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 email@example.com.
[Last updated April 30, 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 Series. Click 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Friday, February 8: Q@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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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 House. The 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com to register.
Tuesday, February 19: Social Justice Movie Series screens the documentary Southwest of Salem. This documentary addresses discrimination within the lesbian community based on gender roles. 6:00 pm, BR 22 (Boler College of Business, ground floor). Snacks provided. For more information or ADA Accommodations, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, February 26: JCU Resists: Past, Present & Future workshop exploring the history of student activism at John Carroll. Panelists from BSA, MESA, Allies, & LASA will share how their organizations continue this activist tradition today. Afterward, engage in an educational game called the American Dream. Each player will occupy an identity card and see how close they get to the American dream – before another identity does. 4-6 pm, Jardine Room. Recipient of the Reverend Dr. Valentino Lassiter Award.
Tuesday, February 26: Social Justice Movie Series presents screening of Teach Us All. “Teach Us All” examines how the present-day United States education system fails to live up to that promise of desegregation as it slides back into a re-segregation of its modern schools. 6:00 pm, BR 22 (Ground Floor of Boler College of Business). Snacks are provided. For more information or ADA Accommodations, contact email@example.com.
Friday, March 1: 2019 Northeast Ohio Conflict Resolution Youth Symposium at Tri-C. 8:45 am – 2:00 pm. Contact Dr. Philip Metres at firstname.lastname@example.org or 216-397-4528 for more information.
Friday, March 1: Q@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 email@example.com.
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)
Tuesday, March 12: The Status of the Death Penalty in Ohio featuring Ohioans to Stop Executions (OTSE). Come hear death penalty experts Kevin Werner, Hannah Kubbins, and former federal prosecutor Bernard Smith for a panel discussion on the Death Penalty in Ohio. This event is co-sponsored by the JCU Amnesty USA chapter, the Departments of Sociology & Criminology, Political Science, Theology and Religious Studies, and the Program in Peace, Justice & Human Rights.7:00-9:00 PM, Donahue Auditorium, Dolan Science Center.
Wednesday, March 13: 2019 Woelfl Seminar in Public Policy – “Building Climate and Energy Resilience: Opportunities and Challenges.” Panel discussion with Dr. Kuhika Gupta and Dr. Joe Ripberger, facilitated by Dr. Colin Swearingen. Drs. Gupta and Ripberger will discuss their ideas on energy policy; the different groups battling for issue supremacy; how local communities can influence our climate change solutions; and what makes addressing climate change politically difficult. 3:00-5:00 pm., Jardine Room, Lombardo Student Center.
Saturday, March 16: Film Screening: Hidden Figures. Cosponsored by SUPB and the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion. 10:00 pm – 12:00 midnight, Donahue Auditorium, Dolan Science Center. For questions or accommodations, please contact Guadalupe Lopez at, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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. .” From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America’s criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy. For more information, contact Dr. Daniel Kilbride at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, March 19: The Social Justice Movie Series presents the film Hot Girls Wanted. This 2015 Sundance Film Festival breakout documentary spotlights the “amateur” porn industry and the women it exploits. 6:00 pm, BR 22 (Ground Floor of Boler College of Business). Snacks are provided. For more information or ADA Accommodations, contact email@example.com.
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
Wednesday, March 20: In honor of Women’s History Month, join us for the screening on the documentary No Job For A Woman. This award-winning documentary tells the colorful story of how three tenacious female war correspondents forged their now legendary reputations during World War II. The movie will begin at 6 pm in BR 22 (Ground floor of Boler College of Business) Snacks are provided. For more information or ADA Accommodations, contact firstname.lastname@example.org Link to trailer: https://youtu.be/H7URa8fJFCo
Wednesday, March 20: Wrongfully Convicted: The San Antonio Four and Life After Exoneration. Please join the JCU chapter of the Ohio Innocence Project and JCU Allies in welcoming Anna Vasquez and Elizabeth Ramirez of the San Antonio Four on March 20th at 5:00pm in the Donahue Auditorium of Dolan Science Center. We will be screening their movie, Southwest of Salem: the Story of the San Antonio Four, enjoying some light refreshments, and then returning for a Q and A session beginning at 7:00pm. Southwest of Salem uncovers the nightmarish persecution of four Latina lesbians wrongfully convicted of gang-raping young girls during the Satanic-Panic witch-hunt era of the 80s and 90s in San Antonio, Texas. Please contact Megan Parker at email@example.com with any questions, comments, or concerns.
Wednesday, March 20: Teatime for Peace. Learn more about the Muslims in our community and gather in conversation with people of all faiths. Pre-registration is available here, but not required. Registration will begin at 6:15 PM the day of the event. Light refreshments provided. Sponsored by the Muslim Student Society. 6:45 – 8:30 pm, LSC Conference Room.
Thursday, March 21: Magha Puja Day (Buddhist)
Thursday, March 21: Film Event: The Destruction of Memory. Filmmaker Tim Slade joins us for a screening and discussion of The Destruction of Memory, a documentary examining the ongoing assault against world cultures and the battle to save them. 7:00 pm, Dolan Science Center Auditorium. This program is possible through the generous support and sponsorship of JCU’s Miller Chair in Classics, the Associate Dean for Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Ursuline College Historic Preservation Program.Free and open to the public. Q&A session immediately following the film, featuring filmmaker Tim Slade, Vast Productions USA, and Michele Stopera Freyhauf, MA, faculty in the department of Theology and Religious Studies. Freyhauf is also a provenance researcher at the Hahn Loeser law firm where she focuses on cultural heritage and art law. For additional information or event questions, contact JCU’s Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, March 22 – Sunday, March 24: Her Legacy: Cheers to 50 Years of Women at JCU. This academic year marks the 50th anniversary of John Carroll University’s first coeducational full-time undergraduate class. A weekend of events is planned on campus. Read more about this momentous occasion HERE.
