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Squeaky Weal Lecture Series

Squeaky Weal Lecture Series

As a Catholic university attentive to the interplay between faith and civic life, Saint Xavier supports the Center for Religion and Public Discourse, sponsor of the Squeaky Weal Lecture Series. Launched in 2001, this lecture series promotes thoughtful consideration and civil discourse on the religious, moral and/or ethical implications of public issues, with a consistent focus on the common good.

All lectures are free and open to the public. All take place at 6:30 p.m. on the University's Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd Street unless otherwise noted. 

SXU Explores Laudato Si: Caring for Our Common Home

"Faced as we are with global environmental deterioration, I wish to address every person living on this planet." We at SXU have heard the Pope's call and are committed to learning about this issue and making a difference for our world.

Saint Xavier University's Center for Religion and Public Discourse is proud to host two events this spring! 

Lunch and Laudato Si

February 12, 19, 26 and March 4 and 18
12:30 p.m.
McDonough Chapel

On Fridays during Lent (February 12, 19, 26 and March 4 and 18), we will gather after noon mass and enjoy soup and bread while looking over the main points of the document. We will learn, discuss, reflect, pray and eat!  We hope you can join us some or all of these dates!

April 14, 2016: Our Common Home: An Interdisciplinary Conversation on Environmental Responsibility

6:30 p.m.
McGuire Hall 

On April 14, SXU will host a panel presentation and discussion on Laudato si. SXU faculty from political science, biology and economics will discuss the document from their perspectives, including critiques from within their field. We hope to engage the audience in many sides -- both favorable and critical -- of the issue of care for the environment, and what we can do as a global community. The panel will include SXU faculty Dr. Liane Cochran-Stafira, Dr. Matthew Costello, Dr. Charles Shanabruch and Jeff Tangel.

The environment is one of the Sisters of Mercy Critical Concerns, and it is also part of the Christian tradition to be responsible stewards of the gift of creation.

Past Speakers

Selected Squeaky Weal lectures (2002-present) are available in DVD format from the Robert and Mary Rita Murphy Stump Library at Saint Xavier University. Titles may be viewed at the Library's website. DVDs may be borrowed for a week or viewed at the library.

To read more about past speakers, please visit our Past Speakers web page.

For More Information

For more information on the Squeaky Weal Lecture Series, please contact the Center for Religion and Public Discourse at 773-298-3809 or stapleton@sxu.edu.