Gros Memorial Event

Inspired by the seminal vision of Brother Jeffery Gros, FSC, that all people need to work for understanding and unity among varied religious perspectives, the Gros Institute hosts an annual memorial event to explore dimensions of interfaith and intercultural leadership focused on the common good with cutting-edge scholars and practitioners. The event aims to support sustained, justice-centered dialogue toward social action among students, faculty, staff, and neighbors who relate to religion differently.

See No Stranger - Valarie Kaur


An Evening with Valarie Kaur
7:00 p.m. Keynote
8:30 p.m. Book signing/reception

Location: St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Center and Virtual

VALARIE KAUR is a renowned civil rights leader, lawyer, award-winning filmmaker, educator, innovator, and best-selling author of SEE NO STRANGER. She has won national acclaim for her work in social justice on issues ranging from hate crimes to digital freedom. Valarie burst into American consciousness in the wake of the 2016 election when her Watch Night Service address went viral with 40 million views worldwide. Her question “Is this the darkness of the tomb – or the darkness of the womb?” has become a mantra for people fighting for change. She now leads the Revolutionary Love Project to reclaim love as a force for justice.

This event is free for current Lewis University students, faculty and staff to attend but requires advance registration by everyone.


Valarie’s debut book, SEE NO STRANGER: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love, was released in 2020 and expands on her “blockbuster” TED Talk. We encourage you to bring a book with you for the Signing/Reception.

Dominican Sisters of Peace
The Well Spirituality Center

Peace Teach-In

The Peace Teach in is an annual 3-day event with the goal to further grow and develop Lewis University’s capacity for justice and social action. Every year, speakers, panels, activities, performances and experiences shape an interchange on a unique and timely topic that enriches conversations and learning across the University’s many disciplines.

Circle Training

Rooted in indigenous practices and utilized for restorative justice, community building, reflection and conflict transformation, peace circles employ ritual, talking pieces, shared values, deep listening, and egalitarian relationship-building to free participants to enter into storytelling and holistic healing. Those in circle reflect on their own journeys and experiences, the interdependence of human beings with one another and creation, and the impact of dysfunctional systems on people and other beings.

For more information about Circle Training contact Christie Billups.