Weekly Update: September 6-15

Featured Events:

Prayer for Peace in Syria

This past Sunday, Pope Francis called peace makers around the world to fast and gather in prayer for peace in Syria on Saturday. He said prayer services will be conducted in St. Peter’s Square beginning at 7 pm and lasting to midnight. You can read the complete article about Pope Francis’ plea here: http://ncronline.org/news/francis-calls-prayer-and-fasting-peace-syria. In response to this call, Fr. Pat is holding a prayer for peace in Syria on the steps of St. Johns at 4:30 pm. Pope Francis’ request was “to all people of goodwill” and all people are invited to attend.

Events this week:

Religion in the Workplace: A Support for Ethics or an Obstacle to Business?
Everyday’s Lunch with Warren Buffett
Prayer for Peace in Syria
Volunteers Needed at St. Joan of Arc Annual SausageFest
Volunteers Needed to Help Celebrate Marriage
Asian Culture Week: “Social and Economic Problems Facing China’s Fifth Generation of Leaders”
Asian Culture Week: “… Anglo-American and Russian Science Fiction in Cold War and Beyond”
Film Series: Forgiveness, Part II
Asian Culture Week: “Americans: Fighting for Peace in Asia”
Mass of the Holy Spirit
Asian Culture Week: “China in the Business World”
Food Security for a Rapidly Growing Planet and the Mediterranean Diet with Patrizia La Trecchia
Asian Culture Week: “Creighton in Tibet, Philosophy for Children”

Events More than One Week Away:

Healing a Broken World Lunch II
Bless Me Ultima

Service and Justice Opportunities

Thursday, September 5th
Religion in the Workplace: A Support for Ethics or an Obstacle to Business?
The increasing sociopolitical importance of religion is a challenge to the theory and practice of management. This presentation reflects the conviction that a sound ethics of church-state relations is extendable to employment contexts. Standards for church-state separation are formulated; and, in part on that basis, we can frame a theory of religion in the workplace centering on a series of broadly ethical principles that can guide managerial policies affecting religion. This presentation is given by Robert Audi, who is an internationally known philosopher and ethicist who has published more than 130 journal articles and 16 books. He is the past president of the American Philosophical Associtation, and the Society of Christian Philosophers, and editor of the Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy. This event will be at 7:30 pm in the Harper Center Room 3023. Faculty reception will follow. Sponsored by Creighton College of Business and the Kripke Center.

Friday, September 6th
Everyday’s Lunch with Warren Buffett
Nebraskans for Peace is holding DAILY (weekday) vigils for at least the next week. Anyone can join starting Friday and all next week starting on Monday between 11:30 am and 12:30 pm! Please bring your friends and join us to urge Buffett to Speak Out on the threat of Climate Change during lunch. They meet outside of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Company office to ask him to lead on this issue. A twelve-foot-long banner with the message “Warren, The World needs YOU to LEAD — Speak Out about the Threat of Climate Change” will provide a colorful photo-op. Please do not park right in front of the office located at 3555 Farnam Street because it is a 10-minute parking zone. Easy and free parking is on Farnam Street just past 36th Street.

A fact sheet on climate change prepared by seven University of Nebraska-Lincoln climatologists speaks to the scientific consensus on the role humans are playing in causing carbon levels to rise is here: http://nebraskansforpeace.org/climate_change_fact_sheet. Please call Mark Welsch at 402-453-0776 to let him know which days you can be there or for more information. You may read more about this event at: https://www.facebook.com/events/450869201671787/.

Saturday, September 7th
Prayer for Peace in Syria
This past Sunday, Pope Francis called peace makers around the world to fast and gather in prayer for peace in Syria on Saturday. He said prayer services will be conducted in St. Peter’s Square beginning at 7 pm and lasting to midnight. You can read the complete article about Pope Francis’ plea here: http://ncronline.org/news/francis-calls-prayer-and-fasting-peace-syria. In response to this call, Fr. Pat is holding a prayer for peace in Syria on the steps of St. Johns at 4:30 pm. Pope Francis’ request was “to all people of goodwill” and all people are invited to attend.

