Conference to Examine Social Justice in Jesuit Higher Education

Conference to Examine Social Justice in Jesuit Higher Education

By Sean Smith
Staff Writer

The role of social justice in Jesuit higher education - past, present and future - will be the topic of discussion when Boston College hosts representatives from 10 Jesuit colleges and universities at a conference Oct. 29-31.

"The Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education" will focus on "how the commitment to justice is expressed specifically in academics and curriculum," according to PULSE Program Director David McMenamin, who is coordinating the event with Assoc. Prof. Michael Malec (Sociology).

This is the second of three regional conferences co-sponsored by the Jesuit Institute as part of an initiative to examine how Jesuit higher education has been influenced by the 32nd General Congregation of 1975, which affirmed promotion of justice as one of the integrating dimensions of all Jesuit enterprises. The series will culminate next fall with a national conference at the University of Santa Clara featuring Society of Jesus General Superior Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, SJ.

Representatives from Fairfield, Fordham, Georgetown and St. Joseph's universities; Canisius, Le Moyne, Loyola (Baltimore) and St. Peter's colleges; the College of the Holy Cross; and University of Scranton will attend the event. BC delegates include Malec, Prof. Paul Schervish (Sociology) and Asst. Prof. Patricia Tabloski (SON).

Although space at the conference is limited to the delegates, McMenamin said there will be subsequent opportunities for the University community to become involved in the discussion.

"There is no question that we want to broaden this discussion, because it affects everyone connected with Boston College and, for that matter, with Jesuit higher education," said McMenamin. "It will be a highly important conversation for the University to have, and we look forward to its beginning."

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