Tuesday September 27, 2011

Exploring Catholic Life, Human Trafficking

Upcoming events feature dialogues on Catholic issues. Student exhibit hopes to bring more awareness to human trafficking.


David O’Brien, University Professor of Faith and Culture, will discuss American Catholic intellectual and cultural life with Tom Landy, director of the Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture at the College of the Holy Cross and founding director of Collegium 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, in the Kennedy Union, room 331. It is free and open to the public. This program invites people to think about the role of faith in research and teaching. Landy edited As Leaven in the World: Catholic Perspectives on Faith, Vocation, and the Intellectual Life and is presently working on a set of essays on how scholars are incorporating considerations of faith into their teaching in many disciplines. For interviews, contact Cilla Shindell at 937-229-3257. 


Johannes Brosseder, an internationally known theologian from the University of Cologne, Germany, will give a talk 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in Sears Recital Hall at the University of Dayton. Brosseder is a noted authority on the 35-year history of dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutheran World Federation, which resulted in a far-reaching 1999 agreement for greater ecumenical communion and understanding. Brosseder will trace the movements and actions of the two religions since 1999 to bridge differences present since the Reformation and foster greater recognition and cooperation. For interviews, contact Cilla Shindell at 937-229-3257. 


The University of Dayton Women's Center will feature an art exhibit to raise awareness about modern day slavery. The exhibit, "Under Our Noses: Modern Day Slavery and What You Can Do About It," will feature artwork from University of Dayton students and local photographers depicting the horrors of human trafficking. The exhibit will run 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Oct. 1-31, in the Women's Center in Alumni Hall, room 212. A kickoff reception will take place 5-9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3. The event and exhibit are free and open to the public. The exhibit was on display this past spring in the Dayton International Peace Museum. "The Peace museum said it was the best exhibit they ever had," said Pattie Waugh, programming coordinator at the Women's Center. The center hopes to raise awareness about human trafficking and inform people on how to spot human trafficking victims, said Waugh. Roughly 14,500-17,500 people are trafficked into the United States every year, according to the U.S. State Department, and an estimated 27 million people are currently enslaved globally. "Modern day slavery touches lives everywhere, across the street and across the world," said Waugh. For more information contact the Women's Center at 937-229-5490. For interviews, contact Shawn Robinson at 937-229-3391.