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Loyola weighs in on Katrina social justice issues in Seattle University journal

Loyola press release - April 13, 2009

Loyola University New Orleans President the Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D., and several other members of the Loyola community, were contributors of Seattle University’s Fall/Winter 2008 issue of Seattle Journal for Social Justice.

The Seattle Journal for Social Justice is a student-run legal periodical for Seattle University School of Law. It is published twice a year and its mission is to promote critical interdisciplinary discussions on urgent problems of social justice, including exploring the often-conflicting meanings of justice that arise in a diverse society.

The Fall/Winter 2008 issue of SJSJ focused entirely on Hurricane Katrina and drew heavily from Loyola University faculty and staff article contributions. Wildes authored “Rebirth of a City: Birth and Achievement of the Ethics Review Board,” detailing the governmental and social failures of the city and the resulting creation of the Ethics Review Board to help in its reform.

Additionally, Mark Markuly, former director of Loyola’s Institute for Ministry and current dean of Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry, wrote the introductory article, “A Terrible Grace: Building a Just Society on the Rubble of New Orleans.”

Other Loyola contributors include:

  • Barbara Fleischer, associate professor of pastoral studies and psychology, who wrote “Katrina Stories: Windows into Religious Meaning, Pathways to Social Justice;”
  • Davida Finger, staff attorney with the Katrina Clinic and author of “Stranded and Squandered: Lost on the Road Home;”
  • Thomas Ryan, director of LIM and author of “Vision and Spirituality in Post-Katrina New Orleans;”
  • Michael Cowan, special assistant to the president and co-author of “We Believe in One New Orleans: Embracing Diversity Post-Katrina” and author of “Elbows Together, Hearts Apart: Institutional Reform, Economic Opportunity, and Social Trust in Post-Katrina New Orleans;” and
  • The Rev. Edward Arroyo, S.J., former director of Loyola’s Jesuit Social Research Institute, who authored “Contemplating the Katrina Whirlwind: From ‘Apocalypse Now’ to Solidarity for the Common Good.”

In addition, the journal featured various forms of media contributed by a Loyola University professor, visiting professor and recent graduate. Professor of Music Industry Studies John Snyder produced “Salon Somewhere,” a musical composition performed by the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Ensemble, composed by Vadim Neselovskyi. Visiting graphic design professor Nancy Sharon Collins directed and produced “The Allegory of the Birds.” Jake McClain, a 2008 music industry studies graduate, directed “Green Salon: Roussel Hall.”

About the Seattle Journal for Social Justice:

A peer-reviewed, student-edited, interdisciplinary journal, the SJSJ publishes writings that reflect theoretical, literary and hands-on approaches toward achieving social justice. It accepts traditional academic articles as well as nontraditional formats such as narratives, commentaries, interviews, essays and artwork. The student members’ participation in the writing assignments and the editorial process is designed to improve writing skills and research techniques and to instill self-discipline and analytical proficiency through the hard work required to publish quality research works.

For more information, please contact Meredith Hartley with the Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5888 or mhartley@loyno.edu.

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