Calendar of Events

Fall 2017 Colloquia Series

November 29, 2017 | Saints and Social Media 2PM - University Commons
In an age increasingly digested and defined by social media, it becomes increasingly difficult to sustain personal values that might run counter to the popular norm. This colloquium offers examples of individuals who defied convention and remained true to their beliefs, even at great cost to themselves. Professors June-Ann Greeley (Theology & Religious Studies, Catholic Studies) Joan Kelly (Catholic Studies), Caitlin Merritt (Catholic Studies) and Joe Fitzpatrick (Catholic Studies)

November 29, 2017 | Power of the Image | 3:30PM - University Commons
This colloquium features internationally known photographer Richard Falco presenting extraordinary images and stories from four continents and thirty five countries that document social and political issues such as health care, poverty, incarceration, the World Trade Disaster.  This is a colloquium not to be missed. Professor Richard Falco (Communication and Media Arts)

December 6, 2017 | Ways to Improve Your Financial Literacy | 2PM - Schine Auditorium
People who are more financially literate are better equipped to make decisions regarding their budget, saving, borrowing habits, how to handle debt and retirement plans. Guest Speaker - Attorney Leslie Tayne will cover how to better understand your student loan debt and why it’s important to start building credit as a student.

December 6, 2017 | Luther the Catholic | 7PM - Martire Forum
Guest Speaker – Peter Stanford – English Roman Catholic writer, biographer, editor and columnist.

Previous Events

August 30, 2017 | New Student Convocation | 2:30PM - William Pitt Center

September 11, 2017 | Mass of the Holy Spirit | 2PM - Chapel

September 12, 2017 | As the waters rise: The Science and Human Consequences of Climate Change, Spotlight Hurricane Harvey | 2PM - Martire Center Media Theatre
A presentation on the science of climate change, its impact on human society and the environment and strategies for managing the ‘new normal.’ Professors June-Ann Greeley (Theology and Religious Studies) and LaTina Steele (Biology), Devon McCormick (Campus Ministry) and student Courtney Paccione (Green SHU's Student Club)

September 20, 2017 | Constitution Day | 2PM - University Commons
Guest Speaker – Thomas Healy, J.D.“Who’s Afraid of Free Speech?”

September 26, 2017 | Psychology and Psychotherapy in Cuba Today! A Talk with A Cuban Psychologist | 7PM - Schine Auditorium
Guest Speaker Dr. Alexis Lorenzo Ruiz, Professor, Havana University and President of The Cuban Society of Psychology, will talk about Psychological Treatment and the current status of Psychology in Cuba. Professor Pilar Munday will assist with translation. Co-Sponsored by the SHU Chapter of Psi Chi – The International Honor Society in Psychology 

September 27, 2017 | The Practical Value of the Liberal Arts in Work, Life, and Citizenship | 2PM - Martire Center Media Theatre
Despite the mistaken notion that a liberal arts education is optional and principally for elites to use as cultural polish after work, evidence suggests that a college graduate could find no better practical preparation for the contemporary workplace. What turns out to be good preparation for the modern fast-changing, volatile, entrepreneurial work place is also good preparation for a person’s ability to cultivate a meaningful personal life. Completing the triple bottom line benefits, a liberal arts education turns out to be an essential component of learning how to be an informed, participatory, and responsible local and global citizen. Guest Speaker – Caryn McTighe Musil Senior Scholar, Association of American Colleges and Universities. Caryn McTighe Musil is Senior Scholar and Director of Civic Learning and Democracy Initiatives at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Washington, DC, where she had earlier served as Senior Vice President of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Global Initiatives for fourteen years.  She has special institutional expertise in curriculum transformation, faculty development, and assessment with extensive experience in integrating knowledge about global, civic, and U.S. diversity within higher education.

September 28, 2017 | A Comedy of Errors:  Our World Today | 8PM - The Little Theatre

October 4, 2017 | Night Call: Embracing Compassion and Hope in a Troubled World | 7PM - Martire Forum
Guest Speaker: Robert Wicks – renowned author, speaker, spiritual mentor and psychologist.

October 11, 2017 | Mental Health, Social Support and Extremist Groups | CANCELLED
Social support is a critical determinant of good mental health, however, the stigma of mental illness pervades. This stigma often leads people with mental illness into isolation or inhibits treatment seeking behavior. Cases of extremist groups capitalizing on isolated and untreated individuals is on the rise. Join us for an interactive workshop whereby students will engage with each other as well as faculty from various disciplines in learning about what mental illness is, how to help erase societal stigma and share ideas about giving social support to those in need. Christina Gunther (Director, Global Health Programs & Health Science Program) and Professor Lisa Smith (Psychology)

October 11, 2017 | The Milgram Experiment: The Ordinariness of Evil | 3:30PM - University Commons
The controversial film, Compliance tells the real life story of how strip-search scams were perpetrated in fast food restaurants throughout the United States. In over 60 restaurants female employees were subjected to strip search and degrading acts. Clips of the film will be shown and discussed and analyzed from psychological, sociological, criminological, and theological perspectives. Professors Ruth Grant (Psychology), June-Ann Greeley (Theology, Religious Studies & Catholic Studies) and Christina Taylor (Psychology)

October 11, 2017 | “The Challenges of Peacebuilding in a World of Violence” Hesburgh Lecture Series | 7PM - Martire Forum
Many of us are concerned and often confused by the terrorism and violence of our era. In this lecture, Lopez will discuss how we can move from feeling paralyzed and overwhelmed by such violence to understanding it more fully. Then we can find pathways to play a small or even larger role in the peacebuilding a very bruised and battered world needs. Guest Speaker: Dr. George Lopez is one of the world’s ranking experts on economic sanctions, peacebuilding, the United Nations and various peace related issues. He is the Hesburgh Professor of Peace Studies Emeritus at the Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame.

