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Friday | October 31 | 4:30–5:30 PM

Labor Café

Geddes Hall | Room B034

The Labor Café is a biweekly venue for students, faculty, and staff to gather for casual yet critical conversation on contemporary issues related to work, equity, and social justice. Billy McMahon  (HIST ’15) will lead a discussion on the theme of “workers’ self-management.” Sponsored by the Higgins Labor Studies Program








Tuesday | November 4 | 7–8 PM

Catholic Social Tradition Minor Info Session
234 Geddes Hall

No RSVP required.
Students interested in the Catholic Social Tradition Minor will have the opportunity to talk with its co-directors Bill Purcell and Todd Whitmore. Please spread the word about this event to friends and colleagues who might be interested in the CST Minor and encourage them to attend. No RSVP required. Students may also learn more about the CST Minor by contacting either of the codirectors, Todd Whitmore or Bill Purcell, checking out the CST Minor website at or by scheduling an appointment through Paula Muhlherr.




Wednesday | November 5 | 6-8 PM


Presented by Show Some Skin and the CSC

LaFortune | McNeill Room

Join us to continue the conversation about Show Some Skin: It's Complicated. Through circle dialogues, we'll explore identity, difference, and what connects us to each other. If you missed the screening, no worries! Join us anyway! Find out more about Show Some Skin, writing your story, or participating in other ways. more on Facebook



Wednesday | November 5 | 6:30-8 PM

Making a Living Making a Difference Series

Building Nonprofit Career Competencies

Geddes Hall | Andrews Auditorium 

A panel of nonprofit professionals share their career paths, identify competencies necessary for a successful nonprofit career, and offer tips to students interested in working in the nonprofit sector. Cosponsored by the Center for Social Concerns




Bonnie Bazata, executive director, Bridges Out of Poverty, has a wide range of experience with community and educational organizations working for change.

Katie Hench '05, '11 is founder and CEO of Infiniteach, an innovative nonprofit organization that is developing autism solutions through technology and training. Katie is a double domer with degrees in Psychology and Nonprofit Administration.

Maureen Manier graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in English and eventually accepted her first public relations position at Indiana University at South Bend. She went onto communications positions at several other colleges before becoming the vice president of communications and marketing at Riley Children's Foundation.

Adam Kronk '02, '09, program director of the Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership, worked in executive leadership in the nonprofit education and social service sectors, overseas and domestically. He is a double domer with degrees in English and Nonprofit Administration.



Thursday | November 6 |3:30 PM

Dr. David Gaus '84 

Founder, Andean Health and Development

129 DeBartolo Hall

Rural Ecuadorian populations face a plethora of health care issues rooted in social, economic and political determinants. A major issue for rural populations is the relative lack of access to high quality, hospital-based health care. In 1996, Dr. David Gaus ('84) and Fr. Hesburgh started Andean Health and Development to provide self-sustaining, comprehensive health care in poor, rural areas of Ecuador. Dr.Gaus, founder of ADH will be sharing his journey on designing and implementing this innovative and proven model of self- sustainability. Come and learn more about this model and Dr. Gaus' journey in Ecuador. The International Summer Service Learning Program of the Center for Social Concerns partners with Andean Health and Development in Ecuador and sends two students every summer to work and learn first hand from this innovative healthcare model.

Event organized by "Hesburgh Heroes" and cosponsored by Center for Social Concerns


November 6–8, 2014

26th Annual Conference

Migration, Crossing Boundaries, Paths Forward

Imigrasyon, Fwontyè, ann vanse pi devan

University of Notre Dame

Sponsored by Haitian Studies Association, University of Massachusetts Boston

Cosponsored by Center for Social Concerns, University of Notre Dame
This 26th annual conference—Migration, Crossing Boundaries, Paths Forward—will highlight the centrality of migration and border crossing. It will explore the impact of distances and tensions in shaping the lives of Haitians across continents.

LEARN MORE / REGISTER NOWStudents may attend all panel discussions and lectures free of charge.


Friday | November 7 | 3 PM

Higgins Alumni and Friends Network: Working for Social Justice

by Stuart Mora and Sarah Lyons, of UNITE HERE!

Geddes Hall | McNeill Library

A conversation with alumni on the front lines of the battle for living wages, decent workplaces, and labor rights

Sarah Lyons ’09, Research Analyst, UNITE HERE Local 1, Chicago

Stuart Mora ’08, Organizer, UNITE HERE Local 23, Indianapolis




Friday | November 7 | 7 PM

FILM: The Homestretch

DPAC | Browning Cinema

Introduction by Will Thwaites ND '12

Three homeless teenagers brave Chicago winters, the pressures of high school, and life alone on the streets to build a brighter future.

Cosponsored by DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and Center for Social Concerns



Sunday | November 9 | 11:30 AM–1 PM
Catholic Social Tradition Minor Brunch
Geddes Hall | Coffee House
Open to all current and prospective Catholic Social Tradition Minor students. Please spread the word about this event to friends and colleagues who might be interested in the CST Minor and encourage them to attend. RSVP required to by Friday, October 31.



 |    November 10  |   4 PM
 |    November 11  |   Noon
 |    November 12  |   Noon

Common Good Initiative

(CGI) Information Sessions

Geddes Hall | Coffee House

The Common Good Initiative invites graduate and professional students from across the University to test existing theories of the common good in the context of a multidisciplinary conversation and a framework of Catholic social engagement.

