Past Events


Image: Cardinal Mahony
"For I Was a Stranger, And You Welcomed Me"
A Discussion on immigration and higher education
Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop Emeritus of Los Angeles

Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 5 p.m.
Kelley Center Presentation Room

Cardinal Mahony is a leading voice in the national conversation about undocumented students and higher education. Fr. Richard Ryscavage, S.J., Director of the Center for Faith and Public Life, will host a short discussion immediately following the Cardinal's lecture.

Among the many projects of the Center for Faith and Public Life are two grant-funded initiatives that relate to different aspects of the immigration issue: the "Immigrant Student National Position Paper," focusing on undocumented students, and "Strangers as Neighbors: Religious Language and the Response to Immigrants in the United States." In addition, the Center was involved in the publishing of the book, "And You Welcomed Me: Migration and Catholic Social Teaching" (Lexington Books, 2009), which aims to reframe the highly controversial migration debate by focusing on the human beings at the heart of this pressing issue.

This event is free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary. For more information, please contact Elyse Raby at (203) 254-4000 ext. 3415.




The Sixth Annual St. Thomas More Lecture
"Migration, Globalization, and the Catholic Church"

Rev. Richard Ryscavage, S.J., Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Faith and Public Life, Fairfield UniversityImage: Rick Ryscavage
Thursday, April 12, 2012, 7 p.m.
Kelley Center Presentation room
Fairfield University

Rev. Richard Ryscavage, S.J., a nationally known expert on immigration and refugees, is Director of the Center for Faith and Public Life and Professor of Sociology at Fairfield University. In the sixth annual St. Thomas More Lecture, he will discuss migration in relationship to globalization, Catholic Social Teaching and the current and ongoing research projects of the Center.

Fr. Ryscavage was Executive Director of the United States Catholic Bishops Office for Migration and Refugee Services in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for advising the national bishops on all aspects of immigration. As head of the Jesuit Refugee Service USA, he set up the first program to provide multi-denominational religious services for immigrants detained by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In 2006 the Vatican invited him to join the Holy See's delegation to the 61st UN General Assembly, where he participated as an advisor for the Secretary General's UN High Level Dialogue on Migration.

This event is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the Golden Stags. For more information, please contact Elyse Raby at (203) 254-4000 ext. 3415 or eraby@fairfield.edu.


Theatre of the Oppressed Location: Pepsico Theatre
Date: 09/28/2014
Time: 2:00 p.m. to

The Theatre of the Oppressed NYC’s current touring troupe, Concrete Justice, tackles the housing system in this wacky, complex and touching circus, performed by actors who were homeless and created this piece based on their experiences. Q&A will follow the performance

For more information send an e-mail to jmughal@fairfield.edu or visit http:// .


JUHAN Student Organization Meeting Location: Canisius Hall 200
Date: 09/24/2014
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Join our dynamic JUHAN Student Organization on campus! We meet every other week. Last year the group was involved in a number of initiatives including an alternative spring break trip to work with refugees in Atlanta, a water quality awareness event and fundraiser, and a panel discussion on the crisis in Syria, to mention just a few. Come and check us out!

For more information send an e-mail to kparkinson@fairfield.edu or visit http://www.fairfield.edu/academics/schoolscollegescenters/academiccenters/centerforfaithandpubliclife/preparingglobalcitizens/juhan/ .


College Night at the CT Food Bank Location:
Date: 09/24/2014
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Trips to the CT Food Bank engage students in the work done locally to help alleviate hunger in our community. Pack bags of food for children in local schools who do not have weekend access to healthy food.Email kparkinson@fairfield.edu to sign up

For more information send an e-mail to kparkinson@fairfield.edu or visit http:// .


JUHAN Humanitarian Lunch: Council on Foreign Relations Lunch Series Location: Canisius 200
Date: 09/24/2014
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

CFR's Academic Conference Call series provides students the opportunity to interact with a CFR fellow, Foreign Affairs author, or another expert in an hour-long teleconferenced discussion. Calls take place every other week during each semester and are dedicated to different topics related to international affairs and U.S. foreign policy. Experts in a variety of fields provide a short briefing and then take questions from Fairfield and other universities around the world. Soup will be provided. Please feel free to bring a brown-bag lunch. September 24: The Impact of Technology on International Security and Geopolitics with Speaker Jared Cohen, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; Founder and Director, Google Ideas

For more information send an e-mail to jmughal@fairfield.edu or visit http:// .


