asia. She will examine the economic, political
and cultural roots of this phenomenon, its overall impact, as well as possible ways
of solving the issue.
Dr. Tcholpon Akmatalieva, PhD, is a graduate of the Department of Philosophy and Political Economy at Kazakh State University, she worked as the Instructor at the Department of Political Science and Professor at the Department of Philosophy at Kyrgyz Technical University (Bishkek). She defended her dissertation on Women Issues at Moscow State University and worked as an Expert of the International Institute of Strategic Studies in Bishkek. She wrote several articles on the women's movement and democracy in Kyrgyzstan and Post-Soviet countries. She was actively involved in number of local and international Conferences in US, Russia and Central Asia. She was a visiting scholar at the Women's Research Institute at Brigham Young University. Currently she is teaching at the department of History and Political Science at Utah Valley University.
"The Playground" challenges the notion that the sexual exploitation of children is limited to back-alley brothels in developing countries and traces the epidemic of exploitation to its disparate, and decidedly American, roots — among them the way children are educated about sex, and the problem of raising awareness about a crime that inherently cannot be shown.