Peace and Justice Week 2019 - (Un)Just Institutions - Feb. 25th - Mar. 1st

The Peace and Justice Studies Program is excited to announce this year's Peace and Justice Week, which runs from February 25th to March 1st.   The theme of this year’s Peace and Justice Week is “(Un)just Institutions.” The week’s events focus on how we can make various social institutions that have been recently hit by allegations of unethical behavior more just.  We have six events planned for this week, which draw on the expertise and experiences of outside experts, Manhattan College faculty and Manhattan College students

These events include

  1. an account of how those in power use their knowledge of human psychology to manipulate us and how we can inoculate ourselves against such manipulation (the Noberini Psychology Colloquium on Monday, 2/25, 4:30pm, Kelly 4C)
  2. a discussion of the extent of the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church (panel discussion with Father Tom Franks, Brother Jack Curran, FSC, Ph.D., and Dr. Natalia Imperatori-Lee on Tuesday, 2/26, 3:30pm, O'Malley 100)
  3. a research presentation by one of our newest faculty members - Dr. Madeleine Novich in Sociology - on how gender imbalances in the police force leads to perceptions of procedural unfairness (research brown bag on Wednesday, 2/27, 12 noon, Cornerstone)
  4. a personal account of how a female, Hispanic academic navigated a professional world that historically didn’t include people of her gender and ethnic background (Agape Latte with Dr. Natalia Imperatori-Lee talk on Wednesday, 2/27, Jasper Hall);
  5. a student panel discussion led by  Gabriella Ramirez, David Caiafa, and Evaniz Orellana that argues for the need for an intersectional approach to deal with the structural inequities in academia (Thursday, 2/28, 1:30pm, Kelly 5A);
  6. an on-campus intergroup retreat, where outside experts will instruct participants in Intergroup Dialogue, a specific form of communication especially designed for people to communicate across social, cultural, and power differences in a critical and meaningful way (All day or half-day, Kelly 5A and 5B -  Registration for the event is available to students online via google form

You can find details on each of these events below.  A pdf of a flyer that has details on these events is also attached to this announcement.  

If you have any questions, please contact Nuwan Jayawickreme, Ph.D. at



Monday, February 25th, 4:30pm, Kelly Commons Room 4C

Noberini Psychology Colloqiuum:

Psychology Gone Bad: How the Powerful Mislead Us about What's Happening, What's Right and What's Possible.

Roy Eidelson, Ph.D.

Past President, Psychologists for Social Responsibility

Former Executive Director, Solomon Asch Center for Ethnopolitical Conflict, University of Pennsylvania

In the United States today, giant corporations rake in record profits, mammoth defense contractors push for more of everything military, global polluters block effective responses to climate change, and influential voices condemn those who are struggling or “different.” Most Americans want something else: a country where inequality is less extreme and where the common good matters more than the priorities of powerful interests. But efforts to achieve this progressive vision are hobbled by manipulative psychological appeals designed to mislead, confuse and divide us. A political and clinical psychologist, Dr. Eidelson will explain why these deceptive ploys often work—and how we can recognize and resist them.  Dr. Eideson was a leading figure in uncovering the role the American Psychological Association played in the enhanced interrogation practices used in Guantanamo Bay and other U.S. military prisons during the mid-2000's.  To read his editorial in the Washington Post, go to

Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by the Psychology Department, Psych Club, and the Peace and Justice Studies Program 

The event is free and open to the public.


Tuesday, February 26th, 3:30pm, O'Malley Library Room 100 (Alumni Room)

Sexual Abuse: A Project for Justice in the Church and Society 

Father Thomas Franks (Chaplain, Campus Ministry and Social Action), Brother Jack Curran, FSC, Ph.D. (Vice President, Office of Mission) and Dr. Natalia Imperatori-Lee (Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Catholic Studies Program) will engage in a discussion on the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal - it's history and what developments we should expect going forward. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Heidi Furey (Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Director, Center for Ethics). 