Remembering 9/11: Interfaith Prayer Service Location: Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius of Loyola
Date: 09/11/2014
Time: 4:30 p.m. to

An Interfaith Prayer Service will include readings, music and a re-dedication of the Peace Pole located on campus directly behind the Chapel.

For more information send an e-mail to jmughal@fairfield.edu or visit http:// .


JUHAN Humanitarian Lunch: Council on Foreign Relations Lunch Series Location: Canisius 200
Date: 09/11/2014
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

CFR's Academic Conference Call series provides students the opportunity to interact with a CFR fellow, Foreign Affairs author, or another expert in an hour-long teleconferenced discussion. Calls take place every other week during each semester and are dedicated to different topics related to international affairs and U.S. foreign policy. Experts in a variety of fields provide a short briefing and then take questions from Fairfield and other universities around the world. Soup will be provided. Please feel free to bring a brown-bag lunch. September 11: What’s Next for Iraq and the Middle East with Speaker Colin H. Kahl, Associate Professor, Security Studies Program, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

For more information send an e-mail to jmughal@fairfield.edu or visit http:// .


JUHAN Student Organization Meeting Location: Canisius Hall 200
Date: 09/10/2014
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Join our dynamic JUHAN Student Organization on campus! We meet every other week. Last year the group was involved in a number of initiatives including an alternative spring break trip to work with refugees in Atlanta, a water quality awareness event and fundraiser, and a panel discussion on the crisis in Syria, to mention just a few. Come and check us out!

For more information send an e-mail to kparkinson@fairfield.edu or visit http:// .


JUHAN Student Organization Meeting Location: Canisius Hall 200
Date: 04/30/2014
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Come join our dynamic JUHAN Student Organization on campus! We meet every other Tuesday. Last year the group was involved in a number of initiatives including an alternative spring break trip to help re-build Joplin, Missouri and a “forgotten emergencies” video initiative, to mention just a few. Come and check us out! For more information please email Karen Parkinson at kparkinson@fairfield.edu.

For more information send an e-mail to kparkinson@fairfield.edu. or visit http://www.fairfield.edu/cfpl/ .


College Night at the CT Food Bank Location:
Date: 04/23/2014
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Monthly trips to the CT Food Bank engage students in the work done locally to help alleviate hunger in our community. Pack bags of food for children in local schools who do not have weekend access to healthy food. February 26 and April 23, 5-7 p.m. Email kparkinson@fairfield.edu to sign up

For more information send an e-mail to kparkinson@fairfield.edu or visit http://www.fairfield.edu/cfpl/ .


JUHAN Student Organization Meeting Location: Canisius Hall 200
Date: 04/16/2014
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Come join our dynamic JUHAN Student Organization on campus! We meet every other Tuesday. Last year the group was involved in a number of initiatives including an alternative spring break trip to help re-build Joplin, Missouri and a “forgotten emergencies” video initiative, to mention just a few. Come and check us out! For more information please email Karen Parkinson at kparkinson@fairfield.edu.

For more information send an e-mail to kparkinson@fairfield.edu. or visit http://www.fairfield.edu/cfpl/ .


JUHAN Student Organization Meeting Location: Canisius Hall 200
Date: 04/02/2014
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Come join our dynamic JUHAN Student Organization on campus! We meet every other Tuesday. Last year the group was involved in a number of initiatives including an alternative spring break trip to help re-build Joplin, Missouri and a “forgotten emergencies” video initiative, to mention just a few. Come and check us out! For more information please email Karen Parkinson at kparkinson@fairfield.edu.

For more information send an e-mail to kparkinson@fairfield.edu. or visit http://www.fairfield.edu/cfpl/ .


Washington D.C. Student Immersion Location:
Date: 03/23/2014 to 03/26/2014
Time: to

Students will get to know D.C. and the people who run it through the eyes of Fairfield Alum living and working there, touring the Capitol, participating in meetings hosted by a World Bank official, and visiting with Homeland Security personnel - all adding up to an amazing, unforgettable spring break! March 23-26

For more information send an e-mail to kparkinson@fairfield.edu or visit http://www.fairfield.edu/cfpl/ .


