EVERY TUESDAY FROM 9:00 A.M. TO 10:30 A.M. PUJA SPACE AT 729 MAXWELL STREET
Borrowing from The Public Square’s Café Society discussions, SJI will facilitate conversations about pressing and controversial Issues each week over hot cups of coffee or tea. We invite members of the UIC community and the larger public to join us to analyze issues in the news as they relate to social justice and social change. The topic of the week will be posted on our website Sunday afternoon along with suggested readings. Hot Topics begins September 10, 2013.
PUJA Winter ’13 Gallery Night, Feb 22, 2013. Photo by Brett Jelinek
Photo by Sarah Jane Rhee
On August 24 and 28 tens of thousands of people marched the streets of Washington D.C. to
remember the Civil Rights Movement and a man who was militantly non-violent. The dual
prongs of King’s unfinished agenda were the fights against war and poverty. It is the former
commitment, to a world without wars, that has been invoked this past week as President
Obama goes to Congress to request approval for a limited military action in response to the
Syrian government’s alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians.
These actions and impending actions raise many fundamental questions about justice. Is there
such a thing as a “just war?” Will U.S. intervention make things better or worse? How do issues
of gender fit into this scenario? How has the framing of the debate been useful or problematic?
What does it mean to be a ‘world citizen’ when heads of the state go to war? Does this crisis resemble Iraq, Rwanda or Kosovo and what are the implications? And finally, (historians’ cringe at this questions) – what might Dr. King say if he were here today?