Social Justice Week at Benedictine College - Feb. 10 - 16

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Social Justice Week

Social Justice Week at Benedictine College will focus attention on important social issues in Atchison, the United States and around the world. The annual event, now in its 33rd year, offers student groups like the Benedictine College Hunger Coalition, the Black Student Union, Sociology Club, Ravens Respect Life, Knights of Columbus and CRS University a chance to gain awareness on campus and in the community.

Presentations on justice for indigenous people, combatting gang violence, fair and just wages, and the refugee experience, among others, will take place throughout the week. Programs and presentations are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. The week begins on Sunday, Feb. 10, with 10:00 a.m. Mass in the Abbey Church, where the homily and petitions will incorporate the theme of social justice. The complete schedule is available here.  

Speakers this year include Melissa Ohden, a social worker and internationally recognized speaker who survived an attempted abortion; Dr. Daniel Wildcat, Acting President of Haskell Indian Nations University; and Dusty Gates, Director of Adult Education at the Spiritual Life Center in the Diocese of Wichita.

Here is the schedule at a glance:

  • Feb. 8 to Feb. 15 – (McCarthy Gallery of Art, Bishop Fink Hall)

           “Raise a Voice” - Art Exhibition

  • Monday, Feb. 11, 7:00 p.m. (Westerman Hall Auditorium)

           “Love & Human Dignity: Supporting Survivors of Assault”

  • Tuesday, Feb. 12, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. (Raven Roost, Haverty Center)

            “Empty Bowls” – handmade bowls & Apothic Fox Café soup ($10)

  • Tuesday, Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m. (4th Floor, Ferrell Academic Center)

            “G-Dog” – film on Fr. Greg Boyle & his work with gang members

  • Wednesday, Feb. 13, 7:00 p.m. (4th Floor, Ferrell Academic Center)

            “What the World Needs Now: Indigenous Justice”

  • Thursday, Feb. 14, 6:30 p.m. (Fourth Floor, Ferrell Academic Center)

            “Family Wage: A Thing of the Past?”

  • Friday, Feb. 15, 5:30 p.m. (St. Scholastica Hall)

            “Open Hearts, Full Stomachs” meal with refugees        

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.