Student-Run Alternative Break Service Trip Location:
Date: 03/21/2014 to 03/30/2014
Time: to

Students will travel to Atlanta, GA to work with the International Rescue Committee. The IRC provides opportunities for refugees to thrive in America. Each year, thousands of refugees are invited by the U.S. government to seek safety and freedom. Forced to flee conflict or persecution, many have survived for years against incredible odds. They step off the plane with next to nothing but their dignity, hope and determination. In Atlanta and many other regional offices across the country, the IRC helps them rebuild their lives. International Rescue Committee, Atlanta, GA March 21-30

For more information send an e-mail to kparkinson@fairfield.edu or visit http://www.fairfield.edu/cfpl/ .


JUHAN Student Organization Meeting Location: Canisius Hall 200
Date: 03/19/2014
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Come join our dynamic JUHAN Student Organization on campus! We meet every other Tuesday. Last year the group was involved in a number of initiatives including an alternative spring break trip to help re-build Joplin, Missouri and a “forgotten emergencies” video initiative, to mention just a few. Come and check us out! For more information please email Karen Parkinson at kparkinson@fairfield.edu.

For more information send an e-mail to kparkinson@fairfield.edu. or visit http://www.fairfield.edu/cfpl/ .


JUHAN Student Organization Meeting Location: Canisius Hall 200
Date: 03/05/2014
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Come join our dynamic JUHAN Student Organization on campus! We meet every other Tuesday. Last year the group was involved in a number of initiatives including an alternative spring break trip to help re-build Joplin, Missouri and a “forgotten emergencies” video initiative, to mention just a few. Come and check us out! For more information please email Karen Parkinson at kparkinson@fairfield.edu.

For more information send an e-mail to kparkinson@fairfield.edu. or visit http://www.fairfield.edu/cfpl/ .


College Night at the CT Food Bank Location:
Date: 02/26/2014
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Monthly trips to the CT Food Bank engage students in the work done locally to help alleviate hunger in our community. Pack bags of food for children in local schools who do not have weekend access to healthy food. February 26 and April 23, 5-7 p.m. Email kparkinson@fairfield.edu to sign up

For more information send an e-mail to kparkinson@fairfield.edu or visit http://www.fairfield.edu/cfpl/ .


JUHAN Student Organization Meeting Location: Canisius Hall 200
Date: 02/19/2014
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Come join our dynamic JUHAN Student Organization on campus! We meet every other Tuesday. Last year the group was involved in a number of initiatives including an alternative spring break trip to help re-build Joplin, Missouri and a “forgotten emergencies” video initiative, to mention just a few. Come and check us out! For more information please email Karen Parkinson at kparkinson@fairfield.edu.

For more information send an e-mail to kparkinson@fairfield.edu. or visit http://www.fairfield.edu/cfpl/ .


Lunch with Rev. Vincent Braganza, S.J. Location: Jesuit Community Conference Room
Date: 02/13/2014
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Rev. Braganza, S.J. is Director of Loyola Center For Research and Development at St. Xavier’s College Campus in Ahmedabad, India. He will give the lecture, “Ethics in Science: Exploring Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Indian Society” at 6 p.m. in the Library Multimedia Room. This lunch is an opportunity for students to meet and speak with him before the lecture. To register please email mtowster@fairfield.edu

For more information send an e-mail to mtowster@fairfield.edu or visit http:// .


JUHAN Student Organization Meeting Location: Canisius Hall 200
Date: 02/05/2014
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Come join our dynamic JUHAN Student Organization on campus! We meet every other Tuesday. Last year the group was involved in a number of initiatives including an alternative spring break trip to help re-build Joplin, Missouri and a “forgotten emergencies” video initiative, to mention just a few. Come and check us out! For more information please email Karen Parkinson at kparkinson@fairfield.edu.

For more information send an e-mail to kparkinson@fairfield.edu. or visit http://www.fairfield.edu/cfpl/ .


JUHAN Student Organization Meeting Location: Canisius Hall 200
Date: 01/22/2014
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Come join our dynamic JUHAN Student Organization on campus! We meet every other Tuesday. Last year the group was involved in a number of initiatives including an alternative spring break trip to help re-build Joplin, Missouri and a “forgotten emergencies” video initiative, to mention just a few. Come and check us out! For more information please email Karen Parkinson at kparkinson@fairfield.edu.

