News and Upcoming Events
Wajahat Ali lecture: NOVEMBER 14, 2022
With support from multiple Xavier offices and the local Muslim community, the Brueggeman Center sponsored on November 14, 2022 a lecture by Wajahat Ali, entitled “Moving Beyond Intolerance and Polarization.” Ali used his own story of growing up in America as the son of Pakistani Muslim immigrants to underscore the bigotry and hatred Muslims experienced after 9/11 and to call on all people to build partnerships based on shared values so that our country can achieve its potential as a pluralistic, multicultural, and united society. After his talk, many lined up to greet Ali and get an autographed copy of his book, Go Back to Where You Came From (2022).
William Barber lecture: OCTOBER 24, 2022
On October 24, 2022, the Brueggeman Center co-sponsored Christ Church Cathedral’s Taft Lecture by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, the President and Senior lecturer of Repairers of the Breach and the Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign. Dr. Barber challenged the crowd of more than 500 people to heed the call to join in solidarity with the poor and the marginalized to advance justice and equity in our country and to renounce the politics of division and greed. Barber is the recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Genius Award, the Martin Luther King Jr. Center’s Beloved Community Award, and many more honors.
Mindful Utopianism - Real Possibilities For Solving The Ecological Crisis: OCTOBER 20, 2022
A panel featuring environmental engineer Drew Pendergrass, co-author (with Troy Vettese) of "Half-Earth Socialism: A Plan to Save the Future from Extinction, Climate Change, and Pandemics", in conversations with Dr. Suparna Chatterjee (Sustainability and Global Cultures History) and Dr. Timothy Brownlee (Philosophy, Politics, and the Public)took place on October 20th in the Kennedy Auditorium. They discussed practical possibilities that transcended "mainstream" technocratic environmental approaches (such as geoengineering, "cap and trade" policies), which ultimately remain locked within the consumerist logic of neoliberalism.
FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS - Poetry Symposium, That Highest Candle, Poetry and Spirituality: OCTOBER 18-19, 2022
The University Library, in collaboration with the English Department, College of Arts and Sciences, and the Brueggeman Center, hosted That Highest Candle: Poetry and Spirituality on Oct 18-19 to celebrate the opening of the library's new Humanities Reading Room. It featured six national poets, a round table discussion on Oct 18, followed by a public reception, and two poetry readings on Oct 19.
Laudato Sí Art: OCTOBER 4, 2022
On October 4, 2022, as part of its Spirituality and the Arts series, the Brueggeman Center hosted artist Holly Schapker in conversation with Center Director Madges about how the themes of Pope Francis’s 2015 encyclical, Laudato Sí (On Care for our Common Home), could be expressed in art. Schapker’s multi-dimensional painting engaged the audience in reflection on the interrelatedness and interdependence of all that lives. Her creation is permanently installed in the Brueggeman Center building.
Human Rights Exhibit: AUGUST 22, 2022 - SEPTEMBER 23, 2022
As part of the Spirituality and the Arts series organized by the Center, the Brueggeman Center supported an exhibition of prints by artists from Oaxaca, Mexico and Cincinnati, entitled “Human Rights/Derechos Humanos.” The exhibit, featuring 12 artists from Oaxaca and 13 from Cincinnati, was curated by Saad Ghosn of SOS Art and ran in Xavier’s Art Gallery from August 22 to September 23, 2022.
FESTIVAL OF FAITHS: JULY 31 - AUGUST 7, 2002
Each year, EquaSion brings together Cincinnati's "interfaith family" for the Festival of Faiths, the largest interfaith gathering in this region. This year's event will feature interesting and engaging online programs throughout the week.
On Sunday, August 7th, all faiths will come together in one space, the Cintas Center at Xavier University, with over 60 faith-based exhibitors, cultural and ethnic music, and entertainment. Special performances will continue throughout the day. Learn more!
2022 MIDWEST REGIONAL SUSTAINABILITY SUMMIT: JUNE 16, 2022
Each year, the Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit brings together hundreds of passionate leaders to share inspiring solution-oriented ideas that propel us toward a healthier, more resilient future. We are thrilled to announce that in 2022 the Summit returned to Xavier University's Cintas Center as an in-person, hybrid event on Thursday, June 16. This year’s event was co-sponsored by The Brueggeman Center for Dialogue.
Our 2022 theme explored Emergent Strategies for an Equitable, Climate Prepared Region through panel discussions, interactive workshops, and short talks, as well as field trips and community events for the day after the conference. Learn more on the Midwest Sustainability Summit website!
FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT: MOSAICS INSPIRED BY TRAGEDY: FEB. 24 - MAY 8, 2022
Artist Susan Ribnick brought together 36 mosaic artists from around the world to create works that react and respond to the Tree of Life Congregation shooting in Pittsburgh, PA on October 27, 2018. Eleven people were killed and six were wounded in the white supremacist terrorist mass shooting, the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States. The 36 mosaics in the exhibition evoke themes ranging from anti-semitism and injustice to hope, resilience, and peace. The exhibit will take place at the Skirball Museum of Hebrew Union College. This event is co-sponsored by the Brueggeman Center for Dialogue.
WHILE NATIONS PROMISE, CITIES DELIVER ON SUSTAINABILITY: APRIL 21, 2022
David Miller will be speaking on sustainable urban economies on April 21, 2022 at 7pm in the Health United Building on campus. Miller is a leading voice in seeking out and promoting climate change solutions. His roles have included mayor Canada's largest city, Chair of the influential C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, and President & CEO of World Wildlife Fund - Canada.
BILL MCKIBBEN CONVERSATION ON ETHICS/RELIGION AND SOCIETY: APRIL 20, 2022
The Brueggeman Center was proud to support the Ethics/Religion and Society lecture by Mr. Bill McKibben on April 20, 2022. Mr. McKibben is a well-known environmentalist, author and journalist who has written extensively on the impact of climate change. His first book The End of Nature (1989) is regarded by many as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and it has appeared in 24 languages. Mr. McKibben serves as the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and as a fellow fo the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has won the Gandhi Peace Prize as well as honorary degrees from 20 college and universities. You can see and hear his talk by clicking here
HEALING OUR POLITICAL DIVIDES: A CLIMATE CONVERSATION: APRIL 11, 2022
The Ethics/Religion and Society Program and the Brueggeman Center for Dialogue, in collaboration with Take it On and the Building Bridges Restorative Justice Project, warmly welcome former Congressmen Robert Inglis (R-SC) and Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) to campus on Monday, April 11, 2022 for a conversation "across the aisle" concerning the respective roles of social, political and economic institutions in promoting Climate Action. 5:30pm - An informal reception with food and drink 6:00pm - Main discussion followed by Q and A. Location: Arrupe Overlook, Gallagher Student Center. For more information please see www.xavier.edu/ers
DR. MARY FRANCIS BERRY LECTURE: APRIL 6, 2022
Woman's City Club of Greater Cincinnati presents Dr. Mary Frances Berry at Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm Street. Dr. Berry is a distinguished historian and one of the most respected activists in the causes of civil rights, gender equality, and social justice over the past four decades. This event is cosponsored by the Brueggeman Center for Dialogue.
BRUEGGEMAN FELLOWS PRESENTATIONS: FEB. 24, 2022
Brueggeman Fellows from 2020-21 and 2021-22 presented their research and related international travel plans to a receptive audience in Kennedy Auditorium on Feb. 24, 2022. View their presentations on YouTube.
JEWS AND JESUITS PRESENTATION: "HOW HAS THE RELATIONSHIP CHANGED": FEB. 9, 2022
The Brueggeman Center for Dialogue was proud to present how the relationship between the Jesuits and Jewish community has evolved since the time of the founding of the Society of Jesus. Also, hear more about the roles Ignatius of Loyola, Cardinal Augustin Bea and Pope Francis have played. Presenters: Dr. Jennifer Grayson (Assistant Professor of Jewish History at Hebrew Union College and Xavier University) and Dr. William Madges (Professor of Theology, Xavier University). This event is a part of the year-long Ignatian Year.
"CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE VIRTUES OF PESSIMISM": FEB. 10, 2022
The Ethics, Religion and Society Program and the Brueggeman Center for Dialogue welcomed Dr. Roy Scranton to campus on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 4:30 p.m. in Kennedy Auditorium. Dr. Scranton is a Professor of English and Director, Environmental Humanities Initiative at the University of Notre Dame. For more information please visit the E/RS website.
2021 UNION CO-OP SYMPOSIUM: NOV. 12, 2021 (VIRTUAL) | NOV. 13, 2021 (IN-PERSON)
The Brueggeman Center is proud to support the Union Co-Op Symposium. This event brought together social entrepreneurs, labor organizers, co-op workers, community development practitioners, and others with a vested interest in equitable economic development. Our 2-day gathering provided community-building opportunities and workable strategies for forming, running, and nurturing union worker cooperatives.
Click the link to register and for additional information: EVENT INFORMATION
THE ART OF JUSTICE: CREATIVE VISIONS FOR PEACE | NOV. 11, 2021 7:00 P.M.
The Brueggeman Center is proud to support The Art of Justice: Creative Visions for peace 2021 Annual Gathering of the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center. This event featured local artists and honor local peace builders. More information may be found here: EVENT INFORMATION