Loyola University Maryland


Messina Calendar of Events Fall 2017

Please note that the information below is subject to change as we receive additional information from our co-sponsoring offices and departments. Thank you!

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

September Theme-Wide Events  
October Theme-Wide Events
November Theme-Wide Events
December Theme-Wide Events
Messina Supported Events



Saturday, September 9, 2017

Explore Baltimore: Hampdenfest in Hampden

Get to know Baltimore’s Hampden neighborhood!  Hampdenfest is one of Baltimore’s biggest block parties with music, art performances, cook-offs, toilet races (you have to see it to believe it) and arts and crafts vendors and an abundance of great food and an engaging atmosphere, HampdenFest offers an abundance of Baltimore, Chesapeake Bay and local Hampden cuisine.

Shuttles to the festival will leave Newman Towers every half hour beginning at 1pm and will drop off at 37th & Chestnut in Hampden.   The last shuttle will leave Hampden at 8pm to return to campus.

Monday, September 11, 2017Messina Visionary Image Square

Dinner & A Movie at Belvedere Square – To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)

In Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson shares the story of Walter McMillan, a resident Monroe County, Alabama wrongly accused of murder.  Monroe County was also the home of Harper Lee, author of the 1960s national bestseller, To Kill A Mockingbird.   Production of film version of the book brought actor Gregory Peck to Monroe Country and to this day, the book (and movie) are immortalized in a local museum.    Stevenson writes, “Lee’s endearing characters, Atticus Finch and his precocious daughter, Scout, captivated readers while confronting them with some of the realities of race and justice in the South.” (p.23)   Come watch the 1962 movie at The Senator, one of Baltimore’s historic theaters located less than a mile from campus on York Road. 

Admission to the movie is free with a Loyola ID. 

All attending are also encouraged to take advantage of the shops and eateries on York Road and Belvedere Square before the movie. On September 11th, 10% discounts will be available at Cereillo, Starlite Diner, Atwater’s, Ejji, and Tooloulou when you show your Loyola ID. 

This event is offered as part of Initium Week in conjunction with Messina Common Text Event Series. 

A The Visionary Theme-Wide Event.

7:00pm (movie start time)
The Senator Theater, 5904 York Road
A shuttle bus will leave the Library parking lot starting at 5:00pm to bring folks from campus to the Senator Theatre and Belvedere Square.  The bus will continue on a continuous loop between the Library and The Senator with the final bus leaving The Senator at 10:00pm.

Tuesday, September 19

Global Studies Climate Change Panel

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A panel featuring Richard Alley, Ph.D., Francisco Alpizar, Ph.D., and Danny Richter, Ph.D., will discuss causes and potential consequences of climate change at a global scale, explore how developing nations are reacting to the challenges and opportunities imposed by climate change, and delve into the political environment around climate change action.    For more information, visit http://www.loyola.edu/join-us/hanway-lecture/about.  

A Self and Other Theme-Wide Event.


McGuire Hall

Saturday, September 23

Explore Baltimore: Baltimore Book Festival in the Inner Harbor

Explore the 2017 Baltimore Book Festival located at the Inner Harbor this Saturday. The festival includes book signings, author appearances, exhibitors, readings, workshops, and panel discussions. The shuttle will depart from Newman Tower every half hour starting at 11:00am and drop-off/pick up near the Inner Harbor around the bottom of the hour.  The final shuttle will leave the Inner Harbor at 6:00pm.

Monday, September 25

Baltimore Environmental Film Series: Marathon for Justice

This film explores the theme of The Good Life by presenting environmental justice case studies in Philadelphia, New Mexico, and South Dakota, demonstrating the disproportionate impact of environmental degradation on marginalized communities in the United States. The 45 minute film will be followed by an interdisciplinary panel of Loyola faculty members.

A The Good Life Theme-Wide Event


McGuire West

Check out the Event Guide!

Tuesday, September 26 

Welcome to the Neighborhood: Learning about Baltimore through Storytelling Messina Stories We Tell Image Square

Nancy Proctor, Director of The Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture and the MuseWeb Foundation, will introduce students to Baltimore as a city of neighborhoods and people – all with stories that contribute to a better understanding of Baltimore’s history, assets, challenges and future opportunities.  Many local stories can be found online through Be Here: Baltimore – a digital storytelling initiative that enables diverse voices to tell place-based stories of the communities and collections they know best.  

