The Brueggeman Center for Dialogue


Upcoming Events: Genocide and Human Rights A World View 

A Conversation with Fr. Patrick Desbois of Paris

Monday, March 20, 2023 at 4:00 p.m. in the Gallagher Student Center Arrupe Overlook

Portrait of Father Patrick DesboisFr. Desbois has dedicated his life to educating the world about the Holocaust and anti-Semitism, and providing proof of crimes against humanity. His work has taken him from the killing fields of Eastern Europe in World War II to the contemporary war crimes in the Ukraine. His human rights work has brought him to Guatemala and to Iraq to work with the Yazidi survivors of ISIS atrocities. Fr. Desbois is also a Professor in the Center for the Study of Jewish Civilization at Georgetown University. He serves as a consultant to the Vatican and was a personal aide to the late Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger. This rare opportunity to meet this world leader and activist is courtesy of the Brueggeman Center for Dialogue and Yahad in Unum Mid-America.

A Look Inside the Current Supreme Court

The Brueggeman Center is a proud co-sponsor of Marcia Coyle’s lecture, "A Look Inside the Current Supreme Court," hosted by the Woman’s Club of Greater Cincinnati on Thursday, March 23, 2023 in Memorial Hall at 7:00 pm. As Chief Washington Correspondent for The National Law Journal, she has covered the Supreme Court for 25 years.

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Film Maker Joe Duca and the Catholic Faith Talk 

Tuesday, March 28, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. in the Kennedy Auditorium in Conaton Learning Commons

The Brueggeman Center announces an evening with award-winning film maker Joe Duca who will show clips from his film, “Her Name is Jo,” and talk about how his Catholic faith informs his work. 

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Working Collaboratively for a more Just, Peaceful, and Sustainable World

One of the most important but often overlooked powers of a university is its ability to convene.  To bring people together to explore and to work for a common good.

From the beginning of his presidency, Fr. Michael J. Graham, SJ (President from 2001 to 2021) made connecting the Xavier community to the greater Cincinnati community a foundational part of the University’s mission. That commitment found expression in the vision and in the work of the Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue over the past decades. 

Today, the mission of the Center is concentrated in the promotion of the Four Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Jesuits (Society of Jesus), who established the University:

  • Showing the Way to God—through the Spiritual Exercises and interfaith exploration
  • Walking with the Excluded—walking with the poor and the marginalized in a mission of reconciliation and justice
  • Journeying with Youth—in the creation of a hope-filled future
  • Caring for our Common Home—collaborating for the protection and renewal of God’s creation

The Center continues, as it has in the past, to seek partners—regionally, nationally, and globally—to collaborate in the essential work of deepening interfaith understanding and promoting systemic change on issues of social and environmental justice

Most recently, under the leadership of President Colleen M. Hanycz, Xavier University has committed to participate in Pope Francis’s action plan of a Seven-Year Journey Towards Integral Ecology. A Steering Committee, comprised of Xavier faculty and staff under the leadership of William Madges, Faculty Director of the Brueggeman Center, has begun to develop a plan to boldly advance each of Laudato Si’s seven goals. Learn more!

We understand that real systemic change comes slowly. Collaboration, persistence, and partnerships are the foundations of systemic change. Today as yesterday, we are committed to the long road of helping to build a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world—collaboratively.

Applications for the 2023-2024 Brueggeman Fellowships are now being accepted. Deadline for submission is March 1, 2023.

Contact Us

Dr. William Madges
Faculty Director 
[email protected]