Organizing, Power, and Hope

Social Concerns Seminar
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This seminar explores the field of community organizing in action.

What is a community organizer?  According to veteran organizer Edward T. Chambers, “Organizers are agitators, catalysts, and public-life coaches. They stand for the whole. They make things happen. They are rooted in the holy books, democracy’s founding documents, and the lives of public heroines and heroes . . .  They are public people who seek collective power to act for justice . . . Organizing means an endless search for talent, passion, vision and the ability to relate to other people.” Roots for Radicals, 2006.

Participants will learn more about community organizing and building power through:

  • meeting with organizers and learning from local church, school, not-for-profit leaders, foundations, and labor groups about community organizing initiatives;
  • experiencing the hope, the disappointments, and the moments of grace in community organizing and social change work;
  • challenging perceptions of power and powerlessness, service and action; and
  • capturing the Spirit found in building diverse relationships.

Participants are invited to experience this faith-based program, and to be open to developing new perspectives on the role of neighborhood organizations and churches responding to social needs. This seminar is intended for students with previous urban experience eager to sharpen their social analysis, and to learn new forms of ministry for adults committed to social justice. 

Fall 2018 class sessions will be held Wednesdays from 5:30–7:00 p.m.

Cost: 
$50
Application Process: 

Final Application Deadline: Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 11:59 p.m.

  • Application process consists of two parts: (1) completed application and (2) possible interviews (you will be notified about interviews via email).
  • You cannot register for the seminar until you receive registration information from Seminars staff.
  • Notification of seminar placement will happen between August 27 and August 31, 2018.
  • If you are not selected for participation in your first choice of seminars, you will be given the opportunity to participate in another seminar if there is still availability.
  • There is no admittance into the seminar after the first seminar class.
  • By submitting the application, you confirm you are in good academic standing.
  • With questions about your application, email seminars@nd.edu.

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November 2018

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Lecture by Willam Galston
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 12:30pm
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Higgins Alumni Network Lecture
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

December 2018

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Information Session: Spring 2019 Social Concerns Seminars
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 4:00pm
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Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
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Information Session: Spring 2019 Social Concerns Seminars
Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 4:00pm

January 2019

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Information Session: Spring 2019 Social Concerns Seminars
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 4:00pm

March 2019

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Pre-Conference Workshop: Restorative Justice on Catholic Campuses
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 12:30pm to 4:00pm
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2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
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2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference
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2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference
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April 2019

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Been & Seen Series
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June 2019

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Community Engagement Faculty Institute
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