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Messina Calendar of Events Spring 2020

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 and the surrounding Baltimore community unless otherwise noted.

January Theme-Wide Events  
February Theme-Wide Events
March Theme-Wide Events
April Theme-Wide Events
Messina Supported Events

January

Friday, January 17

Movie Night at The Charles Theatre: Just MercyMessina Image Square

A powerful and thought-provoking true story, “Just Mercy” follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan might have had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Larson). One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds and the system stacked against them.

Tickets cost $5 and include both transportation and your movie ticket.  There are 40 spots available for this trip.  Students can register and purchase tickets in the Student Activities Office!

The anticipated movie showtime is 6:45pm.  The shuttle will pick-up students that have registered/paid from Boulder at 5:45pm and will return to campus at 9:45pm.    

Sponsored by Student Activities and Messina
$5 movie kick-off event
Shuttle Departure at 5:45pm, Shuttle from Boulder

 

Tuesday, January 21

MLK Convocation – Rev. Dr. William J. Barber IIMessina Image SquareMessina Self and Other Image Square

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, pastor and social justice advocate, will discuss current event issues related to social and racial justice during his lecture, "FierceUrgency of Now."

The MLK Convocation, celebrating its 27th year, is an occasion for Loyola and the Baltimore community to launch the spring semester and the New Year by coming together for shared inquiry into legacies of race and racial justice in America. Past speakers have included Octavia Butler, Spike Lee, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Roxane Gay.

This event is free and open to the public; however, advance registration is encouraged. To reserve your seats, please use the registration form.

Sponsored by Academic Affairs and Messina
A Common Text and Self and Other theme-wide event
7 p.m., Reitz Arena

 

Saturday, January 25

Explore Baltimore: The Foodie Experience – R.  HouseExplore Baltimore Image

This Explore Baltimore trip will give you the opportunity to discover Remington, a diverse neighborhood just ten minutes south of Loyola.  R. House is the ultimate “Foodie Experience.”  This industrial-chic food hall is located in a building that was formerly a body shop and has roll-up garage doors.  It was started by ten chefs who believed that uniting to launch their restaurants was better than going at it alone.  The food hall currently houses eight different vendors and a Pop Up kitchen that allows chefs to test new recipes.

For more information including a list of vendors and their menus, please visit https://r.housebaltimore.com/.  

Messina is sponsoring a free shuttle service for students to and from R. House.  Shuttles will pick-up students from Boulder and will run on a continuous loop starting at 4:00pm.  The last bus returning to campus will depart the food hall at 8:00pm.

Sponsored by Messina
An Explore Baltimore event
4 p.m. - 8 p.m., Shuttle from Boulder

 

Thursday, January 30

Artist Talk for Gallery, Amy RitterMessina Image SquareMessina Stories We Tell Image Square

Amy Ritter is a Brooklyn- based artist. Ritter’s work is an exploration of her relationship to her physical self vis-à-vis mobile homes and their interior landscapes. It stages her memories of her experience of growing up in a mobile home community—a place she’s left but still feels rooted to.

In Amy’s own Words: “My work is an exploration of my relationship to my physical self vis-à-vis mobile homes and their interior landscapes. It stages my memories of my experience of growing up in a mobile home community—a place I’ve left but still feel rooted to. Using Xerox prints, plywood, and cinderblocks—materials that relate back to the makeshift homes of my past—I aim to represent and understand the environment I came from and navigate the place I inhabit now.

Sponsored by The Department of Fine Arts and Messina
Common Text and Stories We Tell theme-wide event
6 p.m. - 8 p.m., McManus Theatre

 

February

Tuesday, February 4

Speak Up! To Microaggressions Workshop Session OneMessina Image Square

This exciting new program will help students to identify microaggressions, understand their impact, and practice strategies to address them.  Working groups will have a chance to sign up their class for one of three workshops in the month of February.

A Messina Event
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., McGuire Hall West

 

Sunday, February 9

Explore Baltimore: The Foodie Experience – Mount Vernon MarketplaceExplore Baltimore Image

Mount Vernon Marketplace, situated in the historic Mount Vernon district, is known for its freshly prepared, global, artisanal foods.  With a choice of 16 vendors, you are sure to find something you like!  This food hall is located just outside of Downtown Baltimore and when you visit, you will have access to other local favorite spots including The Walters Art Museum, Maryland Historical Society, and George Peabody Library.