For more information send an e-mail to kparkinson@fairfield.edu or visit http://fairfield.edu/cfpl/ .


JUHAN Humanitarian Lunch and Learn- "The State of U.S.-Pakistan Relations Location: John Carroll Conference Room (Canisius 200)
Date: 12/04/2013
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Please join us for Center for Faith and Public Life's JUHAN Humanitarian Lunch and Learn series. Throughout the Fall, we will host calls presented by the Council on Foreign Relations. Soup will be provided. Please feel free bring a brown-bag lunch. This call will feature Daniel Markey, Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, Council on Foreign Relations Please contact Julie Mughal at jmughal@fairfield.edu to register.

For more information send an e-mail to or visit http://www.fairfield.edu/cfpl .


JUHAN Humanitarian Lunch and Learn - "Pandemic Preparedness" Location: John Carroll Conference Room (Canisius 200)
Date: 11/21/2013
Time: 12:00 p.m. to :00 p.m.

Please join us for Center for Faith and Public Life's JUHAN Humanitarian Lunch and Learn series. Throughout the Fall, we will host calls presented by the Council on Foreign Relations. Soup will be provided. Please feel free bring a brown-bag lunch. This call will feature Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations Please contact Julie Mughal at jmughal@fairfield.edu to register.

For more information send an e-mail to or visit http://www.fairfield.edu/cfpl .


JUHAN Humanitarian Lunch and Learn - "American Grand Strategy" Location: John Carroll Conference Room (Canisius 200)
Date: 11/06/2013
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Please join us for Center for Faith and Public Life's JUHAN Humanitarian Lunch and Learn series. Throughout the Fall, we will host calls presented by the Council on Foreign Relations. Soup will be provided. Please feel free bring a brown-bag lunch. This call will feature Speaker Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations Please contact Julie Mughal at jmughal@fairfield.edu to register.

For more information send an e-mail to or visit http://www.fairfield.edu/cfpl .


JUHAN at the Theatre! Rhinoceros Location: Quick Center’s Lawrence A. Wien Black Box
Date: 10/30/2013
Time: 8:00 p.m. to

By Eugene Ionesco - Ionesco demonstrates that while passively allowing “the rhinos” to go on—or turning a blind eye to fascism, as individual citizens and entire countries did in the 1930s—is as harmful as direct violence. Please contact Julie Mughal at jmughal@fairfield.edu to register.

For more information send an e-mail to jmughal@fairfield.edu or visit http://www.fairfield.edu/cfpl/ .


JUHAN Humanitarian Lunch and Learn - "Nontraditional Warfare" Location: John Carroll Conference Room (Canisius 200)
Date: 10/24/2013
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Please join us for Center for Faith and Public Life's JUHAN Humanitarian Lunch and Learn series. Throughout the Fall, we will host calls presented by the Council on Foreign Relations. Soup will be provided. Please feel free bring a brown-bag lunch. This call will feature Speaker Max Boot, Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations. Please contact Julie Mughal at jmughal@fairfield.edu to register.

For more information send an e-mail to or visit http://www.fairfield.edu/cfpl .


Red Cross Training Location: CNS 200 John Carroll Conference Room
Date: 10/24/2013
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

JUHAN is pleased to announce that Red Cross of CT will once again be providing Shelter Training! The Shelter Operation training is an instruction-led, basic level course designed to give participants an overview of the American Red Cross policies and procedures for setting up, running and closing a shelter during a disaster, such as the shelters that were set-up during Hurricane Sandy in Bridgeport, Fairfield, and other locations along the CT coast. Upon completion of the course, participants will be trained to volunteer at shelters following an emergency. Pizza will be served. Space is limited. Please contact Julie Mughal at jmughal@fairfield.edu to register.

For more information send an e-mail to jmughal@fairfield.edu or visit http://www.fairfield.edu/cfpl .


JUHAN Humanitarian Lunch and Learn - "U.S. Foreign Policy and the Rights of Women and Girls" Location: John Carroll Conference Room (Canisius 200)
Date: 10/09/2013
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Please join us for Center for Faith and Public Life's JUHAN Humanitarian Lunch and Learn series. Throughout the Fall, we will host calls presented by the Council on Foreign Relations. Soup will be provided. Please feel free bring a brown-bag lunch. This call will feature Speaker Rachel B. Vogelstein, Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations Please contact Julie Mughal at jmughal@fairfield.edu to register.

