DUBUQUE, Iowa—In celebration of Peace and Justice Week, Sept. 17-26, Loras College, 1450 Alta Vista St., in partnership with Dubuque International Day of Peace, Wednesday, Sept. 21, will host a series of free events around the theme “Women Working on Peace” starting Saturday, Sept. 17.
The celebration includes select pieces of the “Americans Who Tell the Truth,” photographic narrative by Robert Shetterly that honors models of courageous citizenship. In addition, nationally-recognized playwright and actress
Rohina Malik will present the “Unveiled,” which looks at the post 9/11 world.
“Through collaboration with student organizations and community partners, we can highlight a wide variety of social issues and demonstrate our call to respond to injustice through means of creative non-violence,” said Anastacia McDermott, coordinator for campus ministry and peace and justice and a 2003 graduate of Loras College.
In celebration of its theme, organizers have handpicked several female portraits from Shetterly’s 180 pieces that highlight citizens who courageously address issues of social, environmental, and economic fairness. By combining art and other media, the exhibit offers resources to inspire a new generation of engaged Americans who will act for the common good, communities, and the Earth.
The exhibit at Loras College includes Sister Helen Prejean, whose first book “Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty,” was adapted into a major motion picture. She is also well known for her quote: “We are all worth more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.”
Loras events begin with a 10-year anniversary party at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 for the Father Ray Herman Peace and Justice House at the corner of Belmont Street and Loras Boulevard. The celebration includes a luau, food, drinks and more. The organization hosts monthly meetings to discuss social justice issues, raise global and local social justice awareness, and advocate for peace.
At 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, all are invited for a special Mass of the Holy Spirit at Christ the King Chapel where there will be special blessing for those working for peace.
At 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19, the community is welcome to join a candlelight walk/vigil starting at the grotto on the Loras College campus to call to mind all those who are voiceless in the face of oppression.
At 7 p.m., Wednesday Sept. 21, Rohina Malik brings “Unveiled” to campus inside the St. Joseph’s Auditorium. Malik is a writer and actress who specializes in solo performance. She draws upon her Indo-Pakistani heritage for inspiration and her one-woman show centers around five Muslim women in a post-9/11 world who uncover what lies beneath the veil.
From 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, St. Isidore Catholic Worker Farm, 2752 Clay Hollow Road, Cuba City, Wisconsin, will host “Practicing for When Peace Breaks Out: Community Life and the Pursuit of Sustainability.” Guests can arrive at 5:30 p.m. at the turnaround near the Alumni Campus Center (ACC) to carpool.
From 5 to 6:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23, McDermott and her husband, Dave, will host “Finding Peace Amidst the Chaos,” as part of the Holy Spirits and Biblical Brews series, on campus at The Pub inside the ACC.
From noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, the week continues with a Hike to Help Refugees that starts outside Loras College’s Christ the King Chapel and ends at Clarke University. The walk aims to bring awareness to the 65 million people uprooted in 2015 by war and raise funds for the UN Refugee Agency to provide shelter, health care, education and resettlement assistance to refugees and migrants worldwide.
Rounding out Peace and Justice Week, the Presentation Lantern Center, 900 Jackson St. Suite LL5-1, will host a “Peace & Burritos” open house from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26.
Visit www.dbqdayofpeace.org for more information.
About Loras College
Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. Loras is ranked 11th out of the Top 100 baccalaureate colleges, according to the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings and the 11th Best Regional College, according to Midwest U.S. News Best Colleges.