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Messina Calendar of Events Fall 2016

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Messina co-sponsored theme-wide and supported events are open to all Loyola community members unless otherwise noted. Upcoming schedule:


Tuesday, September 20

Selma: Film ScreeningMessina Visionary Image Square

As the United States of America approaches the 2016 presidential election, it is essential that we remember important events of our nation's history which continue to shape our country today. Join us at the Senator Theater for a screening of the 2014 feature film, Selma. This remarkable film tells the story of an Alabama city in 1965 which became the starting point of the historic civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery which ended in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as a result of the non-violent work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his community of followers. Co-sponsored by the Senator Film Series.

7 p.m.
Senator Theatre
Loyola students/faculty/staff receive a free ticket with their Loyola ID at the theater. Free shuttles will leave the campus from the Library beginning at 6pm and cycle every 15 minutes after prior to the 7pm screening time. Shuttles will resume following the film.

Wednesday, September 21

2016 Constitution Day Lecture: Does the Political Establishment Matter Anymore?Messina Stories We Tell Image Square

Dr. Julian Zelizer is the Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941, Professor of History and Public Policy at Princeton and one of the country’s foremost political historians and commentators. He has written extensively on American politics in the post-World War II era. His most recent book, The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society, was published in 2015. He frequently writes for newspapers and news magazines and appears regularly on news programs (especially CNN) to offer historical context and commentary on contemporary political developments. Zelizer is an ideal speaker to talk about this year's common text, How to Win an Election, and can offer perspective commentary and historical context for this year's presidential election. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities, the History and Political Science departments, with support from a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

5 p.m.
McGuire Hall West- Event is free and open to the public.


Wednesday, October 5

One Question: Film Screening

We have a question for you. Just one question. Not a hard one to answer, either. Messina Visionary Image Square
You'll get to watch a short film, eat some cookies, and chat with our panel of amazing guests. Simple.
Except that you might just leave thinking in a whole new way.

6 p.m.
4th Floor Program Room

Thursday, October 6

Protecting Democracy from Demagoguery: the Constitution's Valiant Effort

Dr. James Ceaser, Professor of Politics at University of Virginia, will situate Cicero in the context of the Electoral College and the Constitution. This event is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

6 p.m.
Library Auditorium- Event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, October 12

Baltimore Housing & Transportation: Past, Present & Future Messina Self and Other Image Square

This panel presentation will help attendees understand how past decisions concerning housing and transportation policy impact the current state of affairs and planning for Baltimore's future. Panelists include: Alec Magillis, a reporter at ProPublica, covering government and politics who recently wrote an article entitled, “The Third Rail” about Baltimore transportation over the last fifty years and Mel Freeman of Freeman Consulting Group, LLC and most recently, Executive Director of Citizens Planning and Housing Association, Inc.

6 p.m.
McGuire Hall West

Thursday, October 20

American Politics: Whose Voice is it Anyway?

As our nation's population becomes increasingly more diverse, it seems we have also become more divided and violent as a result. This year specifically the media coverage of our upcoming presidential election has made us more aware of the role of marginalized groups in American politics, while also asking us to consider what exactly that role is. This community panel will serve as a space where the Loyola community can come together and consider what it truly means to live in a representative democracy, and ask ourselves who it is that is being represented? Co-sponsored by the Caribbean Students Union.

6 p.m.
McGuire Hall West

Click here for the Event Guide

Thursday, October 27

Public DebateMessina Self and Other Image Square

Co-sponsored by Loyola Rhetoric Society.

5 p.m.
McGuire Hall

Friday, October 28

What Presidential Debates RevealMessina Stories We Tell Image Square

Dr. Kathleen Hall Jamieson is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication and Walter and Leonore Annenberg Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research areas include political communication, rhetorical theory and criticism, studies of various forms of campaign communication, and the discourse of the presidency. Sponsored by the Writing Department with grants from the Center for the Humanities, Messina, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

5 p.m.
McGuire Hall- Event is free and open to the public.


Friday, November 4

Cicero on How to Win an ElectionMessina Stories We Tell Image Square

Dr. Philip Freeman, translator of Loyola’s 2016 common text, Cicero’s How to Win an Election will discuss how tactics of ancient politicians are evident in present day politics. Dr. Freeman is a Professor of Classics at Luther College and author of several books. Sponsored by the Honors Program, Classics Department, and support from a grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

3 p.m.
4th Floor Program Room- Event is free and open to the public.

