Gonzaga Presents ‘Communities for Justice’ Events

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October 02, 2017
SPOKANE, Wash. – In keeping with Gonzaga University’s mission to educate students for lives of leadership and service to the common good, Gonzaga is proud to present “Communities for Justice,” a series of fall events and activities that will bring together the GU community and the region.

At the heart of this initiative is the 4th International Conference on Hate Studies Oct. 19-21 at Gonzaga’s Hemmingson Center. The “Engaging with Communities for Justice” conference will convene some of the world’s top researchers and thought-leaders on hate and justice to address related issues in our broader communities.

In addition to the conference, many other Communities for Justice events and activities are planned at Gonzaga that will explore issues of race, equity, diversity, and inclusion at the local, regional and national levels. A key component of the initiative is the yearlong exploration of racial justice led by Gonzaga’s Center for Public Humanities, beginning Oct. 25 with a lecture at the Hemmingson Center by scholar and activist Angela Davis (ticket information TBA).

The Gonzaga University Institute for Hate Studies, directed by Kristine Hoover, Ph.D., is spearheading the initiative along with the Kootenai County (Idaho) Task Force on Human Relations, the Spokane County Human Rights Task Force, and Gonzaga’s Center for Global Engagement and many other GU entities and individuals.

“This is Gonzaga’s response to some of the challenges we are experiencing as a society – new cultural norms that isolate, blame and marginalize others,” said Hoover. “This is a response not only to issues of hatred, but a broader effort to work together to find paths forward that are equitable, inclusive and welcoming for all.”

2017 Communities for Justice Events

Events open to the public are noted.


‘Witness to Innocence: The Death Penalty and Race’
7 p.m., Hemmingson Center Auditorium. Free and open to the public.
Panel discussion features death-row exonerees Sabrina Butler-Smith and Randal Padgett from Witness to Innocence. Sponsored by the GU philosophy department. For more information, contact Ellen Maccarone, associate professor of philosophy, maccarone@gonzaga.edu.


‘Exploring Privilege’
2 p.m., Hemmingson Center, Room 312. Open to the public. Registration required: call (509) 313-5996.
Sponsored by Gonzaga’s human resources office. 

Aram Lecture on Business Ethics
‘Developing the Skills of an Ethical Leader: Guidance from the Business Ethics Field Guide’
5:30 p.m., reception; 6 p.m., lecture. Jepson Center, Wolff Auditorium. Free and open to the public. RSVP required.

An award-winning teacher and a widely acclaimed executive speaker discuss the research behind their new book “The Business Ethics Field Guide.” This research identifies the 13 fundamental ethical dilemmas encountered in organizations, and explores how to deal with them based on experiences from hundreds of practicing managers. Speakers: Brad Agle, George W. Romney Professor, Brigham Young University; Bill O’Rourke, inaugural president, Alcoa Russia. Sponsored by the Gonzaga School of Business Administration. For more information, visit www.gonzaga.edu/aramlecture.



William L. Davis, S.J. Lecture – ‘Deportation: The Origins of U.S. Immigration and Deportation Policy’
6 p.m., Jepson Center, Wolff Auditorium. Free and open to the public.
Torrie Hester, associate professor of history at Saint Louis University, will discuss her new book, “Deportation: The Origins of U.S. Policy” for Gonzaga’s annual William L. Davis, S.J. Lecture. Hester will present her research on U.S. immigration policy and its impact on geopolitics, and examine the meanings of immigrant and citizen as they have changed since 1892. For more information, view news release http://bit.ly/2wgvZB2.



‘Second Chance Hiring: How Businesses Can Heal through Mentoring and Employing Formerly Incarcerated Persons’; an Ethics Week Panel Discussion.
5 p.m., Hemmingson Center Auditorium. Free and open to public. RSVP: http://bit.ly/2xhPASQ.
Panelists will discuss the difficulty formerly incarcerated persons face to gain meaningful employment as they work to rebuild their lives. Business has the power to help and benefit the whole community. Sponsored by the Gonzaga School of Business Administration Ethics Week. For more information visit http://bit.ly/2xhPASQ 

Screening of Documentary ‘Free Angela and All Political Prisoners’
6 p.m., Jundt Art Museum Auditorium, Room 110. For Gonzaga students; not open to the public.
Sponsored in part by the Gonzaga Unity Multicultural Education Center (UMEC). For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2yqsOZ6.


