All faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome to take part in activities planned for this week in celebration of the 2018 Opus Prize, one of the world’s largest faith-based awards for social entrepreneurship. Each year the Opus Prize Foundation selects one Catholic university to help nominate, select, and celebrate three faith-based unsung heroes who are using innovative strategies to address some of the great social challenges of our time. The University of Portland is honored to have been chosen as this year’s host institution.
Here is a link to learn more about UP’s story with the 2018 Opus Prize. One of the three finalists will be announced as the recipient of a $1 million prize, and the other two finalists will receive $100,000 awards, at the Opus Prize Awards Ceremony on Thursday, November 15, on the UP campus.
Please consider joining our community to meet, celebrate, and be inspired by these remarkable individuals and organizations from Chennai, India; Lima, Peru; and Chicago, Illinois. These opportunities to meet the finalists for the 2018 Opus Prize are free to attend and guests are welcome.
- Monday, November 12: Conversations with the 2018 Opus Prize Finalists, 7:15 p.m., Buckley Center Auditorium. Be inspired hearing stories and meeting the three finalists for the 2018 Opus Prize. These faith-based, unsung heroes are successfully using innovative solutions to address and challenge persisting, social problems in their communities. Panel conversation will be moderated by Portland magazine editor Jessica Murphy Moo.
- Tuesday, November 13: Lunch with the Opus Prize Finalists, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the Bauccio Commons President’s Board Room. The lunch will include casual conversations over a buffet meal with the three Opus Prize Finalists and their delegations. Faculty and staff are encouraged to meet these inspirational humanitarians who have devoted their lives to service. To attend the lunch, please RSVP and register at this link.
- Wednesday, November 14: Interfaith Prayer Service: Celebrating the 2018 Opus Prize, 5 p.m., Chapel of Christ the Teacher. Join the finalists for the 2018 Opus Prize and our UP community for a prayerful reflection to celebrate the sacred foundations that prompt us to pursue lives of service.
- Thursday, November 15: 2018 Opus Prize Awards Ceremony, 7:30 p.m., Chiles Center. Don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate the announcement of the $1.2 million Opus Prize awards. Join the campus and community to honor the remarkable Opus Prize finalists who were selected from a pool of global nominees. Be present when the $1 million 2018 Opus Prize laureate is revealed.
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