Calendar of Events

Spring 2016 Colloquia Series

January 27, 2016 | #SexatSHU – Was it good for you? | 2PM - 3:15PM - University Commons
Explore the ways college men and women experience the hook-up culture differently. Professors Colleen Butler-Sweet (Sociology), Amanda Moras (Sociology), and Marlon Ramnanan from the Center for Family Justice

February 3, 2016 | Compliance: A Film about a Real-Life Milgram Experiment | 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), Professor Patrick Morris (Criminal Justice) and Christina Taylor (Psychology) 

February 10, 2016 | A Lenten Pilgrimage:  The Art and Architecture of the Roman Stational Liturgy | 2PM - 3:15PM - Schine Auditorium
Come take a visual pilgrimage of the Lenten Station Churches of Rome.  We will discuss the history and theological significance of this ancient pilgrimage, which dates back to the late second century and takes place to this day in the Eternal City. This practice involves a daily procession to celebrate the Mass at a particular church for each of the forty days of Lent. We will tour the artistic highlights that the station churches have to offer, from the wood carved doors of Santa Sabina, where our journey begins, to the mosaics of Saint Mary Major, the very last of the Station churches. Guest Speaker:  Amy Manoni 

February 16, 2016 | Jewish, Christian, Muslim Conversation: Sacred Texts that Unite and Divide | 7PM - 8:30PM - Schine Auditorium
Panelists: Dr. Ayse Kubra Coskun, Research Scientist at Yale University Medical School, Rabbi Herbert Brockman, Congregation Miskan Israel and Lecturer at Yale Divinity School, Dr. Halim Calis, Dean, Respect Graduate School  for Islamic Studies, Fr. Anthony Ciorra, Professor of Theology, Catholic Studies and Associate VP For Mission at Sacred Heart University 

February 17, 2016 | The Value of a Liberal Arts and Great Books Education | 2PM - 3:15PM  - University Commons
Dr. Montas, an advocate and leader of a liberal arts and Great Books college education, will discuss the meaning and value of the liberal arts today. Guest speaker: Roosevelt Montas, Associate Dean for the Core Curriculum at Columbia University 

February 17, 2016 | Dying to Live | 3:30PM - 4:45PM - University Commons
“Dying to Live” is a profound look at the human face of the migrant.  It explores who these people are, why they leave their homes and what they face in their journey. The film explores the places of conflict, pain and hope along the US-Mexico border. It is a reflection on the human struggle for a more dignified life and the search to find God in the midst of it all. Professor Charlotte Gradie (History)

February 24, 2016 | Blurred Lines? Love, Respect & Healthy Relationships | 2PM - 3:15PM - University Commons
This colloquia will explore and proactively raise awareness of healthy relationship behaviors, how to identify unhealthy and abusive patterns while also identifying implications for dating in college. Co-sponsored by:  The IX Office, Culture of Respect Committee, with special thanks to the Offices of Academic Affairs, Public Safety and the Counseling Center.

February 24, 2016 | The Hunting Ground | 3:30PM - 4:45PM - University Commons
The Hunting Ground presents multiple students who were sexually assaulted at their college campuses, and that college administrators either ignored or required them to navigate a complex academic bureaucracy to have their claims addressed. The film implies that many college officials were more concerned with minimizing rape statistics for their universities than with the welfare of the students, and contains interviews with college administrators who state they were pressured into suppressing rape cases. As well as talking to women who state they were victims of both rapists and unsympathetic university officials, the filmmakers interviewed students, parents, and administrators. The Hunting Ground also includes a conversation with a former Notre Dame police officer who criticized how rape cases were handled at that institution. The officer spoke of a case where he was not allowed to question a student accused of rape, a Notre Dame football player, at any time that student was on athletic department property. Professors June-Ann Greeley (Theology and Religious Studies), Amanda Moras (Sociology) and Leonora Campbell (Title IX Coordinator) 

March 2, 2016 | #sexatSHU – Liquid Courage | 2PM - 3:15PM - University Commons
The relationship between sex, drugs, and drinking in college will be discussed. Panel discussion moderated by Jocelyn Novella (Counseling Center), Janice Kessler (MSW) and s.w.e.e.t. peer educators                                                    

