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All events are sponsored by the James Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive (CLASA), co-sponsored by the Hispanic American Student Association (HASA) and Gesu Peace and Justice Committee. CLASA appreciates support from Detroit Mercy and the Jesuit Community at Detroit Mercy. Programs are free and open to the public, and are held at Detroit Mercy's McNichols Campus (at Livernois). For more information, call CLASA Director Gail Presbey, 313-993-1124 or

Every year CLASA sponsors an amazing amount of speakers to the McNicholos Campus to shed light on social justice issues. Please click on our past events to learn more. 


    2017-18 Events

    Image and Meaning: Arabic Calligraphy Designs exhibit and reception

    September 06, 2017

    5 - 9 p.m.

    Lobby, McNichols Campus Library

    The Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive (CLASA), The Islamic Studies Program and Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) are proud to present the exhibit Image and Meaning: Arabic Calligraphy Designs by Professor of Mechanical Engineering Nihad Dukhan. The exhibit will be on display in the McNichols Campus Library from Aug. 28 through Oct. 27.

    There will be a special reception with the artist on Wednesday, Sept. 6 from 5 to 9 p.m. in the McNichols Campus Library. Meet Professor Dukhan and enjoy some Lebanese finger food! The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

    Nihad Dukhan is a Palestinian-American artist and a master of Arabic/Islamic calligraphy residing in Detroit area. He received two master of Arabic calligraphy degrees from masters Hasan Çelebi and Mohamed Zakariya (2009 and 2013), after a total of seventeen years of apprenticeship according to over-a-thousand-years  tradition of passing knowledge and skills. Dukhan is active in promoting Arabic/Islamic calligraphy and increasing people’s awareness of its cultural and artistic significance through exhibits, lectures and workshops. His work has been exhibited in several galleries around the United States and in Istanbul. See the event flyer.


    Past Events

    Winter 2016

    Watch this slideshow for highlights of our Winter 2016 events: Collaboration with Swords into Plowshares (Jan- March), Laila Hamdan and Joan Smith on volunteering in Guatemala (Feb. 29), Eric LeCompte on Pope Francis’ Year of Mercy, and he and Jorge Chinea on Puerto Rico’s debt crisis (March 30), Irma Ilsy Vásquez Cardenas and Alejandro Monzón on indigenous rights in Chiapas, Mexico (April 4), Jose Idiáquez S.J. on contemporary Nicaragua, and he and Richard Brackley on Dean Brackley (April 5), Marilyn Fischer on Jane Addams’ peace activism (April 20), and Ruth Needleman on Brazil (April 25).

    Fall 2015

    Watch this slideshow to see photos from 2015 CLASA events: Frida Berrigan on peace mothering (Feb. 4), Eben Levey on teachers in Oxaca (March 16), Jeff Stewart on immigrant minors from Central America (March 20), Ismael Moreno Coto S.J. (“Padre Melo”) on human rights in Honduras and on Dean Brackley (April 7), Don Voelker’s art of Latin America (Sept-Oct), Joe Mulligan on Pope Francis’s visits and Romero’s beatification (Sept. 30), Jesse Freeston on his film “Resistencia” and Honduran land struggles (Sept. 30), Jorge Parra and Paige Shell-Spurling on the rights of injured workers in Colombia (Oct. 1), Dana Frank on Honduras (Oct 22), Berta Esperanza Alvarez Martens on race and gender in Cuba (Nov. 3 and 4), Jason LaFay and Alan Kaufman on Cuban youth and chess players (Nov. 4).

    2014 Events

    Watch this slide show to see highlights from our 2014 CLASA events: Denise Griebler on the immigrant crisis and the film “Harvest of Empire” (Feb. 6), Matt Meyer on liberation in Africa (March 13), Danielle Poe on ending slavery in Brazil (March 27),  Gene Palumbo on Dean Brackley (April 8), Bishop Thomas Gumbleton on the film “Monsenor” on Archbishop Oscar Romero (April 10), Joe Mulligan S.J. on the Jesuit martyrs (Sept. 22), Laura Finley on preventing domestic violence (Oct. 2), Abdilatif Abdalla on Kenyan politics and culture (Oct. 28), Joe Tropea and Jerry Berrigan on the film “Hit and Stay” about the Catonsville 9 and the peace movement (Oct. 29), Anke Graness on ancient Egyptian philosophy (Nov. 25) and John Barrie on green technology for indigenous communities in Central America (Dec. 5).
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