Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice at Georgetown University is a literary, critical, and pedagogical undertaking devoted to the situation of poetry and poetics in the contemporary world. Based in the Department of English, the Center brings attention to a traditional domain of academic research, but sees poetry as a current practice rather than as a field of historical research. The Center recognizes that “art’s social presence,” in the phrase of Adrienne Rich, is vital to contemporary culture; that poetry, or writing more generally, traverses the fields of aesthetic, social, political, and religious thought: it reconfigures these fields according to the designs of imagination.
The mission of the M.A. Program in Conflict Resolution is to train the next generation of leading researchers and practitioners with the skills and knowledge required to effectively analyze and intervene in the complex conflicts confronting humankind. The Program is guided by Georgetown University’s historic commitment to social justice and constructive intergroup relations that support the holistic development of its students. As a world-class center of training and research in conflict resolution, the Program provides a multi-disciplinary path to academic excellence. A major focus of the Program is conflict mainstreaming, which prepares students to apply conflict resolution skills and analysis across diverse sectors, ranging from domestic organizational and intergroup conflict to humanitarian emergencies and collective violence overseas.
The Center for Social Justice (CSJ) is home to over forty campus student organizations working on campus, in the DC community, and around the world dedicated to social justice issues. The CSJ also hosts its own initiatives built on community partnerships and student commitments, including ASK, DC Reads, and the DC Schools Project.
The LGBTQ Resource Center is the first such Center of its kind at a Catholic/Jesuit institution in the country. It started in August 2008, and we has sought to build on the rich interfaith and intellectual engagements of Georgetown to create a Center that will speak to all. The Center offers programs such as trainings on LGBTQ safety, Gender Liberation Week, Lavender Graduation, and Peer Discussion Groups.
Georgetown’s Campus Ministry is deeply involved in service and social justice work. Find more information about the ESCAPE retreat, Ignatian Family Teach-In and SOA Protest, Senior Service Grant, and Magis Immersion and Justice Program, on its website.
The Center for Multicultural Equity & Access (CMEA) promotes educational excellence and racial equality at Georgetown University by serving African American, Latino, Asian American and Native American students, who were historically excluded from the university. The CMEA is in charge of several programs including Young Leaders in Diversity of Education (YLEAD). As a sponsor of YLEAD 2011, the Program on Justice and Peace donated 25 copies of Howard Zinn’s powerful book You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train to CMEA. In August 2012, JUPS hosted a dinner for YLEAD students and faculty guests.
Georgetown University’s Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor develops creative strategies and innovative public policy to improve workers’ lives in a changing economy. The Initiative draws on Georgetown’s distinctive identity – its commitment to intellectual excellence, grounding in the Catholic and Jesuit traditions, history of inter-religious cooperation, global reach, and prominence as an arena of policy debate in the nation’s capital – to advance prosperity, broadly-shared economic justice, and respect for the dignity of labor.
Georgetown University’s Lauinger Library hosts a resource guide on Social Justice. Sandra Hussey is the librarian overseeing Justice and Peace Studies resources. The resource guide is an excellent first stop for students and faculty doing research in the broad field of peace and social justice studies.