Peace Day 2017 Schedule

2017 Season of Peace, Justice and Care of Creation at UIW

Nurturing justice, compassion, sustainability, and creativity that peace may flower. The Catholic Church has been inviting people “to invest far greater human and financial resources in promoting a spirituality and practice of active nonviolence and in forming and training our Catholic communities in effective nonviolent practices.”

“Nonviolence—A Style of Politics for Peace,” Pope Francis for the World Day of Peace 2017:

imageFeast of St. Francis of Assisi Blessing of the Animals and Prayer for Creation, 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 4, at the entrance of the Headwaters Sanctuary.  Join the annual Feast of St. Francis of Assisi Blessing of the Animals and Prayer for Creation at Bring your pet, or a photo, or your stuffed animal to be blessed! Pet blessing certificates will be provided. This event is co-sponsored by UIW Liturgical Outreach, the Headwaters at Incarnate Word  at Incarnate Word and the San Antonio Archdiocesan Task Force on Laudato Si.  Contact:


Texas Climate Change Tour: San Antonio Event
Tuesday, Oct. 10, 6 to 8 pm, Mabee Library Special Collections Room. Texas is already experiencing more climate disasters than any other state: drought, wildfires, inland flooding, Hurricane Harvey. Come and consider how moving towards a carbon-emissions free energy system can help boost our economy and create jobs.  Panel with Councilwoman Ana Sandoval, San Antonio City Council lead on climate action planning; Associate Professor Hazem Rashed-Ali, UTSA School of Architecture, UTSA lead on climate action planning; Professor Kerry Cook, UT Austin Jackson School of Geosciences, climate scientist; Sister Martha Ann Kirk, Professor at the University of the Incarnate Word. The City of San Antonio, in partnership with UTSA, is poised to begin developing its first climate action plan to set goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building a more equitable and prosperous community.   

imageThe Sexual Politics of Meat
Women's and Gender Studies presents nationally renowned eco-feminist Carol Adams at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 11, in the SEC Ballroom. The presentation provides an eco-feminist analysis of the interconnected oppressions of sexism, racism and speciesism by exploring the way popular culture draws on dominant Western philosophical viewpoints regarding race, gender, and species that further objectification. Artwork featuring local artist Suzy Gonzalez. Vegan reception and book signing. For info, contact Dr. LuElla D’Amico at (210) 829-3892 or

Women in the Changing World of Work Gala
Women's Global Connection (WGC) invites you to support their 2017 Women in the Changing World of Work Gala as they celebrate WGC’s 16 years of empowering women and girls locally and globally. The gala is from 6 – 9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12, in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. For questions, please contact the WGC office at (210) 828-2224, or

Brown Bag Research Presentation Series – Pension Systems and Saving for Old Age in African Countries. Oct. 16, 12 noon, Mabee Library Special Collections Room. The H-E-B School of Business and Administration is hosting a series of Brown Bag Research Presentations this fall to promote business research and draw attention to the ongoing academic exploration occurring within the school. Dr. Alicia Rubio will present “Pension Systems and Saving for Old Age in African Countries.” For info, contact Dr. Esmeralda de los Santos at (210) 829-3179 or

Catholic Relief Services Global Migration Seminar, Oct. 23, Our Lady’s Chapel, Nahren Anweya speaking on the “Syrian Refugee Crisis,” a Fair Trade Shop, Door Prizes and more. 6 pm Rosary, 6:30 pm Presentation and questions, 7:45 – 8:15 Food   Contact: Campus Ministry 210-832-5316   (Those interested in migration issues are also invited to the Oct. 25, 3 pm program on the Rohingya Crisis listed below.)

Journey of Hope...From Violence to Healing.  Tuesday, Oct. 24, 3 pm,  Maybee Library Auditorium.  “The Journey of Hope”  is an organization led by murder victim family members that conducts public education speaking tours and addresses alternatives to the death penalty. Journey "storytellers" come from all walks of life and represent the full spectrum and diversity of faith, color and economic situation. They are real people who know first-hand the aftermath of the insanity and horror of murder. They recount their tragedies and their struggles to heal as a way of opening dialogue on the death penalty.  Contact: Roger Barnes

See all the times of the Journey of Hope presentations in San Antonio

UIW Peace Day, Oct. 25, 2017

Exhibits in the Student Engagement Center (SEC) Concourse throughout the day.

The presentations until 4 pm are In Student Engagement Center, Second floor 2030, 2031 and 2032 and resume there at 6 pm.

9:00 – 10:15 am, SEC 2030-2,  MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA was started in 2012 and has spread to 50 states uniting people who seek sensible gun laws.  The majority of the US population now want those and this is the time to ask legislators to listen to the people. Come and learn more about the “public health crisis: seven American children or teens are shot and killed every day” and consider how to build political will. Learn more  Contact:

10:30 -11:45 am, SEC 2030-2,  Creative Writing: Empathy as a Means to Peace   Dr. David Armstrong, UIW Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing, will give a short reading, then open the rest of the time to questions and conversation regarding creative writing as a way of championing peace in the world. If you’re a creative writer (or would like to be), this is also an opportunity to ask questions about getting your work out to a larger audience and to discuss craft concerns regarding empathy and the imagination.  Contact:

12 noon  - 1:15 pm, SEC 2030-2,  Nazi Racial Policy, 1933-1945: From Persecution to Extermination  by Dr. Roger Barnes, UIW Professor of Sociology, will examine Nazi policies on Jews and other "undesirables" before and during WW II.  He will explore how stereotyping, stigmatization, and hate fueled the Holocaust.  Finally the audience will be invited to explore how some of these forces are manifest in today's society. Contact: A UIW Interfaith Literacy and Service event.

Free soup lunch provided by the Student Dietetic Association.       

