2021 Sessions

Peace Teach-In

Through the annual Peace Teach-In, we grow mindful of our intrinsic longing for community, even as the pandemic continues. We hear the cries of the poor and of the Earth to craft and tell more truthful and inclusive stories. Our capacity to deeply care for one another awakens.

Registration is NOT required EXCEPT for the Annual Gros Memorial Event on Thursday, October 14: The Gift of our Wounds.

All meeting times listed are Central Daylight Time (CT).


 WEDNESDAY, OCT. 13

11am-11:50am (CT) - Learning How to Be a Community Organizer
Modern community organizing builds power for social change by developing authentic relationships with intentional relational meetings often called “One-to-Ones”.Presenter: Michael Evans, Metropolitan Organizing Project

Presenter: Michael Evans, Metropolitan Organizing Project

Location: Virtual


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Meeting ID: 811 2877 6279
Passcode: 225147



1pm-1:50pm (CT) – Creating Peace: A Zine-Making Workshop (SESSION CANCELED)
Participants will create zines that both inspire and are inspired by peace-making principles. For this hands-on workshop, the presenter will supply some materials. Please bring your zine-making supplies: favorite paper, pens, markers, crayons, colored pencils, scissors, glue, magazine clippings, photos (you don’t mind using), personal writing or art, passages and lines from favorite books, movies, or poems.

Presenter: Dr. Tennille Allen with the Sociology Department, African-American Studies, and Ethnic and Cultural Studies

Location: D'Arcy Great Room


3pm-4:30pm (CT) – Peace Circle
Come together with others from the Lewis University community to share stories, enhance understanding of one another, and build community. Circle Keepers will invite participants into a process with indigenous roots that establishes safe space for deep listening and authentic connection. Participants need to set aside the entirety of the hour and a half session and come ready to be fully present. The Peace Circle will be face-to-face only in the D’Arcy Great Room.

Circle Keepers: Dr. Lili Burciaga & Jake DeMarais

Location: D'Arcy Great Room


6pm–7:15pm (CT) - Continuous Evolution
Continuous Evolution is a video presentation produced by Still Point’s Persephone’s Project which bridges the gap between prison-system survivors and those who have not experienced the carceral system. The video offers insight into the lives of people who have gone through prison. Through women’s narratives, the video addresses stigmatization of people with criminal histories. Composed of original poetry, music, and story, the video is about 30-minutes. A virtual Q & A with the cast will follow.

Presented by Still Point Theatre Collective, featuring Heather Rivett, Tauhsia Smith, Mars Caulton

Location: D'Arcy Great Room (and Virtual)


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 THURSDAY, OCT. 14

9:30am-11am (CT) – Peace Circle
Come together with others from the Lewis University community to share stories, enhance understanding of one another, and build community. Circle Keepers will invite participants into a process with indigenous roots that establishes safe space for deep listening and authentic connection. Participants need to set aside the entirety of the hour and twenty-minute session and come ready to be fully present. The Peace Circle will be face-to-face only in the D’Arcy Great Room.

Circle Keepers: Dr. Emily Shayman & Laura Wilmarth Tyna

Location: D'Arcy Great Room


11:30am-12:45pm (CT) – The Courage to Listen
This panel will consist of students and faculty who will present the challenges we face as we confront difference. The main focus will be on religion and racialization. We will ask the following; How do we navigate the stereotypes of Muslims, Sikhs and Jews in America?

Presenters: Dr. Mehnaz Afridi, Director, Manhattan College’s Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Education Center, & select Manhattan College students.

Location: Virtual


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2pm-3:15pm (CT) – Understanding and Confronting Re-entry Challenges: How Re-entry Support Can Reduce Recidivism Among Returning Citizens
Individuals released from prison often face insurmountable challenges related to employment, housing, and social support. Failure to meet those challenges results in high recidivism rates among returning citizens. This societal issue must be addressed when dealing with criminal justice reform. We will explore reentry practices in Illinois, focusing on Will County.

Presenters: Prof. Huma Zia and Dr. Morris Jenkins

Location: D'Arcy Great Room


3:30pm-4:45 (CT) – Waking in Oak Creek: Confronting Hate through Interfaith Kinship
Participants will watch the documentary Waking in Oak Creek together followed by a discussion about intolerance of religious and cultural difference in our society. The 33-minute movie tells the story of the terrorist attack on a Sikh Gurdwara (place of worship) in Oak Creek, WI in 2012. Attendees are strongly encouraged to register for the evening Gros Memorial Event as well that will further explore the experience of family members of the attacker’s victims and the realities of white supremacy.

Facilitator: Dr. Carlene Sipma-Dysico; DGR

Location: D'Arcy Great Room


7pm-8:30pm (CT) - ANNUAL GROS MEMORIAL EVENT: THE GIFT OF OUR WOUNDS

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 FRIDAY, OCT. 15

11am-11:50am (CT) – Putting Human Flourishing at the Center of All Knowledge Acquisition
Knowledge (e.g. business, physics, engineering, accounting, psychology) acquired in the absence of association is dehumanizing. To move from fear to compassion, we must humanize the acquisition of knowledge in all disciplines.

Presenters: Drs. Chris White & Ryan Butt

Location: D'Arcy Great Room


1pm-2:30pm (CT)– Peace Circle
Come together with others from the Lewis University community to share stories, enhance understanding of one another, and build community. Circle Keepers will invite participants into a process with indigenous roots that establishes safe space for deep listening and authentic connection. Participants need to set aside the entirety of the hour and a half session and come ready to be fully present. Attendance is limited.

Circle Keepers: Drs. Erica Kwiatkowski-Egizio & Lili Burciaga

Location: D'Arcy Great Room


3pm-5pm (CT) – Targeting Injustice
Participants will engage in the ancient art of archery as they discuss ways in which to address isms generally – with a particular focus on ableism, heterosexism, and sexism. Participants will begin to imagine changing enduring exclusionary and false narratives.

Presenters: Drs. Mary Fisher, Christy Roberts, Karen Trimble Alliaume

Location: Archery Range