Volunteers Needed at St. Joan of Arc Annual SausageFest
St. Joan of Arc is seeking volunteers for their annual SausageFest. Volunteers are needed 10:00 am Saturday, Sept. 7th for set up, 6:00 pm during event until 11:00 pm, tear down starting 11:00 pm Saturday night, and Sunday, Sept. 8th at 10:00 am meeting at church parking lot to return tables/chairs. The event entire event will be from 4:30 pm – 11:00 pm and include Children’s Games, plenty of food and drinks, a band for music and dancing, and a viewing of the Nebraska game. St. Joan of Arc is located at 7501 Vinton, Omaha NE 68124-3452. Everyone welcome! If interested please contact Kevin Malick, Men’s Club President, at 402-990-4759 or Ron Brew, Sausagefest Chairman, at 402-612-2435 (cell), 402-544-9310 (work), or 915-9194 (home).

Sunday, September 8th
Volunteers Needed to Help Celebrate Marriage
Are you looking for a fun, fall service opportunity? Come help Archbishop George J. Lucas honor marriage and milestone anniversaries for an hour or two on Sunday afternoon, September 8th at St. Cecilia’s Cathedral, 701 N 40th Street, Omaha. Help elderly couples to their assigned pews, hand out programs, set up or clean up. Contact Reggan Simons if interested by September 6th at 402.551.9003 x 1300.

Monday, September 9th
Asian Culture Week: “Social and Economic Problems Facing China’s Fifth Generation of Leaders”
This lecture will be by Dr. Elizabeth Larus (Ph.D. Virginia), who is Professor of Political Science at the University of Mary Washington. Prior to joining the college faculty in 1997, Dr. Larus worked on Capitol Hill as a press Secretary on Capitol Hill, and then lived in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. She has taught courses on American, European, and Asian governments at Lingnan University (HK), the University of Virginia, and the University of Richmond. She is author of the books Politics and Society in Contemporary China and Economic Reform in China, 1979-2003: The Marketization of Labor and State Enterprises as well as more than 20 book chapters and scholarly articles. In 2012-13, Professor Larus presented papers at academic conferences in the United States, Taiwan, and Great Britain (Oxford University). This event will be from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm in Skutt Student Center Room 105.

Asian Culture Week: “… Anglo-American and Russian Science Fiction in Cold War and Beyond”
“East and West Connect and Compete: Anglo-American and Russian Science Fiction in the Cold War and Beyond” will be a lecture given by Professor Sibelan Forrester, Swarthmore College. Sibelan Forrester teaches Russian language and literature at Swarthmore College, including a course on Russian and East European Science Fiction. She has published numerous articles on Russian literature and is active as a translator of prose and poetry. Her latest publication on science fiction was the co-authored introduction to a special cluster of articles on early Soviet and post-Soviet SF in the journal /Slavic Review/ (summer, 2013). Her talk will briefly outline the shape of that tradition over the past 125 years and then focus in on the relationship of Soviet and Anglo-American science-fiction during the Cold War – with a glance at the translations of Japanese science fiction into Russian in the same period. This event will be from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm in Skutt Student Center Room 105.

Tuesday, September 10th
Film Series: Forgiveness, Part II
Forgiveness (film by Helen Whitney) Pt II explores the “new forgiveness” both personal and societal, from social science, scientific, humanistic perspectives. Faculty facilitator is Dr. Jeanne Schuler of the Philosphy Dept. This will be shown in Harper Center Room 3027 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Sponsored by the John C. Kenefick Chair in Humanities. For more information please email rkodad@creighton.edu.

Asian Culture Week: “Americans: Fighting for Peace in Asia”
“Americans: Fighting for Peace in Asia” will be a special presentation and discussion given by Earl Stubbe, Ed.D., who was part of the 20th Air Force, 315th Bomb Wing in Guam during World War II. After the war, he became a prominent teacher, serving as principal of Fort LeBoeuf High School from 1955-1966 and then as superintendent of Ft. LeBoeuf schools (Waterford Township, PA). This event will be from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm in Skutt Student Center Room 104.

