Calendar of Events

Fall 2014 Colloquia Series

September 10, 2014 | Mass of the Holy Spirit 

September 17, 2014 | Constitution Day | 2PM - University Commons
In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Constitution Day forum will be dedicated to this monumental landmark in the history of civil rights legislation. Guest speaker, will be Professor of Law Robert C. Farrell, a renowned expert in the area of equal protection under the law. Co-sponsored by the Department of Government, Politics & Global Studies and Marketing and Public Affairs 

September 24, 2014 | Discovering Your Positive Power to Prevent Bullying | 2PM - University Commons
Our society has identified the damage bullying can have on the emotional and physical life of the victim. The next step is to discover the personal resiliency to confront bullying. Recognize your positive power to address bullying behavior directed towards you or others. This extraordinary colloquium will integrate Dr. Terry Neu talking about how to prevent bullying with the SHU 4 Park Harmony led by Dr. Michniewicz performing their anti-bullying concert. Professor Terry Neu (Education) and John Michniewicz (Director of Choral Programs) 

September 30, 2014 | Religion and Economics | 6:30PM - University Commons
A heated and passionate national debate on the role of religion in economics and the relationship between “Wall Street” and “Main Street.”  “The maw of [corporations] covetousness knows no end,” and “Capitalism, as it is practiced in the USA, is condemned by Scripture and papal teachings for the past 100 years.”  These centimes are conveyed in some late night debates in the media and in conversations on college campuses throughout the nation.  Come and engage with the SHU business faculty as they enter into the fray of the debate. Father Anthony Ciorra, Professors Kwamie Dunbar (Finance), Peter Maresco (Marketing & Sport Management), Lucjan Orlowski (Economics), Stephen Rubb (Economics)

September 30, 2014 | The Look for the Good Project | 7PM - TBA
Research shows that gratitude is a powerful tool in preventing bullying, addiction, and even suicide. This is why we want to help you focus on gratitude and become a Look for the Good Leader in your own community. Guest Speaker – Anne Kubitsky 

October 1, 2014 | Environmental Justice: Whose Water? Whose Food? | 2PM - University Commons
As the 21st century has seen the gap between the wealthy and the poor widening at an alarming rate, both in the US and throughout the world, the environmental impact of such economic disparity has resulted in a lack of easy access to fresh water for much of the world's population and in the creation of "food deserts" in many urban and economically challenged communities. This colloquium will examine these two aspects of environmental injustice and their wider implications. Professors June-Ann Greeley (Theology and Religious Studies) and Amanda Moras (Sociology)

October 6, 2014 | Tobacco Burn | 7PM - University Commons
Based on an oral history recorded by the W.P.A. Writers, TOBACCO BURN is set decades before the Civil War and tells the story about how the actions of a brutal overseer spark the fire of revolution on a tobacco farm. Directed by FTMA faculty member (and SHU Alum) Justin Liberman the film recently won the HBO AWARD for BEST SHORT FILM at the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival. In addition to Liberman, twelve other Sacred Heart University students worked on the film in capacities such as acting, costuming, set construction, camera operating, and set dressing. To date, the film has won these top honors: Cleveland International Film Festival – Best Student Film Gasparilla International Film Festival – Audience Award: Best Short Film Houston World Fest – Best Student Film Palm Beach Film Festival – Audience Award: Best Short Film Long Island Intl. Film Festival – Best Student Film USA Film Festival – Festival Prize – Short Format Columbia University Film Festival – Jury Honors and Student Selects. Professors Justin Liberman (Communication & Media Studies) and Anita August (English) 

October 8, 2014 | Creativity in the Workplace: Creative and Innovative Thinking: From the Classroom to the Board Room | 2PM - University Commons
This colloquium discusses the creative and innovative thinking abilities that you develop in the liberal arts and that you need to be successful in the world of work. Professors June Ann Greeley (Theology and Religious Studies), Jim Castonguay (Communication and Media Studies), Mary Treschitta (Art & Design), Anca Micu (Marketing and Sport Management), Kwamie Dunbar (Finance). Co-sponsored by the Fairfield County Cultural Alliance 

October 9, 2014 | “Working Fathers” | 7PM - University Commons
Guest speaker Scott Behson is a professor and popular blogger on issues facing working fathers. He will speak about how fathers today are juggling all the same work/family responsibilities that were once considered just "women's issues."   

October 15, 2014 | Pope Francis on Community and Inequality | 2PM - University Commons
Pope Francis has received a great deal of attention for his first papal exhortation, “Joy of the Gospel,” where he criticizes the damage done by unfettered capitalism and materialism. Some have deemed it bad economics or called him a Marxist. Meanwhile, Time magazine dubbed him its Person of the Year. The panel will analyze the text and talk about its political and social implications and what it could mean for the direction of the Church. Professors Steven Michels (Gov’t and Politics), Amanda Moras (Sociology), Andrew Pierce (Philosophy) 

October 20, 2014  | National Day on Writing - Dr. Brian McNely | 2PM - 3:15PM - University Commons
Dr. Brian McNely is Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies at the University of Kentucky. He teaches and researches professional and technical communication, research methods and methodologies, and object-oriented rhetorics. Dr. McNely often explores emerging writing technologies; he published early work on Twitter, Google Wave, Google Reader, and Instagram. These studies of how people use social media in professional and organizational contexts have been widely cited. 

