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Solidarity: We Commit to the Common Good

We are all one family in the world. Building a community that empowers everyone to attain their full potential through each of us respecting each other’s dignity, rights and responsibilities makes the world a better place to live.” – St. John Paul II, Sollicitudo rei socialis, 1987

Our 2016-17 annual theme, “Solidarity: We Commit to the Common Good,” is the idea that we are one human family and recognizes that we are collectively responsible for the well-being of all people.

In the words of Frederick Buechner, “Your life and my life flow into each other as wave flows into wave, and unless there is peace and joy and freedom for you, there can be no real peace or joy or freedom for me.”

Solidarity means that our commitment to mutuality cannot be restricted to just our own family, nation or any other social group. Solidarity is not a matter of standing together against others; it is a matter of standing for all, together.

Recognizing the solidarity of the human family compels us to work so that all people might thrive.

In the words of St. John Paul II, solidarity is “not a feeling of vague compassion or shallow distress at the misfortunes of so many people ... On the contrary, it is a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good; that is to say, to the good of all and of each individual, because we are all really responsible for all.”

The many programs that relate to this year's annual theme will highlight ways in which we can understand more deeply our shared humanity, dismantle systems of injustice, and contribute to human flourishing. After all, “Building a community that empowers everyone to attain their full potential through each of us respecting each other's dignity, rights and responsibilities makes the world a better place to live (Sollicitudo rei socialis).”

Date, Time and Location Event Sponsor(s)
Aug. 26. 2016 "Into the Streets" Leadership Development, Service & Engagement
Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016
5:30 - 7 p.m.

Campus Center Lounge 

Solidarity in a Time of Bias, Hate and Violence
Violent acts rooted in bias and hate challenge us to seek greater knowledge and understanding in order to consider what can be done to prevent such tragedies. In this year in which the SNC community has pledged to deeply explore the theme of solidarity, this program will consider the question: What does it mean to live in solidarity with those who have been and continue to be targeted by bias, hate, and violence?” The program will include a panel of SNC professors and staff presenting Catholic social teaching on solidarity, the connection between bias, hate, and violence and avenues that individual citizens may take to affect change. There will be opportunities for audience members to comment and pose questions.
 

Bias Incident Response Group 
Sept. 8, 2016
4 p.m.

Bush Art Center Lecture Hall 
"The True Cost" - Film Screening and discussion Fashion This Series
Sept. 10, 2016

Voyager Park, De Pere
"Be Light Walk" - Suicide Prevention Walk Counseling & Psychological Services
  
Sept. 12-16, 2016
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Mend-It Clinics Fashion This Series
Sept. 16, 2016
7 p.m.

Walter Theatre
Cassandra Voss Center Celebration Benefit Concert Cassandra Voss Center
Sept. 22, 2016
7 p.m.

Fort Howard Theater
The Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding: William Miller, "The Word Peace and the Word Justice, and why sometimes the Peacemakers are blessed (but only sometimes)."
The Norman Miller Center for Peace, Justice & Public Understanding
Sept. 29, 2016
7 p.m.

Fort Howard Theater
Killeen Chair Lecture: Daniel Finn, PhD: "Understanding Structural Injustice: What Is a Sinful Social Structure?" Killeen Chair
Sept. 30, 2016
7 p.m.

Walter Theatre
Knights on the Catwalk: Fashion Show Fashion This Series

Oct. 11, 2016
6:30 p.m.

Old St. Joseph Church 

Heritage Week Lecture by Fr. Clemens Dölkens, O.Praem., The economic revival of Magdeburg after the fall of Communism Center for Norbertine Studies
Oct. 13, 2016
4:30 p.m.

St. Norbert College

Ethical Consumption Panel featuring St. Norbert College faculty

  • Shan Bryan-Hanson, director and curator of the art galleries and collections
  • Katie Ries, assistant professor of art
  • April Beiswenger, associate professor of theatre and scenographer
Fashion This Series
Oct. 27, 2016
7 p.m.

Fort Howard Theater 
Killeen Chair Lecture: Martin Gilens, PhD: "Economic Inequality and Political Power in America"
Killeen Chair
Nov. 2-3, 2016
7 p.m.

Various locations

Masculinities Summit with Dr. Harry Brod

Cassandra Voss Center

Feb. 15, 2017
6-8 p.m. 

Mulva Library

SNC Human Library Cassandra Voss Center

Feb. 23, 2017
7 p.m. 

Fort Howard Theater

Killeen Chair Lecture: Maureen O'Connell, PhD: "Stepping Out on Faith: Economic Justice through Community Organizing"

Killeen Chair

March 2, 2017
7:30 p.m.

Walter Theatre

The Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding: Aziz Abu Sarah: "Growing up Palestinian in Israel: One Man's Journey from Revenge to Reconciliation"  Norman Miller Center for Peace, Justice and Public Understanding

March 3, 2017
3-4:30 p.m. 

Cassandra Voss Center

Power Yak 2017  Cassandra Voss Center

March 30, 2017
7 p.m.

Fort Howard Theater

Killeen Chair Lecture: Paul Weithman, PhD: "What (if Anything) is Wrong with Economic Inequality?"

Killeen Chair

April. 3-7, 2017

Various locations

bell hooks Residency 2017 Cassandra Voss Center