The Human Journey Fall 2009 Colloquia Series

News Story: September 28, 2009

September 14, 2009    BEING A SUCCESSFUL FRESHMAN               Edgerton Theatre

Monday                       3:30-4:45 p.m.                                                            

What skills, attitudes, habits and strategies do you need to make your Freshman experience successful and satisfying?  Why are the Four Core Questions an important part of the Core?  What is the Catholic intellectual tradition and why is it important to understand this tradition?

Dean Mike Bozzone, Dean Michelle Loris, Professors Kathy LaFontana, June-Ann Greeley, and Jennifer McLaughlin (Mandatory for all Freshmen)


September 16, 2009    SHU in EL Salvador:  A Mission of Solidarity       University Commons

Wednesday                 2:00 – 3:15 p.m.                                 

This Colloquium will present the history of our mission in EL Salvador since the 1990’s and how that commitment puts into living practice the Core questions of meaning, purpose, and the common good.

Professors Reid, Gradie and students who have been to EL Salvador


September 17, 2009    Congressman Jim Himes                                          University Commons

Thursday                     8:00 p.m.

Congressman Jim Himes will be speaking on issues of social justice.

(sponsored by the Government and Politics Department and the College of Arts and Sciences) 


September 21, 2009    Racing Odysseus                                                       University Commons

Monday                       3:30-4:45 p.m.

Former College President, Dr. Roger Martin, will discuss his experience, at age 61, as a Freshman at St. John’s (Great Books).  He will discuss “his journey of discovery as he falls in love again with Plato, Socrates, and Homer; as he joins the college crew team; and as he ponders the role of the liberal arts in society today.” 


September 23, 2009    Fate or Free Will:  The Odyssey                               Schine Auditorium

Wednesday                 2:00-3:15 p.m.

Professors Greeley, McAllister, and Viggiano will discuss the role of fate and free will in The Odyssey.


September 28, 2009    Mountains Beyond Mountains                                 Edgerton Theatre

Monday                       3:30-4:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer Prize winning author, will give the Student Affairs Lecture on his book Mountains Beyond Mountains.


 September 30, 2009    Mass of the Holy Spirit      2:00 PM                        Chapel of the Holy Spirit


 October 5, 2009          Being Your Best Self                                                 University Commons

 

Monday                       3:30-4:45 p.m.

Professors Curran, Falcetta, Yeater, Stopper and Greeley address the flourishing of the human – the best self – from the perspectives of literature, history, psychology, biology, and religion.  Their presentation asks us to think about how being the ‘best self’ develops in the context of the common good for society.

This Colloquium is only for students of Professors Curran, Falcetta, Yeater, Stopper, and Greeley


October 7, 2009          On Galileo:  Faith, Reason, and the Church          Schine Auditorium

 

Wednesday                 2:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Galileo (1564-1642), an Italian scientist – physicist, mathematician, astronomer—shaped the course of modern science and is one of the greatest thinkers of all time.  This year we celebrate the 400th year anniversary of Galileo’s development of the telescope.  Galileo’s scientific presentation of heliocentrism as a proven fact was controversial during his time and put him at odds with the Church’s then literal interpretation of Scripture.  This Colloquium addresses the dialogue between reason and faith, science and religion.

This Colloquium is only for students of Professors Curran, Yeater, Habboush, Kelly, Staples


 October 14, 2009        Making Ethical Decisions:  Case Studies From College Life

 

Wednesday                 2:00 – 3:15 p.m.                                                          Schine Auditorium

Every college student faces ethical questions.  Is it ethical to call in sick to your job in order to have time to study?  Can it be moral to have premarital sex in order to test the relationship?  We all face ethical questions in our everyday lives.  

Professors Stiltner, Grodzinsky, and Ventimiglia will use case studies to discuss this age-old dilemma.                                                                 


October 19, 2009        Engaging The Muslim World                                  University Commons

Monday                       3:30 – 4:45 p.m.

Professor of History at the University of Michigan, JUAN COLE will discuss his award winning book Engaging The Muslim World.  Professor Cole has appeared on PBS’s Lehrer News Hour, ABC Nightly News, The Today Show, Charlie Rose, Anderson Cooper 360.

(sponsored by The Ryan-Matura Library)


October 21, 2009        Genocide and the Bystander                                    University Commons

 

Wednesday                  2:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Genocide is the organized attempt to deliberately and systematically destroy whole, or in part, an ethnic, racial, religious, or national group.  The Bystander Effect is a social psychological term to describe a phenomenon in which individuals are less likely to help when other people are present.

Professor Grodzinsky, Greeley, Reid, and Castonguay                                    


 October 26, 2009        Anti Defamation League Workshop:  A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE

 

Monday                       3:30 – 4:45 p.m.                                                          University Commons

This unique workshop, sponsored by the Anti Defamation League, explores the experiences that consciously and unconsciously shape our identity, the assumptions we have about other people, and our world view.

