Rice on the Road 2014
Rice on the Road 2014: Community-Engaged Interdisciplinary Work for Justice
Sponsored by the Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition
Division of Mission & Identity
Once again the Monsignor Rice Lecture Series will take to the streets! We offer four community excursions, featuring mobile panels and on-site conversation with community leaders, residents, entrepreneurs, legislators, faculty, and students. Each excursion will focus on a particular theme. A closing dialogue ends the series. We will discuss the special role of community-engaged scholarship in a Spiritan context to encourage awareness, education, and responsible action for justice. Please join us for some or all of the series.
Go here to RSVP for excursions.
Human Trafficking in Pittsburgh
Friday, March 21, noon-2pm
The global crisis of human trafficking is also a local reality. In the city of Pittsburgh and the surrounding area men, women, and children are trafficked and exploited as laborers or sex workers. We will focus primarily on the trafficking of women and children. Learn from the expertise of community advocates, law enforcement officers, and health care professionals. We will travel to Shuman Juvenile Detention Center and conclude our tour with a conversation at Bethlehem Haven. Lunch will be served.
Participants who choose not to ride the bus for the trafficking event should plan to arrive at Bethlehem Haven by 1pm:
Fifth Avenue Commons, 905 Watson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
* In partnership with Bethlehem Haven and the Homeless Children's Education Fund.
Looking in the Mirror of Racial Consciousness: The Culture of White Racism and Black Self-Determination
Thursday, March 27, noon-2pm
Long-term white privilege and an invisible Eurocentric perspective in most Americans have nurtured a blind eye to the root causes and effects of an unequal and unjust society. In the face of violent, overt, and covert white supremacy racism, Blacks continue to create systems in order to survive, thrive, and protect and plan for future generations. This conversation will challenge participants to question the dominant perspective of white racism and understand our responsibility to the past, so that current issues of poverty, education, and even neighborhood development can be addressed with a more truthful and balanced approach.
Participants who choose not to ride the bus for the Racial Consciousness event should plan to be at Ujamaa Collective by 12:30pm.
* In partnership with Hill District-based Ujamaa Collective, a non-profit formed to support the creative cooperative entrepreneurship of women of African descent.
Fracking: Understanding its Local Impact
Friday, April 4, noon-2pm
Fracking has economic, environmental, legal, and political dimensions. Learn about the ways it is impacting the Pittsburgh area. Advocates of fracking tout its potential to create American energy independence, to provide a transitional energy source while renewable energy technology is developed, and to stimulate economies. Critics say that fracking pollutes air and water, raises earthquake risks, and that the ostensible financial benefits of fracking are not realized equitably. We will travel to several sites south of Pittsburgh, including a fracking well, as we learn about this contested issue affecting the Pittsburgh region.
Exploring Community Trauma
Monday, April 7, 9:30-11:30
Violence, poverty, homelessness, and discrimination are just some of the crises that affect communities. When these crises continue, sometimes for generations, individuals and whole communities can experience trauma that adversely affects health, safety, public education, and community vitality. Participants will witness dialogue among community members, educators, counselors, and psychologists as they explore trauma-informed communities. Lunch will be served.
Participants who choose not to ride the bus for the Community Trauma event should plan to arrive at the Thelma Lovette YMCA by 10:00am.
*In partnership with FOCUS Pittsburgh.
View a video from our 2013 Community Trauma excursion here.
Tuesday, April 15, noon-2pm, Power Center
Join select panelists from our excursions for a "flipped" conversation. Rather than ask our panelists to field questions, they will pose thoughtful questions to the audience to foster fresh perspectives on justice education, collaboration, and university-community relations.
All events are free and open to the public. Transportation and food will be provided.