Franciscans International Presents Lectures in NYC

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NEW YORK — Franciscans International will present an educational lecture series in New York City, beginning May 7, featuring discussions on the environment, film and service to the poor, and trafficking and organized crime.

The “Hear it from the Experts” series will take place May 7, June 3 and July 1, 6 to 8 p.m., at San Damiano Hall at the Provincial offices at 129 W. 31st St. The lecture series is billed by FI as “3 Nights. 3 Issues. 3 Experts.”

“Fighting for Our Environment,” May 7, features Robert Musil, Ph.D, MPH, LHD, a senior fellow and adjunct professor at American University, where he teaches global climate change and energy policy. From 1992 to 2006, Musil was the longest-serving executive director and CEO of Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the winner of the 1985 Nobel Prize for Peace.

“The Power of Film at the Service of the Poor,” June 3, is a film presentation by Gerard Thomas Straub, a documentary filmmaker and award-winning author of five books. His documentaries include “When did I See You Hungry?” which captures stories and images of global poverty in India, Kenya, Brazil, Jamaica, Italy, Canada, the Philippines and Mexico, and “We Have a Table Ready for Four,” which aired on PBS. He is the author of The Sun and Moon Over Assisi, inspirational reflections on St. Francis and St. Clare, which was named the best spirituality hardcover book of 2001 by the Catholic Press Association.

“Trafficking & Organized Crime,” July 1, will be given by Ronald Charles Chance, a professor at Neumann College on criminal justice and intelligence studies. He has testified as an expert witness on organized crime and racketeering before United States Senate committees, the President’s Commission on Organized Crime, the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation, and has been an expert witness on TV shows. He has spoken on trafficking to Catholic Relief Services and the National Catholic Bishops Conference, among other places.

For more information, or to RSVP, contact Heather Metcalfe at FI.

Other  events being held at San Damiano Hall as well as major HNP events at other locations can be found on the Province’s website.