For more information send an e-mail to jmughal@fairfield.edu or visit http://www.fairfield.edu/cfpl .


Transforming Conflict: A lunchtime talk with Ingrid Stellmacher Location: CNS 200 John Carroll Conference Room
Date: 10/02/2013
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Ingrid is the Founder, President and CEO of the Le Menach Foundation, a conflict resolution and peace building NGO. She will provide an introduction to: • Transforming conflict: mapping, dynamics, analysis, strategy and interventions. • Transforming Relationships Under Stress Together – introd to the TRUST Journey. • Transforming the Story: shaping the narrative and yourself. Space is limited. Lunch will be served.

For more information send an e-mail to jmughal or visit http://www.fairfield.edu/cfpl .


Kino Border Initiative: Working on the Frontiers for Immigration Reform Location: QUICK KELLEY THEATRE
Date: 09/25/2013
Time: 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Join us for a keynote address featuring Rev. Sean Carroll, S.J., Executive Director, Kino Border Initiative. A reception will follow in the lobby of the Quick Center to celebrate the opening of artist Pamela Hoffmeister's exhibit, "People with no Names: the Undocumented" which will be on public display in the lobby of the Quick Center for the fall semester.

For more information send an e-mail to jmughal@fairfield.edu or visit http://www.fairfield.edu/cfpl .


JUHAN Humanitarian Lunch and Learn - “Immigration Reform” Location: John Carroll Conference Room (Canisius 200)
Date: 09/11/2013
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Please join us for the first of the Center for Faith and Public Life's JUHAN Humanitarian Lunch and Learn series. Throughout the Fall, we will host calls presented by the Council on Foreign Relations. Soup will be provided. Please feel free bring a brown-bag lunch. This call will feature Edward Alden, Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations.

For more information send an e-mail to jmughal or visit http://www.fairfield.edu/cfpl .


The 7th Annual St. Thomas More Lecture. "The Fight for Religious Liberty: Hope, Not Despair" Location: DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room
Date: 02/20/2013
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

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Kristina Arriaga Executive Director, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is a non-profit, public-interest legal and educational institute that protects the free expression of all faiths. Ms. Arriaga has served as the Executive Director since 2010, leading a team of lawyers and communications professionals who defend religious liberty in the U.S. and Abroad. Prior to her work at The Becket Fund, she worked for the US Ambassador at the Cuban American National Foundation, and was advisor to the US delegation to the UN Human Rights Commission, raising awareness of the plight of political prisoners in Cuba. Ms. Arriaga is a graduate of Marquette University and Georgetown University. In this lecture, she will explore current challenges to religious liberty in the United States and abroad. This lecture coincides with “Body of Belief”, an exhibit on banned religious clothing and other distinctive symbols which is on display at the DiMenna-Nyselius Library at Fairfield University. Ms. Arriaga is the creator of this exhibit, which is on loan from the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and will run from January 20 - March 15, 2013.

For more information send an e-mail to cfpl@fairfield.edu or visit http://fairfield.edu/cfpl .


JUHAN Open House Location: John Carroll Conference Room (Canisius 200)
Date: 09/15/2011
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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The Center for Faith and Public Life invites you to attend the Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network (JUHAN) Cocktail Hour. In its third year at Fairfield University, the JUHAN program includes academic courses from the “History of Humanitarian Action” to “Haiti: An Economic Perspective;” a vibrant student leadership team; events that engage faculty and students across the disciplines; and endless opportunities to collaborate with peer institutions across the Jesuit higher education network. We would like to take this opportunity to update you on exciting and upcoming JUHAN opportunities here at Fairfield and invite your creative participation. Please join us to  Share your “We Survived Irene” anecdotes, and think about how to educate our students about humanitarian action.  Get to know the JUHAN program and how to pronounce JUHAN.  Hear from JUHAN Faculty about the JUHAN courses they are teaching and brainstorm new ideas.  Learn about new resources on humanitarian education from Catholic Relief Services that connect faculty and students to field practitioners  Discover opportunities for collaboration across the U.S. Jesuit colleges and universities  Preview the Global JUHAN Student Conference that will be held at Fairfield University June 12-15, 2012  Enjoy the cocktails!

For more information send an e-mail to cfpl@fairfield.edu or visit http://www.fairfield.edu/cfpl .


JUHAN -- Nuts and Bolts of Course Development Location: CNS 200 John Carroll Conference Room
Date: 02/09/2011
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Please join us for a “Nuts and Bolts” Brownbag conversation. This is an ideal opportunity for faculty interested in designating their course as part of the JUHAN program to discuss course development with seasoned JUHAN faculty and to have any questions about the application process answered. Soup and beverages will be served. Note: JUHAN Designated Courses are part of a Multi-Year Teagle Foundation Assessment Grant. As a faculty member teaching a JUHAN Designated Course, you may become eligible for possible funding from this grant. More information about this funding opportunity will be discussed at the Brownbag. Both John Suggs, CFPL Assistant Director and Ana Siscar, JUHAN Faculty and JUHAN Teagle Grant Project Director are available to meet individually with faculty at their convenience to discuss course development and course designation. You may contact John at ext 3505 or jsuggs@fairfield.edu. You may contact Ana at ext 2314 or ASiscar@fairfield.edu. Download a copy of Fairfield University Guidelines for Designation of JUHAN Courses http://www.fairfield.edu/cfpl/cfpl_humanitarian.html

For more information send an e-mail to jsuggs@fairfield.edu or visit http://www.fairfield.edu/cfpl .


Mu Sochua’s Redlight Location: Library Multimedia Room
Date: 11/16/2010
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Fairfield University & The Connecticut Council of Vital Voices Global Partnership invite you to meet Mu Sochua, a member of the Cambodian Parliament, human rights activist, and Nobel Peace Prize nominee for a lecture on "Redlight" - the highly acclaimed human trafficking documentary. A reception will follow. Event cosponsored by the Center for Faith and Public Life.

For more information send an e-mail to or visit http://www.redlightthemovie.com .


An Introduction to Catholic Social Teaching Location: Alumni House, Fairfield University
Date: 11/16/2010
Time: :00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Catholic Social Teaching (“CST”) has been called by Cardinal McCarrick “The Church’s Best Kept Secret” at a time when the decline in moral values in all facets of society is pervasive, creating a pressing need for a better moral vision. Members of CAPP will present an overview of the historical development of CST since the issuance of Rerum Novarum in 1891 and share the wisdom of the Church’s social teachings, including the encyclicals of Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI. The evening’s format will be informal, with opportunity for questions and an invitation to continue the study of CST on a monthly basis during 2011. This event is cosponsored by CAPP and the Center for Faith and Public Life Reservations can be made through George Cain by email at caingm@aol.com or by calling 917.861.3855.

For more information send an e-mail to or visit http:// .


Climate Change and Humanitarian Crises Location: Gonzaga Hall Auditorium
Date: 11/02/2010
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

What are the humanitarian challenges that climate change poses? How are we going to absorb increasing incidences of floods, tsunamis, incidence of vector-borne diseases, and increasing risks of violent conflicts due to scarce resources? How will countries like the Philippines -- an archipelago that is ground zero for the impacts of climate change and recently visited by the heaviest rains and hurricanes in decades -- cope with climate change? Dr. Tony LaVina, Dean of the School of Government in the Ateneo de Manila will explore these questions and more. The event is supported by Fairfield University’s Center for Faith and Public Life, JUHAN, Core Integration Initiative, Program on the Environment, LEAF, and International Studies Program.

For more information send an e-mail to cfpl@fairfield.edu or visit http://www.fairfield.edu/cfpl .


Paul Josef Cardinal Cordes Location: Barone Campus Center, Oak Room
Date: 09/29/2010
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice (CAPP-USA) and Fairfield University’s Center for Faith and Public Life are proud to host Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes, President of the Pontifical Council ‘Cor Unum’ and close collaborator with Pope Benedict XVI, for a dialogue on the Catholic vision in the public square. As President of ‘Cor Unum’, the Church’s global charity for the needy and the world’s largest charity, Cardinal Cordes coordinates the vast humanitarian activity of the Catholic agencies around the world. He also distributes direct relief on behalf of the Pope, most recently to Haiti and Pakistan. Throughout the world, the Cardinal repeatedly emphasizes the important role of faith in the vital work of humanitarian relief. We will be joined that evening by the World Youth Alliance Chamber Orchestra, a classical music ensemble of 25 young musicians ages 10-21 studying at New York’s most prestigious schools. The World Youth Alliance is a global coalition of young people committed to promoting the dignity of the person and building solidarity among youth from developed and developing nations. It is our delight to welcome these extraordinarily talented young people to Fairfield University.

