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CETR Events and Forums

The Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research will be hosting the following events and forums for the 2018-2019 academic year. For further information, call 412.396.5893 or email us at cetr@duq.edu

Monthly Journal Club
  • Wednesday, October 10th from 1:00pm - 2:00pm, CETR Conference Room with Dr. Lisa Lopez Levers
  • Wednesday, November 7th from 2:00pm - 3:00pm, CETR Conference Room with Dr. Lucia Osa-Melero and Dr. Sandra Quinones
  •  Wednesday, January 23rd from 12:00pm - 1:00pm, CETR Confernece Room with Dr. Emad Mirmotahari
  • Wednesday, February 20th from 12:00pm - 1:00pm, CETR Conference Room with Dr. Xia Chao

The CETR journal club intends to be a space where faculty and community partners can come together and learn about community-engaged scholorship. Each meeting will begin with a brief 10 minute presentation of a paper, followed by group discussion. The presentation and discussion will pay particular attention to the components of the work that are about community engagement. Refreshments will be provided. If you have any questions or if you like to RSVP, please contact us at cetr@duq.edu or call us at x5893

New Faculty Orientation Resource Fair
Tuesday, August 21st from 10:00am to 10:50am, Mellon Patio 

The Center for CETR staff will be on hand to invite new faculty to attend our annual Campus to Community Excursion to the Hill District, learn about our two-tiered model for Community-Engaged Learning, pick up a few useful giveaways along with information about our grant and fellowship opportunities, schedule a classroom visit for us to introduce your students to our Community Engagement Scholars program as well as sign up for the CETR email list to stay updated on the latest CETR news, community events, and faculty forums.

Community UnCorked
Monday, September 10th from 4:00pm to 5:00pm, 20 Chatham Square, Murphy Building

You are invited!  We are excited for you to meet, greet and mingle with our 2018-2019 Community Fellows, Dr. Sharon Higginbothan, Chief Operating Officer at Bethlehem Haven and Jose Diaz, Director of Hope for All and Y Achievers at the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh

Special Screening of We Wear the Mask the Hidden Faces of Women in Poverty
Tuesday, September 18th from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Power Center Ballroom

The psychological effects of poverty are far-reaching. And women are statistically more likely to feel the impact.  Dominique, Veniecia, and Lou Ann lead vastly different lives, and yet their stories intersect and parallel in surprising ways. We Wear the Mask turns the spotlight towards an often overlooked and underestimated segment of society.  Please join us for a special screening of this locally filmed documentary, followed by a discussion with the film’s Executive Producer, Halima Tammy Thompson. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

Campus to Community Excursion
Thursday, October 11th from 2:00pm to 5:00pm, Hill District

This year's excursion is more than a guided bus tour, it is an immersive experience that is not to be missed!  Along the way, we will be joined by community members who were brought up in, live in, work in, and LOVE the Hill.  They will share with us a compilation of their stories and lived experiences.  We will also be visiting a number of buildings that have had many lives each with their own interesting stories waiting to be told.  We will learn about the neighborhoods past, present, and exciting plans for the future. Our guide, Terri Baltimore has a few new surprises planned for our journey along with great music and delicious food!

Our Divided World: The Quest for Nuclear Disarmament and the Growing Dangers of Wars Among Nuclear Armed States
Friday, September 21st from 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm, Gumberg Library, 1st Floor, Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center,
Co-Sponsored by the Center for CIQR 
Featuring: Jacqueline Cabasso, Executive Director, Western States Legal Foundation; North American Coordinator, Mayors for Peace; Executive Advisor, HIroshima Peace Culture Foundation.

Last July, the majority of the world’s countries voted to adopt a historic treaty to prohibit the possession, development, testing, use and threat of use of nuclear weapons. While the ban treaty represents the total repudiation of nuclear weapons by most of the states that don’t possess them, the U.S. and the eight-other nuclear-armed states boycotted the negotiations.  These residual nations remain locked in a state of both hypervulnerability and dominance, as they maneuver the tense nuclear terrain of modern society.  In January 2018, the bulletin of the atomic scientists moved the hands of its doomsday clock 30 seconds closer to the end of humanity. It is now set at two minutes to midnight, as close as it’s ever been since 1947.  We must keep both realities—the promise of the ban treaty and growing dangers of nuclear war—fully in mind as we work for a world without nuclear weapons.

