CLASA Detroit Event Calendar

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

Don Voelker

Exhibit of paintings on the first floor of the McNichols Library, Extended through October 9, 2015!
Library hours: Mon – Thurs 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Fri 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Sat 9 am – 5 p.m.; Sun 12:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Don Voelker's Paintings of Latin America. This exhibit and sale of the artwork, due to generosity of the artist, is a benefit for CLASA and for Sr. Peggy O'Neill's Centro Arte para La Paz in Suchitoto, El Salvador.

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Father Joe Mulligan

Wednesday, September 30, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
McNichols Campus Library, Room 324

10 a.m. Mega Events of 2015: Pope Francis' Visits to the Americas--a summary of the pope’s messages from visits to Ecuador, Bolivia, and Paraguay/reflections on the pope’s U.S.

11 a.m. The Beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador--introduction to the life and prophetic teachings of Blessed Oscar Romero/significance of his beatification.

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Jesse Freeston

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
7 p.m., Briggs Building, Room317

Film, “Resistancia: The Fight for the Aguan Valley”  (2014) with Talk by the filmmaker, Jesse Freeston.  In this documentary, "2000 landless families take possession of the palm oil plantations of Miguel Facusse, the country's largest landowner and a key player in the coup. The camera follows three farmers over four years as they build their new communities on occupied land..."  Trailer:

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Jorge Parra and Paige Shell-Spurling

Thursday, October 1, 2015
10-11:50 a.m., Commerce & Finance, Room 228

Jorge Parra, finalist for the Arcus Center at Kalamazoo College’s 2015 Global Prize for Transformative Social Justice Leadership, and solidarity activist Paige Shell-Spurling will share about their struggle for workers' rights in Colombia and about their participation in the Arcus Center prize competition.

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Dr. Dana Frank

Thursday, Oct. 22, 11:20 a.m.
President's Dining Room, second floor of the Student Center

This talk will analyze current dynamics in Honduras, including the human rights crisis, U.S. policy, and social movements seeking to restore the rule of law and bring social justice to Honduras.

Dana Frank has worked very closely with the Sisters of Mercy in Washington, D.C., on Honduras policy in Congress, and with Radio Progreso and Padre Melo (Ismael Moreno, S.J.) in Honduras.

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Dr. Berta Esperanza Alvarez Martens

Tues. Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m: .“Fernando Ortiz and the Afro-Cuban movement”

Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 7 p.m.,“The role of Cuban women during the last 50 years of Revolution”

Wed., Nov. 4, noon, “The Importance of U.S. – Cuban Cultural Exchange Programs”

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