March 15, 2016 | Religion and Spirituality | 7PM - 8:30PM - Schine Auditorium
Father Anthony Ciorra 

March 16, 2016 | The True Cost of Clothing | 2PM - 3:15PM - University Commons
The documentary “The True Cost” chronicles the systemic issues that have become evident locally, nationally and globally with the rise of the “fast fashion” culture in the United States, Canada and western Europe: the film explores the economic, political, social, environmental, ethical and psychological fallout that has occurred with the increased availability of cheap ‘fashion’ amid a ramped-up consumerist culture. This colloquium will be a discussion about the documentary and the implications if its content as well as a forum for possible remedies of the problems. Professors David Bloom (Marketing), Susan Gannon (Psychology, June-Ann Greeley (Theology and Religious Studies)

March 16, 2016 | The Hunting Ground | 7PM - 9PM - TBA
The Hunting Ground presents multiple students who were sexually assaulted at their college campuses, and that college administrators either ignored or required them to navigate a complex academic bureaucracy to have their claims addressed. The film implies that many college officials were more concerned with minimizing rape statistics for their universities than with the welfare of the students, and contains interviews with college administrators who state they were pressured into suppressing rape cases. As well as talking to women who state they were victims of both rapists and unsympathetic university officials, the filmmakers interviewed students, parents, and administrators. The Hunting Ground also includes a conversation with a former Notre Dame police officer who criticized how rape cases were handled at that institution. The officer spoke of a case where he was not allowed to question a student accused of rape, a Notre Dame football player, at any time that student was on athletic department property. Professors June-Ann Greeley (Theology and Religious Studies), Amanda Moras (Sociology) and Leonora Campbell (Title IX Coordinator) 

March 23, 2016 | Founder’s Day 

March 23, 2016 | My So-Called Enemy | 2PM - 3:15PM - Schine Auditorium
Spanning seven years, the award-winning "My So-Called Enemy" follows six Palestinian and Israeli teenage girls who participated in a cross-cultural leadership program. The film documents how the transformative experience of knowing their "enemies" as human beings meets with the realities of their lives back home in the Middle East. Through their coming-of-age narratives, audiences see how creating relationships across emotional, ideological, religious and physical borders are first steps towards resolving conflict. Professor June-Ann Greeley (Theology and Religious Studies)          

March 30, 2016 | Frankenfood | 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) and Professor Kirk Bartholomew (Biology)

March 30, 2016 | The Value of Service | 3:30PM - 4:45PM - University Commons
Guest Speaker: Mr. Al Barber – President of Catholic Charities discusses the importance of service in the community. Co-sponsored by Volunteer Programs 

April 6, 2016 | On Being the Church You Want To See | 2PM - 3:15PM - Schine Auditorium
Come hear this vibrant, dynamic Catholic Lay Leader tell her story about how to be an effective leader and create positive social change. Guest Speaker: Kerry Robinson is the executive director of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management that is dedicated to promoting excellence and best practices in the management, finances and human resource development of the Catholic Church in the U.S. Kerry is a member of the Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities in Wilmington, Delaware and FADICA (Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities) in Washington, D.C. She is the prize winning author of Imagining Abundance: Fundraising, Philanthropy and a Spiritual Call to Service and is the founding editor of The Catholic Funding Guide: A Directory of Resources for Catholic Activities. Kerry served as the director of development for Saint Thomas More Catholic Chapel and Center at Yale University and led a successful $75 million dollar fundraising drive to expand and endow the Chapel’s intellectual and spiritual ministry and to construct a Catholic student center, designed by Cesar Pelli, on Yale’s campus. 

April 6, 2016 | Thomas Merton:  20th Century Spiritual Master | 3:30PM - 4:45PM - Schine Auditorium
Father Ciorra, Associate Vice President of Mission and Catholic Identity discusses the life and work of Thomas Merton, spiritual leader of the 20th century. 

