Loyola University Chicago

Office of the Provost


Opportunities for Civic Engagement and Civil Discourse

March 16, 2017

Dear Loyola Community,

At the beginning of the semester, Dr. Rooney called on our community to increase our civic engagement and to model civil discourse, which is particularly important in light of our current political climate. To support this effort, a new Civic Engagement and Civil Discourse website has been launched. The site includes a number of tools, including on-campus and government resources, a calendar of events, feature stories and articles, as well as published opinion pieces penned by Loyolans covering a number of topics. We hope you find these resources helpful and they prompt you to become more active in subjects that are important to you at the local, national, and global levels.

In addition to offering access to resources, we invite you to a series of special discussions on topics of current interest including citizen rights, social activism, and immigration. The events will be held at the Lake Shore Campus in March and April. Please see below for details and visit the website for more information on each event.

The Role of Free Speech and Free Press in a Democratic Society (Panel Discussion)
Tuesday, March 21, 3–4:30 p.m.
Damen Student Center, Damen Den

Social Movements in the U.S.: Lessons Learned (Panel Discussion)
Thursday, April 6, 3–4:30 p.m.
Damen Student Center, Damen Den

Shifting Sands: The History of Mexican Immigration into the U.S. (Teach-in)
Wednesday, April 19, 6–7 p.m.
Cuneo Hall, Room 311

These opportunities for discussion further support our commitment to address societal problems and advance knowledge and transformation. We hope you find value in the new website and will join us for these important discussions as we work to make a positive impact in our community and world.



John P. Pelissero, PhD
Provost and Chief Academic Officer


Margaret Faut Callahan,
Provost, Health Sciences Campus