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Religious Liberty Talk on Agenda for Benedictine's Social Justice Week

Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, is holding its 25th annual Social Justice Week this week on campus.

Social Justice Week gives student groups a chance to gain awareness on campus by holding various events and bringing special guests to campus.  The week includes presentations on poverty, civil rights, education, volunteerism, and religious freedom.

Paul Pearce, Director of Global Strategy for the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, is one key speaker on campus this week.  He delivered the presentation, "Rise and Dream: Creating Sustainable Paths out of Poverty," and presented the film "Rise and Dream," which won Best Documentary at the John Paul II International Film Festival in 2012.

Here's more about Social Justice Week from Benedictine College:

On Wednesday, Feb. 20, the Black Student Union, in conjunction with the Leadership Development Council of the Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce, will present a panel discussion, “50 Years of Change: A Reflection on Civil, Educational and Religious Achievement in Atchison and America.” ...

The Knights of Columbus will present Dr. Susan Traffas on Thursday, February 21, at 7:00 p.m. in Westerman Auditorium.  She will give a presentation titled “Our First Freedom: Religious Liberty and Justice.” ... In 2007 and 2008, she served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she worked on pro-life issues. One of her responsibilities was helping to craft and shepherd through to publication the regulations that protected the conscience rights of those who work in health-care related fields.

Read more about Social Justice Week here.  Benedictine College is promoted for its strong Catholic identity in The Newman Guide by The Cardinal Newman Society.

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