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Tuesday | October 28 | 8–9:15 AM

Community Engagement Faculty Institute Reunion Breakfast

Geddes Hall | Coffee House


Tuesday | October 28 | 3–4 PM

Presentation by Liberty in North Korea

Hesburgh Library | Carey Auditorium

Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) is a global non-for-profit organization dedicated to rescuing and empowering the North Korean people; they believe that freedom is attainable within our lifetime. LiNK will be visiting Notre Dame on their current Jangmadang Tour. Their mission is to raise awareness and support on campus against the human rights atrocities being suffered in North Korea. There will be a half hour documentary presentation, followed by presentations from LiNK team members and a Q&A session. Cosponsored by Liu Institute for Asian Studies, Korean Department; Center for Social Concerns


Tuesday | October 28 | 4 PM

Community-Based Research Workshop

Geddes Hall | Room 135

The Center for Social Concerns and the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement will be hosting a community-based research (CBR) workshop. The workshop will provide an overview of the research process, the principles of CBR, ethical and procedural concerns, and funding sources. We will discuss potential projects that attendees have as time allows.


Tuesday | October 28 | 5–7 PM

Closing reception for Guayasamin, Art in Motion (GAIM)

NDCenter for Arts and Culture, 1045 West Washington Street, South Bend

*transportation provided from Library circle

Exhibited through October 28

Art in Motion: Guayasamín's Ecuador Unframed, an interactive art exhibit that a group of Teaching Professors of Spanish have brought to the Notre Dame Center for Art and Culture (NDCAC) in South Bend. more



Wednesday | October 29

City Year Lunch

City Year Corps members partner with at-risk schools to help bridge the gap between what their students need and what the schools are designed to provide. In doing so, they are helping students reach their full potential and graduate high school in communities all across America. Patrick In, City Year recruiter and former corps member, invites you to join him and several ND alums for lunch. Contact him directly for details: (312) 423-7174 |



Wednesday | October 29 | 7:15–8 PM

Hearts Home Information Session

Geddes Hall | Coffeehouse

Heart's Home is an international non-profit Catholic organization founded in 1990 to promote a culture of compassion. Our volunteers assist in forming deep personal bonds with troubled, disadvantaged, and socially-isolated individuals in some of the world's most desperate areas. Heart's Home is active on five continents, with 46 centers in 23 countries. Sr. Regina Fohrer, recruitment director, and Katie Infantine, ND grad student and assistant rector in Breen-Phillips, will be available to talk to interested students. They will also be hosting an information session on Thursday, October 30 in COMO, St. Andre Room, and will be available during the afternoon on Wednesday, October 29 and Thursday, October 30 at Campus Ministry. Contact for more information or to schedule individual meetings with Sr. Regina and/or Katie.



Thursday | October 30  | 5:30–6:30 PM

Project Horseshoe Farm Information Session

Jordan Hall | Room TBA

13-month Community Healthcare and Education Fellowship

Looking for hands-on experience in community health, non-profit leadership, or education? Consider the Project Horseshoe Farm fellowship in Alabama! Design and manage adult day programs that build upon strengths of the community. Staff a supported housing program for elderly women with mental illness. Work with vulnerable members of the community to facilitate wellness and improve quality of life. Manage after school programs for 4th–10th graders. Gain first-hand experience in community healthcare, non-profit management, and education.

For more information, visit Project Horseshoe Farm. Please send any questions to or current fellow Erin McMinn at Application Deadline: February 10, 2015



Thursday | October 30 | 5 PM

“Black Women, Black Power, and the Media's Glare”

Women in the Civil Rights Era Lectures

Hesburgh Center Auditorium
Speaker: Prof. Jane Rhodes Bio

Dean for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and Professor and Chair of American Studies, Macalester College

Sponsored by Africana Studies; Cosponsored by Center for Social Concerns



Friday | October 31 | 12 PM

“Ella Baker, Fannie Lou Hamer and

the Current Struggle for Human Dignity”

Women in the Civil Rights Era Lectures

Saint Mary's College | LeMans Hall | Stapleton Lounge

Prof. David Stovall   Bio

Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies and African-American Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago

Sponsored by Africana Studies; Cosponsored by Center for Social Concerns


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. Sponsored by the Higgins Labor Studies Program








Tuesday | November 4 | 7–8 PM

Catholic Social Tradition Minor Info Session
234 Geddes Hall

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 | 6:30-8 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.



Wednesday | November 5 | 6:30-8:30 PM

CSC Dialogue Circles on Difference

LaFortune Ballroom


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


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 Session

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.


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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