Monday, March 25: Feast of the Anunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Catholic Christian)
Monday, March 25: Fair Trade documentary: Join the Fair Trade Committee in the LSC Conference Room for a documentary showing about the local food movement in the United States. Learn about how local food empowers producers and better serves consumers! Fair Trade snacks and drinks will be provided. Contact email@example.com with any questions!
Wednesday, March 27: Male Daughters, Female Husbands: Gender, Engaged Diversity, and Leadership. Lecture by Dr. Maria Martin, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, is currently an Assistant Professor of African History at the University of California. She recently returned from Nigeria, teaching in gender studies, where she previously conducted research, using oral histories and archives, that centered building an intellectual history of Nigerian women’s activism in the nationalist movement.7:00-8:00 pm, Jardine Room. Refreshments will be served.
Wednesday, March 27: Interfaith Panel: “What’s in Your Scripture?” 7:30 pm, O’Dea Room. All welcome; no registration required.
Wednesday, March 27: Paint your Name in Arabic. Learn how your name is spelled in Arabic and paint it on an 8×8 inch canvas while eating snacks from the build-your-own shawarma station. D.J. Lombardo Student Center Atrium, 5:00PM – 7:00PM. Sponsored by MESA and MAPS. For further information contact Ayoub Harb at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or 216-397-4528 for more information.
Thursday, March 28: Khordad Sal (Birth of Prophet Zarathushtra) (Zoroastrian) – date has regional variations
Friday, March 29: Explore celebrates Shabbat at CWRU. All are invited to attend services and a Shabbat dinner at Case University’s Hillel. Transportation will be provided. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Jewish faith. If interested, please sign up here: https://johncarrolluniversity.wufoo.com/forms/q13xszbs06lbhey/
Monday, April 1: “Bring the Noise: Islam, Muslims and Hip-Hop.” a lecture by Amir Hussain, Ph.D. Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University and former editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion. 6:30 pm, Donahue Auditorium, Dolan Science Center. Sponsored by the Nursi Chair in Islamic Studies as part of the 12th Annual Week of Islamic Art and Culture.
Monday, April 1: Artistic Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century, a lecture by William Langford, Instructor at the Michigan State University Community Music School and 2017 Motown Mic Spoken Word Artist of the Year.” An exploration into community-engaged educational projects and the work of artistic entrepreneurship, including the development of literary/artistic craft, the role of social media, and the ways that artists assess and command the value of their work, in a variety of contexts. 7:00 pm, O’Dea Room. Refreshments will be served.
Tuesday, April 2: “The Perils and Pleasures of Cultural Appropriation.” A lecture for faculty and staff by 2019 Mitsui Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Susan Napier. 12:00 pm in the Faculty Lounge. Lunch will be provided.
Tuesday, April 2: Laylat al Miraj (Islam) – begins at sundown, continues through following day
Wednesday April 3: Documentary film showing and Q&A with director: The Sultan and the Saint. Award winning executive producer, writer, and director Alex Kronemer of Unity Productions Foundation will present a special showing of his award winning film depicting the meeting of St. Francis of Assisi and Sultan of Egypt in the midst of the Crusades in a search for peace. 6:30 pm, Donahue Auditorium, Dolan Science Center. Sponsored by the Nursi Chair in Islamic Studies as part of the 12th Annual Week of Islamic Art and Culture.
Friday April 5: Film showing – Birlesen Gönüller (Two Hearts as One). A look inside the story of two newlyweds who are parted from each other and spend the next half-century of their lives trying to reunite. 6:30 pm, Donahue Auditorium, Dolan Science Center. Sponsored by the Nursi Chair in Islamic Studies as part of the 12th Annual Week of Islamic Art and Culture.
Tuesday, April 9: Mahavir Jayanti (Jain) date has regional variations
Wednesday, April 10: “Just Get in Line” – an inside look at our legal immigration system. Will you make it into the United States and become a citizen? Come to an interactive simulation to find out and learn more about the complexities of legal immigration! Enjoy a simple meal with your peers as you learn about the process of entering the country legally as well as immigration advocacy. 6:00-7:30 pm, Jardine Room. Sponsored by the Center for Service and Social Action. Reservations required; RSVP by Friday, April 5th.
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 – 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)
Wednesday, May 1 – Beltane (Wicca)
Wednesday, May 1 – Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Remembrance Day (Jewish) – begins at sundown, continues through following day
Wednesday, May 1 – Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony. 5:00 pm, LSC Conference Room. A group will travel from JCU after this ceremony to attend Holocaust Remembrance Day events at B’nai Jeshurun congregation. Please RSVP if you wish to reserve a place in the JCU van. Sponsored by the Department of Theology & Religious Studies, Hillel at JCU, and the Tuohy Chair of Interreligious Studies.
Wednesday, May 1 – Have A Little Pride. Why wait until June to celebrate? Presentations, music, open mic, desserts, and community support. 5-7pm, Murphy Room. All are welcome to attend.
Sunday, May 5 – Tuesday, June 4: Ramadan (Islam) – begins at sundown Sunday, continues through following 30 days
Friday, May 10: Q@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
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