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Day 1Educating for Depth
Prof. Dr. Elias Lopez SJ
Comillas Pontifical University, Madrid, Spain
PROF. DR. ELIAS LOPEZ SJ, PH.D., a keynote speaker for day 1, will speak on the day’s theme, Educating for Depth. Fr. Elias will explore the day’s overarching questions:
“How do we educate for depth today? How do we define ‘depth’ in our mission today? How do we define depth in the context of our mission of Reconciliation and Justice?”
Fr. Elias earned his PH.D. on the role of Christian forgiveness in peace policies. He has worked for the Jesuit Refugee Service in Africa for the last 15 years. He collaborated on setting up a community radio station in Tanzania with refugees of the Rwandan genocide in 1994. He also collaborated in Tanzania on pastoral work at five different camps with approximately 250,000 Burundian refugees who had fled the 1993 war. From 2007 to 2011 he worked as JRS assistant international director in the international office in Rome. He currently works for the JRS as an external consultant in the area of reconciliation, a role for which he has studied peace policies and theology reconciliation subjects. Fr. Elias is currently a professor and researcher at Comillas Pontifical University in Madrid, Spain. He has spent years studying the possibilities of reconciliation and peace in situations of conflict.
Yudi Latif, M.A., PH.D.
YUDI LATIF, M.A., PH.D., a keynote responder for day 1, will respond to the keynote speaker for the day, who will speak on the day’s theme, Educating for Depth. Mr. Latif will explore and deepen the day’s theme from a Muslim intellectual’s perspective. He is a renowned Indonesian Muslim scholar and writer.
He earned his Master of Arts and Ph. D. from The Australian National University. In 2015, he was elected to the Indonesian Academy of Sciences and a member of the Institute for the Assessment of the People’s Consultative Assembly. His interests are primarily postcolonial studies, multiculturalism, and nationalism. One of his monumental works is his book called ‘Negara Paripurna: Historisitas, Rasionalitas, dan Aktualitas Pancasila’ (A Perfect State: the Historicity, Rationality, and Actuality of Pancasila), dubbed as one of the 44 books that have brought change to Indonesia.
Mr. Latif received a number of awards, among others: the IFI (Islamic Fair of Indonesia) Award (2011) for the most influential young intellectual category, the Nabil (National Building) Award from Nabil Foundation (2012), the Megawati Soekarnoputri Award (2012), the Dedicated Scholars award from the Kompas Daily Association (2015). In June 2017, he was appointed by the Indonesian President Head of the Presidential Working Unit for the Implementation of the state Ideology of Pancasila.
Day 2Educating for Reconciliation
Ms. Carolina Gottardo
Director of Jesuit Refugee Service, Australia
MS. CAROLINA GOTTARDO, a keynote speaker for day 2, will speak on the day’s theme, Educating for Reconciliation. Ms. Gottardo will explore the day’s overarching questions: “How do we educate for reconciliation today? How do we define ‘reconciliation’ in our mission today?”
Ms. Carolina is a lawyer and economist who has more than 20 years of experience working on human rights in many different countries. She is a specialist in gender, migration, and asylum. She is currently the Director of Jesuit Refugee Service, Australia. She is presently also serving as a board member of the International Detention Coalition (IDC) based in Australia and the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN), Thailand. Ms. Carolina is also a member of the UN Women Expert Group on Gender and Migration and co-chair of the Executive Committee of the End Child Detention Coalition (ECDC). Previously she worked for the Constitutional Court and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in her native country, Colombia. She also worked as the promotion and training manager for British Institute of Human Rights, the national policy director of the Refugee Council of Australia, the Head of Policy and Advocacy on the London-based One World Action, and the director of Latin American Women’s Rights Service. She was also the vice-chair of the Black and Ethnic Minority Advice Network, London. She is the mother of three boys and enjoys spending time with her family.
Panel Discussion on Reconciliation
Fr. Jose Alberto Mesa, SJ
Secretary for Education of the Society of Jesus
FR. JOSE ALBERTO MESA, SJ is currently the Worldwide Secretary for Education of the Society of Jesus. As such he assists Fr. General Arturo Sosa SJ in the coordination of the Jesuit Global Network of Schools, the animation of the ongoing renewal of Jesuit Education and projects that develop the international apostolic potential of Jesuit Education (Secondary and Pre-secondary).
He is also a visiting professor at Loyola University, Chicago working in the areas of Philosophy of Education and Ignatian Pedagogy. He earned a Master of Education with Concentration on Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Education from Teachers College-Columbia University, New York. He has worked for many years in different schools in his home country, Colombia. His research interests are primarily Moral Education, Citizenship Education, and Ignatian/Jesuit Education/Pedagogy.
