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Messina Calendar of Events Spring 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. Upcoming schedule:


Thursday, January 19

SGA Election FishbowlMessina Image Square

Time TBD
4th Floor Programming Room


Thursday, February 9

Haiti and the World:  A Talk by Journalist Jonathan M. KatzMessina Self and Other Image Square

Jonathan M. Katz is the author of The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster, winner of the Overseas Press Club of America Cornelius Ryan Book Award, finalist for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction, and a Kirkus, Slate, Christian Science Monitor and Amazon.com Book of the Year. He is a regular New York Times contributor whose coverage has included U.S. police violence and the 2015 murders of Muslim students in Chapel Hill, N.C. Other work has appeared in publications including the New York Times Magazine, New Republic, Guardian, Foreign Policy, Politico, and New Yorker website, with grants from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. A longtime Associated Press correspondent, Katz won the James Foley/Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism both for his coverage of the January 12, 2010, Haiti earthquake and his investigation later that revealed United Nations peacekeepers caused, and were covering up their role in, a cholera epidemic that killed thousands more. A two-time Livingston Award for Young Journalists finalist, other honors include the National Headliners Award, two recognitions from the J. Anthony Lukas Prizes from Harvard's Nieman Foundation and Columbia School of Journalism, and finalist recognition from the Michael Kelly Award for the "fearless pursuit and expression of truth." Katz has reported from across Latin America and the Caribbean, Israel, Palestine, and China, as well as Capitol Hill, the White House, Pentagon and UN.

McGuire Hall East

Click here for more information about Jonathan M. Katz


Wednesday, February 22

Unknown Truths: Writing Our Way Out of Jail

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Please join us for a panel discussion with four of the authors of Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs from Jail. It is the creative culmination of a writing class that began in the Richmond City Jail in Virginia, and grew into a journey to re-entry. Compiled in a narrative by their teacher, Dr. David Coogan, these stories explore the conditions, traps, and turning points on the path to imprisonment in modern America, as well as the redemptive and rehabilitative power of memoir. Copies of the memoir will be for sale at the event for the price of $18.

McGuire Hall East

Monday, February 27

Perceptions and Realities of the Black Lives Matter Movement: A Talk by Rasheed Ali CromwellMessina Self and Other Image Square

Rasheed Ali Cromwell, Esq. will utilize a multi-media platform to provide a cultural context that delves deep into the origins of the civil rights movement to illustrate the origins of “sit-ins” and “die-ins”, the leadership strategies originally utilized in these non-violent protests, and the difference between rioting and protesting.  Ultimately, this lecture will provide a historical narrative, compelling examples and through provoking dialogue that answers the questions: What does #BLM mean? Alternatively, does this mean that all lives don’t matter? And most of all what can today’s leaders do to address these concerns and issues?

4th Floor Programming Room


Wednesday, March 1

Stoop Storytelling at Loyola

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The Baltimore-based Stoop Storytelling Series, in collaboration with Messina, will be coming to campus for a night of storytelling. 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 Stoop Storytelling Series, please click on the Event Details below.

Event Details

7:00pm McManus Theatre

Thursday, March 2Messina Visionary Image Square

Hamilton's America an Evening with Alex Horwitz

Alex Horwitz, director of Hamilton's America will talk about the making of his documentary that examines Lin Manuel Miranda's process of creating Hamilton: An American Musical.

McManus Theatre

Monday, March 20

Sex, Love, and the Good Life 

Will they or won't they? To wait or not to wait?  What if the questions we asked about our sex lives -- and the place of sex and love in a well-lived life -- opened us up to reflection and discernment instead of worry about rules for acceptable behavior or a sense of resignation and inevitability?  This talk, by the Rev. Bromleigh McCleneghan, a pastor and author of Good Christian Sex, asks us to consider norms for Christian sexual ethics, but also to read our experiences -- of pleasure, of connection, of intimacy and love -- to grow in understanding of how sex and love relate to the abundant life to which Christ calls us. Her talk will be theologically based and culturally inclusive, and will include an opportunity for questions/conversations. 

McGuire Hall

Tuesday, March 21

Jobs Not Jails: An Evening with Greg Boyle of Homeboy IndustriesMessina Visionary Image Square

Gregory J. Boyle, S.J. is founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world. The author of the New York Times-bestseller Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, which was named one of the Best Books of 2010 by Publishers Weekly and received the PEN Center USA 2011 Creative Nonfiction Award. Father Boyle is the subject of Academy Award winner Freida Lee Mock’s 2012 documentary, G-Dog.  He has received the California Peace Prize and been inducted into the California Hall of Fame.  In 2014, the White House named Father Boyle a Champion of Change.  He received the 2016 Humanitarian of the Year Award from the James Beard Foundation, the national culinary-arts organization.

All are invited to this free and open keynote event to celebrate Loyola’s Jesuit Heritage Week. Click here for an Event Guide and additional resources. 

McGuire Hall


Monday, April 3

White Silence and the Creation of #WhiteChurchQuietMessina Self and Other Image Square

After police shootings of unarmed black men in Charlotte and Tulsa in 2016, black pastor, activist, and college professor Andre Johnson started to wonder, "Where was the white church in all of this?" His ensuing #WhiteChurchQuiet Twitter campaign called on white churches to respond. In his talk, Dr. Johnson will discuss the responses he has received, and will chart a way forward as we continue to face racial injustice.

