A Report on the 62th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

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UN group left to right,
Elizabeth Starcevic (San Miguel PEN), Sarah Clarke (PEN Central office, London), Lucina Kathmann (San Miguel PEN) Jennifer Clement (President, PEN International) Elisabeth Lofgren (Swedish PEN)

Left Behind or Approaching the Tipping Point?

by Lucina Kathmann

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21 September 2017

The first and founding principle of the PEN Charter asserts that ‘literature knows no frontiers’.
These frontiers were traditionally thought of as borders between countries and peoples. For
many women in the world – and for almost all women until relatively recently – the first, and
the last and perhaps the most powerful frontier was the door of the house she lived in: her
parents’ or her husband’s home.

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Address by Patrick Keenan-Devlin: Why all the violence and what can we do about it?

Piper Hall, Loyola University (Monday, October 2, 2017)

I would like to attempt to answer the question, “Why do youths resort to violence?” through the lens of 18-year-old Aiden. As an 18-year-old, just a couple of months shy of walking the stage to receive his high school diploma, Aiden was arrested for bringing a gun to school.

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Readings and Remembrance: Writing and Witness

Based on hundreds of interviews across the Middle East and Europe, WENDY PEARLMAN’s ‘We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria’ (HarperCollins, 2017) offers a collection of intimate testimonials and poetic fragments from a cross-section of Syrians whose lives have been transformed by revolution, war, and exile. Wendy is the Martin and Patricia Koldyke Outstanding Teaching Associate Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University.

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61st session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women: Pushback Year

by Lucina Kathmann

United Nations, New York City, March 17, 2017

Pushback is a word I barely knew till this year. Here at the United Nations in New York attending the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women, someone reports receiving reactionary pushback against the pro.woman agenda every 15 minutes: pushback about reproductive rights, pushback about home care, pushback about equal pay, pushback about just about everything. The delegates sent by conservative governments evidently have been instructed to object to everything.

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CHICAGO -- In collaboration with International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) and PEN International, the Chicago Network for Justice and Peace and the Guild Literary Complex announce the launch of the CHICAGO CITY OF REFUGE project for exiled writers.

The launch will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Sunday 19 February 2017, at a special event at Loyola University Chicago, Lake Shore Campus, in Piper Hall, under the sponsorship of the Ann Ida Gannon Center for Women and Leadership, 970 W. Sheridan Rd, East Rogers Park, Chicago, IL 60660.

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Report on the First Day of the Sessions of the UN Commission on the Status of women (CSW 60)

by Elizabeth Starcevic, past president, San Miguel PEN

I was fortunate to have registered on Friday, March 11, 2016. Today, in the rain and cold, there was a long line to register.

I got a ticket to go to the General Assembly meeting in the AM. It is a beautiful room, filled mostly with beautiful women from so many places. I chose that meeting to get a sense of the “official” line from the UN.

This is an overview of what I heard:

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Francis on the Borders

by Nick Patricca

[Originally published in WINDY CITY TIMES: Open to Thinking, Wednesday 02 March 2016]

By design, the itinerary of Francis in his first official visit to Mexico took him to its southern border with Guatemala in the state of Chiapas and to its northern border with the USA in the state of Chihuahua.

This border-framing of the visit to Mexico of El Papa Francisco --- the first Latin American pope, the first Jesuit pope, the first pope to take the name of Francis, and the first non-European pope since the Syrian Gregory III in 741 of our common era --- placed an intense spotlight on an essential theme in his apostolate: concern for individuals and peoples who are forced to live their lives on the margins of their societies.

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Report from Ciudad Juárez by Lucina Kathmann

Tabor House, February 25, 2016

[Tabor House is the home of Sr Betty and Fr Peter who live and work with the people of Ciudad Juárez on the Texas/Mexican border.]

I am in Ciudad Juárez, a large city still completely in the throes of Pope Fever. Every person,
publication, billboard, front door....every everything has its own take on the matter.

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Friends of Chicago Network, I am honored to present to you -- courtesy of the Ann Ida Gannon Center for Women and Leadership at Loyola University Chicago -- a free etext copy of my booklet on PEGGY ROACH: ONE WOMAN'S JOURNEY/ A NATION'S PROGRESS. Here is the link


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