This Saturday, April 11, members of the Saint Mary’s community will be participating in Rebuilding Together. It’s a good opportunity to help neighbors in the South Bend area who need some assistance with painting, gardening, and cleaning. Volunteers will leave campus at 7:30 am and return by 3:30 pm.
The date is coming up fast, but it’s not too late to sign up! Look for the signup table in the Student Center lobby between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm on April 8 and 9.
I mentioned last week that I hope one of the things that becomes clear during the course of this semester is that the old — in some cases, ancient — texts we read together have continuing significance. They continue to be significant because the help us wrestle with issues and questions that seem to be an enduring part of the human experience.
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks gives us a good example of this in his “Covenant and Conversation” column from January 6: “On Not Obeying Immoral Orders.” In his commentary, Rabbi Sacks references both Antigone and Martin Luther King, Jr. It’s well worth the few minutes it takes to read (or the 11:24 it takes to listen, if you prefer the audio). Shemot, the Torah portion he’s commenting on, is Exodus 1:1 – 6:1/
There are two events coming up on campus in the next few weeks that may well be of interest to many of you.
The first is the 2015 Symposium on St. Thomas Aquinas, on Wednesday, January 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the Rice Commons in the Student Center. Father Brian Davies, O.P. will give a presentation titled “Thomas Aquinas on God and Evil,” with discussion to follow. Click the link above for further information.
The second event will take place on Monday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m. in O’Laughlin Auditorium. Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, will give a lecture titled “Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.” More information about the event is available here. The lecture is free, but tickets are required. You can request them from the Moreau Center box office.