Special Events

Pre-Conference Sessions

The pre-conference sessions offer IFTJ participants an opportunity to extend their Teach-In experience and deepen their knowledge of social justice issues, connect with spirituality, and network with the Ignatian family. IFTJ pre-sessions are free unless noted, but require registration.

INTO THE DEEP

The following sessions take place November 4, 3:00-4:10 PM

Jesuit Martyrs:
Reflecting on their Legacy and What It Means to Us Today I

Presenter: Francisco Mena Ugarte, Executive Director, CRISPAZ, El Salvador

Presenter: Kevin Yonkers-Talz, Casa de la Solidaridad

Nearly twenty-seven years ago six Jesuits and two lay women were murdered at the Jesuit university in San Salvador, El Salvador. These eight martyrs were just a few of the 70,000 innocent civilians killed during El Salvador’s 12-year civil war. What happened that night in 1989? How has it impacted El Salvador, the Catholic Church, Jesuit institutions? What can the martyrs teach us about how to respond to injustice today?

NOTE: This session is specifically geared toward high school students who are seeking to familiarize themselves with the story of the Jesuit martyrs.

About the Presenter

Francisco Mena Uguarte is the Executive Director of CRISPAZ in El Salvador.

Kevin Yonkers-Talz is the founder of Casa de la Solidaridad in El Salvador.

Jesuit Martyrs:
Reflecting on their Legacy and What It Means to Us Today II

Presenter: Bob Lassalle-Klein, Professor of Religious Studies and Philosophy, Holy Names University

Nearly twenty-seven years ago six Jesuits and two lay women were murdered at the Jesuit university in San Salvador, El Salvador. These eight martyrs were just a few of the 70,000 innocent civilians killed during El Salvador’s 12-year civil war. What happened that night in 1989? How has it impacted El Salvador, the Catholic Church, Jesuit institutions? What can the martyrs teach us about how to respond to injustice today?

NOTE: This session is specifically geared toward college-level students and above who are seeking to familiarize themselves with the story of the Jesuit martyrs.

About the Presenter

Bob Lassalle-Klein, is a professor of theology and philosophy at Holy Names College.

Voices from the Margins Film Fest

Facilitator: Jeremy Zipple, S.J., Executive Editor of America Films

ISN and America Magazine partnered this fall to initiate a student social justice film contest entitled “Voices From the Margins.” The contest invited entries from students at colleges and universities across the U.S. During this pre-session you will have the opportunity to view the runner-up films which address a wide range of justice issues and are limited to eight minutes each. Learn more about the film contest at: igsol.net/margins

About the Presenter

Jeremy Zipple, S.J., is Executive Editor of America Films. In this position, he oversees film and video content production for America’s various platforms and is forging production partnerships with other broadcast and media outlets. Jeremy is a veteran documentary producer, whose films have appeared on PBS, National Geographic Television, Discovery, TLC, and other networks. From 2007-2012, he was a staff producer at National Geographic Television in Washington, where he developed, directed, wrote, and produced documentaries on a broad range of topics, from biblical archeology in the Near East to a rat plague in northeast India to ancient Mayan civilization in the Yucatan. As a Jesuit, Jeremy has had assignments at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Houston, in a prison in Worcester, Massachusetts, and teaching film at Loyola University New Orleans. He is an (obnoxiously proud) graduate of Boston College.

Advocacy 101

Presenter: NETWORK: Catholic Social Justice Lobby

Want to feel prepared for Monday, and understand how to organize an in-district lobby visit once you return home? This training will go over the essential elements of an effective lobby visit. You will learn how to set up a meeting, how to build your meeting agenda, and how to do follow-up. This session is best for folks who have never attended a lobby visit before and might want a little practice before Monday, or for folks who want to take a bigger role in meeting with elected officials at home.

Flow Before We Row

Presenter:
Pat Cassidy, Pat Cassidy Yoga

In caring for others, we must also care for ourselves. As we enter into a weekend of learning, sharing, and taking action, let us first pause to take a look within to see how we are being called to live in this world. Yoga and Ignatian Spirituality offer us the opportunity to connect with ourselves, others, and the Divine in a holistic manner which then allows us to be present and active in our days. Join us as we explore movement with our bodies, stillness with our minds, and growth within our beings. All are welcome to join for this all-levels yoga session.

ROWING TOGETHER

The following sessions take place November 4, 4:30-5:40 PM

Young Alumni Happy Hour With Simone Campbell, S.S.S.

