Each year, professor Judith Royer, CSJ, and professor Dorie Baizley, in collaboration with the CSJ Center for Reconciliation and Justice, offer LMU students an engaged learning course connecting theatre and social justice issues. The “Voices of Justice” class is an oral histories writing and performance course which includes meeting, interviewing and performing stories of members of Los Angeles advocacy agencies who work with social justice issues.
This year, the class is working with the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (C.A.S.T.), an organization focused on identifying and empowering victims of human trafficking as well as public education and advocacy, and The Francisco Homes, an organization that offers transitional homes to formerly incarcerated men aspiring to re-integrate back into the community.
Students hear from administrators and participants of these organizations through panels and story circles scheduled early in the Fall Semester. Students then create theatrical pieces which will be performed on 1/29/19 at 6:30pm in Von der Ahe Family Suite for the C.A.S.T. students and 2/9/19 at 2:30pm in Murphy Hall for The Francisco Homes students.