Radical Hospitality

College of Arts and Sciences Annual Theme

The 16th annual St. Ambrose College of Arts and Sciences theme is Radical Hospitality.

In the 2023-24 academic year, St. Ambrose University will become the first college or university in the state of Iowa to participate in the Every College a Refuge program that supports campus communities in their efforts to assist refugee families in the resettlement process in the campus neighborhood.

St. Ambrose will host and support two families as they transition to make Davenport, Iowa their new home.

This theme will explore the call to "welcome the stranger," and will consider the experiences of people who seek asylum, and the many aspects of life together that impact our flourishing as people and communities.

Annual Theme logo, Radical Hospitality.

Radical Hospitality

Project Series Committee

As members of the 2023-24 Project Series Committee, these faculty and staff spent the past year organizing and planning all of the associated events:

Lisa Powell
Ritu Gurung
John Hagar
Maria Kouti
Erin Sodawasser-Hermiston
Arturo Meijide


2023-24 Event Calendar

Fall Events

Pacem in Terris Award
September 13, 7:30pm
Rogalski Center Ballroom

Respecting Conscience Rights in a Constitutional Republic: A Constitutional Day Panel
September 16, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Rogalski Center Ballroom

AWSJ Conference
October 3, 9:00am - 5:30pm
Rogalski Center
Ambrosians Working for Social Justice welcomes Joyful Clemantine Wamariya, humanitarian activist and best selling author, as the keynote speaker for the 20th annual AWSJ conference.

Event information will be listed here as details become available.

Events will also be listed on the SAU Calendar.

Spring Events

American Refuge: The Refugee Experience and the Power of Radical Hospitality
Thursday, February 22, 2024
7 - 9:00 p.m.
Rogalski Center Ballroom

History of the Project Series

Past Themes

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Project Series began in 2007-08 with former dean, Dr. Aron Aji.

The vision was to form a commonality between all of the college-sponsored events throughout the academic year. Themes are submitted by faculty each spring, developing out of current events, hot topics, or anniversaries such as Shakespeare's 400th birthday in 2016.

More than a decade later, the CAS Project Series continues to generate and deliver meaningful and thoughtful discussion to the campus community – especially to our students. They've heard directly from philosopher Cornel West, author Stephen Bloom, environmentalist Chad Pregracke, feminist Linda Hirschman, and many other notables and change-makers.

Project Series Timeline

Darwin Project (2008)

Migration (2009)

The Ubiquity of Work: The Labor Project (2010)

China: The Awakening Dragon (2011)

Race Matters (2012)

Sustainability (2013)

Gender (2014)

Justice (2015)

Shakespeare (2016)

Globalization (2017)

Visual Narratives (2018)

War and Peace (2019)

Changing Climates (2020)

Re/Building Community (2021)

Peace and Prosperity (2022)

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