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President's Forums on 2008 election kick off Wednesday

Loyola press release - September 29, 2008

Loyola University New Orleans fall President’s Forum series, “Election 2008: Bringing faith into the voting booth & examining America’s role in the new world order,” begins Wednesday, Oct. 1.

Loyola welcomes John Carr, executive director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for the first event in the series. His presentation, “Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility,” takes place at 7 p.m., at Nunemaker Auditorium in Monroe Hall, on Loyola's main campus.

Carr will keynote the forum, which will outline the mission and message of the church in political life and some of the challenges and dangers of faithful citizenship in this election year. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick will also offer his reflections on the link between faith and politics.

Following Carr’s presentation, Dr. Larry Lorenz, Loyola’s A. Louis Read Distinguished Professor in Mass Communication, will moderate a panel discussion featuring the cardinal, Loyola College of Law Dean Brian Bromberger, and Sr. Jamie Phelps, OP, Ph.D., who directs Xavier University’s Black Catholic Studies Institute. The forum is sponsored by the Jesuit Social Research Institute.

Loyola University’s President’s Forums on Current Issues and Controversies seek to explore and discuss some of the most compelling contemporary issues facing us today. Featuring internationally recognized scholars, the forums’ goal is to develop a dialogue with the larger community that helps us deepen our understanding and challenge us to move toward a more just and enlightened society.

The President’s Forum is free and open to the public.

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