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    Duquesne Series Meets in Communities to Discuss Social Justice, in the Style of Msgr. Rice

    Duquesne University's Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition (CCIT) is taking its Monsignor Owen Rice Lecture Series on the road this semester, hosting community excursions that will feature mobile panels and on-site conversation with neighborhood leaders, residents, entrepreneurs, legislators, faculty and students.

    This innovative, five-part lecture series will explore social justice issues in partner communities, Hazelwood and the Hill District. The new approach is intended to facilitate a dialogue among community partners, residents and local leaders with the staff, faculty and students of Duquesne. 

    The idea is to present a lecture series that not only focuses on good social stewardship, but paying out in greater dividends of learning, according to Dr. Darlene Weaver, director of the CCIT. "We are really excited to offer participants the opportunity to experience the special role of community-engaged scholarship in a Spiritan context while encouraging awareness, education and responsible action for justice," said Weaver.

    The series includes transportation and a tour of the area. It kicks off on Monday, Feb. 18, with Exploring Community Trauma: A Deliberative Dialogue from noon to 2 p.m. at the Thelma Lovette YMCA in the Hill District.

    Future topics include:

    • Women Building Communities on Monday, Feb. 25
    • August Wilson's Hill District on Thursday, March 21
    • Educational Justice in the Hazelwood Context on Friday, March 22.

    This Rice on the Road series will conclude on Tuesday, April 2, with a closing dialogue  on campus. All events are free and open to the public. For more information and to register, please visit the CCIT's website or call 412.396.1595.

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