Weekly Update: October 4 – 13

Featured Events:

St. Francis Feast Day

Fr. Lannon will celebrate Mass at noon on Friday, October 4th in St. John’s Church celebrating St. Francis of Assisi. At the close of Mass, Fr. Lannon will sign the St. Francis Pledge to care for creation and the poor. Following Mass enjoy a complimentary lunch (12:45-2 pm), discussion and sustainability fair in Lower Saint John’s Church. All are welcome!

Fall Break Service & Justice Trips Send-Off Service

Support the 200+ students participating in Fall Break Service & Justice Trips by attending the Send-Off Service at 9:00 pm on Thursday, October 10th in St. John’s Church. The service will be followed by a reception in Lower St. John’s.

Events this week:
China’s ‘New Generation’ of Directors
St. Francis Feast Day
Documentary Screening: Danny from North Korea
Binational Health Week Spanish Volunteers Needed
25th Annual Omaha Life Chain
Hispanic Heritage Month Seminar
International Law Society Hosts Professor Roland Adjovi
Solidarity Lecture Series presents Dr. Heather Fryer
Prayer of Silence
Documentary Screening: The Children Next Door
The Racialization of Islam and U.S. Empire: Implications for Scholarshp on American Religions
Fall Break Service & Justice Trips Send-Off Service
Fall Break Service & Justice Trips

Events More than One Week Away:
Heart Ministry Center Seeks Personal Care Items

Service and Justice Opportunities

Thursday, October 3rd

China’s ‘New Generation’ of Directors
The speaker is Dr. Zhou Jun 周隽, who the Associate Professor at the School of Film and Television at Nanjing University of the Arts in Nanjing, China. His talk, which is subtitled “Masculinities in Film: A Unique Perspective of China’s Underprivileged”, will focus on China’s ‘New Generation’ of Chinese directors (e.g. Wang Xiaoshuai, Jia Zhangke, Zhang Yang) who present contemporary images of the country’s underprivileged from a realistic, self-reflective point of view, different from the fifth generation of film directors (e.g. Zhangyi Mo, Chen Kaige) who use male images allegorically to express their discontent and anger about the Cultural Revolution. Through a detailed analysis of the masculinities of the male images in these films, this talk seeks to provide you with an overall understanding of the development of Chinese film, an in-depth perception of Chinese society from a unique perspective, and an awareness of the humanistic point of view of the New Generation of Chinese film directors. This talk will be at 2:00 pm in Skutt Student Center room 104.

Friday, October 4th

St. Francis Feast Day
Fr. Lannon will celebrate Mass at noon in St. John’s Church celebrating St. Francis of Assisi. At the close of Mass Fr. Lannon will sign the St. Francis Pledge to care for creation and the poor. Following Mass enjoy a complimentary lunch (12:45-2 pm), discussion and sustainability fair in Lower Saint John’s Church. All are welcome!

Documentary Screening: Danny from North Korea
Every year, thousands of North Koreans make the dangerous journey across the border to escape oppression and poverty. In March of 2005, Danny was one of them. This documentary tells his story. This event will be at 7:00 pm in Skutt Student Center room 105. Sponsored by the Asian World Center at Creighton University.

Saturday, October 5th

Binational Health Week Spanish Volunteers Needed
OneWorld Community Health Center is looking for all level Spanish Speaking Volunteers (basic, intermediate, and fluent speakers) for their Binational Health Week. There are three dates and events: Children’s Event- Saturday October 5, 2013 (9am-1pm); Women’s Events- Wednesday Oct. 9th (5:30pm-8:30pm); and the Health Fair- Saturday October 12, 2013 (9am-3pm). At each event there will be registration, information tables, and health screenings. Volunteers are needed to help direct participants, registration, etc. If you are interested please email Luz Rodriguez at Lrodriguez@creighton.edu with the date and time you are available along with your level of Spanish.

Sunday, October 6th

25th Annual Omaha Life Chain
Join the Creighton Catholic Student Organization at the 25th annual Omaha Life Chain, this Sunday, from 2-3pm. Pro-Life supporters will line up along Dodge street praying for and holding signs that support Pro-Life. Contact Megan Kangiser at megankangiser@crighton.edu for more information and to sign up. More information is available at https://www.facebook.com/events/111841362300345/.

Tuesday, October 8th

Hispanic Heritage Month Seminar
Presentations include: “Women’s Impact in Business and Community” by Mrs. Gina Ponce: Kroc Center – Education & Arts Director, President – Women on a Mission for Change Foundation, “Maintaining Our Heritage in Today’s Society” – Open 4-Panel Members, and “Breaking Barriers in Society” by Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado: Professor of University of Nebraska. This event will be from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm in Harper Center Ballroom. The registration fee is $40 per person or $15 for students, however breakfast and lunch are included. Credit Cards will be accepted at door with prior registration. To registration contact: John Nunez at 402-233-7452 or Alvis Mar at 402-661-1978. This event is sponsored by the Hispanic Employment Council of Nebraska (HEC) and co-sponsored by Office of Equity and Inclusion, Creighton University. HEC is a committee of representatives from various federal agencies, working in conjunction with representatives from private industry and community-based organizations to focus on the needs of Hispanics in the area.

