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Video from Founders Week 2011

Kigoma Refugee Camp, Tanzania (45:08)
Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Acculturation for Justice, Access and Peace Outreach (AJAPO) (49:14)
Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Migrants, refugees and the Dominican Republic (45:49)
Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A World Without Strangers: Catholic Social Thought, Immigration and Justice (1:28:41)
Wednesday, February 2, 2011


Disability Awareness Luncheon - Oct. 13, 2010

Chaz Kellem, manager of diversity initiatives for the Pittsburgh Pirates, was the keynote speaker for the fifth annual Disability Awareness luncheon. Kellem was diagnosed at birth with a rare bone disorder, osteogenesis imperfecta, he has sustained more than 40 broken bones and undergone 12 operations. Yet, Kellem lives life to the fullest and motivates others with disabilities to set and achieve their goals.

In his professional role as diversity initiatives manager, Kellem assists the Pirates with various community and diversity efforts, providing leadership and knowledge on topics concerning disability advocacy, work place transitions, ethical decision-making and marketing. He also conducts inspirational presentations for colleges, young groups and business leaders.

“I want to make an impact on this region in a positive way, and right now I try to do that through encouraging interactions and helpful messages,” Kellem said.


Founders Week 2010 - The Spiritans and Islam - Feb. 1-4, 2010

Duquesne University commemorates the values and vision of its founders, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, through the annual Founders Week observance.  Sponsored by the Office of Mission and Identity, the 2010 celebration included two special presentations that explored the history and ongoing commitment to interreligious dialogue among the Spiritan and Muslim communities.

Tanzanian Bishop Augustine Ndeliakyama Shao, C.S.Sp. addressed the University community on the work of the Spiritans in his diocese of Zanzibar and Pemba, where the Congregation has had a presence for 150 years.  Following his presentation, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Pastoral Leadership from Duquesne University.

Dr. Scott C. Alexander, director of Catholic Muslim Studies and department chair of Intercultural Studies and Ministries at Catholic Theological Union explored shared values and collaborations from the Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions in his presentation titled, "To Treat the Stranger as Neighbor: An Interreligious Imperative for Our Time."