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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.

Thursday, September 13

Loyola Through the Years

Ever wonder what life at Loyola was like in the 1970s, 1990s and Early 2000s? Learn about the history of Loyola from faculty, administrators and aliumni who helped share the school we know and love today.

McGuire Hall East 

Monday, September 17

Screening of I Am Not Your Negro Messina Stories We Tell Image Square

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 Bears

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.

For more information, check out the event guide!

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


Saturday, September 29

Messina Family Weekend Teach-In

Messina will be sponsoring a Family Weekend Teach-In on Saturday, September 29, 2018. Two, 45-minute sessions that demonstrate how Loyola connects learning in and out of the classroom will be offered at 10:00am and 11:15am.  Messina will also sponsor a free coffee and donut social in between the two sessions from 10:45am-11:15am in 2nd floor lobby of Flannery O’Connor Hall. Families may choose to sign up for one or both session time slots.

Register for the Messina Family Weekend Teach-In Here

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


Wednesday, October 3

Richard Hughes, "Why We Must Hear Black Voices"Messina 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.

McGuire Hall 

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.

Tickets available at the box office starting on September 24th! Please note that students must visit the box office to get their ticket.


McGuire Hall

Monday, October 8

Screening of This Is Home (2017)Messina Self and Other Image Square

Since the Syrian civil war began in 2011, over five million people have fled the country. Of those, 21,000 have been accepted into the USA, with 372 finding themselves in Baltimore. Created by award winning filmmaker Alexandra Shiva, This is Home follows four Syrian families who have left their country and are taking their first steps towards a new future in Baltimore.

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.


Thursday, October 11

Howard Zehr, "The Call to Service: A Restorative Vision to Sustain Us"Messina Self and Other Image Square

Howard Zehr, Distinguished Professor of Restorative Justice at Eastern Mennonite University's Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, will speak with us about the importance of a restorative vision. Widely known as “the grandfather of restorative justice,” Zehr began as a practitioner and theorist in restorative justice in the late 1970s at the foundational stage of the field. He has led hundreds of events in more than 25 countries and 35 states, including trainings and consultations on restorative justice, victim-offender conferencing, judicial reform, and other criminal justice matters. Zehr has also used photography to explore issues of justice. A prolific writer and renowned scholar, his books include: The Little Book of Restorative Justice; Changing Lenses: Restorative Justice for Our Times; Pickups: A Love Story, What Will Happen to Me (with Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz); Critical Issues in Restorative Justice (ed., with Barb Toews), The Little Book of Contemplative Photography; The Little Book of Family Group Conferencing, New Zealand Style (with Allan MacRae), Transcending: Reflections of Crime Victims; Doing Life: Reflections of Men and Women Serving Life Without Parole; Changing Lenses: A New Focus for Crime and Justice; and Crime and the Development of Modern Society: Patterns of Criminality in Nineteenth Century Germany and France. This event is part of the Bunting Peace & Justice Studies Speaker Series.

McGuire Hall East


Monday, October 15, 2018

A lecture by James Baldwin Scholar Magdalena Zaborowska, PhD.
After the Fire: Archiving James Baldwin’s Home in France"

The last sixteen years of James Baldwin's life (1971–87) unfolded in a village in the South of France, in a sprawling house nicknamed “Chez Baldwin.” In her recent book,  Me and My House: James Baldwin’s Last Decade in France (Duke UP 2018), Magdalena J. Zaborowska employs Baldwin’s home space as a lens through which to expand his biography and explore the politics and poetics of blackness, queerness, and domesticity in his complex and underappreciated later works. Zaborowska shows how the themes of dwelling and black queer male sexuality in The Welcome Table, Just above My Head, and If Beale Street Could Talk directly stem from Chez Baldwin's influence on the writer. The house was partially torn down in 2014; now its documentation may endure in digital form. 

Beginning with a reading of Baldwin's The Fire Next Time as a meditation on the national house, this lecture offers new insights into Baldwin's life, writing, and domestic relationships, arguing for his works as essential reading for our own, racially vexed and politically troubled moment.


4th Floor Program Room, Andrew White Student Center 


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.

Check out the event guide!


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

Martin Luther King Panel DiscussionMessina 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.

4PM - 5:30PM
AWSC 4th Floor Program Room

Tuesday, November 13

William Julius Wilson: “Race Relations in the Age of Trump”Messina Self and Other Image Square

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.


McGuire Hall.


Explore Baltimore: Miracle on 34th 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

Monday, October 22

Interfaith Justice: Beyond Rhetoric

In General Congregation 35, Jesuits declare, “Our mission of faith and justice, dialogue of religions and cultures has acquired dimensions that no longer allow us to conceive of the world as composed of separate entities; we must see it as a unified whole in which we depend on one another.” So, too, Fr. Francis Clooney, S.J., an inter-faith scholar, calls for a “widening of horizons and an initiation of new conversations” in interfaith dialogue. How do we help create genuine openness and spaces at Loyola and in the world for people of all faith backgrounds and ethical traditions to flourish and to share the best of themselves? Come hear personal stories that cast light on inter-faith justice.

7 pm
Fourth Floor Programming Room

Click here for more information 

Tuesday, October 30

Natural Sciences Grand Seminar: "Modern Math in Medieval Islamic Architecture"

Loyola University Maryland’s academic division of natural and applied sciences presents the 2018-19 Grand Seminar featuring Peter Lu, Ph.D., a physics research fellow in the Department of Physics in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 6:30 p.m. in McGuire Hall.
Lu will present his lecture, “Modern Math in Medieval Islamic Architecture.”  Lu will present his findings of Medieval Islamic Architecture as seen across North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. His findings suggest medieval Islamic architecture pieces were put together through a series of decorated puzzle pieces versus by a compass and straightedge.

The Grand Seminar is free and open to the public; registration is not required, but encouraged due to seating. The talk will begin at 6:30 p.m. A Meet & Greet with Dr. Lu will take place before his talk from 5 - 6:15 p.m in McGuire Hall. All are welcome, but registration is required for the Meet & Greet.

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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

Wednesday, November 14

Loyola Innovation Talks

TedX-like storytelling evening will feature Laurin Leonard of Mission: Launch and R3 Score, Charlie Taibi, ’10, CEO of Year On, and a third entrepreneur, followed by a panel and discussion, on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 6 - 8 p.m., in McGuire Hall. A reception with light refreshments will follow. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged, but not required.

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