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Sister Simone Campbell Keynote Speaker for Vanderhaar Symposium

Fresh off her latest “Nuns on the Bus” tour, this special Vanderhaar Symposium event welcomes Sister Simone Campbell, SSS to Memphis to share the stories of injustice, poverty, and division she gathered from America's heartland. In her talk she looks to amplify the concerns of the individuals, families, and communities she connected with on her recent travels.

She will speak at the Dr. Gerard A. Vanderhaar Symposium, held Friday, October 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the main sanctuary at First Congregational Church at 1000 S. Cooper St. The event is free and open to the public.

Sister Simone Campbell is a well-known advocate for the poor and disenfranchised, and leader of four “Nuns on the Bus” tours that have placed emphasis on the Catholic Church’s longstanding commitment to social justice. Since 2004 she has served as Executive Director of NETWORK, a Catholic Social Justice lobby. She is a religious leader, attorney and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change. In Washington, she lobbies on issues of peace-building, immigration reform, healthcare and economic justice. Around the country, she is a noted speaker and educator on these public policy issues.

Sister Simone has often been featured in the national and international media, including appearances on 60 Minutes, The Colbert Report, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She has received numerous awards, including a “Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award” and the "Defender of Democracy Award" from the international Parliamentarians for Global Action. In addition, she has been the keynote or featured speaker at numerous large gatherings, including the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

She authored A Nun on the Bus: How All of Us Can Create Hope, Change, and Community, published in April 2014 by HarperCollins, and plans to be available to sign copies of her book following the talk.

The Vanderhaar Symposium was founded in honor of Dr. Gerard A. Vanderhaar, a professor of religion for 28 years at Christian Brothers University, who spent his lifetime promoting peace and active nonviolence. Each year, the Symposium invites a noted scholar and/or activist to address social and moral issues related to peace and justice and/or Catholic social teaching.

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Posted by Cory Dugan at 8:36 AM