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First-Year Experience

Communities in Conversation

This is an opportunity for Loyola students to gather as a community of learners. Each year, the Communities in Conversation series includes speakers, workshops, films, and discussions focused on a theme from the First-Year Text, and features a variety of individuals connected to the Loyola community. All first-year students are invited to attend.

Communities in Conversation 2014-2015

This year, all C-in-C events are based on the theme 'creative solutions to urban problems'  from Tattoos on the Heart, by Fr. Gregory Boyle, S.J. the 2014-2015 First Year Text.


Date, Time, LocationEventBiography Description

Friday, August 22, 2014

Gentile Arena

Convocation Speaker

Fr. John Foley, S.J.


Keynote Address is preceded by the Convocation Walk, and followed by small book discussions with faculty.

Monday, September 29, 2014 

7:00 p.m. Damen Cinema 

Movie Screening

G-Dog (2011)

Announcement of 2014 Essay Contest Winner

G-DOG is a film that depicts the work of Fr. Gregory Boyle, S.J. and Homeboy Industries. "He works by a powerful idea: "Nothing Stops a Bullet like a Job." G-Dog's unstoppable compassion has transformed the lives of thousands of Latino, Asian, and African American gang members."

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Film is followed by Q & A and reception

Refreshments provided by Homeboy Bakery

Saturday, October 11, 2014

9:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.

CommunityService Project 

Precious Blood Ministries of Reconciliation 

PBMR "work as agents of reconciliation and healing with those in our community and our Church who have been impacted by violence and conflict. Our ministries reach out to the victim, the wrongdoer, and the community to create a safe space where healing can begin and where people can find the support and encouragement needed to begin reconciliation. We strive to be a resource to the community to find restorative ways to heal and rebuild after violence and conflict".

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Loyola Students & Faculty

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Information Commons, 4th Floor

Lecture Speaker

Dr. James M. Calcagno,

Professor, Department of Anthropology and Director, Fellowship Office


Dr. Calcagno   research and teaching interests include human evolution, primatology, and the biological bases of human behavior, and he has conducted fieldwork in Africa, Europe, and the US.  He has published research articles on these subjects in journals such as Evolutionary Anthropology, the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Human Evolution, and Zoo Biology. In addition, he is completing an international online project on the subject of "what makes us human" that includes the input of 17 of his undergraduate students.

“RACE in Biocultural Perspective: Why Biology, Not Genetics, Matters”

Lecture is part of the RACE: Are We So Different? Fall Speaker Series  

Lecture is followed by Q & A and reception

Monday, November 17, 2014 

5:00 p.m.

Galvin Auditorium

Panel Presentation 

Tom Drexler, Ignatian Spirituality Project

Judy Gall, Alternatives, Inc.

Jason Gerig, Inspiration Cafe

Alderman Joe Moore, Rogers Park

Alderman Harry Osterman, Edgewater

Chris Patterson, ONE Northside



As part of LUC’s diverse community it is important to understand the urban problems that have impacted it. The panel will examine and explore the challenges that Chicagoans are faced with and the creative solutions that they provide. The panel will feature community leaders, executives, and organizers who have found creative solutions to address issues within LUC’s community. We invite students, faculty and staff to participate in dialogue that is thought provoking, engaging and bring awareness to important issues within our community.



Presentation is followed by Q & A and reception 


January 28, 2015 

7:00 p.m.

IC 4th Fl. 

Film Screening 

We Are Not Ghosts (2012)

We Are Not Ghosts is a film that depicts how Detroit has become a self-sustaining city through urban agriculture. Furthermore, it tells the story of a community that has reshaped their education, businesses, and neighborhoods with the vision of creativity in mind.

Come join us for the viewing of the film and to taste some sustainable treats!

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Film is followed by Q & A and reception

Friday, April  10, 2015

7:00 p.m.

Crown Auditorium

Lecture Speaker Dr. James Garbarino

Dr. James Garbarino holds the Maude C. Clarke Chair in Humanistic Psychology and was founding Director of the Center for Human Rights of Children at Loyola University Chicago. Previously, he was Elizabeth Lee Vincent Professor of Human Development and Co-Director of the Family Life Development Center at Cornell University. He earned his B.A. from St. Lawrence University and his Ph.D. from Cornell University. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Garbarino has served as consultant or advisor to a wide range of organizations, including the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse, the National Institute for Mental Health, the American Medical Association, the National Black Child Development Institute, and the FBI. In 1991 he undertook missions for UNICEF to assess the impact of the Gulf War upon children in Kuwait and Iraq, and has served as a consultant for programs serving Vietnamese, Bosnian and Croatian child refugees.

Lecture is followed by Q & A and reception 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

6:00 p.m.

Mc Cormick Lounge

Lecture Speaker Mary Charles

Grants Director - School of Education

First Year Essay Contest Winner Gabriela Valencia

Mary Charles holds a B.A., Clarke University, M.A., Loyola University Chicago, Philanthropy Certification, Loyola University Chicago,: Publications include textbook chapters, journal articles and education periodicals. She was recognized with the "Distinguished Alumni Award" at Blare University in 2012. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator and has taught at the elementary, high school and college level. Ms. Charles has been actively involved in professional development and student advocacy work in public education at the secondary level for the last 19 years. She is an invited presenter at national education conferences and provides consulting services to foundations in the area of mentor/coaching.

Reception and Q & A with First Essay Contest Winner


The Office of First Year Experience · 255 Sullivan Center 1032 West Sheridan Road, Chicago IL 60660
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