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Common Text Events

Each year, the University chooses a Common Text for all first-year students to read before arriving at Loyola. In addition to discussing this Common Text with your academic advisor and other students enrolled in your Messina course during Welcome Weekend, Messina sponsors events throughout the year to address themes raised by the book. 

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.

Wednesday, October 3

Richard Hughes, "Why We Must Hear Black Voices"

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.
4PM - 5:30 PM
McGuire Hall

Monday, October 15

Messina Welcomes James Baldwin Scholar Magdalena Zaborwoska, PhD.

Dr. Zabrwoska is the author of Me and My House: James Baldwin's Last Decade in France.
4th Floor Program Room

Wednesday, November 7

Martin Luther King Panel Discussion

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”

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


Persons with disabilities who may require special services should contact the Office of Disability Support Services at 410-617-2062 at least 48 hours prior to the event. As noted below, some of these events are free and open to the public.


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