Social activist nun to speak at UIC

“Living Faith in the Public Square: A Challenge to Faith and Politics.” Social activist, religious leader, attorney and poet Sister Simone Campbell presents a talk at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Feb. 12
3 p.m.

UIC Student Center East
750 S. Halsted St.
Cardinal Room, 3rd floor

Campbell came to national attention last year for organizing the “Nuns on the Bus” tour of nine states to oppose Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget that was approved by the House of Representatives. She was later a featured speaker at the Democratic National Convention.

She is executive director of NETWORK, a Catholic social justice lobby, and has experience in public policy and advocacy related to peace-building, immigration reform, health care and economic justice.

During the 2010 congressional debate about health care reform, she wrote the famous “nuns’ letter” supporting the reform bill, and she got 59 leaders of Catholic Sisters, including the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, to enlist. Her action was cited as a key development in passing the Affordable Care Act.

The presentation is sponsored by the UIC Catholic studies program.

Admission is free. For information, call (312) 996-3141.

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