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Voices for Justice

Sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Leadership, the Fusion Discussion Group hosts numerous lunchtime roundtables throughout the semester, but attendance was at an all-time high for a pointed conversation inspired by recent events in Ferguson, Missouri. Faculty, staff and students gathered to share their experiences with racism, perspectives on progress since the civil rights movement, and hopes for a better future.

President Carter on U.S./China Relations

On October 16, St. Edward’s hosted the China Town Hall, a program sponsored by the National Committee on U.S./China Relations (NCUSCR). Using the Munday Library’s Global Digital Classrooms, a group of 73 faculty and staff members, students and community members listened to former President Jimmy Carter (who was in Atlanta at the time) present on China and then answer questions sent via Twitter. After the webcast, a panel of prominent Austin businesspeople shared their extensive experience doing business in China. As China continues to develop as an international power, collaboration with the country becomes increasingly important in addressing and resolving major global issues.

Discussions on Ukraine

In October, the Kozmetsky Center sponsored the forum “International Policy and Academic Perspectives on the Impact of the Ukrainian Conflict: A New Cold or Hot War?” Eight leading policy experts from Ukraine, the Russian Federation, the European Union/NATO, the United Kingdom, Germany and the United States examined the Ukraine conflict and made recommendations for how the international community should move forward.

A Reading from Thunderstruck

Author Elizabeth McCracken came to St. Edward’s as part of this year’s Marcia Kinsey Visiting Writer Series. She read from her recently published short-story collection, Thunderstruck & Other Stories, which was shortlisted for the National Book Award. McCracken also visited fiction classes and spoke with students, many of whom studied her work this semester and appreciated her insights about the writing life.

— Lauren Liebowitz