A Common Text and Stories We Tell Theme Wide Event

7:00pm - 8:30pm

4th Floor Program Room





Monday, October 2

STEP at The Senator Theater Messina Self and Other Image Square

Baltimore is a city that is fighting to save its youth.  This documentary chronicles the trials and triumphs of the Senior girls on the high school's Step Team as they prepare to be the first in their families to go to college – and the first graduating class of The Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women.  STEP is more than just a hobby for these girls, it is the outlet that keeps them united and fighting for their goals.  A talk-back session with Director will follow the movie.  
Admission to the movie is free with a Loyola ID. 

All attending are also encouraged to take advantage of the shops and eateries on York Road and Belvedere Square before the movie. When you show your Loyola ID on October, 10% discounts will be available at Atwater's, Ejji, Tooloulou, Ceriello, and Starlite Diner, which is across the street from Belvedere Square.

A Self and Other Theme-Wide Event

The movie will start at 7:00pm
The Senator Theater, 5904 York Road
A shuttle bus will leave the Library parking lot starting at 6:00pm to bring folks from campus to the Senator Theatre and Belvedere Square.  The bus will continue on a continuous loop between the Library and The Senator with the final bus leaving The Senator at 10:00pm.

Saturday, October 7th

Messina Family Teach-In

Flannery O'Connor Hall & Loyola-Notre Dame Library Auditorium

Click here for more information about registration!

Tuesday, October 10

Stories from Maximum Security: Education with a Difference

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Loyola faculty and students have for years been teaching and learning in a nearby maximum security men's prison. Panelists will include professors who have taught there, and an ex-prisoner who helped facilitate the program from within. We will tell stories from the heart about the dramatic difference that access to higher education makes for those caught up in our "age of mass incarceration." There will be plenty of time for questions and answers--no holds barred. This panel will be a strong follow-up to the common text, Just Mercy.

A Common Text and Stories We Tell Theme Wide Event

6:00pm – 7:30pm

4th Floor Program Room

Tuesday, October 17

Common Text Movie: 13th

In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.

A Common Text & The Good Life Theme-Wide Event


Library Auditorium


Monday, October 23

Becoming Bullet Proof: Film Screening

Messina Visionary Image Square

Join us for a movie night! Complete with popcorn, candy, and an opportunity. Becoming Bulletproof is a film about people making a film. A film that will introduce you to a pretty amazing cast of individuals. A film you'll look forward to watching again. Join us to see how a simple movie can offer you an opportunity to think, to connect, to act. 

A The Visionary Theme-Wide Event


4th Floor Program Room

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Explore Baltimore: Great Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival at Patterson Park

Take part in Baltimore’s fall tradition of the Creative Alliance’s 18th 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.


Thursday, November 9

2017 Commitment to Justice Lecture – Sexuality and Justice: Beyond Rhetoric

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In his 2009 book, Where Is Knowing Going?, Father John C, Haughey, S.J. writes, “Catholic institutions need to create processes that connect people and disciplines to the living past with a future, to which they can contribute and which they can feel themselves to be an integral part” (Haughey, 2009, p. 39). In a related insight and in compassionate response to the June 2016 mass shooting in Orlando, Father Brian Linnane, S.J., declared, “Today we are all GLBTQ+.”  How do we benefit from and build upon these insights?  How do we each help make the campus and the world a safe space/a brave space to claim and express our stories?   Come hear personal journeys of identity as they relate to sexuality and justice. 

A Messina Stories We Tell Event
7:00pm – 9:00pm
4th Floor Program Room

Saturday, November 11

Environmental Justice in South Baltimore – A Toxic Tour

The Good Life Theme Square

Please join us as we explore environmental justice in South Baltimore with Dante Swinton of the Energy Justice Network.  This Toxic Tour will provide a visual for students and faculty of the impact of industry on South Baltimore. This area contains some of the most polluted air in the country, and the most polluted air in the State of Maryland. We will start by visiting Wheelabrator Baltimore - the 10th largest trash burning incinerator in the United States, and the largest industrial polluter in Baltimore City, discussing its history and future. Subsequently, we will visit the former FMC chemical plant, which was the proposed site for the largest incinerator in the country as recently as last year. We also will visit the nation's largest medical waste incinerator, Curtis Bay Energy, and the city's landfill, Quarantine Road, where the toxic ash that is produced from Wheelabrator is placed. Your tour guide, Dante Swinton of Energy Justice Network, also will point out other industries, their emissions, and the ongoing environmental injustices in the region.

