Transforming Ourselves, Transforming the World
Justice in Jesuit Higher Education
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Fordham University Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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A few years ago a young man shared with me his enthusiasm about starting as a teacher in one of our Jesuit schools. Although he realized that he would be teaching privileged students, he said he welcomed the opportunity to form leaders who would occupy important posts in society...
Part I: Formationand Learning
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These words from Father Kolvenbach’s historic 2000 address at Santa Clara University to leaders of US Jesuit higher education, ‘‘The Service of Faith and the Promotion of Justice in American Jesuit Higher Education,’’ headed the invitation for contributions to this part of the book. The committee invited proposals describing the ‘‘kinds of learning’’...
1 Beauty Limned in Violence
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The title of this book, Transforming Ourselves, Transforming the World, implies a costly and sometimes terrible grace that we may not readily wish upon ourselves or our students—the grace of solidarity and sacrifice, even the grace of martyrdom. As the lives of St. Ignatius...
2 Teaching Poverty in Americathrough the Arts
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During the final moments of Suzan Lori-Parks’s Pulitzer Prize– winning play Topdog/Underdog, the audience is holding its breath. As the stage lights come down and the house lights go up, there is no immediate burst of applause—there is silence, a confused, disturbed, and stunning silence. Even after the formal response to the play has...
3 Encuentro Dominicano
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In March 2007 fifteen students from Encuentro Dominicano, Creighton University’s study abroad program in the Dominican Republic, had been immersed in a small rural and very poor community called Ocho de los Caballeros (Eight of the Gentleman). It is a small fishing community squatting illegally on the shore of a very large inland lake...
4 Teaching Social Analysis through Academic Immersion
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The above comments reflect the transformative impact that a unique academic immersion experience in post–Hurricane Katrina New Orleans had on twenty-three college students. Although it has been over seven years since the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina transformed the environmental, social, and cultural landscapes of the US...
5 Adopting the Mission of Social Justice in a Political Science Department
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As members of a political science department at a Jesuit college,
we have asked ourselves many times: What is our mission and
what does it mean for us?
The answers, for indeed there are several, have not come easily. The five full-time faculty have been constantly pulled in different directions by such practical considerations as marketing concerns,...
Part II: Research and Teaching
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The most obvious, traditional, and defining mission of institutions of higher education is the cultivation and dissemination of knowledge, captured in the phrase ‘‘research and teaching.’’ The virtues of the university are the virtues of speculative reason that lead to contemplation of the truth: wisdom, science, and understanding. The intellectual...
6 Social Justice Themes in the Foreign Language Classroom
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In recent years, many institutions, including Jesuit ones, have incorporated a service learning component within their foreign language courses. The pedagogical benefits of providing students with an opportunity to interact with native speakers through community service projects have received some attention in the literature...
7 Coffee for Justice
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Pedro Pablo Ortiz and his wife Marta and their five children live on a coffee farm in Matagalpa, Nicaragua situated on a mountaintop at an altitude of 1,250 meters (4,100 feet). The farm has a little over three acres of lush coffee plants grown under ideal conditions. Pedro belongs to the cooperative La Fe de las Nubes (Faith of the...
8 Personal Transformation and Curricula Change
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Kolvenbach (2004, 59) describes the service of faith and the promotion of justice in American Jesuit Higher Education stating: ‘‘The real measure of our Jesuit universities lies in whom our students become.’’ He feels strongly that it is only through contact with the poor and marginalized that ‘‘whole persons’’ of tomorrow can truly be...
9 Doing Well by Doing Good
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Before delving into the use of reflective practices—such as the Spiritual Exercises developed by Ignatius of Loyola—by law schools and their students, it is helpful to examine the goal of their use. Simply put, the goal is justice. Seeking justice is a good fit for law schools and law students. Perhaps no other field of academic endeavor is as closely...
10 Promoting Social Justice
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The mission statement and strategic plan of our university contain strongly worded declarations that valuing human differences and increasing diversity are part and parcel of our Jesuit mission. Our declarations about diversity are an affirmation of our faith-inspired commitment to an inclusive community where human differences thrive in a...
Part III: Our Way of Proceeding
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The five articles in this section share a common concern: the Jesuit university’s responsibility to educate for justice. They propose opportunities, underscore challenges and hint at the risks involved in educating for a faith that does justice. The authors assume the ‘‘higher standard’’ that Dean Brackley, SJ, first proposed for Jesuit colleges and...
11 Opening Remarks to the Jesuit Justice Conference, June 18, 2009
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Twenty-five years ago, the Society of Jesus committed itself to the promotion of the justice that is an imperative of Christian Faith. Faith and justice were to inform its entire apostolic works. In response to this call, leaders of the Jesuit universities in the United States planned and implemented three regional conferences in 1999 and convened...
12 Transforming Ourselves in Orderto Transform the World
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The focus on justice in Jesuit higher education frequently inspires faculty and staff at Jesuit colleges and universities to want to contribute their expertise in the wider community. Their enthusiasm presents an opportunity for engagement, but several challenges exist. Frequently, because of their busy schedules faculty and staff rush into...
13 Nonviolently Transforming the Road to Jericho
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In September 1965, Saint Peter’s University1 awarded Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws and Letters. Saint Peter’s is the only Jesuit university or college to have awarded him such a degree. In my eighteen years of teaching at the university, I have been inspired and challenged by King’s teachings, writings, and...
14 The Ethic of Environmental Concern and the Jesuit Mission
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We live in a time in history when the global crisis of climate change cannot be ignored. The rising of the oceans, the drying of lands, and the reduction in the biodiversity in our ecological system are realities that face our current generation and that must be at the forefront of the policy plans for future generations to come. Many of the problems...
15 Companions, Prophets, Martyrs
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The ideal of shaping students for solidarity in a world in need thankfully motivates many within the systems of Jesuit education. Yet while the twenty-eight colleges and universities in our network have centers for service and justice as well as programs of service learning, authentic development of students in a well-educated solidarity...
Conclusion: Further and Deeper
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In his landmark speech on the Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education at Santa Clara in 2000 cited so often in this book, Peter-Hans Kolvenbach expressed his belief that from 1975 to 2000, Jesuit higher education had ‘‘made considerable and laudable Jesuit efforts to go deeper and further’’ in the commitment to the faith that...
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Page Count: 352
Publication Year: 2013