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January 28 | 5:30 PM | Geddes Hall, Andrews Auditorium

January 29 | 6 PM | Geddes Hall, Room 101

Information Sessions

2015 Summer Service Learning Program


Friday | January 30 | 12:30 PM

Soup and Substance

The Racial Achievement Gap in the U.S.

Geddes Hall | Coffee House

Presented by the Take Ten program of the Robinson Community Learning Center




Friday | January 30 | 9 AM–2 PM

Information Session: Peace Corps
Geddes Hall | McNeill Library
Recruiter Meghan Costello will be available to talk to students interested in finding out more about the Peace Corps.


Friday | January 30 | 2–4 PM

Information Session:

Cristo Rey New York High School
Geddes Hall | McNeill Library

Current volunteer and 2014 graduate Renee Roden will be sharing information on opportunities with Cristo Rey's Americorps program. For more information, contact Renee at






Monday | February 2 | 79:30 PM

Propaganda & Protest Posters:

Civic Engagement by Artists and Designers

Lecture by Liz Reznik

Snite Museum of Art | Annenberg Auditorium

Join us for "Propaganda & Protest Posters: Civic Engagement by Artists and Designers," lecture by Elizabeth Resnick, professor of graphic design, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, followed by a reception and opportunity to view the traveling exhibition she curated, Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age 2001–2012.

The exhibition in the Snite Museum and Resnick’s public presentation are made possible with support from the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Letters; the Center for Social Concerns; the Department of Art, Art History & Design, University of Notre Dame, as well as the Snite Museum of Art's Kathleen and Richard Champlin Endowment for Traveling Exhibitions.


Thursday | February 5 | 11:45 AM1 PM

Hospitality Lunch—St. Margaret's House
Geddes Hall | Coffee House

Scarves, ties and, cards made by the women of St. Margaret's House will also be available for purchase.





Wednesday | February 11 | 7 PM

Film screening: Las Analfabetas (Illiterate)

Geddes Hall | Andrews Auditorium

Ximena, played by the incomparable Paulina García (Gloria) is an illiterate woman in her fifties, who has learned to live on her own to keep her illiteracy a secret. Jackeline, is a young unemployed elementary school teacher, who tries to convince Ximena to take reading classes. Persuading her proves to be an almost impossible task, till one day, Jackeline finds something Ximena has been keeping as her only treasure since she was a child: a letter Ximena’s father left when he abandoned her many years before. Thus, the two women embark on a learning journey where they discover that there are many ways of being illiterate, and that not knowing how to read is just one of them. Cosponsored by Romance Languages and Literatures and Center for Social Concerns Film website


Friday | February 13 | 11:45 AM–1:15 PM

Religion and Spirituality in Pedagogies of Community Engagement 

led by: Kevin Sandberg, CSC, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Center for Social Concerns

Geddes Hall | Room 233

For graduate students of any discipline with an interest in community engagement and public scholarship.

Register here

What roles do religion and spirituality play in engaged learning? This workshop cultivates the aptitude and develops the skills that Social Concerns Seminar faculty and student leaders use to recognize, understand, and facilitate issues of religion and spirituality that arise in community-based learning. With illustrations from field experience, it explores the rationales for and methods of theological reflection, how to integrate student journaling into coursework, and an overview of theories of faith development, including consideration of new categories of religious identification, such as “nones” or “spiritual but not religious.”


Tuesday | February 24 | 6:30 PM

Making a Living Making a Difference

Exploring Careers in Humanitarian Relief and International Development

Geddes Hall | Andrews Auditorium 

Want to earn a living while making a difference in the world? A nonprofit professional will share his/her experience with combining a passion for service and justice with the need to pay the bills! Notre Dame and St. Mary's alumni will discuss their career paths and share advice for students interested in international work. Speakers include: Sarita Fritzler, SMC '08, Save the Children; Meghan Costello, ND '10, Peace Corps; Matt Renaud, ND '99, ACDI/VOCA. Cosponsored by Mendoza College of Business, The Career Center, and Center for Social Concerns.