Please note that this is a bus tour and participants will be spending a lot of time on the bus with occasional stops to get off and learn about particular sites in Baltimore. 
The bus will leave Loyola Notre Dame Library at 9:30 AM and will return around 1 PM

If you’re interested in attending, please sign up using this link: https://loyola.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5oGfRKh6qQWz24d

The tour is intense and informative so to follow up the tour, we will host a panel discussion with the Energy Justice Network and other community partners on Monday evening, November 13th, so that tour participants can start to unpack and think about next steps in achieving environmental justice in Baltimore.  Attendees on the tour should plan on attending the panel discussion on Monday November 13th as well. 

A The Good Life Theme-Wide Event

Monday, November 13

Environmental Justice in South Baltimore –Panel Discussion

The Energy Justice Network and community partners will engage in a panel discussion as a follow-up to the Toxic Tour which is taking place on November 11th. This event is highly recommended for those who attend the Toxic Tour, but is open to anyone in the community who is interested in exploring ways to achieve environmental justice in Baltimore.

A The Good Life Theme-Wide Event
6:30 PM
McGuire Hall

Wednesday, November 15

Leadership Week Keynote Speaker: Bethany Johnson-Javois Messina Visionary Image Square
Transformational Leadership: Impacting the world rooted in faith, grounded in purpose, clear in vision, advancing justice

Our world and our country are in a season of unprecedented turbulence and crisis.  Bethany Johnson-Javois, MSW, former Managing Director of the Ferguson Commission and CEO of the St. Louis Integrated Health Network will provide opportunity for shared discourse with attendees to reflect on the importance of clearly defined purposeful leadership, share her insights on the impact of community-level trauma and toxic stress, and provide crisis leadership essentials that influence the trajectory of systemic change. 

Co-sponsored with The Office of Student Engagement. 

A Messina The Visionary Event
McGuire Hall

Thursday, November 16

From Serving Time to Serving Others: A Panel on Prison Reform

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Learn from people who experienced the criminal justice system and who work to decrease recidivism rates and provide workforce development right here in Baltimore. John Huffington, Director of Living Classrooms Project SERVE, an organization that provides on-the-job training for 150 unemployed and disadvantaged young adults per year while they revitalize Baltimore neighborhoods, will be joined by John Jones and Karriem S. El-Amin, both returning citizens now employed as Case Managers for Project SERVE for a panel discussion on criminal justice reform. The panel, focusing on the criminal justice system and the challenges faced by people reentering society, will be moderated by Loyola students, followed by an open Q & A session with the audience.

A Messina Common Text and Self and Other Theme-Wide Event
6 pm

McGuire Hall


Sunday, December 3

Explore Baltimore: Mayor’s Christmas Parade in Hampden & Medfield

Help ring in the 2017 holiday season with the Mayor's Christmas Parade. Sponsored by community associations and businesses in North Baltimore's Hampden and Medfield neighborhoods.  Shuttles will run from Loyola’s campus to the festival starting at 12:30pm with stops at both Newman Towers and Boulder. The last shuttle will leave the parade at 4:00pm.  More information on the event can be found at http://www.mayorschristmasparade.com/.

