All events are sponsored by the James Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive (CLASA), co-sponsored by the Hispanic American Student Association (HASA) and Gesu Peace and Justice Committee. CLASA appreciates support from Detroit Mercy and the Jesuit Community at Detroit Mercy. Programs are free and open to the public, and are held at Detroit Mercy's McNichols Campus (at Livernois). For more information, call CLASA Director Gail Presbey, 313-993-1124 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every year CLASA sponsors an amazing amount of speakers to the McNicholos Campus to shed light on social justice issues. Please click on our past events to learn more.
Jim Wallis - author of America's Original Sin
Sunday, Sept. 11, 4 p.m.
Gesu Church (one block North of the McNichols campus)
Parking available on the University of Detroit Mercy Campus - McNichols Gate will be open.
Hear Jim Wallis, author of the new book, “America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America.” Sheila Clay and Marcia Black will respond.
Co-sponsored by CLASA. Free and open to the public.
David Lochbaum, Director of the Nuclear Safety Project at Union of Concerned Scientists, plus Paul Gunter, Director of Reactor Oversight, Beyond Nuclear, Takoma Park, MD and Ethyl Rivera, Campaign Coordinator, Alliance To Halt Fermi-3
Topic: Fermi-1 at 50: We Almost Lost Detroit / Accidents Can Happen
Wednesday, October 5, 7 p.m.
Life Sciences Building, Room 113, McNichols Campus
Speakers will discuss the 50-year history of the Fermi 1 nuclear reactor, and discuss safety issues and the need for emergency planning and radiological protection, especially in light of possible plans to build a Fermi 3 reactor.
Joe Mulligan, S.J., will share his reflections on the life of Fernando Cardenal, S.J., in the context of presenting: CHRISTIANS IN THE NICARAGUAN REVOLUTION
Friday, October 7, 10 a.m.
Lansing-Reilly Parlor, McNichols Campus
The Nicaraguan revolution was different from previous ones in the sense that many Christians participated in various ways. Fr. Mulligan will present, among other aspects, the significance of the Nicaraguan Peasant Mass (Misa Campesina) and the testimony of Fr. Fernando Cardenal, S.J. (1934-2016), who played an active role in the revolution and served as Minister of Education in the Sandinista Revolutionary Government
Gabriela Torres Rodriguez, International Service for Peace (SIPAZ)
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 5:30 - 6:30 pm.
Commerce & Finance Building, Room 139, McNichols Campus |
TOPIC: 'Fighting With the Heart of a Woman': the voices of women of Chiapas Mexico
Our speaker will share hightlights from a book that draws upon over 70 interviews of women of Chiapas on many topics including cooperative work, spaces for women’s expression, Zapatista women, marches and pilgrimages, muralists, and those who carry out gender-work in or from academia.
At 6:40 p.m. in C&F 209, Torres will present the new film by SIPAZ "That the Heart is Not Divided." Discussion follows
Julie Leininger Pycior, Professor of History, Manhattan College
Two events on Friday, Oct. 21
President's Dining Room, McNichols Campus
TOPIC #1: 10 a.m.: Democratic Renewal and the Mutual Aid Legacy of U.S. Mexicans
TOPIC #2: 11 a.m.: Bearing Witness: Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, and the Question of Belief in Times of Crisis
Come hear history professor Julie Leininger Pycior share insights from her current book on mutual aid societies of U.S. Mexicans, and her book in progress on the well-known Catholic writers Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton.
Tom Florek, S.J. and Jorge Atilano, S.J.
The Tale of Two Cities: Tancitaro Michoacan & Detroit Michigan: From Violence to Reconstruction of the Social Fabric
Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. (English) and Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. (Spanish)
Location: Loranger Architecture Building, Exhibition Space (1st floor), McNichols Campus
After more than 10 years of violence involving extortions, kidnapping and killings, two mountainous communities in central Mexico with the accompaniment of a Jesuit/lay collaborator team of professionals with a careful analysis of the reality, slowly working with communities to help reconstruct their social fabric.CLASA is a co-sponsor of this Detroit Mercy Catholic Studies presentation.
Margaret Potts, Founder, People over Pipelines
Thursday/Friday, Nov. 3 & 4, 2016
TOPIC #1: Thurs. Nov. 3, 5:30 p.m., Briggs 13: Leadership: Reflections from Pine Ridge
TOPIC #2: Thurs. Nov. 3, 6:45 p.m., Briggs 13, Pipeline Problems and Environmental Racism
TOPIC #3: Friday, Nov. 4 at 11 a.m, Commerce and Finance (C&F) 209, The Pipeline at Standing Rock Reservation: Its Impact on the Environment.Margaret Potts has worked with underserved populations in both Chicago and at the Pine Ridge Indian reservation. She started a grassroots organization called People Over Pipelines, which has drawn attention to the environmental problems associated with the proposed Dakota Access pipeline.
Kim Redigan and Sr. Mary Ellen Howard, RSM (Sisters of Mercy)
UCA Jesuit Martyr’s Memorial Event: The Detroit Water Crisis
Thursday, Nov. 17, Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Ballroom, 2nd Floor, Student Center, McNichols Campus
The speakers will discuss the UCA Martyrs and what their witness has meant to them in the context of their work struggling for water rights here in Detroit.
CLASA is a co-sponsor of this University Ministry event.
Murilo Seabra, University of Brasilia & Philosophy Ph.D. Candidate at LaTrobe University, Melbourne, Australia
Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 5:15 to 6:30 p.m.
Briggs Building, Room 013, McNichols Campus
TOPIC: Personal reflections on living in the Amazon among indigenous peoples and rubber tappers
Seabra spent a year living in the Amazon with indigenous people and rubber tappers. With his interest in philosophy beyond the boundaries of academia, he will share informal reflections about the valuable philosophical insights he received during this time.
Winter 2016Watch this slideshow for highlights of our Winter 2016 events: Collaboration with Swords into Plowshares (Jan- March), Laila Hamdan and Joan Smith on volunteering in Guatemala (Feb. 29), Eric LeCompte on Pope Francis’ Year of Mercy, and he and Jorge Chinea on Puerto Rico’s debt crisis (March 30), Irma Ilsy Vásquez Cardenas and Alejandro Monzón on indigenous rights in Chiapas, Mexico (April 4), Jose Idiáquez S.J. on contemporary Nicaragua, and he and Richard Brackley on Dean Brackley (April 5), Marilyn Fischer on Jane Addams’ peace activism (April 20), and Ruth Needleman on Brazil (April 25).