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Twomey Center Celebrates 50 Years

Loyola press release - December 19, 1997

(New Orleans)—The Twomey Center for Peace Through Justice will celebrate its 50 year anniversary on Wednesday, January 14, 1998 with a tribute to its founder and namesake, the Rev. Louis J. Twomey, S.J.

The tribute will be begin at 7 p.m. in Room 308 of the Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, with a screening of a special anniversary video produced by Loyola Communication Department faculty members, Mary I. Blue and the Rev. Michael Braden, S.J. Following the screening, local civil rights and labor relation activists who worked with Fr. Twomey will discuss how his work has influenced their lives. The one-hour program will conclude with a discussion of the future direction of the Twomey Center. Following the program, a reception will be held at the Broadway Activities Center, located across from the law school.

Fr. Twomey founded the Institute for Industrial Relations in 1947, later called the Institute of Human Relations. In 1991, the institute was renamed the Twomey Center for Peace Through Justice. In the last 50 years, through its work and many programs, the Twomey Center has addressed issues such as workers' rights, racism, poverty, economic development and justice.

"We need to be a center that raises moral questions--just as Fr. Twomey did---about justice in our society," says Ted Quant, director of the Twomey Center. The mission of the center is to continue to find innovative ways to promote and extend the message of justice and social change in the true spirit of its founder. Just as in the early days, the underlying theme of the center today is social justice education.

Today, the center sponsors and oversees a number of programs including the Crescent City Farmers Market, Bread for the World, Conflict Resolution, ECOnomics Institute, Twomey Training Center, Urban Partners as well as publishing Blueprint for Social Justice and running the Twomey Center Print Shop.

The 50 year celebration and reception are free and open to the public. For more information about the Twomey Center and its 50 year celebration, please call Fr. Ted Arroyo at (504) 861-5830.