Fr. Xavier Jeyaraj, SJ
Secretary for Social Justice & Ecology for the Society of Jesus
FR. XAVIER JEYARAJ, SJ is a scholar on extractivism and mining and its impact on indigenous people and the environment. He is also a trained social worker, a lawyer and a human rights activist. Early in his career, he taught Sociology at St. Xavier College, Kolkata, India. He then founded the Province Social Action Centre called ‘Udayani’ in 1998 which he developed and led until 2007, working with the most deprived santal tribals and dalits in the slums and villages around Kolkata.
He also served as the Secretary for Social apostolate in South Asia for 5 years; developed and initiated the MSW course in St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata before taking over as the Secretary for Social Justice & Ecology of the Society of Jesus in Rome, Italy in June 2017, where he leads and coordinates social apostolate for the entire Society of Jesus.
Fr. Michael Garanzini, SJ
Secretary of Higher Education for the Society of Jesus
Prior to his current role as Secretary for Higher Education of the Society of Jesus, FR. MICHAEL GARANZINI, SJ was president of Loyola of Chicago from 2001 to 2015. Before LUC, he was on the faculty at Georgetown, Fordham, St. Louis, and Regis, and is now back at Fordham where he is a visiting research faculty member. Active in community service, Fr. Garanzini is known for his work on behalf of children and families.
He is a frequent speaker and has published many books and articles on issues such as child and family therapy, moral development, and Catholic education. Fr. Garanzini’s solid academic credentials combine with a rare blend of experience in teaching, research, service, and administrative leadership at some of the nation’s leading Jesuit institutions of higher learning, including Georgetown, Fordham, Saint Louis, and Rockhurst universities, as well as Gregorian University in Rome.
Fr. James Hanvey, SJ
Secretary for the Service of Faith for the Society of Jesus
FR. JAMES HANVEY, SJ is currently the Secretary for the Service of Faith of the Society of Jesus. He began work for his doctorate in Trinitarian Theology in 1985. After a period as Headmaster of the Jesuit St Aloysius’ College, Glasgow, he taught systematic theology at Heythrop College, University of London, where he was also Head of the Department of Christian Doctrine and Founding Director of the Heythrop Institute for Religion, Ethics and Public Life. He went on to be visiting scholar at Weston Jesuit Theological School, Cambridge Mass USA and returned to be head of Theology at Heythrop College. In 2004 he helped to found The Heythrop Institute for Religion, Ethics and Public Life and became its director.
He took up the post of Master of Campion Hall, Oxford in 2014 and is also a member of Oxford University’s Faculty of Theology and Religion. James was also the principal author of On The Way To Life that dealt with the themes of the Church’s response to postmodernity. His particular research and teaching interests are in the areas of Trinitarian Theology, Pneumatology, Ecclesiology and Catholic Social Thought as well as Ignatian Spirituality. He is currently writing on Catholic Social Thought, a theology of Healthcare (collected essays) and Pneumatology.
Day 3Educating for Faith
Prof. Dr. Didier Pollefeyt
Professor, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies
PROF. DR. DIDIER POLLEFEYT, a keynote speaker for day 3, will speak on the day’s theme, Educating for Faith. Mr. Pollefeyt will explore the day’s overarching questions: “How do we educate as inclusive but distinctly Catholic schools in an increasingly secular and multicultural/religious world? How do we educate for faith in such a world?”
Mr. Pollefeyt is a full professor at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies. He is both the initiator and the promoter of the Enhancing Catholic School Identity project. His research and teaching activities are situated around five areas: (1) the ethical and theological analysis of the Holocaust and the development of the foundations of ethics and theology after Auschwitz; (2) an analysis of the questions of evil, guilt, remembrance, forgiveness and reconciliation; (3) the Jewish-Christian encounter; (4) the pedagogy of hermeneutical-communicative and interreligious education; and (5) the religious identity of institutions, especially of Catholic schools. Prof. Pollefeyt is Director of the Center for Peace Ethics of KU Leuven and chair of the Center for Academic Teacher’s Training in Religion. From 2013 to 2017, he was the Vice-Rector of Education of the KU Leuven, Belgium.
Day 4Educating for Global Citizenship
Prof. Dr. Fernando Reimers
Ford Foundation Professor of Practice in International Education
PROF. DR. FERNANDO REIMERS, a keynote speaker for day 4, will speak on the day’s theme, Educating for Global Citizenship. Mr. Reimers will explore the day’s overarching questions: “How can we prepare ourselves and our students to be authentic global citizens? What does it mean and what does it entail to be a global citizen?”
Mr. Reimers is the Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice of International Education and Director of both the Global Education Innovation Initiative and the International Education Policy Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. An expert in the field of global citizenship education, his research and teaching focus on the relationship between education policy, innovation, leadership, and quality improvement to support children and youth in developing the skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. Mr. Reimers has worked extensively in the development of approaches and tools to foster education dialogue and organizational learning as a way to leverage the synergies between educational practice, research and policy. He serves on multiple advisory boards and committees at Harvard, particularly focused in advancing the global mission of the University and in promoting innovation through the use of technology. He has served on the Harvard faculty since 1998. Previous to that he worked at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, the Harvard Institute for International Development and the World Bank.