The following is a partial list of events happening across the John Carroll University campus this semester that contribute in some way to our goal of inclusive excellence in all aspects of university life.

This listing also includes a calendar of some important interfaith and intercultural holidays celebrated by members of our community (indicated here in purple). (Please note: these listings are intended to make us more aware of the diversity of cultural and religious practice in our community. This calendar does not necessarily include all major holy days in every religious tradition, and regional differences can produce variances of some dates.)

Corrections and additions to this listing are appreciated and encouraged. Please send all updates to Megan Wilson-Reitz at mwilsonreitz@jcu.edu.

[Last updated February 13, 2019]

 

January 2019

Tuesday, Jan 1: Gantan-sai (Shinto) 

Saturday, Jan 5: Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh Sahib (Sikh) 

Sunday, Jan 6, Feast of the Epiphany/Dia de los Reyes (Christian)

Monday, Jan 7: Feast of the Nativity (Orthodox Christian) 

Wednesday, January 9: Safe Zone Training for Employees. 2:30-4:30 pm, Murphy Room. Safe Zone training aims to increase the visible presence of LGBTQ+ allies and places that are ‘safe’ for LGBTQ+ students, staff and faculty across campus. Led by CSDI staff and allies. Part of the Human Resources Training SeriesClick here to register.

Sunday, Jan 13: Maghi (Sikh); Feast of the Baptism of Jesus (Christian) 

Thursday, January 17: Blessing of the Animals (Hispanic Catholic Christian) 

Saturday, January 19: Timkat (Ethiopian Orthodox Christian) 

Saturday, January 19: Tu BiShvat (Jewish) begins at sundown, continues through following day

Sunday, January 20: World Religion Day (Baha’i) 

Monday, January 21: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 

Monday-Wednesday, January 21-23: Buddhist New Year – date has regional variations

Wednesday, January 23: “Why Peace is Possible: Understanding the Anatomy of Aggression and Building Skills to Heal”: A Talk by Iraq War Veteran Paul Chappell. Paul K. Chappell is an international peace educator and serves as the Peace Literacy Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. He graduated from West Point, was deployed to Iraq, and left active duty as a Captain. He is the author of the seven-book Road to Peace series about ending war, waging peace, the art of living, and our shared humanity. 7:00 pm, Donahue Auditorium, Dolan Science Center. Sponsored by the Peace, Justice, and Human Rights Program, Department of Political Science, Department of Sociology, Arrupe Scholars Program, Department of Theology and Religious Studies. Please contact Dr. Philip Metres at pmetres@jcu.edu or 216-397-4528 for more information.

Tuesday, January 29: Social Justice Movie Series presents screening of “Red Tails” “Red Tails” is a film about the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II. This is a great opportunity to learn about the hardship that these men faced fighting for our country during this time period. BR 22 (ground floor of the Boler College of Business), 6:00 p.m. Snacks provided.

 

February 2019

Sunday, February 3: Imbolc (Wicca); Setsubun-Sai (Shinto)

Tuesday, February 5: Lunar New Year (Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist) 

Tuesday, February 5: “Redefining National Security and the Need for Diverse Perspectives”: A Talk by Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley. Born and raised in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Ambassador Gina Abercrombie Winstanley served in the Peace Corps before joining the U.S. Foreign Service, where she served all over the world, including in Indonesia, Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Malta. 7:00 pm, Donahue Auditorium, Dolan Science Center. Sponsored by the Peace, Justice, and Human Rights Program, Department of Political Science, Department of Sociology, Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program, Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion, Arrupe Scholars Program, and Department of Theology and Religious Studies. Part of JCU’s Black History Month Celebration. Please contact Dr. Philip Metres at pmetres@jcu.edu or 216-397-4528 for more information.

Tuesday, February 5: Social Justice Movie Series presents screening of “Aoki”. Aoki chronicles the life of Richard Aoki (1938-2009), a third-generation Japanese American who became one of the founding members of the Black Panther Party. 6:00 pm, BR 22 (Ground Floor of Boler College of Business). Snacks are provided.

Wednesday, February 6: Student screening of the film The Confession Tapes,  a documentary about wrongful convictions. 8:00 pm, AD 230. Sponsored by the JCU Chapter of the Ohio Innocence Project.

Friday, February 8: Nirvana Day (Buddhist, Jain) 

Friday, February 8: Lunar New Year Food Tour. Learn about the traditions of Lunar New Year from JCU students then experience this holiday with traditional dishes from China, South Korea, and Vietnam in Cleveland’s AsiaTown. 5:00-9:30 pm. Presented by the Center for Global Education in collaboration with Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures and Asian Pop Culture Club. Please contact Megan McBride at mmcbride@jcu.edu to sign up.

