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.
January Theme-Wide Events
February Theme-Wide Events
March Theme-Wide Events
April Theme-Wide Events
Messina Supported Events
Tuesday, January 30 & Wednesday, January 31
Screening of Race: the Power of Illusion - Part 3
Locations and Times TBA
Monday, February 5
Creative Expression as Resistance
Jesse Krimes was an Emerging Artist in Residence at Millersville University in Lancaster, PA when the United States Government indicted him in 2009. He was arrested for possession of cocaine. To hold onto a sense of self and keep his sanity while in prison, Krimes made art. His first works were portraits on shards of soap which he smuggled out of prison hidden in decks of playing cards. His second work was a mural of a mythical landscape: Apokaluptein:16389067. The mural was made on 39 stolen prison bed sheets with hair gel and newspaper images. The bed sheets were manufactured by prison inmates who work for $ .23 an hour. The work not only defied and criticized the prison system, it was a commentary on our society that promotes criminal behavior and punishes people with little thought of reform. Krimes will speak about his experiences at this event in conjunction with his exhibit, Apokaluptein:16389067, that will be on view in the Julio Fine Arts Gallery February 1-28.
Fourth Floor Programming Room
Tuesday, February 6
Nick Licata: Become a Citizen Activist and Change Your World
Nick Licata is the founder of Local Progress (www.localprogress.org), a national municipal policy network and has been named by the Nation as Progressive Municipal Official of the Year. As a longtime Seattle City Councilmember, he sponsored legislation to establish a $15 minimum wage for all city employees and a city-wide inspection program for all rental units, and initiated the city’s Civic Poet program. He will show students and community members how to get organized and master the tactics to create change by leveraging effective communication strategies and congregating local and national people power.
For more information and resources regarding this event, please review our event guide.
Saturday, February 10th
Explore Baltimore: The American Visionary Arts Museum
Messina is offering a limited number of free tickets and transportation for Loyola community members to visit the American Visionary Arts Museum on Saturday, February 10th. Please sign up (via the links below) by Friday February 2nd to reserve your ticket and spot on the bus!
Sign up for the 11am-2:00pm trip
Sign up for the 2:30pm-5:30pm trip
A Loyola ID will be required to board the bus and to receive your free ticket at the museum.
The buses will pick up and drop off at the Loyola Notre Dame Library.
Thursday, February 22
Hue 1968: A Conversation with Mark Bowden
The event features one of Loyola's most prominent alums, author of numerous best-selling books, including Black Hawk Down. The format with be a Q and A with one of Bowden's Loyola teachers, Professor Tom Scheye.
Monday, March 19
Bryan Stevenson: "American Injustice: Mercy, Humanity and Making a Difference"
America has the largest prison population in the world – and the criminal justice system that puts the men, women, and children in these prisons is broken. Excessive punishment and abuse are widespread, and the collateral consequences are devastating lives and communities. An inspiring and unflinchingly honest speaker, Bryan Stevenson talks about defending some of America’s most rejected and marginalized people. The stories he tells are heartbreaking, yet inspiring, and motivate audiences to make a change.
Bryan Stevenson is one of the country's most visionary legal thinkers and social justice advocates. A MacArthur fellow and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, Stevenson is a founding leader of the movement against mass incarceration in the U.S. He recently served on President Obama's task force on 21st-century policing.
Ticket information will be available in mid-February. For more information on Bryan Stevenson and the Equal Justice Initiative, visit www.prhspeakers.com.
Monday, March 26
Loyola University Welcomes Sister Helen Prejean
Sister Helen Prejean is known around the world for her tireless work against the death penalty. She has been instrumental in sparking national dialogue on capital punishment and in shaping the Catholic Church’s newly vigorous opposition to all executions. In 1982, Sister Helen started corresponding with Patrick Sonnier, sentenced to die in the electric chair of Louisiana’s Angola State Prison for the murder of two teenagers. Sonnier asked her to become his spiritual advisor and she accepted. In 1984, Elmo Patrick Sonnier was put to death in the electric chair. Sister Helen was there to witness his execution. In the following months, she became spiritual advisor to another death row inmate, Robert Lee Willie, who soon met the same fate as Sonnier. After witnessing this second execution, Sister Helen realized that this lethal act would remain hidden unless she spoke up about it. She came together with others to hold execution vigils and to march to draw attention to the issue. She founded a support group for victims’ family members called Survive. And she sat down and wrote a book, Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States. Dead Man Walking ignited a national debate on capital punishment and it inspired an Academy Award winning movie, a play and an opera. Over twenty years later and with capital punishment still practiced in 32 states, Sister Helen divides her time between campaigning against the death penalty, counseling individual death row prisoners, and working with murder victims’ family members. She has accompanied five more men to their deaths and is currently spiritual advisor to Manuel Ortiz, a man she believes is innocent of the crime that has put him on death row at Angola for over 23 years. Sister Helen also authored The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions, which was released by Random House in December of 2004. She is presently at work on another book - River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey.
Tuesday, April 3
2018 Hanway Lecture
The 2018 Hanway Lecture will feature Paul Hawken, author of Drawdown: the Most Comprehensive Plan Ever to Reverse Global Warming. Hawken will emphasize a solutions-based discussion of the challenges to our earth. More can be found on his website at http://www.drawdown.org.
Thursday, April 5
Ella Baker Day
Ella Baker Day is an annual and national celebration of the role of Women of Color in the Civil Rights Movement, and a way to honor intersectional activism in ongoing social justice spaces. Ella Baker Day 2018 involves a social justice themed art contest for Baltimore City middle and high school aged youth. Please join us in our celebrations of "Self and Other" during this innovating and inspiring event.
WombWork Productions Black Box Theatre
Monday, April 9
One Question Film Screening
We have one question for you. A thought-provoking question. One any of us can answer in any number of ways. Our ultimate goal is to illustrate the similarities that exist between our neighbors with disabilities and those who do not have a physical or intellectual disability. To see through a new lens. This event will act as a companion event for those who were able to attend Becoming Bulletproof in October.
4th Floor Programming Room
Wednesday, April 11
The Power of One: The One Million Abolitionist Project in Baltimore
Kenneth Morris, Jr, the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass, will speak about Frederick Douglass and inspire activism against human rights abuses today to an audience of local middle and high school students, their teachers, community members, and Loyola faculty, staff, and students involved in the One Million Abolitionists Project--a national initiative launched at the Library of Congress in honor of the bicentennial of Douglass’ birth. After his talk, Morris will sign copies of a special edition of Douglass' slave narrative and audience members will mix for informal discussions and lunch.
Human Flow Film Screening
Friday, April 6th
Major Declaration Day
Wednesday, April 11
1968/2018: The Pen as Sword
"1968/2018: The Pen as Sword" is the theme for this year's Hanna Geldrich-Leffman Language, Literature, and Society Colloquium. We will commemorate the 50th anniversary of this turbulent and important year of social unrest and revolution, highlighting common concerns and their relevance today. Dr. Julian Bourg from Boston College will discuss May '68 in France; Dr. Jaime Pensado from the University of Notre Dame will discuss Mexican Student Protests and the Tlatelolco Massacre; and Dr. Xueping Zhong from Tufts University will discuss the Chinese Cultural Revolution.
Fourth Floor Programming Room