Wednesday, September 11th
Mass of the Holy Spirit
The Mass of the Holy Spirit is a tradition among Jesuit academic institutions dating to 1548 in which the community gathers to thank God for the gifts of creation and salvation and to seek the guidance and wisdom of the Holy Spirit in the coming year. Fr. Timothy Lannon, SJ, University President, will preside at the mass and preach the homily. All members of the Creighton University community are welcome. Those attending are invited to wear red, the color traditionally associated with the Holy Spirit. Classes scheduled for 11:00 a.m. are canceled to encourage attendance. Mass will be from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm at Saint John’s Church.

Asian Culture Week: “China in the Business World”
This roundtable event will be moderated by Dr. Maorong Jiang, Director of the Asian World Center. The discussion will be centered on the theme of “China in the Business World” during which the relationship between China and various aspects of business in China will be discussed (e.g. economics, environment, ethics, legal and other social impacts). The purpose of the discussion is to create a dialogue between the Creighton community and several prominent individuals in the Omaha-China business community to better promote and enhance understanding about China from a business perspective. Panelists include: Marisa Ring, Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, Birud Sindhav, Ph.D., University of Nebraska at Omaha, Yu Rui, Ph.D., Nanjing University of the Arts, Jennifer Zhang, JZW International, John Wingender, Ph.D., Creighton University, and Jimmie Yuan, Ph.D., Creighton University. This event will be from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm in Skutt Student Center Room 104.

Thursday, September 12th
Food Security for a Rapidly Growing Planet and the Mediterranean with Patrizia La Trecchia
Learn about “Food Studies,” or how fields of literature, philosophy, anthropology, theology, history and food production/consumption relate to each other. Patrizia La Trecchia has a vast knowledge in the fields of Italian and European cinema, cultural studies, migration studies, Italian-American studies, Italy’s “Southern Question,” food and identity, and the impact of globalization on cultural representations of Italian identity. She is also involved with organizations to help people in need in the poorest parts of the world, such as FAO and Habitat Partner University Initiative (HPUI). This event will be at 3:30 pm in Hixson-Lied Auditorium in the Harper Center.

Asian Culture Week: “Creighton in Tibet, Philosophy for Children”
In May 2012, Dr. Jinmei Yuan, professor of philosophy and director of the Philosophy for Children (p4c) program at Creighton, and a delegation of four Creighton graduates & p4c program leaders traveled to a rural Tibetan area in Yunnan Province, deep in southwestern China. The group visited a school in a small rural village for two days where they were introduced some basic western philosophy to the students. In this presentation, Dr. Yuan and Andrew Trapp will share their experiences from this trip in the form of stories, photos and videos. This special photo/video presentation and discussion will be from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm in Eppley 310.

Upcoming Events:

Healing a Broken World Lunch II
Monday, September 16th

Want to know what the Jesuits say about Ecology and Care for Creation? Join the conversation on the document “Healing a Broken World” from 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm in Lower Saint John’s. To prepare for our conversation, please read Section 4, Recommendations and Concrete Suggestions of the document, available here: http://www.sjweb.info/documents/sjs/pjnew/PJ106ENG.pdf. Please invite faculty, staff and students for small group discussion while enjoying a simple lunch of vegetarian chili.

Bless Me Ultima
Monday, September 16th

Creighton University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs Presents: Bless Me, Ultima Film & Discussion. Based on the controversial, first award-winning Chicano novel by acclaimed author Rudolfo Anaya, BLESS ME, ULTIMA is a turbulent coming-of-age story about a young boy Antonio, growing up in New Mexico during World War II. When a mysterious curandera (healer) named Ultima comes to live with his family, she teaches him about the power of the spiritual world. Through a series of events, Antonio must grapple with questions about the nature of divinity and his own destiny.

There will be a social from 6:00 – 6:30 pm at Billy Blues Alumni Grill in Harper Center followed by the the film from 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm in Hixson-Lied Auditorium in the Harper Center (doors open at 6:30 pm). Free to the Public! For questions, please call (402) 280-2459. Co-sponsors include Creighton University, UNO’s OLLAS (Office of Latino/Latin American Studies), the Mexican American Historical Society, the Nebraska Latino American Commission and Metro Community College among others.

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