Thursday, March 2, 2017, from 6:30 PM - 8:00 AM
The faculty of Arrupe College conceived of the Arrupe College Lecture Series as a way for our college to engage in some of the most pressing issues of our time by inviting leading voices to speak to those issues. We envisioned this series as a way for Arrupe College to sponsor broad discussions with the Loyola University and the public at large. This series helps our students engage in serious intellectual discussion and fulfills Arrupe's missions of helping our students be *persons for others* by opening up this discussion beyond our college.
This year we on the committee decided to work within the framework that Loyola University Chicago established with its year-long discussion, beginning at the commencement of the year with Bryan Stephenson who spoke about the criminal justice system and prisons and the need for radical revisioning in this area. Throughout the year Loyola has held large and small gatherings about police violence, racism, the prison-industrial complex, and how these issues are entwined, looking for analysis of the problem and visions for a better future. This is a broad discussion that has enveloped the nation in the past few years as images of Black men and women gunned down by police have spread across the country and mass protests have arisen. This, Loyola University rightly discerned, is a pressing issue of our time that needs close examination.
On March 2nd, Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor of Princeton University will be our first major speaker. Arrupe is now joining this discussion and inviting the university community and interested people from the public to join with our faculty and students to hear what a major scholar from Princeton University has to offer to these issues.
This is out inaugural lecture in this series and we hope that it will inspire our students to reflect on and engage these issues well beyond this series.