Calendar of Events

Spring 2015 Colloquia Series

April 8, 2015 | Breaking the Silence | 2PM - 3:15PM - TBD
In the late hours of March 27, 2009, a young woman is kidnapped, repeatedly raped, and left to die in the woods after being asked by a coworker for a ride home. Her fiancée, unaware, sleeps at their home and wakes to the aftermath of the nightmare she endured the evening before.  Her survival that night and the days/months after are a testament to her strength and will to continue living, not as a victim, but as a woman, an advocate, a spouse, and a mother. Come hear their story.  You are encouraged to ask questions and engage in a free flowing discussion. Hear their story of survival, healing, and hope. Guest Speakers – Amy Chambers and David David (On behalf of the Post Traumatic Stress Center New Haven, CT) 

April 15, 2015 | Poverty Has a Woman’s Face | 2PM - 3:15PM - TBD
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) 

April 15, 2015 | Capital in the 21st Century: Reflections and Responses to the bestselling work by Thomas Piketty | 2PM - 3:15PM - TBD
The Hersher Institute of Ethics presents a panel discussion: Professors Khawaja Mamun (Finance and Economics), Lucjan Orlowski (Economics), Stephen Rubb (Economics), Jennifer Trudeau (Economics)

April 16, 2015 | International Holocaust Remembrance Day | 2:30PM - TBD
2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII.  It is also the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the notorious concentration camp Auschwitz and the world's first glimpse into the horrors of the Holocaust.  This colloquium will present first-person accounts of survivors of the Holocaust as well as the reports of the first liberators of the concentration camps. It is a testimony to the human capacity not only to endure, but to prevail, over evil and suffering. Professors Cara Erdheim (English), June-Ann Greeley (Theology and Religious Studies), Devra Jaffe-Berkowitz (Theology and Religious Studies), Janice Kessler (Counseling Center)

April 16, 2015 | Returning To the Classroom with PTSD | 7PM - Schine Auditorium
An overview will be given of what PTSD is and how it affects a person. We will hear from several veterans and their unique situations in the Marine Corps and how they are overcoming PTSD.  Discussion to follow. Guest Speaker: Thomas Burke   

April 22, 2015 | The Truth About Suicide | 2PM - 3:15PM - TBD
Representatives from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will show a very gripping film about suicide and college students.  Discussion will follow. 

April 28, 2015 | Trial of God | 7PM - Edgerton Theatre
Students and faculty read from the play "The Trial of God" by Nobel Peace-Prize winner Elie Wiesel.  The play explores a fundamental moral dilemma: Given the reality of evil in the world, where is God when innocent people suffer? The performance will be followed by an audience conversation and a juried vote: Is God to be found guilty of allowing evil to flourish? Professors June-Ann Greeley (Theology/Religious Studies), Joseph Nagy (English) 

April 29, 2015 | The Winds of Change | 2PM - 3:15PM - University Commons
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.

Past Events

January 22, 2015 | Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration and Reflection | 10AM - University Commons
Guest Speaker, Professor John K. Pierre, Vice Chancellor at Southern University Law Center. Sponsored by the Office of Volunteer Programs and Service Learning, United Campus Alliance, University College, Isabelle Farrington College of Education, John F. Welch College of Business, College of Health Professions and College of Arts and Sciences

February 4, 2015 | Ivory Tower | 2PM - 3:15PM - Schine Auditorium
"As tuition rates spiral beyond reach and student loan debt passes $1 trillion (more than credit card debt), IVORY TOWER asks: Is college worth the cost?  From the halls of Harvard, to public colleges in financial crisis, to Silicon Valley, filmmaker Andrew Rossi assembles an urgent portrait of a great American institution at the breaking point. Dean Jim Carl (Farrington College of Education), Professors June-Ann Greeley (Theology and Religious Studies), Lesley DeNardis (Gov’t Politics & Global Studies) 

February 11, 2015 | The ‘SHOW’ Must Go On, and it Does! | 2PM - 3:15PM - TBD
A group of friends gathered for dinner.  During the course of the evening the many layers of their life journey are revealed forming a powerful tapestry of suffering and survival, courage and hope, and victimization and triumph. The SHOW (Social Healing of Wounds) Program is a collaborative work between the Post Traumatic Stress Center (PTSC), New Haven, CT and clients who engaged in trauma – centered therapy at the center and elected to pursue advocacy work. Guest Speakers:  David Johnson, Ph.D., and Hadar Lubin, M.D. Post Traumatic Stress Center 

February 11, 2015 | Interfaith Gathering: Unity and Peace Through Music | 6PM - 7PM - University Commons
We invite you to be part of the conversation among Jews, Christians and Muslims.  Feel free to attend either or both sessions. Dr. June-Ann Greeley, Mr. Yusuf Ziya Gurtas, Rabbi Suri Krieger

February 11, 2015 | Interfaith Gathering: Love and Dialogue through Literature | 7:25PM - 8:25PM - University Commons
We invite you to be part of the conversation among Jews, Christians and Muslims.  Feel free to attend either or both sessions. Professor Marie Hulme, Rabbi Marcelo Kormis, Mr. Hakan Yesilova

