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Poster of "Hope in Humanity: Islamic Principles of Neighborly Kindness" with Najah Bazzy Public Lecture: "Hope in Humanity: Islamic Principles of Neighborly Kindness" with Najah Bazzy

April 14, 2015

Najah Bazzy is a Critical Care and Transcultural nurse and Executive Director of the community organization Zaman International, located in Detroit. Her life work is encapsulated in Zaman's mission: "to facilitate change and advance the lives of marginalized women and children by enabling them to meet essential needs common to all humankind." Najah will explore how her work connects physical and spiritual healing to surat al ma'un, Chapter 107 of the Holy Quran, addressing "acts of small kindness and neighborly needs."

Poster of "Makoce Ikikcupi: Dakota Land Recovery in the Era of Climate Chaos" with WaziyatawinPublic Lecture: "Makoce Ikikcupi: Dakota Land Recovery in the Era of Climate Chaos" with Waziyatawin

February 19, 2015

Dakota writer, teacher, and activist from southwestern Minnesota, Waziyatawin is founder and council member of Oyate Nipi Kte, a non-profit organization dedicated to the recovery of Dakota language, spirituality, and life ways, to empowering Indigenous communities, and to developing initiatives for sustainable living based on Indigenous environmental ethics. She has authored numerous books including Reflections and Resources for Deconstructing Colonial Mentality.

Public Lecture:  "Joy in the Gospel: Acting for Justice in a Turbulent World"Public Lecture:  "Joy in the Gospel: Acting for Justice in a Turbulent World"

November 11, 2014

Catholic sister, attorney, and poet known as an outspoken advocate for social justice, Sr. Simone Campbell received her degree from the University of California Davis School of Law, then founded the Community Law Center in Oakland, California, which she served for the next 18 years as its lead attorney, practicing family law focused on the needs of the working poor of her county.  She served as director of Sisters of Social Service from 1995-2000, overseeing the work of this religious community in the United States, Mexico, Taiwan, and the Philippines. She gained national exposure as the executive director of Jericho from 2002–04, an interfaith interest group advocating on behalf of the poor, and now is the Executive Director of NETWORK, a National Catholic social justice lobby. She has taken part in religious delegations to Chiapas, Mexico (1996), Iraq (2002), Syria and Lebanon (2008).  Since 2012, she has traveled with "Nuns on the Bus" across the U.S., living out Catholic intellectual and social teaching through antipoverty work, healthcare reform, and immigration reform, advocating for "justice for immigrants and all people who struggle at the margins.


Eboo Patel | "The Holiness of Common Ground”Eboo Patel | "The Holiness of Common Ground”

Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 7:30 - 8:30pm

Eboo Patel's core belief is that religion is a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. He's inspired to build this bridge by his faith as a Muslim, his Indian heritage, and his American citizenship. He has spoken about this vision at places like the TED conference, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, as well as college and university campuses across the country.

Pedagogy of the Poor: Building the Movement to End PovertyPedagogy of the Poor: Building the Movement to End Poverty

Thursday, April 11

Willie Baptist and John Wessel-McCoy of the Poverty Initiative, Union of Theological Seminary
"Raising up generations of religious and community leaders committed to building a movement to end poverty, led by the poor." 

Panel of Community respondents to follow the talk by Baptist and Wessel-McCoy


What's Right with Islam: A New Vision for Muslims and the WestWhat's Right with Islam: A New Vision for Muslims and the West

Tuesday, Sept. 13, 7 p.m., Mitchell Auditorium

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is an American Sufi imam, author, and founder of the Cordoba initiative, an independent, multi-faith, and multi-national project that works with state and non-state actors to improve Muslim-West relations. Author of What's Right With Islam: A New Vision for Muslims and the West, he is the visionary behind the Cordoba House Community Center near ground zero that received worldwide attention in 2010.

Imam Feisal is a recipient the AICPR Annual Alliance Peace Builder Award, Arianna Huffington's "2010 Game Changer" Award, and was listed as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2010 by the Foreign Policy magazine.  In May 2011, Time magazine named him among the world's 100 most influential people. At St. Scholastica, he will systematically lay out the reasons a rise in Islamophobia in the past decade, and will describe what can be done on national and personal levels to build mutual respect.

Illuminating the Word: The Saint John's BibleIlluminating the Word: The Saint John's Bible

Thursday, Oct. 13  at 7 p.m.

Diane von Arx is a professional calligrapher and one of the illuminators of the Saint John's Bible. This seven-volume sacred text, the first handwritten, illuminated Bible in 500 years, was commissioned by Saint John's Benedictine Monastery in Collegeville, MN. Von Arx works with the traditional medium of vellum (calfskin) to fashion this text for the modern age. Von Arx says the compelling artwork "reaches far beyond the literal, [creating] layers of meaning,"with images including strands of DNA running through parts of the gospels, views from the Hubble telescope, and scenes from Auschwitz and Rwanda. Von Arx considers her work "the only creative thing that I've done that will live far beyond me…a calligraphic legacy of our time."