The Conference on Justice and Social Concerns, whose theme is Religious Freedom, will take place on Sept. 27 and Sept. 28, 2017 in the St. Mary’s University Center.
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 two-day 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), will be hosted each year by one of the University’s schools and 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 one or more keynotes supported by the Lin Great Speakers Series endowment. The fall 2017 conference is being hosted by the St. Mary’s University School of Law.
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.
2017 FALL CONFERENCE ON JUSTICE AND SOCIAL CONCERNS: RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
Schedule to be announced.