Monday, November 7

Baltimore Environmental Film Series: Racing Extinction

Scientists predict we may lose half the species on the planet by the end of the century. They believe we have entered the sixth major extinction event. This era is called the Anthropocene, or 'Age of Man', because the evidence shows that humanity has sparked this catastrophic loss. An unlikely team of activists is out to expose the two worlds endangering species across the globe. The first threat to the wild comes from the international trade of wildlife. The other threat is all around us, hiding in plain sight. There's a hidden world that the oil and gas companies don't want the rest of us to see. Director Louie calls attention to our impact on the planet, while inspiring others to embrace the solutions that will ensure a thriving planet for future generations. This film will be hosted by Bernadette Roche, Director of Environmental & Sustainability Studies.

We are living in the age of man and as a result the life that supports us all is threatened. Has living the good life lead to this crisis or is the good life what we can do to save it?

Co-sponsored by the Baltimore Environmental Film Series. 

Location and time TBD



Thursday, December 1

An Election Reflection: Loyola Alumni PanelMessina Self and Other Image Square

6:30 p.m.
4th Floor Program Room



Black Lives Matter - Lecture by Alicia Garza. More information to come.Messina Visionary Image Square

Date and Location TBD

Messina Supported Events

Friday, September 16- Monday, September 26

Wellness Week Kick-Off
Loyola University Maryland is proud to announce the official WELLNESS WEEK KICK-OFF event for the 2016-2017 academic year! We welcome you to a variety of events that promote multi-cultural, environmental, intellectual, spiritual, emotional, physical, professional, and social wellness within our Loyola community between September 16-September 26.

Wednesday, September 21

Effective Dialogue in the Context of the National Debates
Dr. Kaye Whitehead will lead a session about engaging activities to help students learn skills sets on communicate effectively with others that have opposing view points in the context of the upcoming presidential election. Sponsored by Student Life.
6 p.m.
Campion Lobby

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Messina Family Weekend Teach-In
An opportunity for families members of the Class of 2020 to experience a Messina seminar.  Families may select between two, 45-minute sessions.  All participants are also invited to attend an Ice Cream Social featuring local favorite Taharka Brothers Ice Cream from 2:30pm-3:15pm. 
Flannery O'Connor 2nd Floor Lobby & Loyola-Notre Dame Library Auditorium
Register Here

Friday October 7th 

Class of 2020 Assembly and BBQ

Father Brian Linnane, S.J. and Dr. Arthur Sutherland, Dean of the Class of 2020 will host a Class of 2020 Assembly and BBQ on the Arminger House Lawn from 4:00pm-6:00pm. 

Friday, October 7 & Saturday, October 8

Leading by Stepping Back: Building Community Partnerships that Actually Work
Guided by two powerful speakers, Caitlin Childs and DeAmon Hodges, this interactive workshop will take participants through the basics of ABCD while offering practical tools that you can put into practice in your communities, schools and organizations. Choose one of the Part I workshops and consider signing up for Part II on Saturday afternoon for a more intensive training.  Sponsored by Messina, the Center for Community Service & Justice and Campus Ministry

Click here for the Event Guide and Registration Information 

Sunday, October 2 - Sunday, October 9

No Impact Week
No Impact Week is an opportunity for the University as a community and as individuals to reflect on their environmental impact.  This project is based on the book and film “No Impact Man” about a man and his family who attempted to live in NYC for 1 year while having as little environmental impact as possible.  A variety of events will take place during the week to help the community in their personal challenges.  Events include the St. Francis Feast and Learn, a film and discussion on civil action, a day of service that will include a York Road Community Day, Canoe and Scoop with OAE and a stream clean up on campus.  The final day of No Impact week is a day of reflection.  Fr. Brown will lead a reflection and Pat Cassidy will be leading Yoga on the Quad.  For more information on the week and to register for the challenge and the St. Francis Feast & Learn visit www.loyola.edu/noimpact.

2016-2017 Baltimore Environmental Film Series

The Baltimore Environmental Film Series at Loyola University Maryland was inspired by the great environmentally themed film festivals in the mid-Atlantic including Environmental Film Fest in the Nation’s Capital and The Environmental Film Fest at Yale. As a Jesuit Catholic Institution environmental sustainability is important to the mission and values of Loyola University Maryland. This film series merges the art of film with education and advocacy for those affected by the major environmental issues of the time. The film series is one of many events publicizing a new, interdisciplinary minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies.
For more information about the Environmental Film Series, see their website

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