For more information including a list of vendors and their menus, please visit http://mtvernonmarketplace.com/.  

Messina is sponsoring a free shuttle service for students to and from Mount Vernon Marketplace.  More shuttle information to come.

Sponsored by Messina
An Explore Baltimore event
11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Shuttle Location TBA

 

Monday, February 10Messina Image Square

Speak Up! To Microaggressions Workshop Session Two

This exciting new program will help students to identify microaggressions, understand their impact, and practice strategies to address them.  Working groups will have a chance to sign up their class for one of three workshops in the month of February.

A Messina event
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., McGuire Hall West

 

Monday, February 17

How to Retire a Millionaire, and Other Financial Life LessonsMessina Image Square

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

Sponsored by The Accounting Department and Messina
A Messina event
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., McGuire Hall East

 

Tuesday, February 18

Ready for Anything PanelMessina Image Square

This event will bring a panel of young Loyola alumni to campus from various careers to illuminate the ways Loyola alumni have leveraged the Humanities-based core curriculum in defining their own professional and personal journeys since graduating. Participants will learn more about becoming well rounded graduates with the breadth of the liberal arts and depth in a chose focus area to prepare themselves for the professional world.  A light dinner will be served.

Sponsored by The Career Center and Messina
A Messina event
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., McGuire Hall West

 

Sunday, February 23

Speak Up! To Microaggressions Workshop Session ThreeMessina Image Square

This exciting new program will help students to identify microaggressions, understand their impact, and practice strategies to address them.  Working groups will have a chance to sign up their class for one of three workshops in the month of February.

A Messina event
5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., McGuire Hall West

 

Tuesday, February 25

Voices from Charm CityMessina Self and Other Image Square

Cast members from the movie Charm City will participate in a discussion about Baltimore past, present and future.  Alex Long has long been a product of the Baltimore streets. His father was in prison by the time Alex was six, and he was shuttled into foster care by the time he was eight. Alex found a home at Rose Street, and helps Mr. “C”, the founder of the Rose Street Community Center, with his homegrown programs including neighborhood trash collection, gang mediation and his own brand of de-escalation training. And though Alex formalizes his role as a neighborhood peacekeeper by joining Safe Streets, the Baltimore equivalent of the better-known Chicago Interrupters, we learn this cannot protect him from the violence engulfing Baltimore.

Sponsored by Messina
A Self and Other theme-wide event
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., 4th Floor Program Room

 

March

Tuesday, March 10

Movie Screening: Baltimore’s Strange Fruit

Baltimore's Strange Fruit is a documentary film produced by Black Yield Institute, directed by Eric Jackson and Maddie Hardy, exploring the intersections of food, land, and race and class politics through personal narrative and social commentary.   For more information, visit https://www.bmorestrangefruit.com/trailer.  

Sponsored by The York Road Institute, CCSJ, Education for Life, The Center for the Humanities, The Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program, and Messina
The Good Life theme-wide event
6 p.m. - 9 p.m., 4th Floor Program Room

 

Wednesday, March 11

An Evening with R. Eric Thomas: Lecture and ReadingMessina Stories We Tell Image Square

R. Eric Thomas will talk about his upcoming debut memoir-in-essays, entitled Here For It, or How to Save Your Soul in America being published by Ballantine Books in February 2020. In essays by turns hysterical and heartfelt, Eric redefines what it means to be an “other” through the lens of his own life experience. He explores the two worlds of his childhood: the barren urban landscape where his parents’ house was an anomalous bright spot, and the verdant school they sent him to in white suburbia.

He is a playwright, the long-running host of The Moth in Philadelphia and D.C., and he is a Senior Staff Writer for Elle.com where he writes “Eric Reads the News,” a daily current events and culture column. He won the 2016 Barrymore Award for Best New Play and the 2018 Dramatists Guild Lanford Wilson Award and received a 2017/2018 National New Play Network Commission.

Sponsored by Spectrum, The LGBTQ+ Experience, and Messina
A Stories We Tell theme-wide event
Time TBA, Location TBA

 

Thursday, March 19

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

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. 

Sponsored by Messina
A Common Text event 
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., McGuire Hall

 

Sunday, March 22

Explore Baltimore: The Foodie Experience – Broadway Market (Fells Point) Explore Baltimore Image

Broadway Market was one of the first public markets in Baltimore, opening its doors in 1786.  Historically the market served as a major source of food for the city including stalls, barns, and weighing stations for livestock brought by farmers to sell.  The food hall now features ten vendors offering a variety of different foods.  Broadway Market is in the heart of Fells Point and is a quick walk to other attractions including a view of the Patapsco River, Broadway Square, and numerous boutique shops.

