Social Justice Week 2020

Annual Social Justice Week at Benedictine College

Social Issues Featured Week of Feb. 23

Friday, February 7, 2020

Empty BowlsSocial 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 34th year, offers student groups like the Benedictine College Hunger Coalition, the Black Student Union, Sociology Club, Ravens Respect Life, Ravens CARE, Sleep in Heavenly Peace and CRS University a chance to gain awareness on campus and in the community.

Presentations on human trafficking, immigration, homelessness, and bystander intervention, 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. 23, with 10:00 a.m. Mass in the Abbey Church, where the homily and petitions will incorporate the theme of social justice. View the complete schedule for the week.

Speakers this year include Kathy Dean, president of Uplift, and Marvin Lockett, an expert on sexual harassment and assault response and prevention.

Here is the schedule at a glance:

  • Feb. 17 to Feb. 21 – (McCarthy Gallery of Art, Bishop Fink Hall)
    “Redefining Community” - Art Exhibition
  • Monday, Feb. 24, 7:00 p.m. (O’Malley-McAllister Auditorium)
    “Blind Eyes Opened” – documentary on sex trafficking in the U.S.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 25, 7:00 p.m. (Gangel Seminar Room, Ferrell Academic Center)
    “What Does it Mean to be an Immigrant in the U.S.” – Juan Carlos Araque
  • Wednesday, Feb. 26, 7:00 p.m. (McAllister Board Room, Ferrell Academic Center)
    “Reaching Out to the Poor: Homelessness in Kansas City” – Kathy Dean
  • Thursday, Feb. 27, 5:00-7:00 p.m. (Raven Roost, Haverty Center)
    “Empty Bowls” – handmade bowls and soup from Apothic Fox Café ($12)
  • Thursday, Feb. 27, 7:00 p.m. (McAllister Boardroom)
    “Bystander Intervention: Leadership & Courage” – Marvin Lockett
  • Friday, Feb. 28, 5:30 p.m. (St. Scholastica Hall)
    “Open Hearts, Full Stomachs” meal with refugees
  • Saturday, Feb. 29, 9:00 a.m. (Engineering Shop, Westerman Hall)
    “Sleep in Heavenly Peace Build Day”       

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.