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Talk: “City of Dignity: Catholic Social Justice Activism in Postwar Los Angeles”

November 1, 2023 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm CDT

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“City of Dignity: Catholic Social Justice Activism in Postwar Los Angeles”

Speaker: Sean Dempsey (Loyola Marymount University)

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

3:30pm – 5:00pm, University Hall 1501 – 601 S. Morgan St., Chicago IL 60607 (University of Illinois Chicago)


More about the talk: This talk charts the development of distinctly Catholic social justice activism in Los Angeles in the decades after WWII until the 1990s. This was at a time of tumultuous change in both the city and the Church, as Los Angeles witnessed the uprisings of 1965 and 1992, welcomed millions of new immigrants from Central America and Asia, and grappled with the effects of globalization. In this ever-shifting context, Catholics committed to the Church’s social teaching and the reforms of Vatican II sought to adapt their faith to address a wide range of urban issues, with a view toward making Los Angeles a “city of dignity.”

More about the speaker: Sean Dempsey is a Jesuit priest and Associate Professor of History and Department Chair at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. His first book, City of Dignity: Christianity, Liberalism, and the Making of Global Los Angeles was published last year by the University of Chicago Press.


November 1, 2023
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm CDT


Sean Dempsey
Laura Dingeldein
Great Cities Institute


1501 University Hall
601 S. Morgan St.
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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