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Conference on Justice and Social Concerns

The Conference on Justice and Social Concerns, titled Immigration, Migration and Refugees, will take place on Oct. 25 and 26, 2016.

This annual event provides our campus community with the opportunity to engage with issues of social justice, faith, and personal and communal responsibility for the common good.

The Conference, which follows the direction set out from the Second Vatican Council to read, interpret and respond to the signs of the times (Gaudium et Spes, 4), replaces the event known as the President’s Peace Commission. This two-day conference, which will be hosted each year by one of the University’s schools, will bring together experts from both academic and practical realms to lead the campus in dialogue around issues challenging our community locally and globally. The Conference will always include a keynote supported by the Lin Great Speakers Series endowment.

This program is meant to invoke dialogue and even debate, recognizing the value of critical thinking and healthy tension. We aim to provide the opportunity for community members – students, faculty and staff – to encounter new perspectives and adopt methods for thoughtful critique and questioning. The value of a Catholic, liberal arts education is to learn to engage, to think critically and creatively, to dialogue well, and to do so from a place of compassion and respect, rooted in love for one another and a desire to be agents of positive change in our world.

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, Oct. 25
9:45 to 11 a.m.
Lin Great Speakers Series Opening Keynote Presentation featuring Ruth Behar, Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan

11:10 a.m. to 12:25 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Family Detention in South Texas
Melissa Cuadrado, Staff Attorney, The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights San Antonio
Sister Norma Pimentel, Executive Director, Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley
Jonathan Ryan, Executive Director, Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services

12:35 to 1:50 p.m.
The Art of Peace Award and Workshop
Anne Wallace, San Antonio, Artist

Wednesday, Oct. 26
9:20 to 10:10 a.m.
Panel Discussion: Immigrants, Migrants and Refugees in San Antonio
Margaret Costantino, Executive Director, Center for Refugee Services
Erica Schommer, Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, St. Mary’s University School of Law

10:20 to 11:10 a.m.
Panel Discussion: Business, Economics, and Immigration
Ramiro Cavazos, President and Chief Executive Officer, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Belinda Roman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics, Palo Alto College

7 p.m.
Lin Great Speakers Series Closing Keynote Presentation featuring Elizabeth Ferris, Ph.D., Research Professor, Georgetown University


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