Conference on Justice and Social Concerns (through Friday, Feb. 26)

Thursday, February 25, 2021
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The Conference on Justice and Social Concerns provides our campus community with the opportunity to engage with issues of social justice, faith, and personal and communal responsibility to the common good. Experts in both academic and practical realms will come together to lead our campus in dialogue around issues challenging our community locally and globally.

The 2021 Conference on Justice and Social Concerns, sponsored by the St. Mary’s University Center for Catholic Studies, is inspired by Fratelli Tutti: Encyclical Letter on Fraternity and Social Friendship by Pope Francis. Pope Francis’ third encyclical is centered on the major themes of service, charity, economic justice and political love, and is framed by his close friendship and experiences with the Grand Imam Ahmad al-Tayyeb of Al-Azhar, an Islamic university and mosque in Egypt.

Each day of the Conference will feature a pre-recorded or live panel centering on the themes presented in Fratelli Tutti and linking them to the Marianist mission and charism. Panels will premiere on the Conference webpage each morning and are pre-recorded unless otherwise indicated.



Diversity of Voices
inspired by Fratelli Tutti, Chapter 6: “Dialogue and Friendship in Society”

Thursday will feature two panels focused on issues of race and racism. One will focus on events specific to San Antonio and the surrounding region. The other will discuss the general natures of race and racism, with experts whose research focuses on the ways in which active forms of ignorance and indifference contribute to maintaining systems of racism. Members of both panels will address what higher education institutions can do moving forward.

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