International Law Society Hosts Professor Roland Adjovi
The International Law Society we will be hosting Professor Roland Adjovi, Resident Scholar at Arcadia University – College of Global Studies, who will present on the African States, individually, and the African Union, collectively, regarding their concerns about the International Criminal Court and possible withdrawal from the Rome Statute. Further, Professor Adjovi will discuss the African Union’s upcoming meeting regarding a potential alternative to the International Criminal Court- the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. This event will be from 12:00 to 1:00 pm in Law School room 122.

Solidarity Lecture Series presents Dr. Heather Fryer
Dr. Heather Fryer is the Director of the American Studies Program and Associate Professor in the History Department at Creighton. Dr. Fryer’s Lecture (titled “The Return Path to Nowhere: Historical Patterns in the American Immigration Debate”) will focus on how the national debate surrounding comprehensive immigration reform that has been at the forefront of current events is part of a more heated rhetoric, which dates to the arrival of the first non-English immigrants during the colonial era. This survey of immigration debates from the 18th-20th centuries shows how the tension between Americans’ pride in the “great melting pot” and anxiety about “foreign invasion” have derailed progress toward just, sensible immigration reform for over two hundred years. Drawing the distinction between embedded cultural patterns and salient current issues offers a new possibility for more productive dialogue in the 21st century. This event will be from 5:00 to 6:00 pm in Harper Center room 3028.

Thursday, October 10th

Prayer of Silence
Weekly “Prayer of Silence” with Joan Lanahan will be every Thursday from 12-12:30 pm in the CCSJ Multipurpose Room (Harper 2067). No need to bring anything. Come once or come each week. All are welcome!

Documentary Screening: The Children Next Door
Every year 5 million US children are exposed to domestic violence. These children are facing and overcoming obstacles every day that other children never have to face. The single most important factor leading to their resiliency is having a caring adult in their lives. “The Children Next Door”, a documentary directed by Doug Block, executive-produced by Brian F. Martin, and produced by Lynda A. Hansen, is a unique and powerful look at domestic violence that recounts the fear and pain through the eyes of children. It’s a young family’s journey to uncover the truth that lies beneath the cycle of violence and the solution to end it. Raised in households ripped by domestic violence, Penny and Brad Waldroup vowed when they fell in love to end the cycle. After a ten-year marriage plagued by waves of mounting violence, all in front of their four young children, Brad’s outbursts culminated one horrific night, when he attacked Penny with a gun and machete and murdered her best friend. Doors open at 6:30 pm and a panel discussion will follow. This event will be at Mammel Hall in Aksarben Village. Click here to purcahse tickets for $25. Space is limited.

The Racialization of Islam and U.S. Empire: Implications for Scholarship on American Religions
Dr. Sylvester Johnson will open the Kripke Seminar on Religion and U.S. Empire with a public lecture addressing the radicalization of Islam and its relationship to the U.S. Empire. Dr. Johnson is Associate Professor of African American Studies and Religious Studies at Northwestern University. He is the author of The Myth of Ham in Nineteenth-Century American Christianity: Race, Heathens, and the People of God (2004). He is currently working on a history of colonialism and African American religions, which examines the complicated relationship between black religions and colonialism as a historic and on-going American phenomenon both within and beyond U.S. Borders. This event will be from 7:00 to 8:00 pm in Harper Center room 3027.

Fall Break Service & Justice Trips Send-Off Service
Support the approximately 200 students participating in Fall Break Service & Justice Trips by attending the Send-Off Service at 9:00 pm in St. John’s Church. The service will be followed by a reception in Lower St. John’s.

Friday, October 11th

Fall Break Service & Justice Trips
Fall Break 2013 starts after classes on Friday. The CCSJ is sending participants across the country on Service and Justice Trips. Please pray for these individuals and follow the trips on our Facebook and Twitter. The trip members will return October 19th after a week of immersion.

Upcoming Events:

Heart Ministry Center Seeks Personal Care Items
Does your student club want to do something this fall to benefit a local non-profit?
The Heart Ministry Center is in need of personal care items such as shampoo, toothpaste, toilet paper, bar soap, etc. If your group would like to collect these items, please take them to 2207 Wirt Street, Omaha NE 68110. For more information or questions call 402-451-5755.

Please Note:
Events to be included in the Weekly Update must be received by the Wednesday of the week prior to the event. All events should relate to service or justice and should include name, date, time, and a short description. The selection of events is limited by space and the discretion of the CCSJ. Please, send to ccsj@creighton.edu with “Weekly Update” in the subject line.

A 20 minute training on Creighton’s Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy is now required of all student doing community service with our office or on your own. Please click here to find an upcoming training that works for you

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