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Messina Calendar of Events Spring 2024

We will continue to update this page with any changes to our Messina events calendar. Visit our page on The Bridge for event information and registration!

Messina co-sponsored theme-wide and supported events are open to all Loyola community members and the surrounding Baltimore community unless otherwise noted. Anyone on campus who would like to submit an event idea for Messina co-sponsorship can find more information on our co-sponsorship webpage.

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Saturday, January 20

Duckpin Bowling at Stoneleigh Lanes

Messina has rented out an entire local bowling alley for students to come and learn one of Baltimore's finest traditions, Duckpin Bowling! Come play and learn what makes this game a little different than regular bowling. Shoes will be provided at the bowling alley as well as all games you can play before they close. Bring your Messina classmates, roommates, friends or come by yourself and meet new friends!

A shuttle bus will pick-up students outside Boulder once at 7:45pm and another at 8:15pm. A bus will take students back to campus at 10:30pm and another at 11:00pm

Students need to register in advance as there is a 80 person capacity limit at the bowling alley. Students will sign-in on the Bridge when boarding the shuttle.

For more information, please email

Sponsored by Messina
A theme-wide event
8pm - 11pm at Stoneleigh Lanes

Wednesday, January 24

MLK Convocation

Please join us on Wednesday, January 24 from 6:30pm-8pm in McGuire Hall East as we welcome Dr. Freeman Hrabowski III, President Emeritus of UMBC to deliver Loyola University Maryland’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Convocation address. "Looking Back to Look Forward 1964-2024" will be moderated by Karsonya Wise Whitehead, Ph.D., founding director of the Karson Institute for Race, Peace & Social Justice and professor of communication and African and African American Studies at Loyola. The discussion will focus on the 60th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and will offer in-depth perspectives on the evolution of voting rights in the United States, the generational impact of Jim and Jane Crow, and the intersections of gender discrimination and racial oppression in higher education.

This event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is encouraged. The convocation will also be live-streamed via YouTube, and closed captioning will be provided.

The Martin Luther King, Jr., Convocation, celebrating its 31st 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 the issues of social justice, politics, spirituality, and the legacies of race and racial justice in America. The convocation is co-sponsored by the Office of the President, Office of Equity and Inclusion, Messina, and the Karson Institute for Race, Peace, & Social Justice.

A theme-wide event
6:30pm - 8:00pm, McGuire Hall East

Friday, January 26

Screening of "The Loyola Project"

Join us for popcorn and a film screening of "The Loyola Project", a 63 for 63 documentary about the 1963 Loyola Chicago men's basketball team and how they broke racial barriers and changed college basketball forever. The film will be followed by a Q&A led by Dr. Kaye Whitehead with Dr. Nona Storr, a Loyola Chicago Public History alum who is featured in the film, and Erik Etherly ('13), a Loyola men's basketball alum and member of Loyola's 2012 NCAA tournament team. More information can be found on the film's website.

Please contact Andrea Hoffman, Assistant Director of Student Athlete Support Services at with any questions.

Sponsored by SA4SJ, Student-Athlete Support Services, ALANA, & Messina
A theme-wide event
Film will start at 6:00pm and the discussion should go to 8:00pm, McManus Theatre


Friday, February 2

Winter Beach Party

Residence Life and Messina have teamed up to deliver an unforgettable winter beach party experience to welcome our students back to campus. Winter-themed games, prizes, activities coupled with a full hot chocolate bar will warm any heart and get you ready for the semester ahead. Don't get left out in the cold and miss this event!

Please contact with any questions.

Sponsored by Residence Life & Messina
A theme-wide event
6:30pm - 9pm, 4th Floor Programming Room

Monday, February 12

The Doctor Who Wasn’t There: Technology, Health, and Social Justice

This lecture-style event will discuss the ever-changing world of healthcare and technology and its impact on public health. A specific focus will be given to how public health affects different socioeconomic levels.

Please register on the Bridge to ensure a seat. Please contact with any questions.

Sponsored by the History Department, Health Studies, & Messina
A common text event
5:00pm - 7:00pm, 4th Floor Programming Room

Thursday, February 15

Taylor Swift as Philosophy: Trauma and Break-Up

'Right Where You Left Me' is an insightful phenomenological analysis of post-breakup trauma,' according to Philosophy professor Drew Leder. This event is part discussion and part analysis of how Taylor Swift explores the way in which trauma can freeze the spatiotemporal and social world. Sometimes we are 'sitting in a restaurant,' frozen, unable to move on after an unexpected breakup. Typically, college is where people experience their first major break-up and they don't have the coping mechanisms developed yet to move on and tend to lean to music to help them get by. Students are encouraged to share how Taylor Swift or music in general has helped them deal with a break-up and are also encouraged to nominate a Taylor Swift song they want analyzed together with Dr. Leder.

Students are encouraged to register on the Bridge ahead of time because a full audience is expected. Please contact with any questions.

Sponsored by the Philosophy department & Messina
A theme-wide event
Knott Hall B03 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Thursday, February 22

Major and Minor Exploration Fair

Come out and meet professors and department chairs from every major and minor that Loyola has to offer. Get all your questions answered under one roof. There will be academic advisors on hand for anyone wishing to declare a major or minor that day.

