Social Justice Night
Each fall since the year 2000, the Center has celebrated the Jesuit mission for social justice with an annual Social Justice Night, a free event for students, faculty, staff and the general public. The evening generally begins with gathering and networking opportunities, highlighting related student groups and local peace and justice organizations that attend with information about their work. The program features a keynote speaker or panel addressing a current social justice issue. The theme changes from year to year. The following sampling of past events indicates the breadth of topics. ______________________________________________________________________________________
Social Justice Night 2009
Following the Martyrs on the Road to Peace and Justice. More than 250 people attended this signature event of Saint Louis University's week-long Teach-In commemorating the twentieth anniversary of the murders of six Jesuits, their housekeeper and her daughter at the University of Central America by the Salvadoran military in 1989. Keynote speaker, Fr. John Dear, SJ, shared his reflections on the time he spent with the Salvadoran martyrs and how each one of us can become prophets of peace and justice in contemporary times. Two local peace and justice activists, Dr. Jim Allen and Sr. Mary Ann McGivern, also shared their personal stories in struggles for social justice. ______________________________________________________________________________________ Social Justice Night 2008
Global Challenges - Local Actions. Keynote speaker Sarah Anderson, Director of the Global Economy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC., spoke about her vision of a just and sustainable world. She then engaged the audience in a lively question and answer session. This was followed by break-out workshops featuring local initiatives involving advocacy for immigrants, combating human trafficking, and promoting community based food sourcing.
Social Justice Night 2007
Femicide at Our U.S. Border:To Be a Woman in Juarez is a Death Sentence. The keynote Speaker was Barbara Martinez Jitner, a Latina Film Maker who works with Amnesty International to advocate for justice for victims of the more than 400 murders and disappearances of women factory workers in the border town of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Her address was followed by Joan Suarez of the Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates presenting on "Bringing the Case Home." The program included seventeen exhibitors representing local organizations involved in human rights and social justice activities.
Social Justice Night 2003
Social Justice Work: Seeking Peace, Healing, and Reconciliation at Home and Abroad. Five panelists presented on their work with refugees and immigrants in the U.S. and abroad. Panelists included three School of Social Work alums, one of whom worked with refugees in a Pakistani refugee camp, another with Haitian immigrants in Florida and one who conducted research on reconciliation in Rwanda after the 1994 genocide. More than twenty exhibitors represented community agencies and Saint Louis University human rights organizations.