Health and peace to be the theme of Fall 2013 Teach-In

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Health and peace to be the theme of Fall 2013 Lewis University Teach-In

Published: September 27, 2013.

Lewis University will host its Fall 2013 Teach-In series titled, “Nurturing Health, Fostering Peace” on Oct. 16-18. Open to the public and free of charge, all 15 sessions will be held in the D’Arcy Great Room in the Sancta Alberta Chapel located on the university’s main campus in Romeoville.

This year’s series is devoted to the ways in which our current healthcare system fosters or impedes the creation of a just world.

Sessions on Oct 16:

• 10 a.m. – “The Impact of Heroin and Other Opiates” presented by Paul Lauridsen, Stepping Stones Clinical Director and John Roberts, Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization

• 11 a.m. – “Water, Health and Development in Uganda” presented by Dr. Christine Billups, assistant professor of theology

• 12 p.m. – “Nurturing Spiritual Health to Produce Peace and Joy” presented by Dr. Kathleen Blanchfield, assistant professor of nursing

• 1 p.m. – “The Sickness of Violence” panel compromised of Dr. Tracey Nicholls (Philosophy/Women’s Studies), Michele Manassah (Counseling Services) and Lynn Tovar (Justice, Law and Public Safety)

• 2 p.m. – “The Healing Power of Meditation” presented by Dr. George Miller, department of philosophy Sessions on Oct 17:

• 9:30 a.m. – “Public Health and Social Justice” presented by Susan Swider, RN, PhD, professor of nursing at the Rush University College of Nursing

• 11 a.m. – “Opening Hearts and Minds – University Mission Experiences” panel compromised of Nanci Peek RN, MSN and University Mission participants

• 3:30 p.m. – “Enhance and Transform Through Music” presented by Soozie Cotter-Schaufele, music therapist and educator at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

• 5 p.m. – “The Rhythm of Healing” presented by Anne Savickas, RN Sessions on Oct 18:

• 9 a.m. – “Appreciating Our Differences Through Cultural Competence” presented by Dr. Patty Ludwig-Beyer, vice president and chief nursing officer of Edward Hospital

• 10 a.m. – “Young Adults Taking the Healthcare Reins” presented by Michelle Ronchetti, RN, of Lewis Health and Counseling Center

• 11 a.m. – “A Journey of Strategic Change Toward Healthier Communities” presented by Julie Edwards of Presence-St Joseph Medical Center and the Will County MAPP Initiative

• 12 p.m. – “The Role of Mental Health in Sustaining Community Wellness” presented by Jill Whitaker, M.S., LCPC, Lewis Health and Counseling

• 1 p.m. – “Striking a Balance: Thinking About the Future of Healthcare in Our Country” presented by Carole Schneider MBA, CEO/President of Mercy Hospital and Medical Centers

• 2 p.m. – “Growing a Table for 9 Billion” presented Kate Sokolowski and volunteers from the Oxfam Action Corps

The Teach-In Series is being presented as a part of Lewis University’s Arts & Ideas Program, providing cultural and educational programming for students and the community. A portion of the Arts & Ideas events is sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. For additional information, please contact Dr. Michael Cunningham, Director of Arts & Ideas, at (815) 836-5385.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit for further information.

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