Friday, February 8Q@JCU Employee Resource Group (ERG) brown bag lunch. Dean of Students Conference Room (D.J. Lombardo Student Center, 2nd floor), 12:00-1:00 pm.

Saturday, February 9: Annual IRTF Social Justice Teach-In at Case Western Reserve University. Free for students. Transportation from JCU provided. Coordinated by CSDI, Campus Ministry, and the Center for Service and Social Action. Click here to register. 

Sunday, February 10: Power and Privilege Conference @JCU. This student-organized conference will focus on racism and how its institutionalized structure influences the community. Featured keynote by Ohio House Representative Janine Boyd, plus interactive breakout sessions featuring community members from John Carroll and the Cleveland area. Pre-Registration for the conference is required using the link. Dolan Science Center, 9:45 am – 2:00 pm, lunch and refreshments provided. Organized by the Arrupe Scholars. Contact Jillian Schaefer at jschaefer20@jcu.edu with any questions.

Tuesday, February 12: America Alone: The Consequences of an America First Foreign Policy: a lecture by James Lindsay, Senior VP and Director of Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Lindsay argues that the pillars of postwar foreign policy that America has traditionally upheld, including strong alliances, open markets, and commitment to democracy, are all threatened by the current U.S. leadership. 2:00 pm, AD 226. Sponsored by the Center for Global Education, Department of Political Science, and the Program in International Business with Language and Culture.

Tuesday, February 12: Social Justice Movie Series screens the documentary I Am A Man: Black Masculinity in America. This award-winning documentary links everyday black men from various socioeconomic backgrounds with some of Black America’s most progressive academics, social critics and authors to provide an engaging, candid dialogue on black masculine identity in American culture. 6:00 pm, BR 22 (Boler College of Business, ground floor). Snacks provided. For more information or ADA Accommodations, email ebrown19@jcu.edu

Wednesday, February 13: Open Mic Night: Soul Session. Sponsored by Black Students in Action and the Program in Peace, Justice and Human Rights. 7:30 pm, The Underground. Food and beverages provided. Contact Kyle McBeth at kmcbeth22@jcu.edu to sign up.

Thursday, February 14: Valentine’s Day Movie Night: The Dark Side of Chocolate. Become more socially aware of the chocolate industry this Valentine’s Day. This documentary concerns the exploitation of Africans, specifically children, for the harvesting of cocoa. 7:30 p.m., Donahue Auditorium. Sponsored by the Environmental Issues Group. 

Friday, February 15: International Tea HouseThe International Tea House is a monthly program that brings JCU students, faculty, and staff together over tea and international snacks. This week, we will have snacks from Germany and the Netherlands and tea from around the world. 2-4 pm, Center for Global Education Conference Room (Admin Building B Wing, room 104). Sponsored by the Center for Global Education & University Counseling Center. Contact Ayse with any questions: amusaogullari21@jcu.edu.

Friday, February 15: Propel Ohio Regional Gathering at Walsh University. Join JCU group to experience an afternoon of education and discussion around challenges facing Ohio such as childhood poverty, food insecurity, inequities in education, and homelessness. 11:30 am – 6:00 pm. Free for students; transportation from JCU provided.  Contact hcraigie@jcu.edu to register.

 

March 2019

Friday, March 1: 2019 Northeast Ohio Conflict Resolution Youth Symposium at Tri-C. 8:45 am – 2:00 pm. Contact Dr. Philip Metres at pmetres@jcu.edu or 216-397-4528 for more information.

Friday, March 1Q@JCU Employee Resource Group (ERG) brown bag lunch. Dean of Students Conference Room (D.J. Lombardo Student Center, 2nd floor), 12:00-1:00 pm.

Saturday, March 2 – Wednesday, March 20: Nineteen Day Fast (Baha’i) – begins at sundown, continues through following days

Tuesday, March 12: Campus screening of the film 13th. 7:00 pm, LSC Conference Room. For more information, contact Dr. Daniel Kilbride at dkilbride@jcu.edu.