For more information send an e-mail to cfpl@fairfield.edu or visit http://www.fairfield.edu/cfpl .


Annual St. Thomas More Lecture Featuring Andreas Widmer Location: Dolan School of Business Dining Room
Date: 04/13/2010
Time: 7:00 p.m. to

This year’s St. Thomas More lecture is being delivered by Andreas Widmer, a successful businessman and former bodyguard for Pope John Paul II. Widmer is the founder of the SEVEN Fund, a non-profit attempting to end poverty through private enterprise, and is coming to speak about social entrepreneurship. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information send an e-mail to or visit http://www.sevenfund.org/ .


Gender and Sustainability Research Brownbag Location: CNS 200 John Carroll Conference Room
Date: 04/07/2010
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Center for Faith and Public Life invites you to a roundtable discussion, exploring the idea of a research institute focusing on Gender and Sustainability. The purpose of this event it to share ideas with you and invite feedback and dialogue on how faculty research interests might intersect.

For more information send an e-mail to or visit http://www.fairfield.edu/cfpl .


Reception for the Strangers as Neighbors White Paper Project Location: John Carroll Conference Room (Canisius 200)
Date: 03/03/2010
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Center for Faith and Public Life will be hosting an open house to present its white paper publication "Strangers as Neighbors: Religious Language and the Response to Immigrants in the United States," the product of a year-long project co-directed by Richard Ryscavage, SJ, Director of the Center for Faith and Public Life and Dr. Jocelyn Boryczka, Associate Professor of Politics and Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Program. This work grew out of the conversations of some 100 individuals representing a wide array of (inter)faith-based, government, and nonprofit organizations around the status of the immigration debate in America. This publication seeks to advance the insightful dialogue of those initial conversations. We hope you will join us for refreshments as Rick and Jocelyn facilitate a discussion on the work we have done so far, as well as our next steps moving forward. Your feedback on the project will be welcomed and important. If you have not already received a copy of the white paper compilation in your mailbox, please contact us.

For more information send an e-mail to or visit http://www.fairfield.edu/cfpl .


Caritas in Veritate Location: Alumni House, Fairfield University
Date: 11/19/2009
Time: 7:00 p.m. to

A lecture and discussion on the new social encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI.

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St. Thomas More Lecture Series: Are Catholic Universities Still Catholic? Location: DSB Dining room
Date: 04/07/2009
Time: 7:00 p.m. to

This is the third lecture in the St. Thomas More lecture series. In this session the speakers Dr. James Toner, Professor of Political Science from Holy Apostles College and Seminary, and Mr. James Fitzpatrick, writer, scholar and school teacher from Wallingford, CT, will be sharing their views on “Are Catholic Universities Still Catholic?” on a panel amidst a Fairfield University student, Steve Cirronella ‘ 11. This Discussion will be facilitated by Rick Ryscavage, S.J. from Fairfield University. The St. Thomas More Lecture series is co-sponsored by the "Golden Stags" and the Center for Faith and Public Life. This is a free event and open to all audiences.

For more information send an e-mail to cfpl@mail.fairfield.edu or visit http://www.fairfield.edu/cfpl .


A Nation of Neighbors Helping Neighbors Location: Marriott East Side in New York City
Date: 02/27/2009
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

With the philanthropic giving index down 22 percent, and the economic crisis affecting nonprofit organizations nationwide, Fairfield University's Center for Faith and Public Life and the Knights of Columbus hosted a summit on February 27, 2009 to discuss the role volunteers can play in helping their communities to recover from the financial crisis. Fairfield President Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J., said, "The global economy is facing one of its biggest challenges in a generation. While this economic crisis is still very much in its early phase, what seems indisputable is that we are about to enter an extended period of increased hardship within our communities, and increased poverty of resources in communities and nations around the world. It is certainly incumbent on our governments to respond to this crisis with alacrity, but we also know that governments can only do so much, and that we will have to look to our religious institutions, to our Universities, and to the non-profit and volunteer sectors in general to rise to the occasion and find creative solutions to the problems that we need to confront." The summit featured three panel discussions with speakers from top national and regional volunteer organizations and programs. Additionally, all attendees were included in round-table discussions on the issue of tapping volunteerism to aid in our nation's economic recovery.

