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Messina Calendar of Events Fall 2018

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 8

Explore Baltimore: Hampdenfest in HampdenExplore Baltimore Image

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 pick up at Newman Towers  and drop off at 37th & Chestnut in Hampden.   Shuttles will run continuously from 1pm-7pm.

Monday, September 17

Screening of I Am Not Your Negro

The award winning documentary is directed by Raoul Peck and narrated by Samuel L. Jackson.  The film is based on James Baldwin’s  notes for his unfinished memoir, “Remember this House,” and tells the story of race and racism in the United States.  The film draws on Baldwin’s personal observations and reflections and also offers insights into the activism of Malcolm X, Medgar Evers, and Martin Luther King Jr.

Senator Theatre

Messina is sponsoring a shuttle from the Loyola Notre Dame Library to the Senator Theatre. The shuttle will leave the library at 5pm, 5:30pm, 6:00pm and 6:30pm to drop off at the Sentor Theatre. The bus will return after the film, at 8:30pm to shuttle folks back to campus. Tickets are free! Just be sure to bring your Loyola ID.


Tuesday, September 18

Climate risk, national security and migration: People, not Polar Bear

Rear Admiral David Titley, founding Director of the Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk at Pennsylvania State University, and former chief operating officer for NOAA as well as the former chief oceanographer of the US Navy, will address the need and means to address climate risks to produce resiliency. His vast experience with the US Navy and NOAA, and as a consultant or board member in myriad organizations that both intersect with and transcend government, have led him to a second career as a university professor whose main focus is promoting organized and scientifically based responses to climate change in the practical realm of how businesses and the military operate.

Loyola Notre Dame Library Auditorium
Talk begins at 6PM

There will be a reception at 5:30PM in the lobby of the library.

Space is limited to 100 attendees. Please register for the event on Eventbrite using the password: messina


Sunday, September 30

Explore Baltimore: Baltimore Book FestivalExplore Baltimore Image

Explore the 2018 Baltimore Book Festival located at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The festival includes book signings, author appearances, exhibitors, readings, workshops, and panel discussions.

The shuttle will depart from Newman Tower and drop-off/pick up near the Inner Harbor. The shuttle will run continuous loops from 12pm-6pm.


Wednesday, October 3

King in Context: Then and NowMessina Stories We Tell Image Square

This lecture sets Martin Luther King's Letter from Birmingham Jail in historical context, demonstrates the theological issues raised in the text, and point out the constructive value of the text for today particularly in the light of debates over white supremacy and its features.


Location TBD

Friday, October 5

An Evening with Ruth Carter and Black Panther Messina Visionary Image Square

Join Ruth Carter, Academy Award nominated costume designer, as she talks about her "Afrofuturistic" work for Marvel's Black Panther. Ruth’s talk will be a retrospective of her work, including Black Panther, as well as some of the challenges she faces as a woman of color in Hollywood. Afterwards, stay to watch "Black Panther" and see Ruth Carter's designs come to life.


McGuire Hall


Monday, October 22

Baltimore Environmental Film Series - "What Lies Upstream"

In a time where the federal government moves toward environmental deregulation, 'What Lies Upstream' is a look at the 2014 chemical spill in Charleston, West Virginia that left 300,000 without safe tap water. The filmmaker investigates what happens when government regulators defer to the companies they are supposed to regulate. Which begs the question - is this an isolated event or can we expect further crises in other states moving forward.


McGuire Hall


Monday, October 29

Becoming BulletproofMessina 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.


4th Floor Programming Room


Wednesday, November 7

The Ongoing Significance of MLK's Letter from Birmingham JailMessina Visionary Image Square

Arrested on Good Friday, April 12th, 1963, (the same year that James Baldwin published The Fire Next Time), Martin Luther King, Jr. was placed in solitary confinement for violating a court order against protesting, King wrote in the margins of a newspaper with a borrowed pencil what has become a classic text, translated into more than 40 languages. In this event three panelists, all engaged in civil rights projects in Baltimore, will comment on a dozen passages from MLK's Letter from Birmingham Jail in order to demonstrate its significance and ongoing relevance. While the panelists are speaking, the quotes will be projected on the auditorium screen in order that the audience may compose their own thoughts and reactions.


Location TBD

Tuesday, November 13

William Julius Wilson: “Race Relations in the Age of Trump”

William Julius Wilson, Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University, will address the structural roots of urban poverty and race relations today. A renowned sociologist, his books include Power, Racism and Privilege (1973), The Declining Significance of Race (1978), The Truly Disadvantaged (1987), When Work Disappears (1996), The Bridge over the Racial Divide (1999), There Goes the Neighborhood (2006, co-author), Good Kids from Bad Neighborhoods (2006, co-author), and, most recently, More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City (2009). This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Peace and Justice Studies, Messina, and the Center for Community Service and Justice, with financial support from the President’s Office.

There will be a reception at 5pm and the talk will begin at 6pm in McGuire Hall.


Explore Baltimore: Miracle on 33rd Street in Hampden Explore Baltimore Image

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.

Saturday, December 1

A shuttle will run from Boulder to Hampden every half hour starting at 6:00pm.The last shuttle will leave Hampden (in front of The Charmery) at 11:00pm.   

Sunday, December 9

A shuttle will run from Boulder to Hampden every half hour starting at 5:00pm.   The last shuttle will leave Hampden (in front of The Charmery) at 9:00pm.  

Supported Events

Thursday, November 1

French Week 2018: "Ma France à moi: My France"

To celebrate National French Week this year, the French Section of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is organizing a week of cultural events entitled, “Ma France à moi: My France,” to be held at Loyola University Maryland from November 1-8, 2018. We will focus on the ways that learning French and living, working, or studying in France or in other Francophone countries have influenced the lives and careers of current and former Loyola students and faculty members.


4th Floor Programming Room

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