Monday, March 4: Maha Shivaratri (Hindu) 

Wednesday, March 6: Ash Wednesday (Christian) 

Friday, March 8: Ramakrishna Jayanti (Hindu) 

Monday, March 11: Clean Monday/Great Lent Begins (Orthodox Christian) 

Sunday, March 17: St. Patrick’s Day (Christian) 

Monday, March 18: A Talk and Poetry Reading by Tunisian American poet Leila Chatti. A Tunisian-American dual citizen, Leila Chatti has lived in the United States, Tunisia, and Southern France. She is the author of the chapbooks Ebb and Tunsiya/Amrikiya. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio, where she is the inaugural Anisfield-Wolf Fellow in Writing and Publishing at Cleveland State University. 7:00 pm, Rodman A. Co-sponsored by Peace, Justice, and Human Rights Program, Department of English, Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program, Arrupe Scholars Program, Department of Theology and Religious Studies.  Please contact Dr. Philip Metres at pmetres@jcu.edu or 216-397-4528 for more information.

Tuesday, March 19: Campus screening of the film The House I Live In. 7:00 pm, LSC Conference Room. For more information, contact Dr. Daniel Kilbride at dkilbride@jcu.edu.

Wednesday, March 20: JCU Hosts “Teatime for Peace.” Teatime for Peace is a Cleveland-area series of interfaith dialogue programs designed to give people opportunities for real dialogue and human connection. “Where there is tea, there is peace.” LSC Conference Room, 6:30-8:45 pm. Sponsored by Campus Ministry. More information coming soon.

Wednesday, March 20: Spring Equinox / Ostara (Wicca)

Wednesday, March 20: Norouz/Nawruz (Baha’i/Persian) –  begins at sundown, continues through following day

Wednesday, March 20: Purim (Jewish) – begins at sundown, continues through following day

Thursday, March 21: Magha Puja Day (Buddhist) 

Monday, March 25: Feast of the Anunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Catholic Christian)

Thursday, March 28: Truth Held Hostage—Why the Armenian Genocide Matters Today: A Talk by Ambassador John Evans. Ambassador John M. Evans is the author of Truth Held Hostage: America and the Armenian Genocide—What Then? What Now? (2016). After a long career in the U.S. State Department Foreign Service, he served the U.S. Ambassador to Armenia from 2004 to 2006, and defied U.S. State Department policy of not using the term genocide to describe what happened to Armenians during World War I. 7:00 pm, Donahue Auditorium, Dolan Science Center. Co-sponsored by Peace, Justice, and Human Rights Program, Department of Political Science, Department of History, Department of Sociology, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Arrupe Scholars Program, and the Armenian Cultural Association of Cleveland.  Please contact Dr. Philip Metres at pmetres@jcu.edu or 216-397-4528 for more information.

Thursday, March 28: Khordad Sal (Birth of Prophet Zarathushtra) (Zoroastrian) – date has regional variations

April 2019

Tuesday, April 2: Laylat al Miraj (Islam) – begins at sundown, continues through following day

Tuesday, April 9: Mahavir Jayanti (Jain)  date has regional variations

Sunday, April 14: Ramanavami (Hindu) 

Sunday, April 14: Vaisakhi/Baisakhi (Birthday of the Khalsa) (Sikh) 

Sunday, April 14: Palm Sunday (Christian) 

Thursday, April 18: Holy Thursday (Christian)

Friday, April 19: Good Friday (Christian)  

Friday, April 19 – Saturday, April 27: Pesach (Passover) (Jewish) –  begins at sundown Friday, continues through following days

Sunday, April 21: Easter (Christian) 

Sunday, April 21 – Thursday, May 2: Ridvan (Baha’i)

Sunday, April 28: Easter (Orthodox Christian) 

May 2019

Wednesday, May 1 – Beltane (Wicca)

Wednesday, May 1 – Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Remembrance Day (Jewish) – begins at sundown, continues through following day

Sunday, May 5 – Tuesday, June 4: Ramadan (Islam) – begins at sundown Sunday, continues through following 30 days 

Friday, May 10Q@JCU Employee Resource Group (ERG) brown bag lunch. Dean of Students Conference Room (D.J. Lombardo Student Center, 2nd floor), 12:00-1:00 pm.

Saturday, May 18: Visakha Puja (Buddha Day) (Buddhist)date has regional variations

Wednesday, May 22: Declaration of the Bab (Baha’i) – begins at sundown, continues through following day

Tuesday, May 28: Ascension of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i) – begins at sundown, continues through following day

June 2019

Wednesday, June 5 – Friday, June 7: Eid al-Fitr (Islam) 

Sunday, June 9 – Monday, June 10: Shavuot (Jewish) 

Sunday, June 9 – Pentecost (Christian) 

Sunday, June 16: Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib