Upcoming Events

The 24th Annual Social Issues Conference, Presents “From the Margins to the Center”

The annual social issues conference works in collaboration with individuals and departments from the campus community to bring speakers and programs that; increase awareness of social issues; instigate positive change through communication, advocacy, and activism; and embrace the value of respect, dignity, and compassion. Programming has expanded from a one-day conference to the idea of the semester as a conference in order to collaborate and support the numerous social issues related programming facilitated by members of the campus community.

This year’s Social Issues Conference theme, From the Margins to the Center, reflects the need in our society to place our most vulnerable and marginalized peoples at the core of our concern as educators, organizers, and life-long learners. During the fall 2013 semester at USD, the university highlights the Catholic Social Teaching principle of Option for the Poor and Vulnerable. This principle challenges and encourages society to create conditions for marginalized voices to be heard and to work to securethat the dignity of all people is respected and protected. From the Margins to the Center, requires that central concerns transform community and community will stand together, side by side.

“Then we imagine no one standing outside of that circle, moving ourselves closer to the margins so that the margins themselves will be erased. We stand there with those whose dignity has been denied. We locate ourselves with the poor and the powerless and the voiceless.” ― Gregory Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

October 2013 Events:

Conversation with a Woman PeaceMaker: Philister Baya Lawiri of South Sudan
Thursday, September 26, 2013, 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Peace & Justice Theatre
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Conversation with a Women PeaceMaker: Rutuparna Mohanty of India
Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Peace & Justice Theatre
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National Day of Action: March for Dignity & Respect
Saturday, October 5, 2013, 10:00am
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Central American Migration: a dialogue on compassion and immigration reform
Tuesday, October 8, 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Maher Hall 240 (Salomon Hall), Free Pizza
Francisco Mena Ugarte, Executive Director of CRISPAZ: Christians for Peace in El Salvador
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Advancing a Critical Service Learning Practice: Linking Social Justice and Community Engagement
Friday October 11, 2013, 9:30am to 1:30pm
Dr. Tania Mitchell
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Hope and Conflict in Egypt, Syria and Iran (a panel discussion)
Tuesday, October 15th, 2013, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theater (map)
Dr. Michael Provence, Dr. Thomas Reifer and Dr. Babak Rahimi
Sponsored by the Center for Community Service-Learning, the Social Issues Committee, John B. Kroc School of Peace Studies and Karama (The Arab and Islamic World Information Project)
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Environmental Justice and the State of Exception
Thursday, October 24, 2013, 6:30pm to 9:00pm, Salomon Hall
The 11th Annual Ethnic Studies Labovitz-Perez Lecture, Devon Peña
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November 2013 Events:

Sewers and Social Justice: An Interdisciplinary Conversation on the Ghost Map
Monday, November 4, 2013, 11:15am to 12:15pm
Salomon Lecture Hall (Maher Hall 240)
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“Let the Oppressed Go Free: A Personal and Social Re!ection on White Complicity in U.S. Hyper-incarceration”
Thursday, November 14, 2013, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Salomon Lecture Hall (Maher Hall 218)
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“Which Way Home” (film followed by Panel discussion)
Thursday, November 21, 2013, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
School of Leadership and Education Studies, Mother Rosalie Hill Hall (Warren Auditorium)

Discussion to follow with special guests:
Beatriz Lopez
Education Program Director
Southwest Key Programs

Carmen M. Chavez, Esq.
Executive Director, Casa Cornelia
Law Center

Kindly RSVP at http://sandiego.kintera.org/ccs
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Regular Events and Activities


Speakers/Special Events
This committee collaborates with the Associated Students and organization representatives to sponsor speakers and events. Suggestions for speakers/events can be generated from within the subcommittee and from campus or community groups/individuals.

SIC Conference
Each year, this subcommittee organizes a Spring Social Issues conference with panel discussions that include such topics as sexual assault, sweatshops, mass media, and voices of migrant workers.

Student Committee
This committee is comprised of the CASA leadership team who represent a variety of constituents and provide the crucial voice for social issues programming important to students.