It may seem that thought-provoking public discussion is dead, but Duquesne University’s Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition is giving it CPR with five community dialogues on issues of social justice and tours of the neighborhoods in which they will be held — the Hill and Hazelwood.
The Monsignor Owen Rice Lecture Series begins Monday with the theme “Exploring Community Trauma: A Deliberative Dialogue.” It’s from noon to 2p at the Thelma Lovette YMCA, Centre Avenue in the Hill District.
The conversations will include neighborhood leaders, residents, entrepreneurs, legislators, faculty and students.
“The idea is to present a lecture series that not only focuses on good social stewardship, but paying out in greater dividends of learning,” said Dr. Darlene Weaver, director of the Center for Catholic Intellectual Tradition. “We are really excited to offer participants the opportunity to experience the special role of community-engaged scholarship in a Spiritan context while encouraging awareness, education and responsible action for justice.”
Future topics will include Women Building Communities on Monday, Feb. 25, August Wilson’s Hill District on Thursday, March 21 and Educational Justice in the Hazelwood Context on Friday, March 22. Times and places remain to be set.
The series will conclude Tuesday, April 2, with a closing dialogue on campus.
All events are free and open to the public. For more information and to register, visit the CCIT’s website or call 412.396.1595.
Photo of Monsignor Rice, courtesy of The Pittsburgh Catholic