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A new program, Pursuing Social Justice: Dinner Conversations with the Faculty, is providing students the opportunity to engage various faculty members in discussion in a setting more intimate and comfortable than a classroom. The first dinner kicked off last Thursday, Oct 4.
In the glass room of the JYC, several students enjoyed a buffet style dinner while discussing current social issues with professors. This event is held exclusively for members of the sophomore class as part of the Spotlight on Sophomores initiative, and is meant to facilitate conversation between professors and students in a relaxing atmosphere, encouraging more students to engage. Discussion is based on current social justice issues and how to uphold and pursue good in the world as an individual.
This past week’s dinner featured professors Dr. Adam Silver and Dr. Marie Natoli from the Political Science department. Each professor shared their personal experiences with social justice and several anecdotes about their lives. Students brought up a variety of topics, including the Trayvon Martin case, the Rolling Stone Magazine cover featuring Boston bomber suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and the government shutdown.
“These dinners provide an environment in which people have a chance to reflect, share, and question from their own personal experiences the challenges connected with social justice,” said Academic adviser Carolyn Caveny, who helps organize these dinners in conjunction with campus minister Crista Mahoney.
Campus Ministry and Academic Advising organized the program. The next dinner will be held in the glass room of the JYC on Oct. 30, and features professors from varying departments.