OCT. 19-21

‘Engaging with Communities for Justice’: 4th International Conference on Hate Studies
The centerpiece of a series of campus events and activities taking place at Gonzaga this fall to engage the GU community, the greater Inland Northwest region, and international communities around the theme “Communities for Justice.” For complete information on all conference events, including a list of keynote speakers and their topics, visit http://bit.ly/2vyFxXL.



‘With Liberty & Justice for All’; Dinner and Keynote with Idaho Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb, D-Boise.
5 p.m., Hemmingson Center; Open to the public, $50; registration required: http://bit.ly/2xEumi0
Elected to the Idaho House of Representatives in 2010 and the state Senate in 2012, 2014, and 2016, Sen. Buckner’s leadership reflects collaborative and visionary goals. Banquet includes dinner and a performance by the Gonzaga Women’s Choir. Event is part of the 4th International Conference on Hate Studies.



‘Responding to Hate & Cyber-Terrorism: Lessons from Whitefish, Montana’
7 p.m., Hemmingson Center Ballroom. Open to the public; registration required: http://bit.ly/2xEumi0
A talk by Rabbi Francine Green Roston. Rabbi Roston, Glacier Jewish Community/B’nai Shalom of Montana, is committed to remaining resilient in the face of hate, most recently from the white nationalist movement and a neo-Nazi website at the center of an online harassment campaign involving threats to several Jewish residents of Whitefish. Rabbi Roston will offer advice on how to respond to hatred in our communities and act to promote human rights. Event is part of the 4th International Conference on Hate Studies.



‘An Evening with Angela Davis’
7 p.m., Hemmingson Center Ballroom. Free and open to the public; tickets required.
A talk by activist and scholar Angela Davis of University of California Santa Cruz with moderated questions to follow, presented by Gonzaga’s Center for Public Humanities. TICKES: Gonzaga students, faculty and staff (with GU ID) may register for tickets Oct. 9-13 in person at the Hemmingson Center Welcome Desk. Ticket registration for the public will be online-only Oct. 16-18 at www.gonzaga.edu/angeladavis. Tickets will be available for pickup Oct. 19-24. Tickets not picked up will be redistributed on Oct. 25. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2fOmPIO



‘They Are Always at the Front: Native American Soldiers in the Great War’
6 p.m., Jepson Center, Wolff Auditorium. Free and open to the public.
Ryan Booth, doctoral student at Washington State University and a member of the Swinomish Tribe, will discuss Native American military traditions and how service in the U.S. Armed forces extends and reflects those traditions. His research focuses on Native American military scouts and military service, from the mid-19th century through World War II.



Flannery Lecture: ‘Passing Over: Migration, Theology, and the Eucharist’
6 p.m., Hemmingson Center Ballroom. Free and open to the public.
Lecture by Father Daniel F. Groody, C.S.C., Ph.D., University of Notre Dame.

NOV. 13-17

International Education Week
Events include noon presentations Nov. 13-15 on various topics. Free and open to the public. 
Sponsored by Gonzaga’s Center for Global Engagement. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/GonzagaCGE/



International Day of Tolerance Recognition
Noon, Hemmingson Center Rotunda. Free and open to the public.
GU and Spokane communities stand in solidarity to support global social justice. This marks GU’s ninth annual observance of the International Day of Tolerance, which was started by the United Nations to help unite people worldwide in respect for inclusion and human difference.


NOV. 17-21

Pledge to Take a Stand
11 a.m.-1 p.m., daily; Hemmingson Center Rotunda. Free and open to the public.
An effort led by students to engage, particularly through social media, to pledge to help stop hate and advance issues of justice. All are encouraged to sign a banner and be part of a social media campaign. Sponsored by the Gonzaga University Institute for Hate Studies. For more information call (509) 313-3665.