Peace and Justice - Fr. Benjamin J. Urmston

Peace and Justice - Special Events


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Peace and Justice Programs Fall 2007 Calendar of Events

1st Annual
Peace and Justice Art Show

Peace and Justice Programs is inviting Xavier University students, faculty and staff to submit work that promotes dialogue and critical reflection on social, economic, and political justice issues both domestically and internationally.

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This five-part speakers series is based upon the theme "Five Pillars of a New World Building," explored in a video by Benjamin J. Urmston, S.J., director emeritus of the peace and justice programs at Xavier University.

Each talk addresses one of the five main structures of a world more in accord with God's word: A Global Ethic agreed upon by all the religions; the various forms of Non-Violence; a culture of basic Human Rights; a just distribution of wealth achieved through Economic Democracy; and world peace through Democratic World Order.

Each keynote speaker's presentation addresses one of these "pillars" as it pertains to her or his particular area of research and experience. Furthermore, each speaker addresses three thematic questions: Is it necessary? Is it possible? What is the way forward?â

The program includes an introduction from Urmston on the current "pillar" being addressed and concludes with an audience question-and-answer session.


The Challenge of Permanent Peace: Moving Toward a Democratic World
Ronald Glossop
Monday, Nov. 5, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Kelley Auditorium, Alter Hall

This topic explores the shift from internationalism to globalism, from separate and somewhat independent but cooperating national communities to an increasingly integrated global community.
--Ronald Glossop is professor emeritus of philosophy at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, where he was also coordinator of peace studies for 25 years. He has authored more than 50 articles in professional journals and three books: Philosophy: An Introduction to Its Problems and Vocabulary; Confronting War; and World Federation?: A Critical Analysis of Federal World Government.

Perspectives From the Front Lines of Non-Violence
Jennifer Wies
Thursday, Dec. 6, 7:00p.m.-9:00p.m.
Kelley Auditorium, Alter Hall

This lecture examines the work of domestic violence shelter advocates and the ways their daily service provision intersects with larger non-violent movements.
--Jennifer Wies, director for Xavier's new women's center, earned a Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Kentucky. She has provided intimate partner violence intervention services and prevention programming at the University of Kentucky Women's Place, the Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program, the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center and the Native American Women's Health Education Resource Center.


Four Religious Perspectives on Universal Health Care
Marie Giblin, Abie Ingber, David Loy, Anas Malik
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Kelley Auditorium, Alter Hall

As a unique approach to a global ethic, four speakers address the concern of universal health care from her or his religious perspective as a Christian, Jew, Buddhist and Muslim, respectively.
--Marie Giblin is an associate professor of theology and chair of the department at Xavier, where she has taught since 1994. She has a Ph.D. in Christian ethics from Union Theological Seminary in New York and taught at the Maryknoll School of Theology. She served as an ethics consultant to Mercy Health Partners of Southwest Ohio. She lived in Tanzania for nine years and returned there in 2006 for research purposes.

â --Rabbi Abie Ingber has served as the executive director of Hillel Jewish Student Center of Cincinnati for the past 30 years. Hillel is an international movement to inspire young people to a life of meaningful Jewish experiences. In addition, Ingber serves as an adjunct professor in Homiletics (sermon writing) at Hebrew Union College and adjunct professor in theology at Xavier.â

--David R. Loy is the Besl Family Chair Professor in the ethics, religion and society program at Xavier. His field is Asian and comparative philosophy, especially comparing Buddhism with modern Western thought and culture. Having lived in Japan for 21 years and a Zen student for 35 years, he is qualified as a Zen teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan tradition.

--Anas Malik was born in Pakistan, grew up in Libya, received his B.A. from Marlboro College in Vermont, and his master's in economics and Ph.D. in political science from Indiana University. â He has conducted extensive fieldwork in Jordan and Pakistan. An assistant professor of political science at Xavier, Malik has research interests in political Islam, international political economy and development.â

Perspectives of Human Rights from Latin America and Asia
Irene Hodgson, Carol Winkelmann
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Kelley Auditorium, Alter Hall

Each speaker addresses the complex topic of human rights from her own experience and research, in Latin America and in India, respectively.
--Irene Hodgson came to Xavier in 1986 and is a professor of Spanish in the department of modern languages. Her areas of specialization include contemporary Latin American literature and â culture, with an emphasis on human rights and justice issues. She has translated Chilean exileâ poetry, the diary of assassinated Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero and a collection of excerpts from his homilies.
--Carol Winkelmann, an English professor and linguist at Xavier, teaches courses on anthropological linguistics, political language and the media, and women and sacred language. She has written several books and articles on violence against women and social change. Her current research is on Tibetan Buddhist nuns in northern India.â

Paths to a Democratic and Egalitarian Economy in the New Era
Gar Alperovitz
Monday, April 7, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Conaton Board Room, Schmidt Hall

A presentation on what can be done to make global economic systems more fair and just.
--Gar Alperovitz, a political-economist and historian, earned his Ph.D. in political-economy at Cambridge University. He is the Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political-Economy at the University of Maryland. His most recent book is America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming Our Wealth, Our Liberty and Our Democracy. He is also co-author of Making a Place for Community. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, The Nation and The Atlantic.

For more information about the series contact Patrick Welage, 513 745-3768,

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Dorothy Day House Veg-outs - Mondays, 5:00 p.m.
Community meals (with no meat) cooked weekly by DDH staff and student club members. All are welcome.

Dorothy Day Medal Award
The Dorothy Day Medal is awarded to a senior at Honors Day by the Peace and Justice Programs staff.â Please consider nominating a student whom you think may be a candidate for the award. Self-nominations are also highly encouraged. Go to for more information and a copy of the nomination form for the Dorothy Day Medal.

Xavier University Peace and Justice Programs
Co-Sponsorship Application

Please submit an application at least three weeks prior to the date of the program being considered.â Your request will be reviewed by the Peace and Justice Programs staff during a regular weekly meeting

Peace and justice programs at Xavier University seeks to educate, empower and affirm a community interested in building a more compassionate, just world through non-violent social action directed at eliminating the root causes of poverty and suffering.â Approval will be determined based on concerns such as: relationship to the mission of our department, financial cost, staff time required, desirability of date, benefit to the Xavier University community, etc.

Co-sponsorship application for Xavier Organizations

Co-sponsorship application for Non-Xavier Organizations


Funding for programming that will work to facilitate student interactions across group identities based on ethnicity, race, gender, ability, class, culture, faith or sexual orientation and/or advances awareness and understanding of issues of social justice and other multicultural themes.

Programming Funding Application Form

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