Public Events

Diversity Training


7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Dr. Derek Rovaris, PhD, vice-provost of Louisiana State University, will present on diversity and working with participants to acquire important skills in working with people from diverse backgrounds.Dereck J. Rovaris, Sr. is the Vice Provost of the Office for Diversity (OoD) at Louisiana State University. In this post he serves as the chief diversity officer of the university and works closely with the other vice provosts, is a member of the Provost’s Executive Staff and serves as a principal advisor to the President and campus community on matters involving equity, diversity and inclusion. Dr. Rovaris serves as an institutional spokesperson on issues of diversity and inclusion on campus and has supervisory responsibilities for the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Women’s Center and the African American Cultural Center. As the chief diversity officer he is responsible for developing and implementing strategic initiatives and policies aimed at cultivating a campus environment that embraces individual difference, sustains inclusion, and enhances institutional access and equity.

Countdown to Zero (2010) presented by the Peace & Justice Center of Vermont


7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Join the Peace & Justice Center of Vermont and St. Michael's Peace & Justice Club for a screening of the documentary Countdown to Zero (2010). The film follows the timeline of nuclear weapons from development to the modern day, where the threat of nuclear war is as relevant a topic as ever. Featuring prominent politicians in the history of nuclear weapons such as President Jimmy Carter, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and former leader of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev, Lucy Walker's critically-acclaimed film effectively paints the picture of a world constantly at risk of self-destruction.The screening will be followed up by a short discussion on the issue of nuclear weapons and non-proliferation as brought up in the film. All are welcome to attend, with free admission.

Livable Wages Presentation


3:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Join Civil Rights Alliance and the Peace and Justice center in learning about livable wages in the United States.

John Engels Memorial Poetry Reading


7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The annual John Engels Memorial Poetry Reading will feature current students, family, and friends reading from John’s work. John Engels was a beloved colleague and internationally known poet whose memory and work we keep alive each year with this event.

Quebec Film Festival: The Other Side of November (L'autre cote de novembre)


7:00 PM - 8:45 PM

Our first will will be 'L'autre cote de novembre'/ 'The Other Side of November' by Maryanne Zehil.Léa / Leyla, are two women who, having worked hard all their lives, are confronted with the choices that shaped their existence and question themselves about what trace they will leave behind. Léa is a single neurosurgeon resident in Quebec. Leyla is a seamstress and mother who lives in a remote village in Lebanon. Memory disorders force them to question themselves. They are both attracted by the past, returning to those choices of life that mark us forever. What if one of these women had not left her country of origin to immigrate to Canada? What if Lea and Leyla were one and the same person? In trying to see more clearly, Léa and Layla go up the thread of events to a childhood friend who disappeared without a trace.

Rabbi Wall Lecture: Dr. Mark Oppenheimer


4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

The annual Saint Michael’s College Rabbi Wall Lecture will take place on Thursday, March 8 at 4:00 or 4:30 in the Roy Room. The speaker is Dr. Mark Oppenheimer. He has a doctorate in Religion from Yale and has taught at Yale, Stanford, Wesleyan (Robert Garis Visting Professor of Non-fiction), Boston College (Corcoran Professor in Christian-Jewish Learning), The Hartford Seminary, NYU and other colleges in the U.S. From 2010 to 2016, he wrote the religion section of the New York Times ('Beliefs') and is now an contributing opinion writer for The Los Angeles Times. Beyond the NYT and the LAT, he has written articles for a wide range of popular journals including, for example, the Atlantic, the Nation, The New Republic, Christian Century, Tablet, Slate, GQ, Time, Wall Street Journal, The Forward, The Believer, Harpers, Yale Review, and the New Yorker. He also hosts a podcast, 'Unorthodox' and has been on a number of TV shows including Morning Joe and the CBS Sunday Morning show. I first heard him speak on NPR about a topic related to Judaism. Mark has agreed to speak about what Judaism might look like 50 years from now.

Racial Justice and the Catholic Church


12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Discussion by faculty members of Brian Massingale's book Racial Justice and the Catholic Church. Faculty members who have signed up for the luncheon will have an opportunity to discuss the import of the text, especially as it applies to Saint Michael's College. Limit for the luncheon is 20 faculty members. Luncheon will be supplied. The event is being organized by the Edmundite Center for Faith and Culture. Contact persons are Trisha Siplon and David J. Theroux, SSE.

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