Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Save the date: Februrary 17

Attention all DePaul students who want to learn how to affect a positive change into their community: The 4th annual Non-Violence and Social Justice Teach-In at the Loop campus will take place all day (from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.!) on February, 17 in the Student Center.

The Teach-In is a great way for students to learn about contemporary issues concerning social justice and to make connections to a seemingly unlimited number of service projects centered on non-violence.

Adjunct interfaith chaplain Maureen Dolan is one of the event's primary organizers, and at last year's Teach-In she explained how it came to be. The first ever Teach-In was a final project for one of her service learning classes about peace studies and conflict resolution. The students invited many different community-based activist groups as well as student-led service groups to present about their organizations and experiences with non-violent conflict resolution.

The second year, the Teach-In gained support from DePaul's University Ministry, and the third year the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equality hopped on board, too.

Among the list of last year's high profile guest speakers? Voices for Creative Non-Violence's very own Kathy Kelly!

According to the e-mail that tipped me off about this year's Teach-In, more information is soon to come. Save the date if you want to learn more about non-violence and social justice, and we'll see what is in store for this year!

And like all good on campus events, there will at least be free food and live music.

Peace and love!

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