Prep’s annual Arrupe Lecture Series has returned to a live format this March, following a two-year absence. This year’s topic—social issues in education, such as access, funding, equity, opportunity, and more—was originally scheduled for 2020, before the Arrupe Series became one of the first events to fall off the calendar as the pandemic forced Prep’s campus to close. Students attended breakout presentations the past two Wednesday mornings (freshmen and seniors last week, sophomores and juniors this week), gaining multiple perspectives on the issues at hand in advance of the March 30 keynote presentation.
Later this month, the entire community will gather for a keynote address from Fr. Steve Katsouros, S.J., founder of Arrupe College at Loyola University Chicago (the first Jesuit community college) and founder/CEO of the Come to Believe Network, which seeks to replicate Arrupe College’s success at institutions of higher learning across the nation. Fr. Katsouros, a former member of the Prep faculty, is also the author of the 2017 book Come to Believe: How the Jesuits are Reinventing Education (Again), a memoir of Arrupe College’s first year.