Presenters:
Simone Campell, S.S.S.
James Martin, S.J.

Young alumni (ages 21-35), as well as current and former Jesuit Volunteers, are invited to attend a Q&A with Simone Campbell, SSS with special guest emcee James Martin, SJ. The price includes one drink ticket and light appetizers.

This is a 21+ event; no undergraduate students will be permitted. Please note, this event starts at 4:15pm.

COST: $10

Loving in Deed and in Truth: A Social Justice Perspective

Presenters:
Jesuit School of Theology

We will have a panel discussion with current JST students who will engage the attendees on how advocating for Social Justice is fulfilling our duty and mandate to “…Love in Deed and in Truth.” (1 John 3:18) . We will discuss hot-topic social justice issues like immigration, and race and racism, etc.

Buying Power: YOUR School’s Impact on the Lives of Low-wage Workers around the World.

Presenter:
Daniel Cardozo, Ethix Ventures

Learn about ways to clean up your school’s participation in the global economy, with the goal of empowering workers and lifting up their communities through socially-responsible purchasing. Learn about the nuts and bolts of campus procurement–where are the opportunities to make a difference, and where can you locate the resources necessary to get started?

Attendees will learn from administrators and students who have developed best practices for socially-responsible purchasing at Jesuit institutions. They have overcome budget obstacles, drawn connections to Jesuit and Catholic social justice teachings, and developed partnerships with like-minded members of their campus communities

Post-graduate volunteering with JVC!

Presenter:
Jesuit Volunteer Corps

Join us to chat about your future with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps! You’ll have the opportunity to network with our Admissions Manager, Director of Strategic Communications, program staff, and alumni.

High School Networking Sessions

A casual space for high school students and staff to get to know fellow high school delegations at the Teach-In. Facilitators will provide prompts for both small and large group conversations that open up reflection on the IFTJ theme and participants’ passions. Rooms will be capped at 40 participants to promote greater interaction.

Networking Session: Immigration

This session is geared toward participants college-aged and up.

Join experts and fellow delegates who are passionate about immigration issues for large and small group discussion. Connect with fellow IFTJ attendees with similar justice issue interests and learn more about advocacy efforts throughout the Jesuit network.

Networking Session: Racial Justice

This session is geared toward participants college-aged and up.

Join experts and fellow delegates who are passionate about racial justice issues for large and small group discussion. Connect with fellow IFTJ attendees with similar justice issue interests and learn more about advocacy efforts throughout the Jesuit network.

Networking Session: Environment

This session is geared toward participants college-aged and up.

Join experts and fellow delegates who are passionate about environmental and sustainability issues for large and small group discussion. Connect with fellow IFTJ attendees with similar justice issue interests and learn more about advocacy efforts throughout the Jesuit network.

Networking Lunches

November 5, 11:40am-1:10pm

Get to know the Ignatian family through one of the networking/special events hosted by ISN and partnering organizations. Networking lunches coming soon!

Building a Life for Work in Ministry

Boston College School of Theology and Ministry

Join current graduate students and alumni from BCSTM to hear their stories of what building a life for work in ministry looks like. Meet others who have discerned or are discerning or engaged in a life of ministry and the role their graduate education and experiences have played in informing their vocation.

Location: Niramitra Thai (2200 Crystal Dr, Arlington, VA 22202)

Lunch Provided: Yes
RSVP Required: No, but helpful!

Be the Light Youth Theology Institute at Canisius College

Learn about the Be the Light Youth Theology Institute, a one-week residential program taking place at the end of July 2018 in Buffalo, NY for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Be the Light incorporates justice immersions, academic sessions on Catholic and Ignatian teachings, faith-sharing, and exploring the lights and shadows of Buffalo.

Lunch is open to high school teachers, chaperones, and lead mentors as well as eligible students.

Location: Hotel

Lunch Provided: Yes
RSVP Required: Yes

The Depths of Year-long Service: Stories from Jesuit Volunteers

Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest

Each year, Jesuit Volunteers “row into the deep”: in the relationships they build, the injustices they seek to address, the daily choices they make, and the vision they often gain for living life more deeply rooted in their values. Join us for stories about the impact JV service has on the hearts and minds of current and former JVs from the Pacific Northwest.

Location: Potbelly’s (1615 Crystal Dr, Arlington, VA 22202)

Lunch Provided: No
RSVP Required: No, but helpful!

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