Common Good Initiative

Due to unforeseen circumstances, CGI-Jerusalem has been canceled for spring 2020. Thank you for your interest, and please check back during the spring semester for the fall 2020 CGI course.

SPRING 2020 

CGI—JERUSALEM: Interreligious Dialogue toward the Common Good in the Holy Land

Two credits | Interdisciplinary | Fully Funded*

CGI-Jerusalem enables students to engage with Israelis and Palestinians over joint efforts to foster an adoption of the common good—a foundational principle of the Catholic social tradition—as a principal means to address the distrust and enmity that plague the Holy Land. The goal of the course is to appreciate how the pursuit of peace must be predicated on shared practices of the common good, especially as it functions in different religious traditions and in the different societies that constitute the Holy Land. The course includes an immersion over spring break (March 6-14, 2020), during which time students meet with diverse groups, including NGOs and Church-based ministries in the Holy Land. The course includes pre-departure sessions with introductions to the histories, religions, literatures, and cultures of the people at the center of the conflicts. Course Number: CSC 60697​

*Apart from a modest participation fee of $300, the spring 2019 Common Good Initiative is fully funded, covering the complete cost of room and board, travel, and tuition.  

What is the Common Good Initiative? 

The Common Good Initiative (CGI) is a multi-disciplinary immersion course in social justice. It enables graduate and professional students from across the University to integrate social justice considerations into their personal and disciplinary interests. By engaging the complexities of social injustice with the principles and practices of the Catholic social tradition, students learn from communities that struggle to create structural responses to varied aspects of poverty, including industrial decline, global health, political instability, and the migration of peoples. Sites have included Haiti, Cuba, Guatemala, El Salvador, New Orleans, El Paso-Ciudad Juarez, and Detroit.

Grounded in the engagement practices of the Catholic social tradition, CGI is premised on two convictions: 1) that scholarly inquiry at the graduate level should be animated by a concern for the common good and a preferential option for the poor; and 2) that building a just world is dependent on a holistic approach to learning that includes considerations of religious faith as much as multidisciplinary conversation. 

Alongside a week-long immersion, CGI coursework includes preparatory and integration sessions that provide students with background knowledge, tools of social analysis, and opportunities for critical and theological reflection. Immersion participants receive one or two graduate-level CSC/theology academic credits.

All graduate and professional students are welcome to apply. Applicants must also be available for CGI on-campus coursework during the spring or fall semesters (Friday mornings), depending on the course. Immersions take place during semester breaks. Apart from a modest participation fee ($250 or $300, depending on site), the Common Good Initiative is fully-funded, covering the complete cost of room and board, travel, and tuition.

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September 2021

26
Information Session | ISSLP 2022 (In-Person and Virtual)
Sunday, September 26, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

October 2021

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Signs of the Times Brown Bag Lunch Series | Refugees
Friday, October 1, 2021 - 12:00pm
04
Information Session | ISSLP 2022 (In-Person Only)
Monday, October 4, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
05
What to do with my Ph.D.? Community Engagement Career Paths
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
05
Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 7:00pm
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The Social
Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
12
Information Session | Catholic Social Tradition Minor
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 - 6:30pm
13
Information Session | ISSLP 2022 (In-Person and Virtual)
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
25
Application Close | ISSLP 2022
Monday, October 25, 2021 - 12:00am to 11:45pm

November 2021

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Labor Café First Friday
Friday, November 5, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
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Dignity and Justice Workshop
Friday, November 12, 2021 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
14
Higgins Labor CLASSics | Blue Collar (1978)
Sunday, November 14, 2021 - 3:00pm

December 2021

03
Signs of the Times Brown Bag Lunch Series | Housing
Friday, December 3, 2021 - 12:00pm
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Labor Café First Friday
Friday, December 3, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm