MISSION AND MINISTRY | The most recent issue of Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education offers a series of reflections on how our universities engage their communities and how they are products of their place. Conversations, published twice annually by the National Seminar on Jesuit Higher Education, features articles written by Jesuits, students, faculty and staff from the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Each issue centers on a timely theme or issue of some urgency.
To foster further dialogue about LMU’s relationship to place, the Office of Mission and Ministry is inviting faculty and staff to attend a luncheon on Thursday, March 22, from noon to 1:30 p.m., in the Collins Center to discuss the theme of this issue of Conversations. Pam Rector, director of the Center for Service and Action; Fernando Guerra, director of the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles; and Michele Romolini, director of Research for the Center for Urban Resilience, will offer brief remarks from their own experience working with place-based initiatives at LMU. Participants will then break into small groups to reflect on issues raised by Conversations. Participants are encouraged to prepare for the discussion by reading these essays in advance:
- Thomas Lucas, S.J., “Finding Our Place”
- Jamie Kralovec, “Thinking Like an Urban Planner at a Jesuit University”
- Jason Taylor, “A Center Outside Itself Where the University Finds Itself”