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MARCH 2015

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Thursday | March 5 | 11:45 AM1 PM

Hospitality Lunch—Stone Soup Community
Geddes Hall | Coffee House

$5 donation—Proceeds benefit Stone Soup Community. A variety of soups will be served. Stone Soup Community places an emphasis on partnering and networking. For this reason,thier offices are located at agencies and churches that have food pantries and other outreach services. Their goal is to offer patrons the most comprehensive and holistic services possible so that clients can move toward self-reliance and out of the cycle of meeting basic needs on an emergency basis.

 

 

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

Visit by Sr. Rosemary Nyirumbe

St. Monica's Girls Tailoring Center in Gulu, Uganda

A native of Paidha, Uganda, she began serving the people of her country after joining the Catholic order of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1976. As director of St. Monica’s since 2001, Sister Rosemary has given hope to more 2,000 young women, many of whom were abducted, raped, tortured and forced to kill their own family members as soldiers in Kony’s army. In addition to providing a safe harbor for the former abductees, who are often shunned and persecuted by the people of their own villages, she has given them a way to support themselves through job training in tailoring, catering and other skills. Currently, approximately 250 girls and 250 children live at St. Monica’s. Sister Rosemary also oversees a second school in Atiak, Uganda.

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe’s inspiring story is told in Sewing Hope, a documentary produced by filmmaker Derek Watson and narrated by Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, and a book of the same name co-authored by Reggie Whitten, co-founder of Pros for Africa, and professional writer Nancy Henderson (Dust Jacket Press, 2013). All proceeds from book sales go to help the girls at St. Monica’s. Sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns.

 

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

Film: Sewing Hope

DPAC | Browning Cinema

Free admission

Screening and discussion of film Sewing Hope with Sr. Rosemary Nyirumbe.

For 25 years, Joseph Kony and his infamous Lord’s Resistance Army terrorized Northern Uganda. Children were stolen from their families and brainwashed to be soldiers in his army. Young girls were additionally degraded by serving as sex slaves for Kony and his officers in the field. The gunfire has ceased, but one battle still remains—restoring dignity and a future to the children of Uganda. Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe leads a vocational school in Gulu, Uganda, where she uses practical skills to restore dignity, independence, and hope to formerly abducted women. She is an inspiration in the face of tyranny and desperation. Sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns; cosponsored by the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

 

Thursday | March 19 | 6:307:30 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 Muhlherr.1@nd.edu.

 

 

 

Thursday | March 19 | 78 PM

Eucharist and Mercy
Lecture by Kerry Weber
Location to be confirmed

Sponsored by Institute for Church Life; cosponsored by Center for Social Concerns

 

Friday | March 20 | 4:30 PM

Labor Café

Geddes Hall | Coffee House

The Labor Café, sponsored by the Higgins Labor Studies Program, is a biweekly venue for the Notre Dame community (broadly conceived) to gather for casual yet critical conversation on contemporary issues related to work, equity, and social justice. We provide the caffeine and treats to boost your energy; you bring the questions and concerns to inform the discussions.

 

 

Catholic Social Tradition Conference

JOY & HOPE

50th Anniversary of Gaudium et Spes

March 22–24, 2015

Conference Information

 

 

 

 

Friday | March 27 | 12 PM

Lunchtime Labor RAPS (Research, Advocacy, and Policy Series)

The Politics of ‘After’: Social Consequences of Domestic Worker Legislation in Peru and New York

Geddes Hall | Room B034

Kate Maich, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, University of California at Berkeley

 

 

Friday | March 27 | 3:30 PM

Higgins Friends and Alumni Network

Connecting careers and conscience by bringing alumni back to campus

Coleman-Morse Lounge

Kate Maich (ND ’04)

Majored in English and minored in Catholic Social Tradition

Former Leader of the Progressive Student Association

Jesuit Volunteer Corps veteran

Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, University of California at Berkeley

 

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

 

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APRIL 2015

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Wednesday | April 1

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

 

Tuesday | April 7 | 7:30 PM

Lecture by Chen Guangchen on Human Rights and Human Dignity in China, including the "one child" policy

McKenna Hall

Sponsored by Institute for Church Life, Office of Human Dignity and Life Intitiatives. Cosponsored by Center for Social Concerns, Center for Civil and Human Rights, Kellogg Institute, Center for Ethics and Culture.

 

Thursday | April 9 | 7 PM

35th Annual McBride Lecture

Location TBD

Sponsored by the United Steelworkers to promote a greater understanding of the principles of unionism and the economy.

Tom Geoghegan, Labor Lawyer and Author Only One Thing Can Save Us: Why America Needs a New Kind of Labor Movement

Each year, the Higgins Program invites a nationally recognized leader to talk on a current labor topic, addressing both the campus and local communities. The annual McBride Lecture was established in 1977 by the United Steelworkers (USW) “to better understand the principles of unionism and our economy." It honors the fourth international president of the USW, Lloyd McBride, who was president from 1977 to 1983. Past speakers include labor leaders, politicians, writers, and economists.

Sponsored by Higgins Labor Studies Program; cosponsored by the Center for Social Concerns.

 

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.

 

Friday | April 17 | 4:30 PM

Labor Café

Geddes Hall | Room B034

The Labor Café, sponsored by the Higgins Labor Studies Program, is a biweekly venue for the Notre Dame community (broadly conceived) to gather for casual yet critical conversation on contemporary issues related to work, equity, and social justice. We provide the caffeine and treats to boost your energy; you bring the questions and concerns to inform the discussions.

 

 

Friday | April 24 | 12 PM

Lunchtime Labor RAPS (Research, Advocacy, and Policy Series)

Geddes Hall | Coffee House

The Notre Dame “Show Some Skin” Cast and Production Team “Writing Class: ‘Show Some Skin’ as a Platform for Interrogating Class on Campus”

 

 

 

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MAY 2015

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Friday | May 1 | 4:30 PM

Labor Café

Geddes Hall | Coffee House

The Labor Café, sponsored by the Higgins Labor Studies Program, is a biweekly venue for the Notre Dame community (broadly conceived) to gather for casual yet critical conversation on contemporary issues related to work, equity, and social justice. We provide the caffeine and treats to boost your energy; you bring the questions and concerns to inform the discussions.

 

Friday | May 1 | 7 PM

4th Annual May Day Film

Celebrating International Workers Day at the Browning Cinema since 2012

DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Two Days, One Night (2014; Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, directors)

 

May 27–29, 2015

Community Engagement Faculty Institute

 

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