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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.


CnC's will be based on themes from the Summer 2017 First-Year Text, Showdown by Wil Haygood

Showdown Book Cover

Fall 2017

First Year Text Essay Contest Reading

September 21st @ 6:00pm in the Palm Court

(on the 4th floor of the Mundelein Building)

The first Communities in Conversation event will be a reading of First Year Text Essays.  Attendees will vote on their favorite excerpt reading.  The winning first year student will receive a book scholarship to pay for all textbooks for their spring 2018 semester.  Come out and support your fellow students as they read reflections from Showdown.  

A People’s History of Chicago reading, hosted by author Kevin Coval

Thursday, October 26 5:00pm-6:30pm, Damen Den 

Presented by the Center for Experiential Learning, join the Loyola community in welcoming this Chicago author and activist. Kevin Coval is a poet and community builder. As the artistic director of Young Chicago Authors, founder of Louder Than A Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival, and professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago—where he teaches hip-hop aesthetics—he’s mentored thousands of young writers, artists, and musicians.
Future events will be announce shortly.  

Spring 2018

 Information will be posted soon.  Check back!  



Past Events: 

2016-17 Communities in Conversation events were based on the FY-Text Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Just Mercy

 Fall 2016 Events 

February 23


Screening and Discussion of the new documentary

Screenings of "13th" will be held in Damen 214 at the following times:

8:30am, 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm.

The documentary is 1:40 long

A final screening in McCormick Lounge will be held at 5:30pm followed by a student lead discussion, to begin at 7:30pm.  

Icecream and snacks will be served 



Monday, September 26

IES 123-124


"Crime, Punishment, & Redemption"

Hear experiences of those who have been incarcerated and their efforts and challenges at achieving redemption, and have an opportunity to discuss society's response to crime.


Join us for free dinner and dialogue with other Loyola students. 


Our Communities in Conversation series begins by presenting at the first SDMA Social Justice Dinner Dialogue(SJDD) of the 2016-17 academic year.  Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs offers these discussion dinners in an effort "to engage the community in critical conversations regarding intersections of identity, as well as, local and national social justice issues." Collaborators for this event will include Loyola's Center for Urban Research and Learning(CURL), and the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology(CJC).  Come join us for dinner and a rich discussion about local criminal justice issues in Chicago and research efforts available to the student body.   


October 27

“We need to talk about injustice”  –Bryan Stevenson 

CnC Oct 2016 

Facilitated by Dr. Noni Gaylord-Hardenthis year's Ignatius Loyola Award for Excellence in Teaching recipient.

Join other Loyola students to discuss the ways we think about injustice in today's society.

11:30am until 1:00pm

IES 123/124

Lunch served at 12:20

RSVP Required


November 17

Loyola Chicago will welcome WBEZ reporter and Chicago South Side native Natalie Y. Moore talk about her book The South Side and hear her speak of "ways that segregation continues to shape the politics of her hometown, as well as her own life."

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Spring 2016 Events 

March 22

CnC Panel short image 

‌‌Time: 6:00pm

Location: IES 123


Panelists include:

Omar Aquino
Illinois State Senator
B.A. in Criminal Justice and Sociology
Loyola Unive

2015-16 Events

Communities in Conversation 2015–2016 events were based on the theme 'social justice and interfaith' from Acts of Faith, by Eboo Patel the Summer 2015 First-Year Text.

Fall 2015:

  • Monday, September 28, 2015

    This month’s Communities in Conversation Event: Panel of Local Faith Leaders

    Join us on September 28th at 7 p.m. in the McCormick Lounge for a panel discussing service and justice through an interfaith lens. Panelists will include leaders from faith communities in the Edgewater and Rogers Park areas as well as chaplains from Campus Ministry. The panel will be followed by a reception.
  • Wednesday, October 21, 2015

          (Un)veiled: Muslim Women Talk About Hijab - Documentary screening and discussion

  • Monday, November 17, 2016

          In partnership with Agape Latte(Campus Ministry), Lauren Schwer talked about Cannon Ball moments.  


Spring 2016 Events:

  • Monday, January 25, 2016 

          The Barber of Birmingham screening and discussion: Faith as civic people

In celebration of MLK day and leading into Black History Month this conversation features the documentary short which follows Mr. James Armstrong, a barber, a “foot soldier” and a dreamer whose barbershop in Birmingham, Alabama has been a hub for haircuts and civil rights since 1955.  On the eve of the election of the first African-American president, the barber of Birmingham sees Mr. Armstrong's unimaginable dream come true.


  • Monday, February 22, 2016 


Eboo Patel will visit Loyola and meet with students, deliver a keynote, and facilitate a student discussion.  

2:30pmFaculty/Staff Session:  Damen, Schmidt MPR North

Eboo Patel facilitates discussion on how interfaith/interreligious dialogue can provide tools to help faculty and staff work with and teach students dealing with complicated (or sensitive) issues.

4:00pm Keynote:  Damen, Schmidt MPR North

[OPEN EVENT TO ALL LUC Faculty/Students/Staff]

Eboo Patel will give a keynote address on the value and practicality of interfaith/interreligious dialogue, based on his book Acts of Faith.

5:00pm Student Session:  Damen, Schmidt MPR North

This event will be a facilitated discussion that highlights students sharing their own experiences, obstacles, and learning moments related to interfaith issues.  


  • Monday, March 21, 2016 

Please join us as we wrap up our Acts of Faith conversation series and our talks on the themes of social justice and interfaith, as discussed in this past years First-Year Text.  Join the Interfaith Advocates for a conversation on where to take these lessons next, and discover how you can continue to further interfaith dialogue.

6:00pm in McCormick Lounge - Pizza and snacks provided