News & Events Archive

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Susan Stein performs "ETTY" 

7:00 p.m., Redmond Room

The Holocaust Journals of the young, Dutch Jewish woman, Etty Hillesum who died in Auschwitz, November 1943. Performance followed by panel respondents.

Please see the press release for further details.  

Friday, March 8, 2013

"JUST LISTENING: Promoting Civility and Contemplative Dialogue" 

9:30 a.m. - Noon, East Parlor 

Come learn new, life-changing skills with master teacher, Sharon Browning, JCD

Monday, March 25, 2013

"Formation for Leadership in Reconciliation" 

Robert Schreiter, C.PP.S. 

7:00 p.m., East Parlor

Robert Schreiter

The need for reconciliation is widely acknowledged, but how does one prepare for leadership in situations that call for reconciliation? Robert Schreiter, one of the leading figures in the study of reconciliation, will sketch out the knowledge, skills and attitudes that leaders need to undertake this arduous work. As this lecture falls during the Christian celebration of Holy Week, special attention will be given to what the narratives of this week can teach us about leadership for reconciliation.  

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Campus Wide Chestnut Hill College Event

"First Annual Forgiveness Day"

June 18-20, 2013

The Peaceful Schools Institute
Summer Institute for K-8 Educators
Chestnut Hill College
Redmond Room
9601 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118

* The Peaceful Schools Institute is co-presented by the Institute for Forgiveness and Reconciliation and by PeacePraxis Educational Services. 


September 27

A Conversation that Matters with Sister Simone Campbell, SSS

Chestnut Hill College 

Gruber Theater 

7:00 p.m.  

Director of NETWORK

"Nuns on the Bus"

Advocate for Human Rights, Social Justice and Life to the Full for 100% of Our Sisters and Brothers.

Please see the press release for more information.

March 11

Promoting Dialogue as Catholic Communities Journey to Hope

Bishop Geoffrey Robinson

Archdiocese of Sydney

Chestnut Hill College

Sorgenti Arena

1:00 - 3:30 p.m.


Bishop Geoffrey Robinson, Retired Bishop of Sydney, Australia will share his personal journey of wrestling with belief in the church today out of his experience of “confronting power and sex abuse” within the Church of Australia. Bishop Robinson confesses that “in this confusing church and world, I have done my most important growing.” Deep within he discovered “love’s urgent longings” (St. John of the Cross) for “something deeper,” more enduring, more “capable of inspiring immense good.”


March 29-30

Dead Man Walking: Student Production

Chestnut Hill College's Mask & Foil Drama Club in partnership with the Institute for Forgiveness & Reconciliation  

Gruber Theater

7:00 p.m.


The Dead Man Walking School Theatre Project is about exploring the issues, but also about giving youth a new way to think about the role of art in examining issues that affect us. Becoming an active, engaged citizen and participating in the discernment and discourse around the big issues of our day is exhilarating. We invite you to be a player, not just a spectator. The Dead Man Walking School Theatre Project was founded in 2003. 


Sister Helen Prejean, an internationally acclaimed human rights activist and the author of "Dead Man Walking," first conjured the idea in 1998 after reading a New Yorker magazine article that said Arthur Miller's play, "Death of a Salesman," had been performed a million times. Every day, Miller's play was performed somewhere in the world, according to the article. Sister Helen realized that if "Dead Man Walking" could be made into a play, it could also be reproduced endlessly, thereby expanding its impact. Sister Helen called her friend, Tim Robbins, who wrote, produced and directed the film adaptation of her book, and invited him to write a stage play of her story. Tim accepted the invitation and challenge, soon crafting a powerful stage adaptation. 


Instead of taking the play to Broadway, however, Tim decided to use the play as a tool to create deeper reflections on the death penalty in our nation's high schools and colleges. He required that any school producing the play must also agree to involve at least two other academic departments (law, sociology, criminal justice, etc.) to provide courses related to the death penalty and "Dead Man Walking." Art and music departments were also encouraged to develop related creative projects. Discussion groups, prison visitation, and other activities were soon added to the mix. 


Since the launch of the project in the fall of 2003, more than 200 high schools and colleges across the country have produced the play, conducted academic courses on the death penalty, and brought the issue to life on their campuses through art, music, and public education and action events. Taken from website. 

April 16-20

Framing Forgiveness - A Week Featuring Forgiveness 

April 17

Faces of Forgiveness

Chestnut Hill College 

Sorgenti Arena 

Concert to start at 7:00 p.m.


Music and stories to capture and question, inspire and challenge our understanding of forgiveness in the face of unspeakable violence and personal harm and hurt. 

Michael Berg, Father of Nicholas Berg who was kidnapped and murdered in Iraq by Al-Zarcawi will speak on Forgiveness. Following presentation Peter Katz will perform live his song Forgiveness. 



April 18

2:15 - 3:15 p.m.

