Common Good Initiative

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

For more information, please attend the information session or contact Kevin Sandberg, C.S.C., at ksandberg@nd.edu

Spring 2020 Information Session
Date: Friday, November 1, 2019
Time: 11:00 a.m. 

Location: 208 Geddes Hall

CGI-Jerusalem 2020 Application

The application for CGI-Jerusalem is open now through November 25, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Graduate and professional students from all disciplines are welcome to apply. 

CGI 2020 application

*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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November 2019

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Leadership Formation Workshop | Storytelling for Change
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
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Labor RAPS | The Just Wage Initiative: Unveiling an Online Tool
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ISSLP Interview Day
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Lupe Under the Sun
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Panel Discussion: Open Wide our Hearts
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