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Social Justice Dinner Dialogue Series

Spring‌ 2014 Social Justice Dinner Dialogue Series Events

Join us for a free dinner and to have a conversation on social justice issues on the following dates:

Often Stonewall is a rallying cry to band together for LGBTQ identified individuals - but was Stonewall really a home for all, and a critical moment in history that redefined the LGBTQ movement?

My feminism will be intersectional, or it will be bull*&$#!" This presentation aspires to critically examine the prevalent narratives surrounding feminism in the United States. We will expand your knowledge of the feminist movement by acknowledging the ways many feminists have reinforced societal ideas about race, heterosexuality and gender. Finally we'll focus on how the movement can improve, moving forward.

The sub-Saharan African concept of Ubuntu stresses the fundamental humanity and interdependence present in all of us. Popularized by the presidency of late Nelson Mandela, Ubuntu counters Cartesian essentialism - “I think, therefore I am” - with a collectivist reply "I am because we are, and because we are, therefore, I am” (Mbiti, 1969). The articulation and actualization of this philosophy dramatically influenced the South African transition from Apartheid rule, and has since become internationally celebrated ethical and relational frame. As we strive for improved servant leadership at the LUREC Challenge Course, one training tool we have utilized with facilitators is Ubuntu literacy. We find the appropriation of Ubuntu into our practice helps to reduce power imbalances within group process between the facilitator and group members. Using Ubuntu to create initiatives/activities for participants also transitions the group from a problem solving frame to relational and person-centered group engagement. Join us for an evening of teambuilding activities inspired by Ubuntu and discussion of how to bring this philosophy into your own work. Please be prepared for moving, bending, power-walking and having a good time.

An all too frequently dismissed or forgotten subject, the complex reality of pain and hope, injustice and great resilience among the various Native peoples of this land continues to cry out for the attention of this nation. What is our responsibility as citizens of the U.S. to those who preceded us here?  How can we as fellow human beings contribute to the building up of dialogue and respect, and “sing a new song” of peace and justice for the future? Come join us for discussion and Q&A on our experience in South Dakota with the Oglala Lakota “Oyate,” or people, during Spring Break 2013. We will focus on a case study into government commodities and nutritional concerns among those on reservations while providing some insights that their elders, educators and children offered for the road forward to healing and justice.

SJDD - Spring 2014

If you have any questions or need accomodations please contact Devita Bishundat at dbishundat@luc.edu or 773-508-8858.



Fall 2013 Social Justice Dinner Dialogue Series Events 



Centennial Forum Student Center
1125 Loyola Ave.
Chicago, IL 60626
Phone: 773.508.3909

Water Tower Campus Student Center
26 E. Pearson St.
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312.915.6642

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