Calendar of Events Spring 2011

February

8 7:00PM
Post Genocide Reconciliation in Rwanda
By Bishop John Rucyahana, President of the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission of Rwanda; head of Prison Fellowship Rwanda; National Chairman of Hope Rwanda; and founder of the Mustard Seed Project, a non-profit organization that established Sonrise Boarding Primary and Secondary Schools in Musanze, Rwanda, as well as a number of orphanages in Rwanda and Uganda.
The DeNaples Moskovitz Theater
16 7:00PM - 8:30PM
The Voice of Witness
By Carolyn Forché
Poet Carolyn Forché will discuss ways in which warfare, imprisonment, and other forms of suffering are given voice by writers around the world. For more information go to http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/a_f/forche/forche.htm
Brennan 228
21 7:30PM
In Love with Islam, Believing in Jesus
By Paolo Dall'Oglio, S.J., founder and director of a Catholic monastery in Syria with the primary vocation of pursuing Muslim-Christian peace and mutual understanding.
Brennan 228

March

31 7:00PM
Keynote Speech from Rajmohan Gandhi to commence the Justice Teach-In on Peace and Reconciliation.



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V.I.T.A. STUDENTS RECOGNIZED

According to an estimate by the Internal Revenue Service, Kania School of Management students contribute the equivalent of $500,000 worth of labor each year through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). During the 7-week program coordinated by Joe Hammond of the Accounting Department, students help local low-income and elderly people complete their tax returns. In 2007 the University’s VITA program received a commendation from the IRS for “your commitment, exceptional achievement in promoting e-filing, and outstanding contributions to the communities you serve.”

Over the last several years the number of people served by VITA students has increased steadily. More difficult to measure is the value to the students who participate. Not only does the program provide the opportunity to apply what they are learning in the classroom, but it can deepen their understanding of those who struggle economically. One student’s question, “How can they live on that income?” invites further reflection on how our society is structured.

 

 

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