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

The Artwork of "Donaldo"

Thursdays and Saturdays,  January 23-March 12, 2016 | Noon to 4 p.m.
**off campus**
Swords into Plowshares Gallery
33 East Adams Street, Detroit Michigan 48226
Phone: 313-963-7575

The exhibit and sale of artwork of "Donaldo," is due to generosity of the artist, is a benefit for Sr. Peggy O'Neill's Centro Arte para La Paz in Suchitoto, El Salvador. ... More

Volunteering in Guatemala

Monday, February 29, 2016
5-6 p.m. | Briggs Building, Room 001 (lower level)

Come hear talks by two young women about to engage in acts of solidarity with vulnerable people in Guatemala, protecting migrants and the human rights of those whose lives are threatened....

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Puerto Rico Debt Crisis: Causes and Cures

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
4 p.m. | Commerce & Finance, Room 138

Prof. Jorge Chinea will describe the background to the current debt crisis in Puerto Rico. Eric LeCompte will describe the work of Jubilee USA to encourage reform of the banking system to protect the poor from suffering due to "vulture" hedge funds, and the lobbying efforts in Congress to extend bankruptcy protection to Puerto Rico. ...

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Reflections on Pope Francis Year of Mercy

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
5:30 p.m. | Commerce & Finance, Room 138

LeCompte will discuss Pope Francis’s Jubilee Year of Mercy, focusing on the Pope’s insistence on the need to change global policies that cause poverty....

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Walking with Subjects of History: Accompanying Indigenous Peoples Struggle for Autonomy and Human Rights in Chiapas, Mexico

Monday, April 4, 2016
5:30 p.m. | Briggs Building, Room 317  AND 8 p.m. | UDM Law School, Room 352

Irma Ilsy Vásquez Cardenas is a lead attorney and a human rights defender who will describe her work for the Fray Bartolomé Human Rights Center (FrayBa) in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico....

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Indians, Campesinos and Rural Development in Central America

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Chemistry Building, Room 114
5:15-6:30 p.m.
Free, no RSVP needed

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UCA Jesuit Martyrs Fundraiser Dinner: The UCA Jesuit Martyrs and Dean Brackley, S.J.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Student Center Ballroom (second floor)
6:45-9 p.m.

Join us for this fundraiser dinner for Dean Brackley S.J.’s UCA Jesuit Martyrs Scholarship Fund to enable Salvadoran students to attend Universidad Centroamericana (UCA), the Jesuit University in El Salvador.

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Jane Addams on Peace, Humanitarian Work and Social Philosophy

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
6:45 p.m. | Briggs Building, Room 317

Dr. Fischer will talk on Addams's pacifism and her work at Hull House, highlighting how Addams' message is most timely today....

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Democracy in Brazil and Brazilian Quilombos

Monday, April 25, 2016
4-6 p.m. Briggs Building, Room 317

Dr. Needleman will discuss Canoas, a city in southern Brazil that has used democratic participation to tackle problems of racism and poverty; and she'll look at the contemporary work of Afro-Brazilian quilombos throughout Brazil....

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