Levels of engagement include:

  • One-credit (5-day) seminar in Detroit—The Common Good @ 8 Mile: Urban Farming, Housing Equity, and Art in the Civic Revitalization of Detroit
  • Two-credit (10-day) immersion in Haiti—Global Health, Poverty, and the Preferential Option for the Poor in Haiti
  • Three-credit (8-week) summer internship at sites worldwide. Engaged by the personal and structural complexities of poverty, and equipped with the principles and practices of the Catholic social tradition, the Common Good Initiative affords graduate students an opportunity to integrate social justice considerations into their disciplinary focus. Students are fully-funded after an initial program fee of $200.



Tuesday November 11 5–6 PM B034 Geddes Hall
Wednesday November 12 6–7 PM 116 DeBartolo Hall
Thursday November 13 7–8 PM B034 Geddes Hall

The Summer Service Learning Program (SSLP) is a three-credit theology course (S/U) with an eight consecutive week immersion. The Center invites Notre Dame Alumni Clubs to sponsor students to work in an agency or parish in the local community of the Club. The Center recruits Notre Dame students who are interested in expanding their education by working with and learning from persons who are marginalized in society.


Wednesday | November 12 | 6:30 PM

Show Some Skin Screening and Discussion

Geddes Hall | Andrews Auditorium


Thursday | November 13 | 11:45 AM1 PM

Hospitality Lunch—Dismas House
Geddes Hall | Coffee House

$5 donation—proceeds benefit Dismas House
Dismas Designs jewelry will be available for purchase.


Thursday | November 13 | 7 PM

FILM: Beneath the Blindfold

DPAC| Browning Cinema

Presented by Ines Sommers, codirector, coproducer, and cinematographer
Mathlide de la Sierra, one of the film subjects, and Ms. Sommers will participate in a discussioin after the screening, facilitated by Prof. Susan St. Ville.

With a gentle yet insistent voice, Beneath the Blindfold tells the stories of four torture survivors from around the globe who are now among the more than 500,000 survivors who live in the U.S. Directed by Ines Sommer and Kathy Berger, Beneath the Blindfold is the first documentary to fully look at the lifelong impact of torture on the physical and psychological health of survivors. We follow them through the daunting steps of building new lives, careers, and relationships. And despite the continued fallout from their experience, they feel empowered to speak out and become public advocates for an end to torture.


Friday | November 14 | 12–1 PM

“Ban the Box: One Step Towards Re-Entry for Ex-Offenders”

Higgins Lunchtime Labor RAPS (Research, Advocacy, & Policy Series)

Geddes Hall | Coffee House

Lunch will be provided. 

Carolina Arroyo, Associate DUS in Political Science 

Cheryl Ashe, founder of Ex-offender and Information Services, a ministry which helps people returning from incarceration


Tuesday | November 18 | 6:30–8:30 PM

CSC Dialogue Circles on Difference 

LaFortune Ballroom


Friday | November 21 | 4:30–5:30 PM

Labor Café

Geddes Hall | Coffee House

The Labor Café is a biweekly venue for students, faculty, and staff to gather for casual yet critical conversation on contemporary issues related to work, equity, and social justice. Sponsored by the Higgins Labor Studies Program



Wednesday | November 19 | 7 PM

FILM: The Devil and Miss Jones

DPAC| Browning Cinema

Sponsored by History, DPAC

Cosponsored by Higgins Labor Studies Program





Thursday | December  4 | 11:45 AM1 PM

Hospitality Lunch—Catholic Worker House
Geddes Hall | Coffee House

$5 donation—proceeds benefit Catholic Worker House


Friday | December 5 | 12–1 PM

“When CEOs Were Removable: FDR and the Wartime Government Take Over of Montgomery Ward”

Higgins Lunchtime Labor RAPS (Research, Advocacy, & Policy Series)

LaFortune | Notre Dame Room

Lisa Phillips, Associate Professor of History, Indiana State University

Author of A Renegade Union: Interracial Organizing and Labor Radicalism (University of Illinois Press, 2013)







Friday | Janurary 16 | 4–5 PM

Labor Café

Geddes Hall | Room B034

The Labor Café is a biweekly venue for students, faculty, and staff to gather for casual yet critical conversation on contemporary issues related to work, equity, and social justice. Sponsored by the Higgins Labor Studies Program







February 2–3, 2015

Snite Museum of Art /Art Art History and Design Lecture/visit by Liz Reznik

Curator of Graphic Advocacy exhibit (details to be confirmed)


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.


February 6–7, 2015 Tentative

Vicki Scheiber, Catholics Mobilizing Against the Death Penalty Network, workshop and talk

both are to be confirmed, but we'd like to get the dates on teh CSC calendar for now. I'll send details as soon as I get them from Margie Pfeil.


Tuesday | February 24 | 6:30–7:30 PM

Making a Living Making a Difference Annual Lecture

Geddes Hall | Andrews Auditorium 

Speaker: TBD

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!


February 27–28, 2015

Human Development Conference

Keynote speaker: Jeffery Sachs

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



MARCH 2015



Thursday | March 19 | 11:45 AM1 PM

Hospitality Lunch—Stone Soup Community
Geddes Hall | Coffee House

$5 donation—Proceeds benefit Stone Soup Community.


Catholic Social Tradition Conference


50th Anniversary of Gaudium et Spes

March 22–24, 2015

Conference Information





Tuesday | March 31

Helen Prejean Lecture Tentative


APRIL 2015



Wednesday | April 1

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



MAY 2015


May 27–29, 2015

Community Engagement Faculty Institute



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