Loras Hosting Keynote Speaker on International Peace Day

Olga Marina Segura will speak on campus on September 21.

Lora College will host author Olga Marina Segura as part of a multi-event recognition of International Peace Day on September 21. Segura will speak at 7 p.m. in the Alumni Campus Center Ballroom in a free event open to the public.

Olga Marina Segura

Segura, who completed her first book amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, will discuss how faith communities, particularly Catholics, can provide us with the tools and resources to build a more equitable world. Her presentation is entitled “Faith Communities and Liberation.”

Segura is a writer, the opinion and culture editor at National Catholic Reporter, and the author of Birth of A Movement: Black Lives Matter and the Catholic Church. Previously, she was an associate editor at America Media, where she wrote and solicited articles on race and culture. She is a co-founder and former co-host of the podcast “Jesuitical.” Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, Latino Rebels, Shondaland, Sojourners, Refinery29, and The Revealer.

In addition to Segura’s talk, Loras will serve as the starting point for a “Hike to Help Refugees” that will incorporate all three college campuses in Dubuque. From Christ the King Chapel, participants will head to Blades Chapel at the University of Dubuque and end at the Clarke University Atrium. 

Cosponsored by Iowa United Nations Association (IUNA), all proceeds raised go to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which helps provide refugees with life-sustaining tools. 

Participation is free, but donations will be accepted for UNHCR to help worldwide refugee populations in desperate need. Register/donate at the event or online at http://www.iowauna.org/.

The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. Two decades later, in 2001, the General Assembly unanimously voted to designate the Day as a period of non-violence and cease-fire.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2020, Loras was ranked the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the fourth consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 12th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).