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Catalyst Retreat 2011

Two opportunities to participate in the
Catalyst experience

Sponsored by CWIL and the Center for History

Catalyst Weekend  2011 "Quest for Understanding"

A group of inspiring students, faculty, and community members came together for a weekend of stimulating conversations, leadership development, and intercultural explorations.

  • A transformative intercultural weekend experience
  • Interacted with community people, Saint Mary's faculty, and students
  • Traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio to visit:
    • National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
    • Homes of: Harriet Beecher Stowe, who started a national debate
    • John Rankin, a Quaker who was an abolitionist
    • John Parker, an African-American who fought oppression
    • Integrated the experience with group interactions & discussion

Catalyst Retreat 2011 "Women Fighting for Change"

A transformative intercultural experience

Learn how local historical leaders found creative ways to promote justice
Work with community women, Saint Mary's faculty, and students
Travel to Cincinnati Ohio to visit: National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the home of Harriet Beecher Stowe who started a national debate, home of John Rankin, a Quaker who was an abolitionist, home of John Parker, an African American who was an abolitionist
Tour historic local neighborhoods that were the scene of social change
Integrate the experience with group activities and discussions
Formulate an action plan for women to become a catalyst for social change


Prior to our trip, please read the following excerpts from:

An Introduction to Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (pdf)

Mightier Than The Sword, by David S. Reynolds (pdf)

and the following chapters from Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet A. Jacobs

These six brief chapters give a detailed account of the experiences of slaves and the risks necessary to obtain freedom. You can find the chapters online at the website http://www.pagebypagebooks.com/Harriet_Jacobs/Incidents_in_the_Life_of_a_Slave_Girl/index.html

Scenes at the Plantation
The Flight
Months of Peril
The Children Sold
New Perils
The Loophole of Retreat

For further information contact the CWIL office (574) 284-4051 or cwil@saintmarys.edu

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