In the March issues of Catholic Library World, Dr. Kevin Rioux published an article titled Teaching Social Justice in an Information Literacy Course: An Action Research Case Study. The course Dr. Rioux describes in the article will take him to Rome this summer. There he will engage a class of both students from developing countries on scholarships, and students from the U.S. With selected course readings and discussion, the students will begin to describe social justice and its relationship to information literacy.
Dr. Rioux’s second trip will be to Brazil. He will be traveling as a member of Scholars in Global Solidarity, which currently includes members from three Catholic universities around the country: St. John’s University, University of Dayton (Ohio), and the University of San Francisco. The Scholars in Global Solidarity are working as a branch of the Catholic Relief Services. While in Brazil, they will be researching how issues of forced laboraffects the indigenous people in rural areas of the country. The Scholars in Global Solidarity will then be able to incorporate what they have learned and observed about information access into the coursework of their respective programs.
Dr. Rioux’s final trip for the summer will be to Goa, India, where he will be the keynote speaker at the Social Justice and Education Conference at St. Xavier’s University. The conference has been put together by the Peace and Justice Commission of the Archdiocese of Goa. Then its back to New York to prepare for Fall Semester. Safe Travels, Dr. Rioux!