Social Justice Intership Fair
Friday, September 28th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, A Walk
Co-sponsored by: The Center for CETR, The Center for the Catholic Faith and Culture, The Center for Career Development, McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts as well as Mission and Identity

Would you like to get engaged in work that makes a lasting change in your community? Join us for Duquesne’s inaugural Social Justice Internship Fair.Students from any major and all departments are invited to network with agency representatives, learn about the organizations, find out the positions that are available and what makes an applicant a good fit.

Crossing Borders for Civic Engagement: A Narrative Industry of Service-Learning Participant Perspectives
Thursday, October 4th from 4:30pm to 6:00pm, Berger Gallery, 207 College Hall
Co-Sponsored by the Center for CIQR 
Featuring:  Dr. Jessica Mann, Director for the Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research

Service-learning initiatives often serve as higher education’s co-curricular approach to achieving institutional goals of fostering students’ civic growth. Alternative Spring Breaks (ASBs) have been understudied as service-learning programmatic options in higher education, thus leaving little to no indication of the larger context of the service experience, nor its participant outcomes in terms of civic engagement (Jones, Robbins, & LePeau, 2011). This talk will discuss a study designed to address gaps in researcher and practitioner understanding of ASBs, by uncovering long-term effects of these widely utilized, yet under-researched programs. Through a narrative inquiry methodology, this study captured the stories of five alternative spring break participants.  Analyzing respondent narratives through the lens of Dewey’s philosophy of education and Giroux’s theory of border-crossing, the researcher was able to speak to service-learning’s ability to not only engage students in cross-cultural experiences, but to also cross internal borders within themselves, challenging pre-conceived notions of otherness and social issues. Moreover, the study highlighted the aesthetic and emotive meaning participants ascribe to their service experience long-term, noting shifts in their civic mindfulness and cultural sensitivity as well as propensity to civically engage post-graduation.  

Sacred Conversations on Race 
Tuesday, October 23rd at 7:30pm, Student Union, Africa Room
Co-sponsored by: The Center for CETR, Society of St. Vincent de Paul as well as Mission and Identity

Join us as the Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN) along with student leaders from our campus facilitate discussions around how faith perspectives inform the work around racial injustice.  

Keynote: Thinking about community engagement as a strategic imperative—what does that mean for you? 
Monday, November 5th from 12:00pm to 1:00pm, Student Union, Africa Room
Featuring: Dr. Kristin Norris,Director of Assessment for the Office of Community Engagement at IUPU

Implementing Duquesne’s strategic plan requires us to consider our relationships with the community – its’ people, organizations, issues, and assets. Community engagement, as a strategic imperative, forces us to consider who we partner with, why, how, for what purpose, and has implications for all areas of the strategic plan (student success, economic and community development, faculty recruitment and success, pipeline programs, civic and global learning, research and creative activity, etc.). Join a campus-wide dialogue about Duquesne’s strategy for community engagement - what you are currently doing that aligns, identify opportunities to further enhance or leverage community engagement to achieve all of our goals, what success might look like, and how we might measure our progress.  

Workshop: Are students gaining the civic outcomes we desire and how do we know? 
Tuesday, November 6th from 4:00pm to 5:30pm, Power Center A

Given our strategic imperative, and language used throughout the strategic plan such as civil discourse, values and ethics, diverse ways of knowing, cultural awareness, etc., what does this mean for your course or program (curricular or co-curricular)? How will your students be distinctively different than other college graduates? In this workshop we will unpack these questions and develop a plan to assess student learning either within a single course, a program, or across the curriculum. Participants will be able to write civic outcome statements, how to gather evidence of that learning, and tools to assess civic learning. This workshop is intended for a broad audience – anyone (faculty or staff) who wants to be more intentional about how they develop their student’s civic capacities. Some examples of civic capacities include: ability to work with diverse others, understand complex problems in society, be a community organizer or developer, cultural awareness and appreciation, understand global systems, social responsibility, dispositions of social justice, civic identity, servant leadership, civic-minded professional.  