Hadar Lubin, M.D. from the ADL is Clinical Director of the Posttraumatic Stress Center in New Haven, CT and a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University.                                                                                                 


 October 28, 2009        RESTORATIVE JUSTICE:  A DIFFERENT MODEL OF JUSTICE

 

Wednesday                 2:00 – 3:15 p.m.                                                            University Commons

Restorative justice is the opposite of retributive justice.  Retributive justice seeks punishment to fit the crime.  Restorative justice is a process of responsibility, forgiveness, and reconciliation between parties.

Are human persons capable of this challenge?  Can we forgive and reconcile with those who have committed a crime against us?

Professors Kirven and Greeley                                                                        


 October 30, 2009         State of Deception:  The Power of Nazi Propaganda University Commons

Friday

Dr. Ann Millin, Outreach Speaker, from the United States Holocaust Museum will present this special Colloquium discussing how the Nazi Party used modern techniques and technologies to sway millions with its vision of a Nazi Germany.


 November 2, 2009      What Happened at Vatican II                                  University Commons

Monday                       3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Author John W. O’Malley S.J. will discuss his book about the history and impact of Vatican II.  Father O’Malley is University Professor at Georgetown University and he is one of the most respected and widely recognized church historians in North America.

(Sponsored by the President’s Office)


November 4, 2009                  SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER                    Edgerton Theatre

Wednesday                 2:00 – 3:15 p.m.

A dramatic presentation of human rights defenders from over 35 countries (Elie Wiesel, Desmond Tutu, Vaclav Havel et.al.).

Sponsored by the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial and produced by his daughter, Kerry Kennedy.  This presentation will be performed by SHU faculty and students and is being directed by Professors June-Ann Greeley and Jennie-Rebecca Falcetta.


 November 9, 2009                  SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER                    Edgerton Theatre

Monday                       3:30-4:45 p.m.

A dramatic presentation of human rights defenders from over 35 countries (Elie Wiesel, Desmond Tutu, Vaclav Havel et.al.).

Sponsored by the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial and produced by his daughter, Kerry Kennedy.  This presentation will be performed by SHU faculty and students and is being directed by Professors June-Ann Greeley and Jennie-Rebecca Falcetta.


 November 11, 2009    GATTACA:  The Perfect Human?                         University Commons

Wednesday                 2:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Gattaca is a film about the genetic engineering of perfect humans.  But, there is no gene for the human spirit.  This Colloquium uses film and discussion to explore the legal, ethical, and social implications of advances in human genetics.

Professors Deschenes and Stiltner                                                                  


 November 16, 2009    Us and Them                                                             University Commons

Monday                       3:30-4:45 p.m.

Are our identities by race, gender, class, religion, ethnicity the underlying causes of global conflict and violence?  Do these different identities necessarily lead to prejudice, hate, and violence?  Are there ways to develop peace and community?

Professors McLaughlin, Jareb, DeNardis, Greeley                                        


November 18, 2009    ECOLOGY and SPIRIT                                          University Commons

Wednesday                 2:00 – 3:15 p.m.

What is the human person’s relationship with nature?  Is there a relationship between the transcendent and nature?

Professors Magee and Pierce                                                                         


November 23, 2009    Empowerment Through Peace:  “Pray the Devil Back To Hell”

Monday                       3:30 – 4:45 p.m.                                                          University Commons

Award winning documentary film tells the dramatic story of a group of Christian and Muslim women of Liberia and their peace movement.  Film clips and discussion.

Professors Kirven, Jauhari, and Greeley                                                     


November 30, 2009    Human Nature:  Good or Evil?                               University Commons

Monday                       3:30 – 4:45 p.m.

Are human beings inherently evil or is evil behavior induced by situational factors?  Do human beings act by free will or are they merely products of genes and environment?  Is it even possible to structure social institutions in order to minimize human evil?

This Colloquium is reserved only for students of Professors Curran, Falcetta, Yeater, Habboush, Greeley                                                                                                            


December 2, 2009       Media Literacy and The Human Journey               University Commons

Wednesday                 2:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Our lives are bombarded by all forms of media but do we really know how to “read” and “understand” what these media are communicating to us about ourselves, others, and our world?

Professors Miller, Ross, Castonguay, and Golda                                          


December 7, 2009       Promoting Human Rights in a Diverse World       University Commons

Monday                       3:30-4:45 p.m.

Students from the Honors Program will discuss the threats to human rights that exist in today’s world and introduce strategies for promoting respect for rights.  The presentation will build on the students’ investigation in the course “Human Rights” and will highlight the role that can be played by college-age students in the U.S.

Professor Stiltner and the Honors Students                                                   


December 9, 2009       “St. Paul”                                                                   University Commons

Wednesday                 2:00-3:15 p.m.

His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America will be the honored guest and featured speaker at this Colloquium.  His Eminence will be speaking on St. Paul, arguably one of the most influential thinkers and writers on Christianity.                          


December 14, 2009     Core Communities                                                    University Commons

Monday                       3:30 – 4:45 p.m.

The Freshman Honors students will present on their work from Core Communities – the Honors Program’s Living – Learning Experience.