Last Wednesday 29 June, the IAJU Assembly Steering Committee met for the last time before the event to go over the agenda and the last details for the event on 3-6 August. The Committee also reviewed the participants attending the Assembly and was happy to see that it currently stands at 320 confirmed attendees who very strongly represent the 6 different Jesuit regions of the world.
The group also talked about the pre-conference workshop on Democracy which will take place on Wednesday morning, before the Assembly starts. The workshop will discuss and debate about the problems that democracy currently faces all around the world, with a special focus on Latin America.
Another topic discussed by the committee was the success of the Four Dreams Film Competition, which has attracted more than eighty films from participants from 24 different countries. During the meeting it was agreed that the five winning films will be presented at the Assembly's opening banquet on Thursday evening. You can watch the trailer of the films contest here.
Another topic of discussion was the communications strategy for the Assembly. The communications plan features a multi-channel coverage of the event (YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, & Assembly website) to reach those who are not present at the assembly. It includes the collaboration of all regional associations to disseminate the information to every part of the world.
Finally, Fr. Michael Garanzini, SJ, chairing the meeting, informed the Committee that the IAJU board approved the granting of the Canisius medals at the closing banquet of the Assembly. The Canisius Medal, named after St. Peter Canisius, SJ, is presented by the Superior General of the Society of Jesus upon the recommendation of the IAJU Board to those who have made an outstanding service to advance the mission of Jesuit Higher Education through their work and dedication over the past years.
Find out more about the IAJU Boston College Assembly’s agenda by clicking here.