All events sponsored by the James Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive (CLASA), co-sponsored by the Hispanic American Student Association (HASA) and Gesu Peace and Justice Committee. CLASA appreciates support from UDM and the Jesuit Community at UDM. Programs are free and open to the public, and are held at UDM’s McNichols Campus (at Livernois). For more info call CLASA Director Gail Presbey, 313-993-1124 or

Every year CLASA sponsors an amazing amount of speakers to the McNicholos Campus to shed light on social justice issues. Please click on our past events page to learn more. 

2016-17 Events

Jim Wallis - author of America's Original Sin

Sunday, Sept. 11, 4 p.m.
Gesu Church (one block North of the McNichols campus)

Parking available on the University of Detroit Mercy Campus - McNichols Gate will be open.

Hear Jim Wallis, author of the new book,  “America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America.” Sheila Clay and Marcia Black will respond.

Co-sponsored by CLASA. Free and open to the public.

Learn more. Download a PDF of the flyer here.

David Lochbaum, Director of the Nuclear Safety Project at Union of Concerned Scientists, plus Paul Gunter, Director of Reactor Oversight, Beyond Nuclear, Takoma Park, MD and Ethyl Rivera, Campaign Coordinator, Alliance To Halt Fermi-3

Topic: Fermi-1 at 50: We Almost Lost Detroit / Accidents Can Happen

Wednesday, October 5,  7 p.m.

Life Sciences Building, Room 113, McNichols Campus

Speakers will discuss the 50-year history of the Fermi 1 nuclear reactor, and discuss safety issues and the need for emergency planning and radiological protection, especially in light of possible plans to build a Fermi 3 reactor.

Learn more. Download a PDF of the flyer here.

Joe Mulligan, S.J. will share his reflections on the life of Fernando Cardenal, S.J., in the context of presenting: CHRISTIANS IN THE NICARAGUAN REVOLUTION

Friday, October 7, 10 a.m.

Lansing Reilly Parlor, Mc Nichols Campus

The Nicaraguan revolution was different from previous ones in the sense that many Christians participated in various ways. Fr. Mulligan will present, among other aspects, the significance of the Nicaraguan Peasant Mass (Misa Campesina) and the testimony of Fr. Fernando Cardenal, SJ (1934-2016), who played an active role in the revolution and served as Minister of Education in the Sandinista Revolutionary Government

Gabriela Torres Rodriguez, International Service for Peace (SIPAZ)

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 5:30 - 6:30 pm.

Commerce & Finance Building, Room 139, McNichols Campus |

TOPIC: 'Fighting With the Heart of a Woman': the voices of women of  Chiapas Mexico

Our speaker will share hightlights from a book that draws upon over 70 interviews of women of Chiapas on many topics including cooperative work, spaces for women’s expression, Zapatista women, marches and pilgrimages, muralists, and those who carry out gender-work in or from academia.

At 6:40 p.m. in C&F 209, Torres will present the new film by SIPAZ "That the Heart is Not Divided." Discussion follows

Learn more. Download a PDF of the flyer here.

Julie Leininger Pycior, Professor of History, Manhattan College

Two events on Friday, Oct. 21

President's Dining Room, McNichols Campus

TOPIC #1: 10 am: Democratic Renewal and the Mutual Aid Legacy of U.S. Mexicans

TOPIC #2: 11 am: Bearing Witness: Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, and the Question of Belief in Times of Crisis

Come hear history professor Julie Leininger Pycior share insights from her current book on mutual aid societies of U.S. Mexicans, and her book in progress on the well-known Catholic writers Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton.

Learn more. Download a PDF of the flyer here.

Tom Florek, S.J. and Jorge Atilano, S.J.

The Tale of Two Cities: Tancitaro Michoacan & Detroit Michigan: From Violence to Reconstruction of the Social Fabric

Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. (English)  and Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. (Spanish)
Flyers: Event flyer in English - click here | Event flyer in Spanish - click here
Location: Loranger Architecture Building, Exhibition Space (1st floor), McNichols Campus

After more than ten years of violence involving extortions, kidnapping and killings, two mountainous communities in central Mexico with the accompaniment of a Jesuit/lay collaborator team of professionals are with a careful analysis of the reality, slowly working with communities to help reconstruct their social fabric.

CLASA is a co-sponsor of this Detroit Mercy Catholic Studies presentation.

Margaret Potts, Founder, People over Pipelines

Thursday/Friday, November 3 & 4, 2016

TOPIC #1: Thurs. Nov. 3, 5:30 p.m., Briggs 13: Leadership: Reflections from Pine Ridge

TOPIC #2: Thurs. Nov. 3, 6:45 p.m., Briggs 13, Pipeline Problems and Environmental Racism

TOPIC #3: Friday, Nov. 4 at 11 a.m, Commerce and Finance (C&F) 209, The Pipeline at Standing Rock Reservation: Its Impact on the Environment. 

Margaret Potts has worked with underserved populations in both Chicago and at the Pine Ridge Indian reservation. She started a grassroots organization called People Over Pipelines which has drawn attention to the environmental problems associated with the proposed Dakota Access pipeline.

Learn more. Download a PDF of the flyer here.

Kim Redigan and Sr. Mary Ellen Howard, RSM (Sisters of Mercy)

UCA Jesuit Martyr’s Memorial Event: The Detroit Water Crisis

Thursday, November 17, Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Ballroom, 2nd Floor, Student Center, McNichols Campus

The speakers will discuss the UCA Martyrs and what their witness has meant to them in the context of their work struggling for water rights here in Detroit.

CLASA os a co-sponsor of tis University Ministry event.

Murilo Seabra, University of Brasilia & Philosophy Ph.D. Candidate at LaTrobe University, Melbourne, Australia

Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 5:15 to 6:30 p.m.

Briggs Building, Room 013, McNichols Campus

TOPIC: Personal reflections on living in the Amazon among indigenous peoples and rubber tappers  

Seabra spent a year living in the Amazon with indigenous people and rubber tappers. With his interest in philosophy beyond the boundaries of academia, he will share informal reflections about the valuable philosophical insights he received during this time. 

Learn more. Download a PDF of the flyer here.