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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.

7 p.m.
4th Floor Program Room

Check out the One Question Reflection Guide here!

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; Dr. Seema Iyer, associate director and research assistant professor for the Jacob France Institute in the University of Baltimore’s Merrick School of Business; Brian O’Malley, President & CEO of Transportation Alliance, a coalition of corporate and civic leaders dedicated to improving regional transportation and 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

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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

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Thursday, October 27

Public DebateMessina Self and Other Image Square

The Loyola Rhetoric Society will co-sponsor two events, with Messina, on October 27th. At 3pm in Sellinger VIP, Mike Memoli, Loyola alum and LA Times White House and presidential campaign correspondent, will discuss and answer questions about his career as a reporter and the field of journalism. At 5pm in McGuire Hall, a panel of professors and students will debate election related issues, from the economy to foreign affairs, followed by remarks from Mr. Memoli. All members of the Loyola community are invited to attend and participate in these two events.

Mike Memoli is a White House and 2016 presidential campaign correspondent at the Los Angeles Times, whose Washington, D.C., bureau he has been a part of since 2010. For 11 years he has covered national politics, and he has served as a journalist for Tribune, Real Clear Politics, and NBC. A New Jersey native and an avid sports fan, he graduated from Loyola University Maryland in 2004.

Co-sponsored by Loyola Rhetoric Society.

5 p.m.
McGuire Hall

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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.


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?

Sponsored by: Environmental Studies, Natural & Applied Sciences, Film Studies, Communication Economics, Physics, Mission Integration, Facilities Management, the Center for the HUmanities at Loyola, Campus Ministry, CCSJ, Loyola Notre Dame Library, Messina and the Wellness Infusion Network.

6:30  p.m.
McGuire Hall East


Thursday, December 1- CANCELLED

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

This event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for the Spring 2017 semester.


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.

Saturday, October 29

Great Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival
Take part in Baltimore’s fall tradition of the Creative Alliance’s 17th Annual Great Halloween Lantern Parade and Festival in Patterson Park. Shuttles will run from Loyola’s campus to the festival starting at 2:45pm with stops at both Newman Towers and Boulder. The last shuttle will leave the festival at 9:30pm. Join the fall festive fun! More information on the event can be found on Creative Alliance’s webpage

Saturday, November 5

BIG Improv Show 
The Baltimore Improve Group will perform a free show in the 4th Floor Program Room on Saturday, November 5th from 9pm-11pm.  Loyola’s own Improv group, The Nevergreens, will be the opening act.  All who attend will receive a 2 for 1 coupon voucher for a future BIG show in Baltimore.  Co-sponsored by Messina & Student Activities.

4th Floor Programming Room

Wednesday, November 9

French Week-"Faces of France: A Living Mosaic" Round Table
A ninety-minute round table discussion about the history and current situation of Muslims in France: Dr. Danielle Marx-Scouras (Ohio State University), "ZEBDA in France"; Dr. Todd Shepard (Johns Hopkins University), "Post-Algerian France"; and Dr. Naima Hachad (American University).

6 pm
4th Floor Programming Room

Thursday, November 10

Environmental Justice: Beyond Rhetoric
Our common home provides us food, air, and water. How are we protecting it? Are we being effective and just? Many people in our community were affected by Superstorm Sandy, and increasing numbers of storms are expected in the coming decades. Are we resilient as a society? Do all members of our society have access to resiliency?
We are called to a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We are challenged to seek sustainable and integral development to bring the whole human family together. At Loyola, how may we deepen our understanding in order to respond? How may we each contribute, going forward?

7 pm
4th Floor Programming Room

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Friday, December 2

Submission Deadline: The Stoop Storytelling Series at Loyola
The Baltimore-based Stoop Storytelling Series, in collaboration with Messina, will be coming to campus on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 and WE NEED YOUR STORIES! The event, entitled Legends of the Fall: Stories of Failure will feature members of the Loyola community - students, faculty, admins, and staff - telling 7-minute true, personal stories about failure. For additional details about the event and information on how to submit a story, please click on the Event Details below.

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Friday, December 2 & Monday, December 12

Miracle on 34th Street: Hampden Holiday Lights
Take part in one of Baltimore's greatest annual traditions with the Miracle on 34th Street's Hampden Holiday Lights. Spend the evening walking down 34th Street to take in the festive lights and holiday cheer that fills the neighborhood! Free shuttle service will be provided from Newman Towers: 6pm-11pm (Friday, December 2nd) / 5pm-10pm (Monday, December 12th).

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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