Prep’s Arrupe Lecture Series will return this March, resuming a spring tradition that was interrupted in 2020 by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fittingly, this year’s topic will be Public Health.

Rather than the usual format of a weeklong series of events, Arrupe 2021 will be spread throughout the month of March, with one presentation taking place during each week’s Wednesday virtual assembly time slot. Students will attend two of the following sessions, based on their preferences (a selection form was circulated via email by Campus Ministry earlier this week).

  • Wednesday, March 2: “The Social Justice Dimension of COVID: Systemic Failures and Opportunities,” Fr. Michael Rozier, S.J., Professor of Health Management and Health Policy, St. Louis University
  • Wednesday, March 10: “Jesuit Refugee Service: Walking with Refugees During a Global Pandemic,” Joshua Utter, Outreach Coordinator, Jesuit Refugee Service
  • Wednesday, March 17: “Jesuits on Death Row: The Pandemic and Prisons,” Fr. George Williams, S.J., Chaplain at San Quentin Prison
  • Wednesday, March 24: “Putting COVID-19 in Context,” Dr. Amesh Adalja, Senior Scholar at Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security

The Arrupe Series is named for Pedro Arrupe, S.J., the late superior general of the Jesuits. Fr. Arrupe charged the order with its modern mission of forming “men and women for and with others.” Originally conceived as a single evening lecture offered each spring, the program evolved in 2009 to a weeklong, student-focused summit that typically includes a community Mass, a keynote address, a day of breakout presenters, curricular activities, field trips, and other opportunities to engage more deeply with the theme topic.

While travel and space constraints due to COVID-19 have necessitated another shift in format for 2021, the mission of the Arrupe Series has remained intact since its debut in 1998. “Our Catholic, Jesuit faith challenges us to reflect on matters of injustice in our world and the response required from us as Catholics,” said John Dougherty, Prep’s Director of Campus Ministry. “The goal of the Arrupe Series is to bring a specific issue of injustice to the forefront and encourage our community to engage it and to act.”

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