Benedictine University is an inclusive academic community dedicated to teaching and learning, scholarship and service, truth and justice, as inspired by the Catholic intellectual tradition, the social teaching of the Church, and the principles of wisdom in the Rule of St. Benedict.
Benedictine University aspires to be a thought leader in Catholic higher education. We seek to provide a transformative and integrative educational experience grounded in Benedictine values, helping students shape lives of meaning and purpose as engaged citizens who care for the earth, welcome people of diverse faiths and cultures, and promote the common good.
A semiannual forum sponsored by the Center for Civic Leadership, the Jim Ryan Symposium brings local, state, and national leaders to the Benedictine University campus to discuss and debate issues important to domestic and international civic and political life. In the past, this symposium has featured such noted figures as:
Other Jim Ryan Symposium speakers have included:
Date: September 27
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Goodwin 110
Contact: Dr. Patricia Somers firstname.lastname@example.org
From the official website for The Hunting Ground:
The statistics are staggering. One in five women in college are sexually assaulted, yet only a fraction of these crimes are reported, and even fewer result in punishment for the perpetrators. From the intrepid team behind The Invisible War comes The Hunting Ground, a piercing, monumental exposé of rape culture on campuses, poised to light a fire under a national debate.
In a tour de force of verité footage, expert insights, and first-person testimonies, the film follows undergraduate rape survivors pursuing both their education and justice, despite ongoing harassment and the devastating toll on them and their families.
Scrutinizing the gamut of elite Ivies, state universities, and small colleges, filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering reveal an endemic system of institutional cover-ups, rationalizations, victim-blaming, and denial that creates perfect storm conditions for predators to prey with impunity.
Meanwhile, the film captures mavericks Andrea Pino and Annie Clark, survivors who are taking matters into their own hands—ingeniously employing Title IX legal strategy to fight back and sharing their knowledge among a growing, unstoppable network of young women who will no longer be silent.
Since the film's premiere at Sundance, it had been screened at the White House and hundreds of college campuses across the country. The documentary has inspired new laws in New York and California and changes in campus policies.
Date: September 28
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Scholl 101
Event Sponsor: Dept. of Music
Contact: Ms. Kathleen Toohill (630) 829-6344 email@example.com
Jazz ensemble conducted by Patrick Infusino.
Date: September 29
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Goodwin Hall 321
Event Sponsor: Global Studies Program, with support from a DOE-UISFL grant
Contact: Ms. Lynn Dransoff 630-829-6250 firstname.lastname@example.org
A talk by miriam cooke, Braxton Craven Professor of Arab Cultures at Duke University
Professor cooke's research focuses on the intersection of gender and war in modern Arabic literature and Arab women writers' constructions of Islamic feminism.
Free and open to the public.
Date: October 13
Time: 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Location: Krasa AB
Event Sponsor: Intercultural Affairs and the Dept. of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies
Contact: Ms. Lynn Dransoff (630) 829-6250 email@example.com
Dr. Gerald Horne holds the John J. and Rebecca Moores Chair of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston. He received his B.A. from Princeton, a Ph.D. from Columbia University, and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He served as chair of the Black Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Horne held joint appointments with Communications Studies, the African and Afro-American Studies graduate program, and Director of the Black Cultural Center at the University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill.
The late Manning Marable said "Gerald Horne is one of the most gifted and insightful historians on racial matters of his generation.” Diane Fujino, Director of the Center for Black Studies Research, said “his work—on influential but overlooked historic figures, organizations, movements—has opened up whole fields of research and reshaped scholarly and public discussions of race, labor and global relations. His writings are daring and provocative in that they present perspectives that contest the mainstream narrative but, they are always based on extensive research.” Nikhil Pal Singh said, “he also makes an indispensable contribution to writing global history from the ‘bottom-up’."
Dr. Horne is the author of more than thirty books and one hundred scholarly articles and reviews. He is a frequent contributor to Political Affairs, The Journal of African American History, Souls, Africana Studies, and the Journal of Latin American Studies, the Black Agenda Report, and Democracy Now. He has also served on the editorial boards of Science and Society and Race and Class.