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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

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. 


    2017-18 Events

    Homes for People, Not for Profit!

    March 29, 2017

    4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

    Room 124, Health Professions Facility, McNichols Campus

    On Wednesday, March 29 CLASA hosts Director of the Mexico Solidarity Network Tony Nelson and Organizer with the Tlanezi Calli Housing Cooperative of Mexico City Sergio Pacheco who will speak on "Homes for People, Not for Profit!" The talk will begin at 4 p.m. in Room 124 of the Health Professions Facility. See the event flyer.

    The Detroit Sanctuary Movement

    March 30, 2017

    All-day event.

    Room 317, Jane & Walter O. Briggs Building

    On Thursday, March 30 CLASA will also host two talks with New York Center for Court Innovation Youth Justice Board Program Associate Mary Walle, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in Room 317 of the Jane & Walter O. Briggs Building. Walle will present her research on the history of the Sanctuary movement in Detroit. Detroit Mercy students will create an exhibit of Carney archives materials related to her topic; the exhibit will be on display in the McNichols Campus Library Lobby beginning March 30 through April. See the event flyer.

    Cesar Chavez Day

    March 31, 2017

    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Room 209, Commerce & Finance Building, McNichols Campus

    On Friday, March 31 in honor of Cesar Chavez Day, CLASA will host a talk on the topic of migrants in Room 209 of the Commerce & Finance Building. See the event flyer below for more information on the speaker. At 11 a.m., Macomb County Hispanic Ministry director for the Archdiocese of Detroit Luis Zaldana will speak about the the challenges of supporting undocumented immigrants in Macomb County. The events are free and open to the public. CLASA thanks its co-sponsor, the King-Chavez-Parks Successful Retention and Transition Program. See the event flyer.

    Discussion: Nukes and Your Future

    April 6, 2017

    5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

    Room 113, Ford Life Sciences Building, McNichols Campus

    On Thursday, April 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 113 of the Ford Life Sciences Building, there will be a panel discussion called, "Nukes and Your Future? A Forum to Address Nuclear Weapons in the World." Panelists will include:

    • Cynthia Stiller, Henry Ford College Associate Dean of the Science, Arts and Fitness Division
    • Dr. Frederic Pearson, Director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at Wayne State University, and author of "The Global Spread of Arms" and "Arms and Warfare"
    • Dr. Alvin Saperstein, Professor Emeritus of Physics at Wayne State University
    • Dr. Prasad Venugopal, Associate Professor Physics at University of Detroit Mercy


    Past Events

    Winter 2016

    Watch 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).

    Fall 2015

    Watch this slideshow to see photos from 2015 CLASA events: Frida Berrigan on peace mothering (Feb. 4), Eben Levey on teachers in Oxaca (March 16), Jeff Stewart on immigrant minors from Central America (March 20), Ismael Moreno Coto S.J. (“Padre Melo”) on human rights in Honduras and on Dean Brackley (April 7), Don Voelker’s art of Latin America (Sept-Oct), Joe Mulligan on Pope Francis’s visits and Romero’s beatification (Sept. 30), Jesse Freeston on his film “Resistencia” and Honduran land struggles (Sept. 30), Jorge Parra and Paige Shell-Spurling on the rights of injured workers in Colombia (Oct. 1), Dana Frank on Honduras (Oct 22), Berta Esperanza Alvarez Martens on race and gender in Cuba (Nov. 3 and 4), Jason LaFay and Alan Kaufman on Cuban youth and chess players (Nov. 4).

    2014 Events

    Watch this slide show to see highlights from our 2014 CLASA events: Denise Griebler on the immigrant crisis and the film “Harvest of Empire” (Feb. 6), Matt Meyer on liberation in Africa (March 13), Danielle Poe on ending slavery in Brazil (March 27),  Gene Palumbo on Dean Brackley (April 8), Bishop Thomas Gumbleton on the film “Monsenor” on Archbishop Oscar Romero (April 10), Joe Mulligan S.J. on the Jesuit martyrs (Sept. 22), Laura Finley on preventing domestic violence (Oct. 2), Abdilatif Abdalla on Kenyan politics and culture (Oct. 28), Joe Tropea and Jerry Berrigan on the film “Hit and Stay” about the Catonsville 9 and the peace movement (Oct. 29), Anke Graness on ancient Egyptian philosophy (Nov. 25) and John Barrie on green technology for indigenous communities in Central America (Dec. 5).
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