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Morris Dees to Visit Loras College as MOI Speaker

9/17/2013
 
As the Modes of Inquiry (MOI) process designed for first-year students unfolds, Loras will host Morris Dees, civil rights activist, on September 23, 2013. Dees will speak about one’s commitment to justice and the need for tolerance, respect and love for others.

During his career, Mr. Dees has received numerous awards. He was chosen by the U.S. Jaycees as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of America for his early business success. In 2009, he was inducted into the Trial Lawyers’ Hall of Fame by the American Trial Lawyers’ Association.  Also, The American Bar Association honored him in 2012 with the ABA Medal, the organization’s highest honor. Furthermore, his Center won two Oscars for its tolerance education films and received five Oscar nominations. 

Professor Sara Glover, coordinator of the Sports Science program, and director of the MOI experience for Loras College, explains, “In his presentation, ‘With Justice for All,’ Mr. Dees will share insights from his personal experiences in the civil rights movement and as an advocate for justice.  The selection of Mr. Dees as our keynote speaker was based, in part, on connections to the first-year common reading, Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel, and his message of tolerance, love, and respect will resonate with all members of the Loras community.”

Through MOI, first-year students are discussing core themes of religious pluralism, respect for diversity, human dignity, and civil dialogue as they are introduced to the dispositions, values, and life-long learning skills at the core of the Loras general education program.  The common reading text is a tool used to provide context for the development of critical thinking skills.

Each year, a keynote speaker is invited to provide an opportunity for the entire Loras community and our Dubuque community to participate in discussion and critical reflection of key themes from the common reading texts.  The keynote address is an occasion where Loras’ Catholic liberal arts mission and identity are displayed and deepened, specifically discourse aimed at understanding the truth of the human condition. This opportunity falls exactly within the tenets of Pope John Paul II’s Ex Corde Ecclesiae call to “engage culture through dialogue.”

This event is free and open to the public. Dees will speak in the Athletic and Wellness Center at 11:00 am.

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