April 13, 2016 | The Rise of Christianity Illustrated by the Architecture of Rome | 2PM - 3:15PM - University Commons
This presentation takes the student on a journey from the Catacombs, far outside the walls of Rome, to the first public Christian Church, the Lateran Basilica, just within the city limits, all the way to the Church of Cosmas and Damian, which occupies an address on the Via Sacra in the heart of the city. This visual Church history lesson will include a discussion of the symbolic art of the catacombs, a comparison of the new Christian worship space of the basilica with other worship spaces of the period, and an examination of the significance of the historical events that these sacred places bear witness to. Guest speaker: Amy Manoni 

April 20, 2016 | Here: One Small Blue State’s Struggle with Immigration | 2PM - 3:15PM - Schine Auditorium
In this documentary film, key players and witnesses describe the often shocking events which propelled Connecticut into the national debate on immigration. Their personal stories from the local struggle for justice are set in the context of immigration reform-- sure to be a hot topic in the upcoming presidential election-- and the international economic and political forces propelling people across borders even at the peril of death. Guest Speaker: Jamie Almodovar 

April 20, 2016 | The Hunting Ground | 3:30PM - 4:45PM - Schine Auditorium
The Hunting Ground presents multiple students who were sexually assaulted at their college campuses, and that college administrators either ignored or required them to navigate a complex academic bureaucracy to have their claims addressed. The film implies that many college officials were more concerned with minimizing rape statistics for their universities than with the welfare of the students, and contains interviews with college administrators who state they were pressured into suppressing rape cases. As well as talking to women who state they were victims of both rapists and unsympathetic university officials, the filmmakers interviewed students, parents, and administrators. The Hunting Ground also includes a conversation with a former Notre Dame police officer who criticized how rape cases were handled at that institution. The officer spoke of a case where he was not allowed to question a student accused of rape, a Notre Dame football player, at any time that student was on athletic department property. Professors June-Ann Greeley (Theology and Religious Studies), Amanda Moras (Sociology) and Leonora Campbell (Title IX Coordinator)

April 27, 2016 | Body Wars or Body Peace? | 1:45PM - 3:15PM - University Commons
This colloquium will provide an initial overview of eating disorders on college campuses today, as well as a description of the risk factors and symptom constellations, including subclinical eating disorders and others that are less recognized. Participants will closely examine our cultures’ attitudes toward men and women’s bodies and, hopefully, will begin to revise their own concepts regarding the importance of physical appearance in their lives. Participants will also come to understand how difficult the addictions to dieting, exercise, and food can be due to the powerful cultural support of these behaviors. The audience will learn about the misguided information promulgated by the war on obesity and the diet industry, the real research on the connections between weight and health parameters, the limitations of the BMI as a predictor of health, and the new Health at Every Size paradigm. Hopefully, this will launch an ongoing discussion of eating disorders and related problems on campus and how to create a body-friendly and health-promoting environment for all students, male or female, all ethnicities, races, religions, and gender choices. Guest speaker: Dr. Margo Maine cofounder of the Maine & Weinstein Specialty Group, is a clinical psychologist who has specialized in eating disorders and related issues for over 30 years. Author of: Treatment of Eating Disorders: Bridging the Research- Practice Gap, co-edited with Beth McGilley and Doug Bunnell (Elsevier,2010); Effective Clinical Practice in the Treatment of Eating Disorders: The Heart of the Matter, co-edited with William Davis and Jane Shure (Routledge , 2009); The Body Myth: Adult Women and the Pressure to Be Perfect (with Joe Kelly, John Wiley, 2005); Father Hunger: Fathers, Daughters and the Pursuit of Thinness (Gurze, 2004); and Body Wars: Making Peace With Women’s Bodies (Gurze, 2000), she is a senior editor of Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention. Her next book, Pursuing Perfection, is scheduled for publication in May, 2016. 

April 27, 2016 | Young Cancer Survivor Panel: 15-40 Connection | 3:30PM - 4:45PM - University Commons
If you have never thought 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. Let's talk about symptoms so people know when to act and are diagnosed sooner when cancer is easier to treat and the chances of survival are much greater. Join 15-40 Connection and start a New Cancer Conversation at Sacred Heart University. 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- your best chance is YOU! Presented by the Nursing Department and the Connecticut Student Nurses’ Association

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