Past Events

Annual and Past Events at the Center

Service Learning Appreciation

Congratulations to our Class of 2015 Service Learning and JUHAN students: seniors Nicole Davidow ’15 and Alan Pelaez Lopez ’15; sophomore Solanlly Canas ’17; and graduate students Marcia Arambulo Rodriguez MS’15 and Jessica Baldizon MA’15.

Read more about their achievements in these two articles:

"Students Recognized for Achievement, Service and Leadership"

"Service Learning: A Year of Great Courses and Student Projects"

“Enduring Questions” Project
The Center is in the midst of a three-year project, supported by a grant from the Teagle Foundation, for a “Collaborative Project in Student Learning: The Examination of Enduring Questions through Humanitarian Education.” The project is using humanitarian action and JUHAN as a platform to integrate civic and moral responsibility into the undergraduate curriculum at three Jesuit institutions of higher education: Fairfield University, Georgetown University and Universidad Centroamericana in Nicaragua. The goal of the project is to equip students to deal more effectively with some of the large clusters of “great questions” of meaning and value, and of moral responsibility. The project builds on a previous three-year collaborative grant, “Value-Added Assessment for the Systematic Improvement of Student Learning,” also funded by the Teagle Foundation. Read more about the Enduring Questions project.

Conversation on Immigration March 2015
Co-sponsored with the Office of Student Diversity Programs

In 2012, President Obama took executive action to extend what is known as deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status to young immigrants living in the United States without documentation. In late 2014, President Obama announced expansions to DACA that would impact larger numbers of youth as well as parents of children with DACA status. This expanded action is being hotly debated in Congress and will surely be a primary point of debate in the upcoming elections. What does President Obama’s most recent executive action on immigration mean for Fairfield University students? What is at stake for undocumented students and their families in the current debate on immigration as well as the upcoming elections?

Jamil Ahmad, Deputy Director, United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) New York Office, with a special emphasis on water March 2015
UNEP is the voice for the environment in the United Nations system by providing leadership and encouraging partnerships to care for the environment while enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

Washington D.C. Student Immersion Spring Break each year
Students get to know D.C. and the people who run it through the eyes of Fairfield alumni living and working there, touring the Capitol, participating in meetings hosted by a World Bank official, and visiting with Homeland Security personnel—adding up to an amazing, unforgettable spring break!

Student-Run Alternative Break Service Trip Spring Break each year
Students travel to Atlanta to work with the International Rescue Committee. The IRC provides opportunities for refugees to thrive in America. In Atlanta and many other regional offices across the country, the IRC helps them rebuild their lives.

Hungering for Peace: Stories of Syrian Refugees February 2015
Soha Menassa, project manager with Lebanon Catholic Relief Services, spoke about her experiences working with Syrian refugees and the ongoing conflict and suffering in Syria

JUHAN Water Film Series 2014-15
As part of the Water film series, JUHAN sponsored two films:

Water, directed by Deepa Mehta. Set in 1938 in colonial India, the film focuses on a group of widows forced by Hindu law to spend the rest of their lives in an ashram, on the banks of the Ganges.

The Impossible, directed by J.A. Bayona. The story of one family’s survival following the South Asian tsunami in 2005.

A Special Event with Zach Anner February 2015
As part of World Interfaith Harmony Week, Zach Anner, host of “Have a Little Faith” on Soul Pancake spoke about his work in exploring different religions for the show. Sponsored by JUHAN, Common Ground, Campus Ministry and Mission & Identity

College Night at the CT Food Bank each semester
Monthly trips to the Connecticut Food Bank engage students in the work done locally to help alleviate hunger in our community. Fourth Wednesday of every month, 5-7 p.m., during the school year.

Communion Breakfast for Business Leaders of Fairfield County September
Each year, the Center hosts a Mass and breakfast for local business leaders, with a keynote speaker. Previous guests have included Kerry Robinson, executive director of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management.

The Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice November
The Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice is an annual gathering for members of the Ignatian family (Jesuit institutions and the larger church) to come together in the context of social justice and solidarity to learn, reflect, pray, network, and advocate together.

Fairfield U’s Habitat for Humanity Build Day
Through volunteering for a build day, you make a meaningful difference in the lives of low income families, and our shared community. Contribute to H4H’s vision in a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Fairfield on Wall Street
Designed for young alumni in the financial services field, Fairfield on Wall Street is held in New York City three times a year and features interactive discussions on how to extend and apply values central to a Jesuit education to issues and challenges young alumni face on Wall Street. Discussions are led by distinguished alumni, friends of the Center for Faith and Public Life, and other experts.  LINK TO PAGE

Red Cross Training
The Red Cross Shelter training is an instruction-led 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. Upon completion of the course, participants will be trained to volunteer at shelters following an emergency.

JUHAN Humanitarian Lunch-and-Learn Series
The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Academic Conference Call series gives students the opportunity to interact with a CFR fellow, Foreign Affairs author, or another expert in an hour-long teleconferenced discussion. Calls are every other week during the 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.

Speakers and topics have included:

“The Impact of Technology on International Security and Geopolitics” with Jared Cohen, adjunct Senior Fellow, CFR; founder and director, Google Ideas (September 2014)

“What’s Next for Iraq and the Middle East” with Colin H. Kahl, associate professor, Security Studies Program, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University (September 2014)

“Ethics in Science: Exploring Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Indian Society” with Rev. Braganza, S.J., director of Loyola Center for Research and Development at St. Xavier’s College Campus in Ahmedabad, India  (February 2014)

“The State of U.S.-Pakistan Relations” with Daniel Markey, senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, CFR (December 2013)

“Pandemic Preparedness” with Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for Global Health, CFR (November 2013)

“American Grand Strategy” with Richard N. Haass, president, CFR (November 2013)

“Non-Traditional Warfare” with Max Boot, Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, CFR (October 2013)

“U.S. Foreign Policy and the Rights of Women and Girls” with Rachel B. Vogelstein, Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy, CFR (October 2013)

“Immigration Reform” with Edward Alden, Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, CFR (September 2013)


Remembering 9/11: Interfaith Prayer Service September
An interfaith prayer service includes readings, music and a re-dedication of the Peace Pole located on campus directly behind the Chapel.

JUHAN at the Theatre! Rhinoceros October 2013
This play by Eugene Ionesco dramatized how 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.

Transforming Conflict: A lunchtime talk with Ingrid Stellmacher October 2013
Stellmacher, the founder, president and CEO of the Le Menach Foundation, a conflict resolution and peace-building NGO

Kino Border Initiative: Working on the Frontiers for Immigration Reform  September 2013
Rev. Sean Carroll, S.J., executive director of the Kino Border Initiative, was the keynote speaker.

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