1:30 – 2:45 pm, SEC 2030-2,  Gilgamesh as Call to Action: Feminism, Marxism, and Moral Agency in the World shared by Dr. Benjamin C. Miele, UIW Assistant Professor of English. The Epic of Gilgamesh, an Akkadian poem that originated in the area now called Iraq about 4500 years ago is considered the earliest great work of literature.  Dr. Miele will present on the relevance of Gilgamesh to our own time and how feminist and Marxian readings of that ancient epic can inform ethical decision-making in the present.  Contact:

While ancient literature from Iraq is considered, a contemporary exhibit from Iraq will be on display throughout the day, “Iraqi Women of Three Generations: Challenges, Education, and Hopes for Peace” Created by Sister Martha Ann Kirk.

3:00 – 4:15 pm, SEC 2030-2,  Would you have tried to stop the Jewish Holocaust? What are you doing in the face of Rohingya Crisis now? An outbreak of violence against a Muslim group called Rohingyas in Burma (Myanmar) started in 2012. Many have been killed or displaced and this has led to more than 500,000 terrified Rohingya refugees fleeing and going to Bangladesh. Dr. Lopita Nath, Assistant Professor of History, will lead a panel considering this crisis and the call to respond. A UIW Interfaith Literacy and Service event.


(Those interested in migration issues might also want to attend the Oct. 23, 6:30 pm presentation on the Syrian Refugee Crisis listed above.)

4:30 pm, Mabee Library Auditorium, Immigrants and Social Justice: A Theological Response by Dr. Neomi DeAnda, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Dayton,  Mabee Library Auditorium.  Dr. DeAnda is an El Paso native and alumna of St. Mary’s University and Oblate School of Theology. She combines scholarship, ministry, and activism. She is offering a similar lecture in Spanish at Oblate School of Theology on Oct. 24, 2017

6:00 – 7:00 pm, SEC 2030-2,  Girls Leadership San Antonio (GLSA) shared by Claudia Garcia, Ph.D., Women’s Global Connection Associate Director of Community Engagement.

Girls Leadership San Antonio (GLSA) provides opportunities for expanded collaborative learning to bridge the local and the global perspectives of women’s issues. GLSA builds girl leaders for today; girls who are ready to take action in their communities, to inspire their peers, and to journey towards assertive, authentic, and confident self-expression.  WGC is expanding the initiative to include partners in Tanzania; further enriching the experiences of local participants while establishing new avenues of conversation and information sharing. GLSA is an initiative of Women’s Global Connection and annually organizes the Girls Global Summit  Contact: Dr. M. Alison Buck 210-828-2224 

6:30 pm, Raindrop Turkish House,  Journey of Hope: From Violence to Healing Presentation led by murder victim family members that conducts public education speaking tours and addresses alternatives to the death penalty. Learn from our Turkish hosts about the respect for life in Islam. Raindrop Turkish House  4337 Vance Jackson. Ste. 203.  San Antonio 78230.  Behind the car wash.  RSVP for supper    phone 210-337-1114  Contact: Mehmet Oguz (713) 277-5044

Come meet these Peace Day Exhibitors and others in the Student Engagement Center concourse: 

Ettling Center for Civic Leadership  Creating a better society through service. Learn of on-going service opportunities, Cardinal Sync (OrgSync), and opportunities in the Cardinal Community Leader program. Contact: 210-283-6423

“Fair Trade Sale in partnership with Catholic Relief Services”   Pope Francis has said, “There is no worse material poverty … than the poverty which prevents people from earning their bread and deprives them of the dignity of work.”

MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA Get involved in ways that could help save your life and the lives of your family. Become a part of MOMSDEMANDACTION.ORG . Take the pledge to support candidates with common sense!  Contact:

San Antonio peaceCENTER. PEOPLE WITH A PASSION FOR PEACE. Since 1995, the all-volunteer and interfaith peaceCENTER continues to be a significant community catalyst for peace Compassion and Justice are our strong guiding lights. Contemplative Practices, Experiential Education, and Nonviolent Actions are our working expressions throughout the community at large.

Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word bringing the saving and healing love of God through the promotion of human dignity. Learn of ministries in four countries. Join us in some way  Be an Incarnate Word Missionary  Assist with Women’s Global Connection

 “Veterans Against War” an exhibit and opportunity to learn from people with experience.  Contact:  Jovanni Reyes

“Recycling, resources, carbon footprint, and conservation.”  Oct. 26, 2017, Thursday, 10:30 -11:45 am, repeated 1:30 -2:45 pm, Student Engagement Center 2030.

Hear from a representative from the Solid Waste Management Division of the City of San Antonio about our challenges and join in conversation with Professor Suzan Roy and her Theology and Ethics classes who are doing service learning around this critical issue.  Contact: Suzan Roy

imageCelebrate the South Asian holiday of Diwali: Festival of Lights at UIW!
Nov. 1,  5 pm Photobooth and Henna, 6 pm Dinner, Puja and Performances, Rosenberg Skyroom, International Conference Center, Hildebrand at 281.  Featuring South Asian cuisine, dance and musical performances and festivities!  Co-hosted by International Affairs, Campus Engagement. Special thanks to Dr. Sushma Ramsinghani and Dr. Lopita Nath. UIW students free, but must bring UIW ID. General Admission: $5 (cash only) For Pre-sale tickets at the Student Engagement Center Welcome Desk or at the door.  RSVP required

UIW Interfaith Literacy and Service event.

We are grateful to all of the presenter and to the organizers and promoters, especially Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and the Cardinal Community Leaders.

All events are free and open to the public except where indicated.

The University of the Incarnate Word provides reasonable accommodations with adequate notice. To request disability accommodation for an event, visit and click on the ADA/Section 504 link.