All faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend a free screening of the documentary “Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago” on Wednesday, January 29, at 7 p.m., in the Bauccio Commons. The screening is open to the public. This multiple award winning film has been selling out screenings around the world. It concerns six strangers as they attempt to walk 500 miles across Spain, using the famous pilgrim path. The movie will be followed by a panel discussion with Kate Regan, international languages and cultures, and director and producer Lydia B. Smith. For more information or ADA accommodations contact the Garaventa Center at 7702 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.up.edu/garaventa.
All faculty and staff are invited to kick off the new year at the next Thirst Friday in the Garaventa Center in 330 Franz Hall. Drop by any time from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Friday, January 24 to enjoy wine, sparkling waters, snacks, and sparkling, convivial conversation with people from all over campus. Bring your office mates to make a good thing even better. Be sure to mark your calendar for the next Thirst Friday after that on March 28. For more information, contact Garaventa Center co-director Karen Eifler at 8014 or email@example.com.
All University community members are invited to prayerfully enter into the Advent Season and experience the beautiful images in the Clark Library’s Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible. Please join campus ministry and the Garaventa Center for an Advent Visio Divina, praying with images from The Saint John’s Bible, on Wednesday, December 4, at 7:15 p.m., in the Chapel of Christ the Teacher. For more information contact Theresa McCreary, campus ministry, at 7131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Garaventa Center continues in providing a festive spirit by inviting all to join them for “Thirst Fridays.” All faculty and staff are invited to drop by the Center in 330 Franz Hall any time from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Friday, December 6, to enjoy wine, sparkling waters, snacks, and sparkling, convivial conversation with people from all over campus. For more information, contact Garaventa Center co-director Karen Eifler at 8014 or email@example.com.
Vail Fletcher and her communication studies students received a competitive Oregon Humanities Conversation Starter Project grant to host a program titled, “Beyond Bars: Rethinking Our Reliance on Prisons” on Thursday, November 21, 7-9 p.m., in the Bauccio Commons. It will be an interactive conversation focused on considering the following questions: What role do prisons serve in our country? Is it possible to envision a world where people are safe and secure, and where there is accountability, without prisons? Does our prison system, in some cases, actually cause rather than reduce crime? The event is sponsored in part by the Garaventa Center, the Department of Social Justice, the Department of Political Science, and the Department of Communication Studies. The event will be immediately followed by a dessert reception. All community members are welcome. Please contact Fletcher at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and/or if you plan on bringing your class.
The University of Portland will host Lea Graham for her workshop, “Delving into the Camino de Santiago,” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Novenber 21. in Buckley Center Room 163. The workshop is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Garaventa Center, the English department, and the international languages and cultures department. RSVPs are encouraged to email@example.com.
Graham, an assistant professor of English at Marist College, is an avid fan of Camino de Santiago and shares her passion with student groups that she leads on the 500-mile pilgrim path stretching across Spain to the city of Santiago de Compostela. Graham is the author of the poetry book, Hough & Helix & Where & Here & You, You, You (2011) and of the chapbook Calendar Girls (2006.) Her poems, essays, translations, and reviews have been published in journals such as Notre Dame Review, Delirious Hem, Southern Humanities Review, and Fifth Wednesday. She is a contributing editor for Atticus Review and teaches subjects such as poetry and travel writing at Marist College. For more information and to RSVP, contact Jamie Powell, Garaventa Center, at 7702 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next Bringing Eyes of Faith to Film movie will be “Argo” on Wednesday, November 20, beginning at 7:15 p.m., in Shiley Hall room 319. The screening is free and open to all; movie-themed snacks will be provided. In this popular series, hosts Karen Eifler and Fr. Charlie Gordon, C.S.C., illuminate unexpected themes of grace and redemption in popular contemporary movies. In the 2012 film “Argo,” based on a declassified true story, a CIA agent acts under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction movie in an attempt to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980. “Argo” won the 2012 Academy Award for Best Picture. For more information contact the Garaventa Center at 7702 or email@example.com.
The Garaventa Center and international student services will sponsor Prayers for Peace on Monday, November 11, at 2 p.m., at the Peace Garden in Buckley Center Courtyard. International students and members of the UP community will offer public calls for peace in their native language. All are welcome to attend this annual event, and refreshments will be provided. For ADA accomodations or any questions, contact international student services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 7367, or the Garaventa Center at email@example.com or 7702.
The Garaventa Center has pulled together an eclectic panel of scholars to provide insights into the current University main stage production, “Alkestis.” Prior to the performance on Saturday, November 16, audience members can gather in the Mago Hunt Recital Hall to listen to Alex Santana (Rumpakis Professor of Hellenic Studies), costume designer Gregory Pulver, and philosophy professor Jeff Gauthier as they illuminate aspects of the show from their unique perspectives, helping hone eyes and ears to perceive even more in this rarely-produced masterpiece. Wine and snacks are provided free of charge at this session; participants should procure their own ticket to the play itself.
The doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with the panel commencing at 6:45 and ending at 7:15, allowing plenty of time to be seated in the main theater. The Garaventa Center will partner with performing and fine arts again in spring for a similar event at a performance of “Cymbeline.” For more information, contact Karen Eifler, Garaventa Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
United States Senator Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont since 1974, will speak on faith and public service when he presents “How Faith Can Inform and Enhance Public Service” on Friday, November 8, at 3:30 p.m., in Buckley Center Auditorium. Leahy is active on human rights issues, especially through his humanitarian work for victims of land mines. He led efforts in Congress to aid mine victims by creating the Leahy War Victims Fund, a special fund in the foreign aid budget which now provides up to $14 million of relief to these victims each year. He also wrote and enacted civilian war victims relief programs in Afghanistan and Iraq. Leahy is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the senior-most member of the Appropriations Committee and the Agriculture Committee. He ranks first in seniority in the Senate and is the President Pro Tempore.
For more information contact the Garaventa Center at 7702 or email@example.com.