Thursday, December 7

Explore Baltimore: The Lighting of the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon

Illuminating the historic Washington Monument is a Baltimore tradition that includes caroling, food and good cheer.   Fireworks cap the festive evening that marks the official start of the holiday season. While at the event, take advantage of The Walters Art Museum extended hours and the various dining options at Mount Vernon Marketplace.   Shuttles will run from Loyola’s campus to the festival every half hour starting at 5:00pm with stops at both Newman Towers and Boulder. The last shuttle will leave Mount Vernon (in front of Never on Sunday restaurant) at 10:00pm.   More information on the event can be found at https://www.godowntownbaltimore.com/events/default.aspx?eid=1401e678-1756-e411-af77-000c29c83df1

December TBD

Explore Baltimore: Miracle on 33rd Street in Hampden

Kitschy? Maybe. Spirited? Definitely. Each year, the 700 block of 34th Street in Hampden lights up with holiday decorations, one-of-a-kind sculptures, and more lights than you could imagine. The tradition started in 1947 by a couple, Bob Hosier and Darlene Hughes, who both loved decorating their homes for Christmas. As the decorations grew, the street attracted more attention until it became a can’t-miss holiday attraction.  Before or after viewing the lights, check out all the great restaurants, shops in galleries in Hampden for some holiday shopping.  For more information visit www.christmasstreet.com and http://hampdenmerchants.com.

Shuttles will run from Loyola’s campus to Hampden every half hour starting at 6:00pm with stops at both Newman Towers and Boulder.   The last shuttle will leave Hampden (in front of The Charmery) at 11:00pm.  


Supported Events



Saturday, September 16

SGA Welcome Home Hounds Event
12:00pm – 4:00pm
The Quad

Wednesday, September 27 – Friday, September 29

American Shakespeare Company’s Wicked Folly Tour Wednesday, September 27 - Macbeth
Thursday, September 28 - Sense and Sensibility (Austen adaptation)
Friday, September 29 - Taming of the Shrew
The pre-show presentations will begin at 7:00pm in McManus Theater followed by the performance at 7:30pm. Tickets are free to students and the community, and are distributed on a first-come first-served basis.

McManus Theater



Thursday, October 5

Francis Feast and Learn

Faculty and staff interested in sustainability are invited to facilitate a table at the Francis Feast and Learn on Thursday Oct 5, 2017 at 6:30pm. If you would like to facilitate, we ask that you design an active learning module for 6-10 students related to sustainability within your respective discipline or personal interests. The module can be artistic, tangible, or simply an engaging roundtable discussion lasting approximately 20 minutes. The mission of this event is to engage students in issues of environmental justice and sustainability—on campus, locally and globally, and to showcase the many perspectives and disciplines that exist within the topic. Please email sustainability@loyola.edu with a brief description of your module to reserve a spot.
McGuire Hall

Thursday, October 12

The 2017 Sister Cleophas Costello Lecture – Overcoming Adversity: The Elizabeth Smart Story
Smart was abducted from her home in Salt Lake City on June 5, 2002, at age 14. The police returned her to her family on March 12, 2003 after 9 months of being held prisoner. She testified before her captor, Brian David Mitchell, which led to his conviction.
Using her experience to fuel change, Smart founded the Elizabeth Smart Foundation, which helps other victims and their families. She also serves as an advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery programs, and legislation.
For more information, visit http://www.loyola.edu/join-us/cleophas-lecture.
7:30pm – 9:00pm
McGuire Hall


Thursday, November 2 - Saturday, November 4

Spring Awakening at McManus Theater 

The Evergreen Players present the 2006, Tony-winning musical Spring Awakening (based on the 1891 German play of the same name) in McManus Theater.  Performances will be held Thursday, November 2nd at 7pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm and a Saturday matinee at 2pm.    


Tuesday, November 7

Natural and Applied Science Grand Seminar
Keynote presented by Dr. John Warner, President and Chief Technology Officer of Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry.  Dr. Warner is a founder of green chemistry and recipient of the 2014 Perkin Medal, the highest honor in American Industrial Chemistry. A meet & greet prior to Dr. Warner's talk will take place from 5:30 - 6:30, location t.b.d.
For information about past Grand Seminar events, visit www.loyola.edu/grandseminar
McGuire Hall

Wednesday, November 8

What Does the French 2017 Election Mean for Franco-American Relations?
Mr Claude Porsella, currently a free-lance correspondent with the French Broadcasting system, RFI (Radio France Internationale), will discuss the 2017 French Presidential Elections and their effect on Franco-American relations. This event is part of National French Week 2018, "The French Connection: A Story of Friendship."
6 pm
4th Floor Programming Room (Student Center)

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