Special Screening of: Eye of the Needle 
Tuesday, November 13th from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm, Africa Room
Co-sponsored by: The Center for CETR, Society of St. Vincent de Paul as well as Mission and Identity 

This short-film documentary chronicles the opioid addiction epidemic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Produced with love by a collaboration of artists and designers for Light of Life Rescue Mission. The design team includes Flying Scooter Production, Uppercut Studios, and many others. In addition to the documentary screening there will be a panel discussion and an interactive art display.  Beverages and pizza will be served.  

Community UnCorked 
Wednesday, December 5th from 4:00pm to 5:00pm, 20 Chatham Square, Murphy Building

You are invited!  We are excited for you to meet, greet and mingle with our 2018-2019 Gaultier Faculty Fellows,Dr. Jessica Devido (Nursing), and Dr. Andrew Simpson (History).  

Cocktail hour and community are on us! The Gaultier Fellows, their community partners, and CETR invite you to join them for refreshments and an informal discussion about working in partnership to balance student learning goals and community priorities to create mutually beneficial experiences. Bring your project ideas, challenges, and successes to share as we look to identify shared strategies for successful community-engaged experiences and some common pitfalls to avoid. Faculty and community partners at all stages of project and course development are welcome! Cheese and wine parings will be carefully selected. Non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

Design and Refine Classes for Community-Engaged Learning Workshop
Thursday, January 31st, 3:00pm - 5:00pm, Union 119

Are you interested in making your course an engaged one? This is a "working" workshop designed to foster the submission of an FCEL (Foundational Community-Engaged Learning) or ACEL (Advanced Community-Engaged Learning) course designation application (ideally) by the end of the session. We will begin the workshop with a brief review the University's streamlined model of community-engaged learning.  Next, attendees will break into small groups with a faculty mentor to prepare their applications for submission.  Please bring along your syllabus and a laptop computer.  Beverages as well as light refreshments will be served.

Please note that the Center for CETR also provides individualized consultations to assist faculty with the development of CEL courses that deepen students’ learning and implement best practices.  To schedule a consultation, please contact us by email at cetr@duq.edu or by calling 412-396-5893.

A Day for Learning and Speaking Out
Co-Sponsored Event
Wednesday, March 20th from 10:00am to 9:00pm, Power Center

A Day for Learning and Speaking Out invites conversations between faculty,students and community stakeholders that confront racism as a structural and systemic phenomenon that most affects those marginalized in our society.

"Won't you be my neighbor?"
Co-Sponsored by the Center for Catholic Faith and Culture
Date TBD, 11:15AM-1:30PM, Latino Family Center

What does it mean to build authentic relationships in communities closest to campus? We will explore creating sustainable and collaborative partnerships at this interactive event.

CETR Open House
Wednesday, May 1st, 1:00PM-4:00PM, #20 Chatham Square and the adjacent lot

A celebration of a year of community-engaged teaching, research and learning with our wonderful partners. Join the CETR staff on reading day for some food, live music, and more fun as we celebrate the end of the year!

CETR Faculty Writing Retreat
Wednesday, June 4th, 8:30AM-4:30PM and Thursday, June 5th, 8:30AM-4:30PM - The Twentieth Century Club, 4201 Bigelow Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Revitalize your writing routine and join us in the early summer for two days of dedicated writing time. This retreat is intended for faculty who want to move along a writing project about their community-engaged scholarship or to brainstorm potential written products about their teaching and research.

This year, we are hosting the retreat at The Twentieth Century Club, an elegant Pittsburgh treasure. When it was founded in 1894, the original charter was dedicated "to the purpose of creating an organized center for women's work, thought and action; advancement of her interest; promotion of science, literature and art; and the provision for providing a quiet place of meeting for its members". Today, they are opening their doors and providing unique co-working spaces with an abundance of configurations.

Faculty will find ample space to work collaboratively as well as tucked away spots for reflection and writing. We plan to offer brief (come-if-you-like) opportunities including an introduction to the history of the Twentieth Century Club, yoga and meditation, as well as guest speakers. Meals will include breakfast and lunch on both days. Individual consultations will be possible. The Twentieth Century Club is equipped with hi-speed internet and Wi-Fi.