For more information send an e-mail to cfpl@mail.fairfield.edu or visit http://www.fairfield.edu/cfpl .


A Day in A Life: A Daily Photo Reportage Made by Children in Georgian Internally Displaced Persons Collective Centers Location: Lawrence A. Wien Experimental (Black Box) Theatre, Quick Center for Arts, Fairfield University
Date: 02/24/2009 to 02/27/2009
Time: 7:00 p.m. to

Fairfield University, in association with the Harriman Institute, New York and Youth Union of Public Movement ‘Multinational Georgia’ (YUPMMG) would like to invite members of the press and public to the Quick Center for the Arts Fairfield University on Tuesday, February 24 at 7 PM for a press conference and opening night reception. The press conference will open the Fairfield University phase of an international photo exhibition showing the daily experiences of young people in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) centers in Georgia. This exhibition is the culmination of an innovative project to provide children and young people in collective centers with cameras to show the reality of their daily lives since their displacement in the recent conflict. ‘ A Day In A Life’ not only challenges our understanding of the lives of those affected by war but also reveals incredible natural talent on the part of the children.

For more information send an e-mail to kate.cota@gmail.com or visit http://www.fairfield.edu/cfpl .


Religion, Migration and National Identity Location: Library Multimedia Room
Date: 02/03/2009
Time: 2:00 p.m. to

Archbishop Agostino Marchetto, Apostolic Nuncio, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants will be discussing about religion, migration and national identity. This event is free and open to public.

For more information send an e-mail to cfpl@mail.fairfield.edu or visit http://www.fairfield.edu/cfpl .


A Neighbor’s Helping Hand: Volunteerism and America’s economic recovery Location: Dolan School of Business Dining Room
Date: 01/23/2009
Time: 4:00 p.m. to

A call to action by Mr. Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight, Knights of Columbus. He will be delivering a speech at Fairfield University’s Dolan School of Business. This event is free and open to public. A reception will follow the speech.

For more information send an e-mail to cfpl@mail.fairfield.edu or visit http://www.fairfield.edu/cfpl .


Dying to Live: A Theology of Migration? Location: Dolan School of Business Dining Room
Date: 11/13/2008
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Fr. Daniel Groody, C.S.C., Assistant Professor of Theology & Director of the Center for Latino Spirituality and Culture at the Institute for Latino Studies from the University of Notre Dame, will give a lecture entitled “Dying to Live: A Theology of Migration?” This lecture is co-sponsored by the Notre Dame Club of Fairfield County.

For more information send an e-mail to cfpl@mail.fairfield.edu or visit http://www.fairfield.edu/cfpl .


Student and Faculty trip to the United Nations Location: New York, New York
Date: 11/06/2008
Time: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

November 6th, 2008 Annual Trip to the United Nations Please stop by the Center for Faith and Public Life in Canisius 200 if you are interested in attending or send us an e-mail. Based on student interest, other places we will be visiting: World Youth Alliance Headquarters, countries’ Mission offices to the United Nations, NGOs relating to the United Nations, please send us your ideas!

For more information send an e-mail to cfpl@mail.fairfield.edu or visit http://www.fairfield.edu/cfpl .


Religion, Politics, & Obama: The Future of Faith Based Initiatives Location: DSB Dining room
Date: 10/20/2008
Time: 4:30 p.m. to

Andrew Flescher, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, California State University, Chico; former Director, Center for Applied and Professional Ethics, Chico. Religion, Politics, & Obama: The Future of Faith Based Initiatives Co-sponsored by the Center for Catholic Studies

For more information send an e-mail to cfpl@mail.fairfield.edu or visit http://www.fairfield.edu/cfpl .


Communion Breakfast for Business Educators & Professionals Location: Egan Chapel
Date: 10/12/2008
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Mass will be be presided by His Eminence, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick & Bishop William E. Lori, S.T.D. Breakfast will immediately follow Mass in the Barone Campus Center Oak Room. This event is co-sponsored by Centisimus Annus Pro Pontifice (CAPP) of Fairfield County. To reserve your place please call 203-254-4000 ext. 2927.

For more information send an e-mail to cfpl@mail.fairfield.edu or visit http://www.fairfield.edu/cfpl .