For more information including a list of vendors and their menus, please visit https://broadwaymarketbaltimore.com/.  

Messina is sponsoring a free shuttle service for students to and from Broadway Market.  More shuttle information to come.

Sponsored by Messina
An Explore Baltimore event 
11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Shuttle Location TBA

 

Tuesday, March 24

Building a Better World Through Business Keynote Speaker: Kavita Shukla on "Changing the World, One Piece of Paper at a Time"Messina Visionary Image Square

Kavita Shukla is the Founder and CEO of The FRESHGLOW Co. and the inventor of FreshPaper.  What started as a middle-school science project—inspired by an Indian home remedy—soon developed into a world-changing innovation taking on the massive challenge of global food waste. Made from organic spices, FreshPaper is a disposable, recyclable, and biodegradable sheet that naturally keeps produce fresh for longer—thereby reducing food spoilage. Today, it’s used by farmers and families around the globe, and The FRESHGLOW Co. has partnered with some of the largest retailers in the world. The young entrepreneur holds four patents (and several international honors) for her innovation, and was the youngest woman ever to receive the INDEX Design to Improve Life Award—the world’s largest prize for design, presented by the Crown Princess of Denmark.

Shukla’s story of simple beginnings, belief, and empowerment has inspired millions worldwide—even becoming the subject of a short film by Hollywood actress and director Bryce Dallas Howard. Shukla has spoken about the power of simple ideas at the White House, the United Nations, SXSW, the Global Entrepreneurship Congress, TEDxManhattan, Harvard University, MIT, and Johns Hopkins University. She was also a featured speaker at the Women in the World Summit, along with Hillary Clinton, Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep, and Oprah Winfrey. Shukla was honored at Variety’s annual “Power of Women” alongside March for Our Lives’ Emma Gonzalez, Emmy Award winner Tiffany Haddish, and Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman. Recently, she was invited to testify before the United States Congress about how her simple innovation went global.

Shukla’s innovations and her quest to take on global food waste have been featured by CNN, Bloomberg, The New York Times, Fortune, The Washington Post, The Economist, Oprah Magazine, Glamour, and The Today Show. She has been inducted into the National Gallery for America’s Young Inventors, and was a First Place Winner at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair. She holds a BA from Harvard University.

In this talk, Shukla shares the story of how FreshPaper came to be, and the challenges she’s faced—and overcome—in her journey as a young entrepreneur, businesswoman, and activist for global social change.

This event is free of charge and open to the Baltimore community, students, alumni, faculty and staff. Registration is required.

Sponsored by CCSJ, CI&E, SGA, and Messina
The Visionary theme-wide event
7 p.m., McManus Theatre

 

April

Sunday, April 5

Explore Baltimore: The Foodie Experience – Cross Street Market (Federal Hill)Explore Baltimore Image

Cross Street Market dates back to 1845 and was once just an open air shed where vendors sold meat, poultry, seafood, and vegetables.  The food hall, after several renovations is now home to 22 independent businesses.  This Explore Baltimore trip will give you the opportunity to discover not only Cross Street Market, but also the surrounding Federal Hill neighborhood.  Other popular Federal Hill attractions include American Visionary Art Museum, a view of the harbor, and Federal Hill Park.

For more information including a list of vendors and their menus, please visit https://www.crossstmarket.com/.  

Messina is sponsoring a free shuttle service for students to and from Cross Street Market.  More shuttle information to come.

Sponsored by Messina
An Explore Baltimore event
11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Shuttle Location TBA

 

Monday, April 20

One QuestionMessina Visionary Image Square

We have one question for you. Just one. But your answer, a short film, and a conversation with a great panel of speakers will make this an event that you'll keep thinking about. Plus, we'll have snacks you won't want to miss.

Sponsored by The Writing Department, CCSJ, and Messina
A The Visionary theme-wide event
7 p.m. - 9 p.m., 4th Floor Program Room

 

Wednesday, April 22

Earth Day Celebration/Climate Change Panel

More information to come!

Sponsored by SGA and Messina
A The Good Life theme-wide event
Time TBA, 4th Floor Program Room

 

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