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Rice on the Road 2014

Community-Engaged Interdisciplinary Work for Justice

Sponsored by the Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Division of Mission & Identity

Once again the Monsignor Rice Lecture Series took to the streets in 2014!  We offered four new community excursions, highlighting mobile panels and on-site dialogue between community members and Duquesne faculty, and students. Each excursion focused on a particular social justice theme and a closing dialogue connected them all in context of Spiritan values. We worked to build upon partnerships formed in 2013 and found ways to build sustainable relationships founded in conversation and collaboration.

Human Trafficking in Pittsburgh
Friday, March 21, Noon-2PM
Bethlehem Haven, Fifth Avenue Commons, 905 Watson Street

The global crisis of human trafficking is also a local reality.  In the city of Pittsburgh and the surrounding area men, women, and children are trafficked and exploited as laborers or sex workers.  We worked to focus primarily on the trafficking of women and children, learning from the expertise of community advocates, law enforcement officers, and health care professionals.  We traveled to Shuman Juvenile Detention Center and conclude our tour with a conversation at Bethlehem Haven.
*In partnership with Bethlehem Haven and the Homeless Children's Education Fund 


Looking in the Mirror of Racial Consciousness: The Culture of White Racism and Black Self-Determination
Thursday, March 27, Noon-2PM
Ujamaa Collective, 1901 Centre Avenue

Long-term white privilege and an invisible Eurocentric perspective in most Americans have nurtured a blind eye to the root causes and effects of an unequal and unjust society.  In the face of violent, overt, and covert white supremacy racism, Blacks continue to create systems in order to survive, thrive, and protect and plan for future generations.  This conversation sought to challenge participants to question the dominant perspective of white racism and understand our responsibility to the past, so that current issues of poverty, education, and even neighborhood development can be addressed with a more truthful and balanced approach.
* In partnership with Hill District-based Ujamaa Collective.

Fracking: Understanding its Local Impact

Friday, April 4, Noon-2PM

Fracking has economic, environmental, legal, and political dimensions, with impacts in our Pittsburgh community. Advocates of fracking tout its potential to create American energy independence, to provide a transitional energy source while renewable energy technology is developed, and to stimulate economies.  Critics say that fracking pollutes air and water, raises earthquake risks, and that the ostensible financial benefits of fracking are not realized equitably.  We travelled to several sites south of Pittsburgh, including a fracking well, as we learned about this contested issue affecting the Pittsburgh region.

Exploring Community TraumaMonday, April 7, 9:30AM -11:30AM

Violence, poverty, homelessness, and discrimination are just some of the crises that affect communities.  When these crises continue, sometimes for generations, individuals and whole communities can experience trauma that adversely affects health, safety, public education, and community vitality.  Participants witnessed dialogue among community members, educators, counselors, and psychologists as they explore trauma-informed communities. 
*In partnership with FOCUS Pittsburgh

Closing Dialogue
Tuesday, April 15, Noon-2PM, Power Center

Our closing dialogue featured select panelists from our excursions for a "flipped" conversation.  Rather than ask our panelists to field questions, they posed thoughtful questions to the audience to foster fresh perspectives on justice education, collaboration, and university-community relations.