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Loyola University New Orleans Society for Civic Engagement Presents Panel on Activism and Civil Discourse

Loyola press release - December 6, 2016

The student-led Loyola Society of Civic Engagement is hosting an Activism and Civil Discourse Panel tonight, Tuesday, Dec. 06, 2016 at 7 p.m. in Loyola University’s Monroe Hall, Room 501, 6363 St. Charles Ave., in an effort to educate the community on ways they can get involved with activist work. The event is free and open to the public.

The Loyola Society for Civic Engagement is a bi-partisan group of students that organizes debates and symposiums among experts, scholars and other academic notables with a goal of engaging the community in constructive debate. The LSCE gives Loyola students a forum to voice their concerns and prove they are leaders in the academic world. Unlike other panels or lectures, LSCE invites student respondents to speak alongside experts.

“As part of a generation that is driven by social justice, we aim to achieve results by promoting an ongoing dialogue that incorporates different perspectives and ideas to combat against oppression,” said Thanh Mai, a Loyola junior and president of the LSCE. “Post-election discussions are crucial in order to give communities resources to engage on issues relating to non-violent protest and human rights.”

Tonight’s panel is made up of Loyola directors and professors who have themselves participated in activist work throughout their careers. They will explore the ways that activist groups mobilize, the problems that these groups face, and the different types of social movements.

Attendees will hear from:

Dr. Alvaro Alcazar, director of Loyola’s Twomey Center for Peace through Justice

Patricia Boyett, director of the Women’s Resource Center at Loyola

Behrooz Moazami, director of Loyola’s acclaimed Middle East Peace Studies program and Patrick G. O'Keefe Distinguished Professor of History

At the end of the panel, students will have an opportunity to ask questions and raise concerns. Light refreshments will be provided.