In the Garden of Forgiveness of Chestnut Hill College

Laying down hurts; Lifting up hope


Teya Sepinuck 

"Theatre of Witness: Humanizing the Other Through Story and Testimony" 

March 22, 2011, 7:00 p.m. 

Chestnut Hill College 

East Parlor, St. Joseph Hall 

Teya SepinuckTeya Sepinuck founded Theatre of Witness in 1986 as a way to give a voice to people in society who otherwise struggle to be heard. Since then, she has created and produced Theatre of Witness projects with prisoners and their families, survivors and perpetrators of abuse, refugees, immigrants, elders, and those who have endured violence and war in the United States and Poland. Productions are performed in spoken word, song, music, and imagery by those who have experienced violence, survival, and healing, and are performed in prisons, theatres, schools, community centers, and at conferences to create a safe place for audiences to explore issues of common ground and social justice.


For more information, see the full press release.


Collaborative Colloquium on Forgiveness and Reconciliation 

Facilitator: Cathy Nerney, SSJ, Ph.D. 

March 28, 2011, 2:15 p.m. 

St. Joseph Hall, East Parlor 

The purpose in coming together is to engage in a scholarly and practical conversation about forgiveness and reconciliation as a shared goal to be advanced from many varied starting points and disciplines with the long-range goal of a Chestnut Hill College publication.


Teya Sepinuck 

"Creative Story Telling and Bearing Witness Workshop" 

Saturday, April 2, 2011, 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. 

Chestnut Hill College 

Fitzsimmons Lounge 


Teya Sepinuck will present this day-long experiential workshop for 20 participants using Theater of Witness techniques of deep listening, personal reflection, creative imagery, and the sharing of personal and collective story to build a safe community of exploration and connection. With gentleness and encouragement, participants will use artistic exercises that engage creativity, honesty, humor and inspiration. This workshop is open to all with no prior experience needed.


Please complete the registration form.


Sister Helen PrejeanSister Helen Prejean, CSJ 

"Dead Man Walking: The Journey Continues"  

April 6, 2011, 7:00 p.m. 

Chestnut Hill College 

Sorgenti Arena 

Sister Helen Prejean, a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph and author of best-selling book that has since been adapted to the big screen, "Dead Man Walking", has been instrumental in sparking national dialogue on the death penalty and helping to shape the Catholic Church’s newly vigorous opposition to state executions. She considers herself a southern storyteller and she travels around the world giving talks about her ministry.

For more information, see the full press release

October 25


7:30 p.m. 

Chestnut Hill College

St. Joseph Hall, East Parlor

Humanitarian and Actor Melissa Fitzgerald will present "The Voices of Uganda Awareness Program"


Melissa Fitzgerald’s multi-media presentation raises awareness about the 25-year rebel war in northern Uganda. The program consists of a brief history of northern Uganda, video clips from the Voices of Uganda theater program, and monologues performed by Chestnut Hill College students. The monologues are based off of interviews with war-effected Ugandans. Please see press release for additional information.


November 18




Understanding and Practicing Skills of EMPATHY 

IFR Skill Development Day 

9:30 - 11:45 a.m. 

Chestnut Hill College

St. Joseph Hall, East Parlor

Open to all Faculty, Administration, Staff and Students. Scott Browning, Ph.D., Psychology, will be the primary presenter engaging the audience in both the theory and practice of empathy as a precondition for learning to forgive.



Wednesday, February 24, 2010 Social Room, 7:00-9:00pm.  

"Public Lecture" A Film Documentary and conversation with film producer Patrick Mureithi on "Forgiveness and Reconciliation in Rwanda" (I will send you by separate attachment more on Mureithi and a five minute Youtube of this film.) 


Monday, March 1, 2010 Social Room, 4:30pm  

"Beyond Belief: Healing after 9/11 with Susan Retik (see her website as widow of Sept 11 working with widows of Afghanistan. 


Friday, April 9, 2010 9:00am to 4:00pm.  

Just Listening with Sharon Browning -- six hour training session for us and other key personnel working with student life and college administration. 

 Wednesday, April 28, 2010. Social Room, 7:00-9:00pm.  

I am going to offer my “The Life-Saving Power of Forgiveness: Learning from my Rwandan Teachers” -- similar to what I have presented on my Rwandan journey but with a “since then account of new learnings and future hopes”. I am doing it for my students, but some others have told me that they missed it the last time. I'm also hoping to follow up on what Patrick Mureithi does in his film. For those who come to that evening, it will be part 2, hopefully.


Friday/Saturday, April 30-May 1, 2010.  

Two day Intensive Circle Training for Restorative Practices with Don Haldemann and co-presenter. This training will likewise be for us as a planning committee and several other key CHC personnel to achieve a first circle of persons empowered to train others and use these skills in a coherent and committed way together and in our various roles as agents of reconciliation.