October 18, 2017 | Our Journey to Guatemala's Past and Present | 2PM - University Commons
The presentation will include a film on the Guatemalan civil war and comments by members of the 2017 Guatemala delegation on the people and living conditions at the Finca Florencia in southern Guatemala. Professor Charlotte Gradie (History) and student Julianna Morrone

October 18, 2017 | A Jesuit Journal in the 21st Century | 3:30PM - University Commons
America was founded in 1909 by a group of ambitious editors who believed a "Catholic review of the week" was the best way to bring the church in conversation with the world. How does a Jesuit journal in the 21st century stay faithful to that mission while speaking to a radically different audience? Guest Speaker: Tim Reidy - is the executive editor of America, the Jesuit review of arts and culture. He has been at America since 2006. He has also worked as an associate editor at Commonweal and a staff writer for the Hartford Courant. His writing also has appeared in the New York Times, the New Republic and the Columbia Journalism review.

October 18, 2017 | Unspoken LGBTQ* Stories here in the SHUniverse 3:30PM - Martire Theatre
The goal of this colloquium is to share the stories of students and faculty who want to bring a greater understanding and acceptance of the LGBTQ* experience to the SHU community. This is a panel-styled event is featuring two SHU students and two SHU faculty/staff all of whom are willing to share their stories about being LGBTQ* or being influenced by an LGBTQ* individual in their life. Come join to help continue the dialogue to empower all individuals on SHUCampus to be themselves.

October 18, 2017 | Henri Nouwen Lecture in Contemporary Spirituality | 7PM - Martire Forum
Guest Speaker: Christopher DeBono 

October 24, 2017 | Ivory Ella | 6:15PM - Schine Auditorium
This colloquia is about Save The Elephants organization and what they do to stop the ivory trade. Guest speakers Bernard Lekaura Lesirin and Resson Kantai Duff will speak on the importance of conservation and empowering women through education respectively. 

October 25, 2017 | What Will the Church of the Future Look Like? Pope Francis Wants to Hear from YOU! | 2PM - Schine Auditorium
Pope Francis has called a Synod for 2018 on youth in the church. In conjunction with this, the Vatican has circulated a survey asking young people about their experiences of the church and hopes for the future. This town-hall style Colloquium will feature an introduction to the synod and why it is important. Professor Daniel Rober (Catholic Studies) and Devon McCormick (Campus Ministry), and a panel of SHU students with pre-prepared remarks followed by YOUR chance to voice your thoughts on the Synod and what ought to happen there. We will write down and collect what is said so that it can be represented at the Synod itself.

October 25, 2017 | The Dynamics of the Second Nuclear Age: Technologies, Politics, and Leadership | 3:30PM - Schine Auditorium
North Korea’s recent atomic bomb and missiles tests is part of a large change in international order, as nine countries in the world now have usable bombs. This looks to be the emerging structure of the international system, with immense consequences for global stability, humanity, arms control, and U.S. foreign policy. These issues will be described and analyzed in this talk. Guest speaker: Dr. Paul Bracken 

November 1, 2017 | Success and Happiness | CANCELLED
Professors Ruth Grant (Psychology) and Ralph Lim (Finance) 

November 8, 2017 | Kristallnacht Commemoration 2PM - Chapel of the Holy Spirit
Remembering the Holocaust and its lessons for the twenty-first century.

November 8, 2017 | “Jane Doe No More” | 3:30PM - University Commons
Survivor Donna Palomba relays details of her complex case that led to the capture of a sexual predator leading a double life. Her 14 year long journey for justice led to a Dateline NBC two-hour prime time show that aired in April of 2007. Palomba will go into detail about all aspects of the crime involving a home invasion and sexual assault committed in Waterbury, CT. In 2007, Palomba went on to form Jane Doe No More, a 501c3 charity and spearheaded a CT bill removing the statute of limitations on sexual assault cases involving DNA evidence. In 2010, Jane Doe No More produced an 8-minute training video titled ‘Duty Trumps Doubt’ with directors from Law & Order and Emmy award winning filmmakers. Duty Trumps Doubt reminds first responders -- police officers, EMTs and other law enforcement personnel -- that each sexual assault victim will respond in an individual way. The video featuring survivors and law enforcement will be shown during the presentation and is available online. Guest speaker Donna Palomba 

November 15, 2017 | The Soul of Man | 2PM - University Commons
Guest Speaker: Joel Nsadha will present/discuss his ongoing photography project, a black and white portrait series which seeks to capture our shared humanity and dignity

November 15, 2017 | Interfaith Thanksgiving 2PM - Chapel of the Holy Spirit 

November 21, 2017 | Meet Your Meat | 2PM - University Commons
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 & Religious Studies and Catholic Studies) and Beau Greer (Exercise Science and Nutrition)