October 20, 2014 | Meet Your Meat | 7PM - TBA
The inefficiencies of industrialized animal farming in America that result in profound animal abuse will be discussed.  Additionally, ethical arguments related to meat consumption will be explored. Professors June-Ann Greeley (Theology and Religious Studies) and Beau Greer (Exercise Science and Nutrition)  

October 22, 2014 | Life After Torture: Hope in a New World | University Commons
We welcome staff members from the International Institute of Connecticut who will help us understand the state of torture in the world today, the needs of survivors of torture who are seeking refuge in Connecticut, and ways in which we can all help.  In this interactive presentation, participants will have the opportunity to develop a sense of the challenges survivors experience as they seek to find hope in a new world. Moderator/Facilitator: Dr. John McTighe, Social Work 

October 22, 2014 | Hesburgh Lecture: Fighting for Global Health | Schine Auditorium
Guest speaker Dr. Mary Ann McDowell is an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame.  She will discuss how infectious diseases account for more than 13 million deaths annually worldwide, being responsible for one in every two deaths in developing nations. 

October 23, 2014 | Made in LA | 7PM - TBA
A screening and post-film discussion about the award-winning documentary (2007) that chronicles the journey of three Latina sweatshop seamstresses in LA as they struggled to secure their civil rights as workers. Professors June-Ann Greeley (Theology & Religious Studies), Pilar Munday (Foreign Languages & Cultures) 

October 29, 2014 | GMOs Frankenfood or The Future of Food | 2PM - 3:15PM - University Commons
Genetically engineering allows for the creation of patentable genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This panel discussion will address nutritional, environmental, economic, and ethical issues surrounding the use of GMOs in the U.S. food supply. Professors Beau Greer (Exercise Science and Nutrition), June-Ann Greeley (Theology and Religious Studies) 

October 29, 2014 | Zombies, Souls and Fear of the Flesh | 3:30PM - 4:45PM - TBA
"Why do zombies terrify us? Why are we so fascinated by them? In this colloquium, we will discuss that one way to think about why zombies have such enduring appeal is that they are us. They are not aliens or monsters or demons, they do not come from the "beyond"; zombies are us, but robbed of those qualities that we like to believe make us special in the animal kingdom. Zombies are us without thought, love, imagination, art, religion, hope, charity, etc. Zombies fascinate, disgust, and terrify us because we are afraid that maybe, just maybe, that is all we truly are. Maybe humans are just eating, defecating, meat-machines stumbling through the world. Maybe we are just this flesh, and the rest is an illusion. Horrifying." Professors Jesse Bailey (Philosophy) and Gordon Purves (Philosophy) 

October 29, 2014 | Discovering Your Positive Power to Prevent Bullying | 7PM - TBA
Our society has identified the damage bullying can have on the emotional and physical life of the victim. The next step is to discover the personal resiliency to confront bullying. Recognize your positive power to address bullying behavior directed towards you or others.  This extraordinary colloquium will integrate Dr. Gerry Neu talking about how to prevent bullying with the SHU 4 Park Harmony led by Dr. Michniewicz performing their anti-bullying concert. Professor Terry Neu (Education) and John Michniewicz (Director of Choral Programs) 

November 5, 2014 | The Truth About Suicide | 2PM - 3:15PM - University Commons
Representatives from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will show a very gripping film about suicide and college students.  Discussion will follow. 

November 12, 2014 | Cellblock Visions | 2PM - 3:15PM - University Commons
In this colloquium we will look at recent artwork made in prison—a  range of production from mainstream prison art, with its reliance on tattoo imagery, to prison folk arts like soap carving and toilet paper sculpture, to powerful drawings and paintings by outstanding individual artists, with quotes from men and women in institutions from county jail to death row. The works are candid and insightful about the artists’ lives, their art, and their imprisonment. Phyllis Kornfeld, author of Cellblock Visions: Prison Art in America, (Princeton University Press), has been conducting visual art programs with incarcerated men and women for thirty years.             

November 17, 2014 | International Education Week | 5PM - University Commons
Stacie Berdan is a seasoned global executive, an international careers expert and an award-winning author on how to succeed in the global marketplace. She will discuss developing a global mindset and launching an international career.  Specifically:

  • How going global is all about a mindset and steps you can take to become a global thinker
  • Why today’s workers need global skills to compete, whether at home or abroad
  • How job seekers can develop international qualifications and build a global resume
  • Why students should pursue a foreign language and study abroad 

November 19, 2014 | The Winds of Change | 2PM - 3:15PM - TBA
Guest Speaker - Beverly D’Onofrio believes that to change the world we must first change ourselves. How can we see God in our own setbacks and pain, and use these upsets as opportunities to grow. Great joy and great pain open up a liminal space where we can for a time look more easily at the world the way mystics do. She will speak about how being raped 8 years ago, ultimately imbued her every day with the sacred, which is to say, with significance and meaning.  

December 3, 2014 | Poverty Has a Woman’s Face | 2PM - 3:15PM - University Commons
This colloquium will explore the systemic causes and effects of world poverty as well as poverty in the US and the social, political, and cultural implications of the fact that women constitute 75% of the world's poor.  The colloquium will also offer some potential strategies that women globally have developed to combat the dire effects of poverty. Professors Colleen Butler-Sweet (Sociology), June-Ann Greeley (Theology & Religious Studies), Alka Jauhari (Government, Politics & Global Studies)

Past Events

August 27, 2014 | New Student Convocation2PM - William Pitt Center