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First-Year Experience

Communities in Conversation

This is an opportunity for Loyola students to gather as a community of learners. Each year, the Communities in Conversation series of speakers, workshops, films, and discussions focuse on a theme from the First-Year Text, and features a variety of individuals connected to the Loyola community. All first-year students are invited to attend.

Communities in Conversation Events 2013-2014

All C-in-C events will be based on the themes of Justice and Health Care from Mountains Beyond Mountains.

Date, Time, LocationSpeakerBiographyDescription

Friday August 23, 2013

4:30 p.m.

Gentile Arena

Dr. Claire Pierre   Keynote Address is preceded by the Convocation Walk, and followed by small book discussions with faculty.

Thursday October 10, 2013

7:00 p.m.

Crown Center Auditorium

Aana Vigen, Ph.D. Dr. Vigen specializes in medical and health care ethics. Her research and teaching interests include health and health care issues in marginalized populations, and global and U.S. health and healthcare inequalities. Dr. Vigen’s recent publications include Ethnography as Theology and Ethics, co-authored/edited with Christian Scharen. (London: T&T Clark, 2011) and “Technology and Health Care in the 21st Century,” in Religion and Ethics: Issues in 21st Century North America, edited by Paul Myhre (Anselm Press, forthcoming 2013)

"The Ugly face of Health Inequality & the Beauty of Daring to do Something about them."

Presentation is followed by Q & A and reception 

Thursday November 21, 2013

7:00 p.m.

Crown Center Auditorium

A Closer Walk (2003)

A Closer Walk is the first film to depict humankind's confrontation with the global AIDS epidemic. The film's director and producer, Robert Bilheimer, is an Academy Award nominee for his film Cry of Reason, a profile of the South African anti-apartheid leader Beyers Naude. A Closer Walk was conceived with the late Jonathan Mann, architect of the World Health Organization's response to global AIDS. acloserwalk.org Film is followed by Q & A and reception

Thursday January 23, 2014 

7:00 p.m.

Crown Center Auditorium

Loyola Students & Faculty All students and faculty are invited to read Hospital: Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity, Plus Red Tape, Bad Behavior, Money, God, and Diversity on Steroids by Julie Salamon over Winter Break to continue the conversation about health care in America. A limited number of books will be available for pick up in the First-Year Experience office in December. Book club discussions will be led by a panel of volunteers. Discussion is followed by Q & A and reception

Thursday February 13, 2014

7:00 p.m.

Crown Center Auditorium

Panel Presentation  In undergraduate writing courses, students often ask, "How will this apply to my career in the "real world?" In response to this, a recently published survey of employers from across the country found that some of the top aspects companies and organizations look for in new employees are critical thinking, writing, and communication skills. This panel will examine and explore what that looks like in a variety of professions.  The panel will feature Chicago working professionals from a wide range of career fields, who will discuss how these skills apply in their everyday work lives. Some fields represented include Communications, Information Technology, Freelance and Web Content Writing, Creative Innovation and Marketing, Advertising, Non-Profit Affordable Housing, Law, and Healthcare. Presentation is followed by Q & A and reception

Wednesday March 26, 2014: Rambler Room 7PM


Monday April 7, 2014: San Francisco Hall, IES 123/124


First-Year Essay Contest Winner and Health Care Documentary

On March 26th and April 7th we invite residents of Mertz, Di nobili, and Regis Hall along with the entire LUC population to take a closer look at the US Healthcare system in particular with a screening of the PBS Documentary titled U.S. Healthcare: The Good News. The night will begin with a few words from our First-Year Essay Contest winner and conclude with a brief discussion on centered on the documentary. 

Please click here for the movie

Film is followed by Q & A with First-Year Essay Contest Winner.

Thursday April 10

7:00 p.m.

Cuneo Hall 109

Fr. Kevin Flaherty  

"Walking with a People: a Jesuit Parish in Peru" Fr. Kevin Flaherty, SJ will be speaking about his work with margainalized people and how he sought to meet their social and spiritual needs. 

Lectrue is followed by Q & A and reception with Loyola community members.


The Office of First Year Experience · 255 Sullivan Center 1032 West Sheridan Road, Chicago IL 60660
Phone: 773.508.7381 · Website: www.luc.edu/firstyearexperience

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