Clarke ‘Crusaders for Justice Week’ to Discuss Dignity of the Human Person

posted on January 28, 2011

Clarke University will host “Crusaders for Justice Week,” a week-long series of events designed to raise awareness of and dialogue on issues related to the dignity of the human person, from February 6-13 on the Clarke campus. The event is being coordinated by the university’s campus ministry office. All events are free and the public is invited to attend.

“The common theme in all of Catholic social teaching is the dignity of the human person,” said Amy Golm, BVM, director of campus ministry at Clarke. “As a Catholic university that highlights justice as a core value, Clarke educates members of the campus community and beyond about situations in which human dignity is jeopardized and how we can take action to reverse them. Each of these events, while focusing on seemingly different topics, raise issues in which the dignity of human persons is threatened.”

Events for the week will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 8, with a presentation entitled “Stem Cell Research: Can We Find Cures AND Protect Human Life?” This multimedia presentation will be given by Janine Marie Idziak, Ph.D., professor of philosophy and director of the Bioethics Center at Loras College. The lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Jansen Music Hall.

On Wednesday, Feb. 9, Clarke will host a showing of the film “abUSed Postville: the Postville Raid” at 7 p.m. in Jansen Music Hall. Luis Argueta, an acclaimed filmmaker, will be at Clarke to present this full-length documentary that weaves together personal stories of the individuals, families and the town directly affected by the raid in Postville, Iowa. The film puts a human face on the issue of immigration and awakens all to the reality of our broken immigration system.

On Sunday, February 13, at 5:30 p.m. in Rose O’Toole Hall, Clarke will feature an ‘Evolution Weekend’ event that includes a showing of the film “Crude” followed by conversation about issues it raises. This event is part of Clarke’s observation of Evolution Weekend, part of a nationwide effort to “elevate the quality of the discussion on [the relationship between religion and science], and to show that religion and science are not adversaries.” The showing of the film “Crude” will include a simple supper and discussion relating the film to Catholic social teaching about stewardship of the environment and care for the poor. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by February 8 by calling (563)588-6364 or by e-mailing

For more information, contact the Clarke University Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.


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