Noted religious leader, attorney and author Sister Simone Campbell will be the keynote speaker at the 20th anniversary celebration of the Doerr Center for Social Justice Education and Research at Saint Louis University at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the Wool Ballroom at SLU’s Busch Student Center, located at Grand Boulevard and Laclede Avenue.
Campbell, executive director of the social advocacy group NETWORK, will discuss “Reweaving the Fabric of Our Society: Seeds of Hope in Challenging Times.”
The Emmett J. and Mary Martha Doerr Center for Social Justice Education and Research was founded in 1996 to educate social work students and the SLU community on social justice issues and practices, and to promote social justice research.
Donald Linhorst, Ph.D., director of the School of Social Work, says Campbell joins a long line of noted speakers who have shared their passion for social justice and the important issues of the day with the SLU community.
“These Social Justice Night presentations help us focus on important social issues, provide examples of how to do real social justice work, and inspire us to become involved in social action both professionally and personally,” Linhorst said.
Parking is available in the university garage at Grand and Laclede. For more information, contact Amelia Blanton in the School of Social Work at (314) 977-2722 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Speaker:
With extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change, Campbell lobbies in Washington, D.C. on issues that help “mend the gaps” in income and wealth in the U.S., specifically on how they disproportionately affect people of color and women.
During the 2010 congressional debate about healthcare reform, Campbell wrote the famous “nuns’ letter” supporting the reform bill and got 59 leaders of Catholic sisters to sign on. This action was cited by many as critically important in passing the Affordable Care Act.
In 2012, she was also instrumental in organizing the “Nuns on the Bus” tour of nine states to oppose the “Ryan Budget” approved by the House of Representatives. The tour received an avalanche of attention across the nation from religious communities, elected officials and the media. Since then she has led multiple “Nuns on the Bus” trips, including stops in Jefferson City and St. Louis, Missouri. The tours focus on economic justice, comprehensive immigration reform, voter turnout and, most recently, bridging divides in politics and society. The group also produced a popular music video, “Nuns on the Bus.”
Campbell has often been featured in the national and international media, including appearances on 60 Minutes, The Colbert Report and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She is also the author of A Nun on the Bus: How All of Us Can Create Hope, Change and Community. Learn more about Sister Simone Campbell.