Benedictine University's 11th Annual Faith and Reason Symposium presents:

"Jesus Was A Refugee"

Migration, Immigration and Justice
Friday, April 13, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Goodwin Hall, Rooms 321 & 411
Sponsored by: The Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies.
For more information, contact Vince Gaddis at or (630) 829-6262,
or Lynn Dransoff at or (630) 829-6250.

The symposium will address the critical transnational issues of migration and immigration by exploring the economic, political and cultural impact of the transnational movement of people and the reasons for that movement.

Featured Guests

Keynote Speaker: Charles R. Strain, Professor, DePaul University

Charles StrainDr. Strain is a Professor of Religious Studies at DePaul University in Chicago. He teaches in the areas of Liberation Theology, Socially Engaged Buddhism and their contributions to an ethics of peace and justice. 



Tisha Rajendra, Associate Professor, Loyola University Chicago

Trisha RejendraDr. Rajendra is an Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Loyola University Chicago. She is the author of the recently published book, Migrants and Citizens: Justice as Responsibility in the Ethics of Immigration (Eerdmans, 2017).



Elizabeth Collier, Professor, Dominican University

Elizabeth CollierDr. Collier is a Professor of Business Ethics at Dominican University. She co-authored with Charles Strain "Global Migration: What's Happening, Why, and a Just Response" in 2017.




Schedule of Events
 8:30 - 9:00  Check-in
 9:05 - 11:15  Panel: Migration Contexts
 11:30 - 1:00  Lunch & Keynote with Charles Strain
 1:15 - 3:30  Panel: Immigration, Policy and Justice
 3:45 - 5:00  Wine and Cheese Reception

Susan Cheng, Ph.D.

Susan Mikula, Ph.D.

Patrick Polasek, Ph.D.

Fannie Rushing, Ph.D.

Robin Rylaarsdam, Ph.D.

Juan Garcia, (C17, Community Organizer)