Please contact with any questions

Sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Studies, AASC, & Messina
A campus-wide event
11:30am - 2pm, McGuire Hall

Thursday, February 22

Gallery Event: Devin Allen "A Part of Me Died With You"

The Julio Fine Arts Gallery is very excited to welcome Baltimore artist Devin Allen to Loyola’s campus! The exhibition, "A Part of Me Died With You," will serve as this year’s Common Text Exhibition in the gallery and will run from February 22nd through March 27th. Devin Allen, a self-taught artist, gained notoriety after his photograph of the Baltimore Uprising was published on the cover of TIME in May 2015. His photograph from a Black Trans Lives Matter Protest once again graced the cover of TIME in June 2020. He is the author of two books, A Beautiful Ghetto (2017), and No Justice, No Peace: From the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter (2022). Allen is a Baltimore native who is deeply invested in activism to break down racial injustices, tying in beautifully with the message of this year’s Common Text: we must fight the injustices at every level to get what is right for our children, our community, our city. That Allen’s work is placed in Baltimore will allow our Messina students to reflect on what needs to be done right here. On February 22 we will host Devin Allen for an Artist Talk/Q&A in McManus Theatre at 6:30PM. This will be immediately followed by a reception in the gallery, where Devin Allen will be available to talk to attendees about the work in the show.

Please contact with any questions

Sponsored by the Gallery & Messina
A common-text event
6:30pm, McManus Theater


Thursday, March 14

Humanities Symposium 

Award-winning writer, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, the author of this year's Humanities Symposium text, will share reasons for (and remembrances of) the importance of maintaining wonder and curiosity in our lives, what's at stake when we ignore wonder, and how contagious sharing our moments of wonder can be. Although this talk will be of particular interest to faculty and students who will be studying her book, World of Wonders, an essay collection that celebrates nature, it is not necessary to have read the book to appreciate the talk and her call to slow down and notice the world around us. 

Please contact Marian Crotty at with any questions.

Sponsored by the Center for the Humanities
A theme-wide event
6:30pm in McGuire Hall

Saturday, March 23

Mexodus Matinee

This musical blends Hip-Hop and history to tell a unique story about the Underground Railroad that led south, highlighting the power of Black and Brown unity. A groundbreaking, theatrical experience, Mexodus is a live-looped musical, composed in real time, that explores the often-untold stories of enslaved people in the United States who sought freedom in Mexico.

The bus departs Newman Towers at 1:30pm and should get back to campus around 5pm. Show is Baltimore Center Stage. Tickets are open to faculty, students, and staff. Anyone planning on bring their entire Messina section, please contact Patrick Murnane ahead of time.

Registration assures you a seat on the bus and in the theatre. To ensure a seat, students should register for Mexodus ahead of time on The Bridge. Please contact Patrick Murnane at or with any questions.

Sponsored by Messina and ALANA
A themed-wide event
Bus departs at 1:30pm in front of Newman Towers and returns to campus around 5pm


Wednesday, April 3

Common Text Keynote with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, author of this year's common text, What The Eyes Don't See, will be on campus to discuss her book. Dy. Kaye Whitehead will be leading the discussion. There will be plenty of time for questions from the audience as well as an opportunity to get your book signed.

Sponsored by Messina
A Common Text event
6 p.m. - 7 p.m. in McGuire Hall
Book signing at 7 p.m. following Keynote

Thursday, April 4

Caulfield Lecture

The 2024 Caulfield Lecture features reporters who investigated the Flint water crisis and brought award-winning coverage to the public as the story unfolded. The one-hour panel discussion takes place on April 4 at 5pm in McGuire East.

Please register on the Bridge to ensure a seat. Please contact with any questions.

Sponsored by Messina
A theme-wide event
5pm in McGuire East

Monday, April 8

One Question

One Question is an interactive event designed to help the audience envision a world where we see ability rather than disability. The event combines a short film, "What Makes You Happy?" with a panel discussion and some additional activities that incorporate the audience, so that they become part of the event rather than passively receiving information. The event centers on our neighbors with disabilities, and our panel usually consists of four to six individuals with disabilities who share stories about their lives and answer questions from the audience. The goal is to raise awareness about our neighbors with disabilities and our relationship with them—to envision a world where we see potential and ability first. 

Please register on the Bridge to ensure a seat. Please contact with any questions.

Sponsored by the Writing Department & Messina
A theme-wide event
7pm, McGuire Hall West

Wednesday, April 10

Global Foodways

Global Foodways: The Intersections of Food Politics and Cultural Identity, will explore the ideological and cultural uses of food throughout the world. Our Colloquium aims to bring together speakers from four language areas (Chinese, French, Italian, & Spanish) and multiple disciplines to draw connections between languages, disciplines, and historical periods in food studies.

Please register on the Bridge to ensure a seat. Please contact with any questions.

Sponsored by the Modern Languages and Literature Department & Messina
A theme-wide event
11am - 6pm in the 4th Floor Program Room with keynote speakers at 11am, 2pm, & 3pm

Wednesday, April 10

Ella Baker Day

Dr. Kaye Whitehead and special guest Dr. Nadine Finigan-Carr from the University of Baltimore will be discussing Ella Baker and her role in the Civil Rights Movement. Special attention will be paid to the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Brown v Board of Education decision. 

Sponsored by Messina
A common text event
12:15pm - 1:15pm in McGuire Hall East