Torero Tidbits: Spanish Mass; Changemaker Challenge; Next to Normal; Christ Art Exhibit

Torero Tidbits: Spanish Mass; Changemaker Challenge; Next to Normal; Christ Art Exhibit

Spanish Mass (Misa en Español) at Founders Chapel Nov. 21

“Whether you grew up speaking Spanish or know solo un poquito, all are welcome to join us for Spanish Mass in Founders Chapel!”

The flyer, picked up from a University Ministry table at an event last week, excitedly informs all interested Toreros to consider coming to Founders Chapel for a 6 p.m. Mass on Thursday, Nov. 21 that’s solely in Spanish.

It’s a welcome sight on the University of San Diego campus, which resides about 25 miles from the Mexico border. Attending a Spanish Mass is a tradition for some students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni in their communities and churches.

The flyer also invites all who are interested to attend a “Spanglish” small group gathering following the Mass for hispanohablantes and Latinx students who are interested in building a bi-cultural, bilingual faith-sharing community.

To ask questions about the Mass or if you are interested in helping out at Mass, please contact

Changemaker Challenge Finalists’ Video Voting Starts Nov. 25

The Changemaker Challenge, an annual fall event in which students are encouraged to address current social challenges in the community by submitting a project solution idea as a two-to-three-minute video, is nearing completion.

The 2019 theme, “Homelessness, Displacement and Migration,” has had multi-layered programming this semester to provide more knowledge and understanding.

The Urgent Challenges Collective hosted a Homelessness and Food Insecurity Week on campus. The 2019-20 USD Just Read! Program featured book, Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation, is a collection of 36 contemporary writers’ stories, some of which touched on the Changemaker Challenge social theme. Numerous dialogues, film screenings, immersion trips and other special events gave students plenty of insight from which to inspire them to come up with an idea for a video.

The deadline to enter the Changemaker Challenge has passed (Nov. 14). There were 79 entrants — many entrants consist of student teams, thus participation is higher than the number of entrants — and judges are currently assessing the entries to determine who the 2019 finalists will be and then compete to gain the most votes for their video.

Finalists will be announced on Monday, Nov. 25. Public voting will commence Nov. 25 to Dec. 4. To access the videos and to vote, be sure to “Like” the Changemaker Hub’s Facebook page and then go to the link. Finalists are vying for a share of $6,000 in prize money and the number of votes will determine how much is awarded to each finalist. A small, RSVP-only awards luncheon will take place on Dec. 5 in the Changemaker Hub to celebrate the finalists.

It’s Showtime for Theatre’s Next to Normal, Nov. 21-24

The Undergraduate Department of Theatre at USD will have five showings of its latest production, Next to Normal, from Nov. 21-24 in Sacred Heart Hall’s Studio Theatre.

Next to Normal is described as “a rock musical centered around a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effects that managing her illness has on her family.”

Showtimes are: Thursday, Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m.; two performances on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. The show is scheduled for two hours.

Tickets for any performance start at $8 and can be purchased online via this Eventbrite link.

Learn more about the College of Arts and Sciences’ theatre program offerings — undergraduate and the Master of Fine Arts in Theatre program offered through The Old Globe and USD Shiley Graduate Theatre program.

Christ: Life, Death and Resurrection Exhibit  

Likely the most popular, most well-attended art exhibition in the history of USD’s University Galleries, is on display in Founders Hall’s Hoehn Family Galleries through Dec. 13.

Christ: Life, Death and Resurrection, an exhibit of over 40 original drawings and prints by Italian Renaissance artists — including Michelangelo, Filippo Lippi, and others — from the renowned collection of the British Museum, has been hosted on the USD campus since mid-September.

Open to the public every day from 12-5 Monday through Friday and 12-4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, the free exhibition has been a wonderful opportunity for USD to host such a collection. Many of these drawings and prints are available for viewing in the U.S. for the first time, especially Michelangelo’s The Three Crosses.

Special events have been held in connection with the exhibit since its September debut. One popular series, USD Faculty Talks, has offered perspectives from numerous faculty members from different academic disciplines. This Thursday, Nov. 21, English Professor Abraham Stoll, PhD, will conclude the series with his insights of the exhibit from 5-6 p.m. in the Hoehn Family Galleries.

The exhibit is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28, but will be open every other day until it closes. For those interested in seeing additional works of this theme from the British Museum’s collection, a smaller exhibit, “Masterpieces of Italian Drawings” is free to view through Dec. 15 at the Timken Museum of Art in Balboa Park.

— Compiled by Ryan T. Blystone

Founders Chapel will host a special Spanish language Mass on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. Following Mass there will be a Founders Chapel will host a special Spanish language Mass on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. Following Mass there will be a "Spanglish" small group gathering.

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