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Messina Calendar of Events Fall 2020

All of our Fall 2020 events will be hosted virtually. We will continue to update this page with any changes to our Messina events calendar.

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

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

September

Thursday, September 24

Messina Welcomes Sarah Smarsh, Author of Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth

Sarah Smarsh is the author of Heartland:  A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth, which became an instant New York Times bestseller and was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award.  She has covered socioeconomic class, politics, and public policy for the Guardian, the New York Times, the Texas Observer, Pacific Standard, the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, and many other publications. A 2018 Joan Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and a former professor of nonfiction writing, Smarsh is a frequent speaker and media commentator on economic inequality. She lives in Kansas.

Recording Available Here

Sponsored by Loyola Votes and Messina
A Common Text event
7 p.m.

 

Wednesday, September 30

Common Text Panel Presentation: Dear America and Ethnic Anti-racism

Representatives from organizations working on the US Border and with immigrant communities in the United States will discuss the intersections of immigration and racism in their daily work.

Recording Available Here

Sponsored by Messina
A Common Text event
7 p.m.

 

October

Tuesday, October 6

Disability Justice Panel (Loyola’s Commitment to Justice Annual Event)

In 2010, Fr. Rick Curry, S.J., who was born without a right arm, stated “At six, because of my arm, I was told I could not be a soldier. I could not be a priest. I could not be a doctor. Well, I have a doctorate, I’m a priest, and I’m working with the military. I think that’s proof that it’s not smart to circumscribe God.” More recently, in his message for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Pope Francis noted “In recent years inclusive processes have been put in place and developed, but this is still not enough, because, in addition to physical barriers, prejudice also gives rise to limitations on access to education for all, employment and participation.” 

On the 30th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, how can Loyola move beyond ableism to welcome and support people with disabilities? And how can we, as a Jesuit, Catholic university anchored in Baltimore, support community partners who are committed to this work? Come hear personal and community stories about disability justice and join in discussions on how we all may contribute to positive change on our campus and in Baltimore. 

Recording Available Here

Sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, CCSJ, Campus Ministry, DSS, Education for Life, and Messina
An theme-wide event
7:30 p.m.

 

Thursday, October 8

The Bunting Peace and Justice Speaker Series Presents:  "Where People Power Meets Peacebuilding" 

Dr. Stephan directs the Program on Nonviolent Action at the U.S. Institute of Peace, which conducts research, training and education, and informs policymakers on the roles played by civil resistance and people power movements in advancing human rights and sustainable peace. Her talk will explore the relationship between civil resistance and peacebuilding and make the case for their synergy, with reflections on the current moment and suggestions for practitioners.

Recording Available Here

Sponsored by the Office of Peace and Justice, the Office of Equity and Inclusion, and Messina
A theme-wide event
12:15 p.m.

 

Thursday, October 22

The Refugee Crisis: Why So Many People Are on the Move and What We Can do About It – Lecture by Elizabeth Cullen Dunn, PhD., Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar

Today, more than 71 million people---a population larger than the population of France---are refugees, asylum seekers, or internally displaced people. Why are so many people displaced today, and why do the numbers keep skyrocketing? Can the UN system aid them, and what happens to the countries that host them? Most importantly, what can be done to help people start their lives again after displacement, rather than waiting in limbo? In this lecture, I will talk about the causes and effects of mass displacement, why attempts to help keep failing, and what can be done to help both displaced people and their host countries. Elizabeth Cullen Dunn may be contacted at elcdunn@indiana.edu. 

Recording Available Here

Sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa and Messina
A Common Text and theme-wide event
6 p.m.

 

Thursday, October 29

The Subtleties of Overt Racism: Continuing the Conversation

A Q&A with Alex Smith, Open Society Institute Community Fellow, Director of the McElderry Youth Redemption Boxing Program, and Violence Interrupter for Baltimore Safe Streets Program

Register Here

Sponsored by Messina
A theme-wide Event
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

 

November

Thursday, November 5

Pop-Up Election Debrief

The Pop-Up Election Debrief event will serve as an opportunity for students to reflect on the election, what happened, why it happened, and how to move forward.  This processing space will include discussion facilitators from various offices across the university. 

Sponsored by Messina
A Messina event
7 p.m.

 

Tuesday, November 10

How to Retire a Millionaire, and Other Financial Life Lessons

Learn how taxes work, how to make debt less painful, and why now is the best time to start planning for retirement.

Register Here

Sponsored by The Accounting Department and Messina
A Messina event
6 p.m.

 

Thursday, November 19

Common Text Panel Presentation: Baltimore and Immigration

The panel will discuss the history of immigration in Baltimore and current efforts underway to welcome and support Baltimore’s newest residents.  The panel will include Nick Fessenden (Baltimore Immigration Museum) and representatives from local organizations that serve the Baltimore immigrant community.

Sponsored by Messina
A Common Text event
7 p.m.

 

Supported Events

Explore Baltimore Image

Explore Baltimore Image

Explore Baltimore Image

Asynchronous Event - Available Anytime

Film Streaming: Becoming Bulletproof

Messina sponsors an asynchronous, streaming movie night! 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. Watch to see how a simple movie can offer you an opportunity to think, to connect, to act.

Please note: TubiTV, the streaming platform for this film, is a free streaming service that is ad supported.  To access the free film, please use the following link.

Access Becoming Bulletproof here!  

Sponsored by the Writing Department and Messina
A theme-wide event
Asynchronous Streaming

 

Asynchronous Event - Available Anytime

Film Streaming: Charm City

Messina sponsors an asynchronous, streaming movie night! Charm City is a candid portrait of citizens, police, community advocates, and government officials on the frontlines during three years of unparalleled, escalating violence in Baltimore. The film highlights the positive actions undertaken by groups and individuals, who come together to rebuild, heal, and forge a better way forward. Official Selection at the Tribeca Film Festival.

To access the free film, please use the following link and your Loyola login information.

Access Charm City here!

Sponsored by Messina
A theme-wide event
Asynchronous Streaming


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