Come join us each Tuesday from 12:30–1:30 p.m. in the Sr. Dorothy Stang Center Conference Room as we hear from students, staff, community partners and friends of NDNU on themes of social justice, spirituality and diversity. Bring your lunch if you want; tea and sweets provided by your hosts, the Sr. Dorothy Stang Center, Office of Spirituality and Office of Diversity.
Feel free to join us first at noon at the Peace Pole outside Cunningham Chapel for interfaith prayer.
Sr. Sandy Price, SNDdN: Walking with the People of Mulukulu. Sr. Sandy, in town on vacation before returning to rural Nicaragua has worked as a community educator and health worker in the mountain communities since the 1970’s. Sr. Sandy, who hosted our NDNU Alternative Spring Break students last March, will reflect on her decades in Nicaragua during times of war, peace and perseverance.
Background reading: http://www.snddenca.org/?s=sandy+price&submit=Search
Dean Santos, ’14: Undocumented, Unafraid, and Unashamed: the Power of Community Organizing. Dean will talk about his story and his work with ASPIRE, Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights through Education, highlighting the role of Asian Pacific Islander undocumented youth in advocating and organizing for immigration reform.
Alejandra De Alba ’15 Scrubbin’ In: My Summer Experience in a Salvadoran Surgery Clinic. Ally volunteered in a clinic, which is run by her uncle, for those without insurance in El Salvador’s capital city. Her work was mostly inside the operating room!
Background reading: http://www.medicalteams.org/where_we_work/latin_america/el_salvador.aspx
Jim McGarry, Reclaiming the Environmental Justice Perspective on Cancer: the Legacy of Rachel Carson including a 50th anniversary reflection on the text of Carson’s last speech, “The Pollution of Our Environment” given in San Francisco in 1963. This session is also the keynote for NDNU’s Breast Cancer Prevention Week, October 1-6.
Background reading: http://library.fws.gov/rcbookclub/lostwoods227-245.pdf
Diana Enriquez, Rebecca Flores, Monica Manriquez, Alex Perez: Four Latina Perspectives on the National Day of Action for Immigration Reform, October 10
Ali Ferdowsi, Professor, the History and Political Science Department: Political Participation in the Recent Iranian Elections: a Personal Report
Background reading: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/spotlight/iranelections/
Lakiba Pittman, Director of NDNU's Office of Diversity, will introduce her newly published book, Bread Crumbs From the Soul: Finding Your Way Back Home, a compilation of her art, poetry and autobiographical reflections over the last few decades. Just coming off of an historic author's event - "Authors For Literacy" where over sixty authors presented their works at the Martin Luther King Center in San Mateo, Lakiba will read from her book and describe the 'bread crumbs' from her own life that continually lead her to her path of purpose.
Background reading: http://www.amazon.com/Bread-Crumbs-From-Soul-Finding/dp/0615887546/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1379105522&sr=8-1&keywords=bread+crumbs+from+the+soul (available September 21.)
Alice Linsmeier, Kelly Avenue Catholic Worker, Half Moon Bay: Return to Teosinte: the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Return from Exile of a Salvadoran Town. Alice and her husband Eric DeBode run the Half Moon Bay Catholic Worker house, one of NDNU’s principal community partners. Alice, Eric and their two children traveled to Teosinte this past August to celebrate this anniversary; Alice had accompanied the refugees back from Honduras to reclaim their town in 1988 after spending 5 years with them in a refugee camp in Honduras.
Background reading: http://www.arlingtonteosinte.org/briefHistory.htm
Tamara Rozofsky is a graduate of the Theological Union in Berkeley and is currently studying and working at Second City Improv Comedy in Chicago. Tamara grew up with a disability, spending her younger years in Nebraska and Florida. Tamara will speak about her personal experience as a person with disability, how disabilities cross all cultures, ethnicities, and traditions, how humor is an essential ingredient in understanding her own disability, and how her disability has given her a deep empathy for the human condition. Tamara will also be speaking in the Chapel at 7 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 6.
Background reading: http://www.secondcity.com/page/education-toronto/
Judith Maxwell Greig: Our Pilgrimage to Namur: Where the Steps of Julie and Francoise Lead Us. Our university president traveled with Sr. Roseanne Murphy, SNDdN and others from the NDNU community to the birthplace and other special sites of the Sisters of Notre Dame.
Background reading: http://www.sndden.org/en/who-we-are/st-julie-billiart/
Marianne Delaporte, Professor and Chair, Philosophy and Religious Studies Department: My Visit to the Farm; Steven and Ina Mae Gaskin in Tennessee and the Relevance of Utopianism.
Background reading: http://www.thefarm.org/
NDNU students from the SOAW Trip: Why We Go to Georgia in November: Personal Reflections; testimonies from students and staff who attended School of the Americas Watch seminars and vigil at the gates of Fort Benning, an annual NDNU commitment.
Background reading: http://www.soaw.org/
Special Advent Program (TBA)