This panel discussion is sponsored by the Peace and Justice Studies Program, the Office of Mission, the Catholic Studies Program, the Center for Ethics, and the Department of Religious Studies. 

Refreshments will be served.

The event is free and open to the public.


Wednesday, February 27th, 12 noon, Miguel 209 (Cornerstone)

Research Brown Bag:

They Can’t Search Her: How Gender Imbalances in the Police Force Contribute to Perceptions of Procedural Unfairness

Madeleine Novich, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Dr. Novich presents the results of her analyses of 253 in-depth interviews of San Francisco-based male and female drug-dealing gang members, which focused on how interactions with a male-dominated police force, who were required to search only suspects of the same gender, affected perceptions of fair policing. Her findings suggest that the gender composition of the police force is important in shaping attitudes toward equitable enforcement of the law and procedural fairness. Her findings highlight a contradiction that compliance with rules can contribute, counter intuitively, to perceptions of procedural injustice, suggest that procedurally unfair police behavior may be a systemic problem where the gender composition of the police force itself creates an inherently unfair system.  

Madeleine Novich, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of Sociology at Manhattan College; this is her first year at the college. Previously, she was a post-doctoral fellow at Rutgers School of Criminal Justice, where she completed her Ph.D.  Her research focuses on policing and perceptions of procedural justice and legitimacy among criminalized populations.  Her research has appeared in books, edited volumes and journals including Drugs: education, prevention, and policy, Race and Justice: An International Journal, Feminist Criminology and Gender, Work & Organization

The research talk is sponsored by the Peace and Justice Studies Program.


Wednesday, February 27th, 7:30pm, Jasper Lounge

Agape Latte: My Pants Are Too Tight, And Other Uncomfortable Fits

Natalia Imperatori-Lee, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Religious Studies

In this informal conversation. Dr. Imperatori-Lee, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Catholic Studies Program, will discuss her own experience as an academic, navigating a professional world for which she, by her own admission, often felt like an ill-fit.  Dr. Imperatori-Lee will talk about different junctions in her “life map” and how she used the concept of an ill-fit or discomfort to urge herself to change her circumstances.  Her talk will cover a wide range: from decisions about life partnerships and children, to negotiating commitments to both feminism and the Catholic Church.

This talk is sponsored by Campus Ministry and Social Action and by the Peace and Justice Studies Program.


Thursday, February 28th, 1:30pm, Kelly Commons Room 5A

Approaching Intersectionality: Returning to the Combahee River Collective

Student Panel Discusion with Gabriella Ramirez, David Caiafa, and Evaniz Orellana

In this panel discussion, Manhattan College students Gabriella Ramirez, David Caiafa, and Evaniz Orellana will draw on the work of the Combahee River Collective and highlight the necessity of adapting an intersectional framework in academia and beyond. They will recall and politicize personal experiences through the lens of intersectional theory, crediting black intersectional theorists such as bell hooks and the Combahee River Collective.

This panel discussion is sponsored by the Lasallian Women and Gender Resource Center and the Peace and Justice Studies Program.


Friday, March 1st, 9am - 4:30pm (full-day; lunch included) or 9am-12:30pm (half-day), Kelly Commons Rooms 4A & 4B

On-Campus Intergroup Dialogue Retreat

The Intergroup Dialogue Retreat is an opportunity for students to develop dialogue about and across identity differences. Blending theory with experiential learning, Intergroup Dialogue allows for the exploration of core social justice issues related to social identities, conflict, privilege, oppression, community, and solidarity. The focus of the workshop will be on creating understanding relationships, and developing communication skills related to careful listening and meaningful dialogue. The workshop will be facilitated by experts in the field, and will aim to promote equity and democracy within the Manhattan College community. for the event is available to students online via google form HERE. (  

This retreat is sponsored by Campus Ministry and Social Action, the Lasallian Women and Gender Resource Center, and the Peace and Justice Studies Program.

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