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Rice on the Road 2013

Community-Engaged Interdisciplinary Work for Justice

Sponsored by the Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, ‚Ä®Division of Mission & Identity

The Msgr. Rice Lecture Series took to the streets in 2013!  We offered four community excursions, featuring mobile panels and on-site conversation with community leaders, residents, entrepreneurs, legislators, faculty, and students. Each excursion focused on a particular theme and a closing dialogue ended the series. The special role of community-engaged scholarship in a Spiritan context to encourage awareness, education, and responsible action for justice was discussed.

Exploring Community Trauma: A Deliberative Dialogue

Monday February 18, 2013, 12-2PM 
Thelma Lovette YMCA, 2114 Centre Avenue

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. This excursion to the Hill District introduced the process of "deliberative dialogue." Participants witnessed dialogue among community members, educators, counselors, and psychologists as they explore trauma-informed communities.
Participants included:
• Dr. John Tumeh, WPIC Psychiatry
• Paul Abernathy, Executive Director of FOCUS Pittsburgh
• Miss Donna Butler, Resident
• Miss Dena Freeman, Resident
• Rev. Glen Grayson
• Matthew Walsh, Assistant Director of Campus Ministry and Counseling Doctoral Student, Duquesne University


Women Building Communities
Monday, February 25th, 12-2PM
Ujamaa Collective, 1901 Centre Avenue

Women are leading critical efforts in communities where higher numbers of single black women are raising children, multi-generational families are necessary, and the school-to-jail pipeline is real. For this event we hosted a conversation in the Hill District with members of Ujamaa, a cooperative of African, African American, and Afro-Caribbean women that work in the tradition of collective economics to support community vitality and entrepreneurship of local residents. The women shared stories of how living from an afro-centric perspective has allowed them to become successful business owners and to develop a tradition of economic sustainability for generations.
* In partnership with the Ujamaa Collective

Group meeting

August Wilson's Hill District
Thursday, March 21st, 3-5PM
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Hill District, August Wilson Room

August Wilson, a high school dropout born in the Hill District, became one of the Hill's most famous and influential cultural figures. Nine of the ten plays in his Pittsburgh cycle take place in the Hill and document the changes that took place there in the century about which he wrote. This tour of August Wilson's Hill District featured locations in Wilson's life and plays that illuminate the spirit of the Hill as Wilson experienced and envisioned it.


Educational Justice in the Hazelwood Context
Friday, March 22nd, 3-5PM
The Center of Life, 161 Hazelwood Avenue

What happens when a community has no schools? For Hazelwood, just three miles from Duquesne, this is a reality. For eight years, Hazelwood youth have been bused beyond their community's borders; for the past five years, alternative charter schools have been denied access to the area. The long-term absence of neighborhood schooling is distressing as a matter of injustice. In that absence, grass-roots educational programming has developed. Is there a remedy to this situation? Why has this occurred in this particular neighborhood? Who holds the answers and solutions? Participants had a brief tour of Hazelwood, followed by a panel conversation.
* In partnership with the UCEA Center for Social Justice


Closing Dialogue
Tuesday April 2nd, 12-2PM
Duquesne University's Africa Room
We joined select panelists from our excursions for a conversation about community-engaged scholarship in a Catholic intellectual and Spiritan context.


We are grateful for the contributions and participation of our co-sponsors:
Campus Ministry
The Office of Service Learning
Honors College
University Council for Education Administration
Ujamaa Collective