The Sister Dorothy Stang SNDdeN Memorial Mural Project will be unveiled later this month in conjunction with CJ's global issues and social justice symposium--now named the Stang Symposium in Sister Dorothy's honor. The symposium had originally been scheduled for February 10, two days before the fifth anniversary of her death, but the school closed on that day due to weather.
The project is three years in the making according to the mural project moderator, Mick Mominee, CJ religion teacher. Most of the students who initatiated the artwork are now putting final touches on it this week in preparation for its public reveal. Students based their artwork on the themes of the Beatitudes.
Dayton Daily News journalist Mary McCarty will deliver the Stang Symposium keynote address portraying her passion for Sister Dorothy, and explain what compels her to research and write about important global issues on a daily basis. Following McCarty’s introduction, students will attend break-out sessions conducted by students prepared to discuss their ideas and research relating to inequity and oppression.
Their topics will cover:
- why they believe educating girls is essential to successfully combating poverty and violence, enough so that they are spending their free time to raise awareness and support to provide educations to young impoverished girls in Belize. “Project Senida” is the students’ own initiative stemming from a trip they took last summer to the country;
- their research involving the tragic issues of human trafficking, children and war; and
- their inspiration and passionate connection they have with Sister Stang in creating the Sister Dorothy Stang murals, a three-year work in progress now ready to be unveiled at this year’s symposium.