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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

More Information Coming Soon!

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, LocationSpeakerBiography Description

Friday, August 22, 2014

Gentile Arena

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.

G-Dog (2011) 

G-DOG is a film that depict 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. 

Film is followed by Q & A and reception

Saturday, October 11, 2014

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

CommunityService Project  

  Loyola Students & Faculty

Monday, October 22, 2014 




Dr. James M. Calcagno  

“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.

McCormick Lounge

Panel    Presentation is followed by Q & A and reception 


January 28, 2015 

Book Club 


Book club discussions will be led by a panel of volunteers. Discussion is followed by Q & A and reception

Wednesday, March 11, 2015



Presentation is followed by Q & A and reception 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

First Year Essay Contest Winner    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
Phone: 773.508.7381 · Website: www.luc.edu/firstyearexperience

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