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Media: Julie Long, (585) 389-2456 or Lecture info: Dr. Christine Bochen, (585) 389-2728
Religious leader, attorney, poet, and nationally-known speaker and educator on public policy issues, Simone Campbell, S.S.S., is the first speaker in the 2013-14 Shannon Lecture Series with her lecture Acting on Faith: The Quest for Economic Justice, on Thursday, September 19, at 7 p.m. in the Nazareth College Arts Center’s Callahan Theater. Campbell is executive director of NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobby, and well-known for leading the 2012 Nuns on the Bus tour to protest the effects of cuts to the federal safety-net spending proposed by Congressman Paul Ryan. Campbell will also speak on Friday, September 20, at 1:30 p.m. on Acting on Faith: Intersection of Faith and Immigration in the Linehan Chapel of Nazareth’s Golisano Academic Center. Nazareth is located at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, N.Y., 14618. Both lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Christine M. Bochen at (585) 389-2728 or at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The theme of the 2013-14 Shannon Lecture Series is Acting on Faith, Doing Justice, and each of the lecturers, in their lives and work, show us how faith challenges this indifference and calls us to responsibility for each other and for our world. Acting on faith means doing justice.
As executive director of NETWORK, Campbell’s mission is to advance “the global movement for justice and peace—that educates, organizes, and lobbies for economic and social transformation.” NETWORK addresses a host of critical issues including peacemaking, immigration reform, housing, poverty, federal budget priorities, trade, and hunger.
Campbell led the ground-breaking Nuns on the Bus tour to protest the effects of cuts to the federal safety-net spending proposed by Congressman Paul Ryan. She went on to gain the national spotlight with an interview on the Stephen Colbert Show and then as a speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
In 2013, Nuns on the Bus Two traveled 6,500 miles through 15 states—53 events in 40 cities—advocating for comprehensive immigration reform.
Prior to coming to NETWORK, Campbell served as executive director of JERICHO, the California interfaith public policy organization; as general director of her religious community, Sisters of Social Service; and as the founder and lead attorney for the Community Law Center in Oakland, California.
The William H. Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies
Through a generous gift from the Chester and Dorris Carlson Charitable Trust, the William H. Shannon Endowed Chair in Catholic Studies was established at Nazareth College to assist in keeping alive and visible the Catholic intellectual tradition belonging to the Roman Catholic heritage upon which the College was founded. The Chair in Catholic Studies honors William H. Shannon, formerly Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Nazareth College.
Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.