February 18, 2015 | A Critical Examination of the Brown and Garner Cases | 2PM - 3:15PM - University Commons
The Brown and Garner cases have sparked discussions throughout the United States on issues including racism, police brutality, and grand jury reform.  Criminal Justice and Social Work faculty will present the facts from Criminal Justice and Social Justice perspectives and will facilitate a discussion with students and faculty. Professors Bronwyn Cross-Denny (Social Work), James McCabe (Criminal Justice), John McTighe (Social Work) 

February 18, 2015 | Broken Badge | 3:30PM - 4:45PM - Univeristy Commons
As the biggest police department in the country, the NYPD has been at the center of hundreds of films and television shows. By using FTMA Professor Justin Liberman's latest film, 'Broken Badge', Criminal Justice Department professors Dr. James McCabe and Dr. Patrick Morris will join Professor Liberman to examine the rich tradition of the "NYPD Cop Film". Professors James McCabe (Criminal Justice), Patrick Morris (Criminal Justice) and Justin Liberman (FTMA) 

February 25, 2015 | Restorative Justice: Restoring Justice and Restoring Peace | 2PM - 3:15PM - University Commons
In the wake of the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and New York City Police Officers questions again have arisen about racial inequality, social discrimination, and cultural division in the US.  This colloquium features invited guest Carleton Giles, Chairman of the Connecticut Board of Pardons and Paroles. Mr. Giles is a retired police officer who served thirty-three years with the Norwalk Department of Police Service, spending several years assigned to the department’s youth division, where he was responsible for investigating improper conduct and criminal activity against children.  We will discuss those incidents in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City in terms of the restorative model of justice that seeks to assert accountability but also to heal the wounded humanity of victims and the community. Guest speaker: Carleton Giles, Chairman of the Connecticut Board of Pardons and Paroles. Professors June-Ann Greeley (Theology/Religious Studies) and Stephane Kirven (Criminal Justice) 

February 25, 2015 | Young Cancer Survivor Panel: 15-40 Connection | 3:30PM - 4:45PM - University Commons
If you have never that about what cancer symptoms can feel or look like, you’re not alone.  But being able to spot the first warning signs of cancer can dramatically increase your chance of survival.  Teens and young adults are diagnosed with cancer nearly five times more frequently than young children.  However, cancer survival rates for this demographic have not seen an improvement since 1975. Join 15-40 Connection and discuss the reasons behind this startling statistic.  Hear from young adult cancer survivors who offer a unique perspective on how we can improve survival rates through early detection.  And discover how you are the key in changing the cancer conversation and saving lives. Presented by the Nursing Department and the Connecticut Student Nurses’ Association 

March 11, 2015 | Raising Awareness of Problem Gambling | 2PM - 3:15PM - University Commons
March is National Gambling Awareness Month and Social Work program was awarded a mini grant from the CT Council on Problem Gambling for building awareness about problem gambling on the college campus.  Youth and adolescents are the most at risk for gambling problems.  This colloquia is sponsored by the CT Council of Problem Gambling to educate college students about the risks of gambling. Guest Speaker: Liz McCall, Prevention Educator, Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling. Co-sponsored by CT Council on Problem Gambling and the Social Work Club

March 11, 2015 | Death and Dying with Dignity | 3:30PM - 4:45PM - University Commons
What does it mean to be human?  Life at all stages is valued, and this colloquium will be discussing the topic of the last stage of life, death.  Dying with dignity is a right that all human beings deserve and it is something most of us feel uncomfortable talking about.  This session will answer these questions we might have and hopefully bring to light some topics surround this issue that are typically left in the dark. Guest Speaker: Mr. Alexander Basile (chairman of Religion Department at Kellenberg Memorial High School on Long Island) 

March 14, 2015 | Indomitable Spirit in Activists and the Archetype of Artemis: Sacred Heart University | 2PM - Schine Auditorium
The archetype of Artemis was liberated by the women’s movement.  It is the archetype in women with an innate sense of social justice, equality with men and sisterhood with women.  Like Artemis the Goddess of the Hunt and Moon, whose realm was the wilderness and symbol was the Mother Bear, this archetype enables women to focus on targets of their own choosing, to be protective of girls and the environment, and have a spiritual connection with Nature, Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD is an internationally known speaker and author of thirteen books, include The Millionth Circle, Goddesses is Everywoman, Urgent Message From Mother and Artemis:  The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman. Guest Speaker: Dr. Jean Bolen. Co-sponsored: University College, Woman’s Studies, Woman’s Perspective 

March 18, 2015 | Founder’s Day 

March 25, 2015 | A Real Life Milgram Experiment - The Strip-Search Scam | 2PM - 3:15PM - 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 June-Ann Greeley (Theology/Religious Studies), Amanda Moras (Sociology), Pat Morris (Criminal Justice), and Christina Taylor (Psychology) 

March 26, 2015 | Tunnel of Oppression | TBD - University Commons
The Human Journey Colloquia Series is happy to support a power and privilege diversity awareness event sponsored by the Residential Life Diversity Committee – Advocacy, Awareness and Action Committee (A3C).