4th Floor Programming Room

Wednesday, April 5

Becoming Bullet Proof: Film Screening

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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.

McGuire Hall East

Click here for the Reflection Guide!

Tuesday, April 11

Performance: THEY CALL ME Q

THEY CALL ME Q is the story of a girl from Bombay growing up in the Boogie Down Bronx who gracefully seeks balance between the cultural pressures brought forth by her traditional parents and wanting acceptance into her new culture. Along the journey, Qurrat Ann Kadwani (Q) transforms into 13 characters that have shaped her life including her parents, Caucasian teachers, Puerto Rican classmates, and African-American friends. Laden with heart and abundant humor, THEY CALL ME Q speaks to the universal search for identity experienced by immigrants of all nationalities

McManus Theatre

Tuesday, April 18

A Panel Discussion About Sustainability and Environmental Preservation in Baltimore

Representatives from Blue Water Baltimore and Parks & People Foundation will examine how environmental preservation fosters a sense of the good life in the context of their organizations in the Baltimore community. Jessie Hillman, Program Coordinator of Blue Water Baltimore, will approach this topic in relation to the work her organization does related to the Jones Falls Watershed. Susan Elias, Executive Vice President of Parks & People Foundation, will approach this topic in the context of uniting Baltimore through parks, specifically ensuring access and accessibility to green spaces.

This presentation will include practical strategies about how students can be active community members while living in Baltimore, including education, participation, and advocacy opportunities.

Knott Hall B03

Messina Supported Events

Saturday, February 4th

"Our Brand is Crisis" Film Screening

"A battle-hardened American political consultant (Sandra Bullock) is sent to help re-elect a controversial president in Bolivia, where she must compete with a long-term rival working for another candidate." Join us for a movie and Insomnia Cookies, provided by the BSA Fashion Show. 8:30-10:30 PM Knott Hall B01/03

Sunday March 19th – Friday March 24th

Ignatian Citizenship: Bringing the Ignatian Family Teach-In Home

Join us, in a commitment to justice, the week of Sunday March 19th – Friday March 24th as we celebrate Jesuit Heritage week. Learn about and engage the issues of immigration and criminal justice reform through advocacy, dialogue and prayer. Connect, through our Ignatian mission and values, in solidarity with those who seek justice!

Monday 3/20
Immigration Simulation:
Participate in an interactive simulation to learn about the roots of migration and barriers to citizenship.  Experience the immigration process and discover the challenges to navigating the system (20-minute simulation).
Time: 2- 4PM and 6-8PM
Location: 4th Floor Programming Room

Tuesday 3/21 & Wednesday 3/22
Justice Prayer Walk:
Pause to pray and reflect on issues of injustice, our common call to action and the need for deeper kinship in our community.
Time: All day
Location: Academic Quad

Thursday 3/23
Advocacy Day:
Use your voice to put our Ignatian mission into action by calling legislators, signing petitions & writing letters.
Time: 11AM – 2PM
Location: Boulder Atrium

Friday 3/24
ISN Teach-In Recruitment:
  Stop by to learn about the Ignatian Solidarity Network and this year’s Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice: November 4 – 6, 2017.
Time: 11AM – 2PM
Location: Boulder Atrium

Monday, March 20th

Loyola Trivia Night

Join some fellow Loyola Alumni and Professors as you put your smarts to the test against Student Philanthropy Council's trivia questions! At this event, you'll work together to answer questions around Philanthropy at Loyola, Pop Culture, and everyday fun facts. There are some awesome prizes to be won and dinner will be provided! 6:30-8 PM Location TBD

Wednesday, March 22nd

Peace and Justice Studies: The Minor

Join us to learn more about the new Peace and Justice Studies minor that will be available in the Fall and how it can be paired with your already decided major! 6-7:30 PM Location TBD

Thursday, March 30

The Baltimore Environmental Film Series Presents: City of Trees

City of Trees is a documentary film about greening, green job training, and justice efforts with Washington Parks & People.  As part of Loyola’s Baltimore Environmental Film Series, and sponsored by Messina, the Center for the Humanities, and CCSJ, this film will be shown at the historic Senator Theater on Thursday, March 30, at 7p.m., with a community partner panel to follow.

A shuttle will be available from the Loyola Notre Dame Library to the Senator Theatre starting at 6pm, with the last shuttle leaving the Senator at 9:20pm.

Thursday, April 6

Ella Baker Day

Ella Baker Days have been popping up all over the country as a way to honor and celebrate Ms. Baker’s lifetime of community organizing and civil rights activism on behalf of communities, and especially women, of color.  We are excited to bring Ella Baker Day to Loyola and are hoping that this becomes an annual event held each April. This first Ella Baker Day will feature a social justice-themed art contest from local middle and high school aged youth, with two categories for submission (one written, which would include poetry, essays, short stories, etc., and one visual/performance, which would include any type of visual or performance art). 

We will invite finalists to come read/present/perform during our Ella Baker Day event on Thursday, April 6. Then, we will have a keynote speaker (Dr. Rev. Heber Brown III), and then announce the four contest winners at the end of the night.

If you know any local middle/high school aged students from Baltimore City who may be interested in entering, please share the contest information.

6:30 pm
McManus Theatre

More Information Coming Soon for:

WLOY Presents: Coffeehouse

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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