Friday | February 27 | 12:30 PM

Soup and Substance

Geddes Hall | Coffee House

Brought to you by Center for Social Concerns and Human Rights ND student club.




February 26–28 | 7 PM

Show Some Skin

Identity monologues performances

Carey Auditorium

Cosponsored by Center for Social Concerns


February 27–28, 2015

Human Development Conference

The University of Notre Dame’s Human Development Conference (HDC) is an annual, student-led conference that brings together undergraduate and graduate students to present their research related to issues of international development. Every year, the conference focuses on a central theme to explore in development. This year’s conference provides a platform for dialogue in which students from around the world can engage in conversations regarding past trends in development, current best practices, and the future of development after the conclusion of the Millennium Development Goals in 2015.


With international development headed into a period of transition, the theme of the 7th annual Human Development Conference invites participants to consider past trends in development, the present state of the field, and the future of development after the conclusion of the Millenium Development Goals in 2015. This year’s theme places a strong emphasis on the role of human dignity in development and how it will influence theory and practice in the future.

Keynote Speaker

This year’s keynote speaker is Jeffrey Sachs, the director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and a primary architect of the Millenium Development Goals.

Cosponsored by Center for Social Concerns; Ford Program in Human Development/Kellogg 



MARCH 2015




Friday | March 6 | 11:45 AM–1:45 PM

The Language and Methods of Community Research

led by: Jim Frabutt, Ph.D., Director, Academic Community Engagement, Office of the Provost

Geddes Hall | Coffee House 

Lunch will be provided.

Register here

Community research, community-based research, and participatory research—the three semantic variants used in this presentation—are specific types of a broader category of academic endeavor known as applied or engaged scholarship. This session provides an overview of the language and methods of community research by defining and contextualizing this construct and then exploring the variety of approaches and methods embraced in the conduct of community and participatory research. The first part of the session presents the growing institutional movement toward engagement, highlighting some key touchstones that speak to this flourishing. It also reacclimatizes attendees to Ernest Boyer’s helpful recasting of scholarly work in the academy, which created a space for applied and engaged scholarship. The second part of the session outlines the various terminology used and the key guiding principles of community-based research, orienting attendees to a continuum of applied and engaged scholarship with varying levels of participation and social action. The third part turns to methodological approaches to community-based research, exploring the panoply of research techniques that have been applied across a variety of fields and disciplines.


March 18–19

Lecture: Sr. Rosemary Nyirumbe

Uganda’s Sewing Hope School


Wednesday | March 18 | 6:30 and 8:30 PM

Film: Sewing Hope

DPAC | Browning Cinema

Screening and discussion of film with Sr. Rosemary


Thursday | March 19 | 11:45 AM1 PM

Hospitality Lunch—Stone Soup Community
Geddes Hall | Coffee House

$5 donation—Proceeds benefit Stone Soup Community.


Thursday | March 19 | 78 PM

Information Session: Catholic Social Tradition Minor

Geddes Hall | Room 234

Students interested in the Catholic Social Tradition Minor will have the opportunity to talk with its co-directors Bill Purcell and Todd Whitmore. Students may also learn more about the CST Minor by scheduling an appointment through Paula Muhlherr at


Catholic Social Tradition Conference


50th Anniversary of Gaudium et Spes

March 22–24, 2015

Conference Information





Tuesday | March 31 | 7 PM

Lecture by Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ

Our Lady of the Road

744 S. Main St., South Bend

Sponsored by Michiana Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, St. Peter Claver Catholic Worker; Cosponsored by Center for Social Concerns



APRIL 2015



Wednesday | April 1

Rodney F. Ganey, Ph.D., Faculty Community-Based Research Awards Dinner


Monday | April 13

FILM: Mothers of Bedford

Geddes Hall | Andrews Auditorium

(Time to be confirmed)

Film screening of Mothers of Bedford and lecture by filmmaker. Cosponsored by Center for Social Concerns and Institute for Church Life.


MAY 2015


May 27–29, 2015

Community Engagement Faculty Institute




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