The annual Social Issues Conference works in collaboration with individuals and departments from the campus community to bring speakers and programs that increase awareness of social issues, instigate positive change through communication, advocacy, and activism, and embrace the value of respect, dignity, and compassion. This year’s Social Issues Conference theme, "From the Margins to the Center", reflects the need in our society to place our most vulnerable and marginalized peoples at the core of our concern as educators, organizers, and life-long learners.
During the fall 2013 semester at USD, the university will highlight the Catholic Social Teaching principle of "Option for the Poor and Vulnerable". This principle challenges and encourages society to create conditions for marginalized voices to be heard and to work to ensure that the dignity of all people is respected and protected. "From the Margins to the Center" requires that central concerns transform community and community will stand together, side by side. Programming has expanded from a one-day conference to the idea of the semester as a conference in order to collaborate and support the numerous social issues related programming facilitated by members of the campus community.
“Then we imagine no one standing outside of that circle, moving ourselves closer to the margins so that the margins themselves will be erased. We stand there with those whose dignity has been denied. We locate ourselves with the poor and the powerless and the voiceless.” ― Gregory Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
Environmental Justice and the State of Exception
Thursday, October 24, 2013, 6:30pm to 9:00pm, Salomon Hall
The 11th Annual Ethnic Studies Labovitz-Perez Lecture, Devon Peña
“Let the Oppressed Go Free: A Personal and Social Reaction on White Complicity in U.S. Hyper-incarceration”
Thursday, November 14, 2013, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Salomon Lecture Hall, Bishop Maher Hall
“Which Way Home” (film followed by panel discussion)
Thursday, November 21, 2013, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
School of Leadership and Education Studies, Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Warren Auditorium
Panelists to be confirmed
More information coming soon