On Friday, April 26 at 4 p.m. in the Maxwell Auditorium on the Syracuse University Campus, NETWORK Executive Director Sister Simone Campbell will deliver a lecture titled “Acting on Faith:  Networking, Religion, and Progressive Politics,” in the Maxwell School’s State of Democracy lecture series.  The lecture is sponsored by the Norman M. and Marsha Lee Berkman Endowed Fund.

The lecture is free and open to the public, with a reception following.  Public parking is available in Irving Garage for a reduced fee (if the lecture is mentioned upon entry into the garage).

Brief responses to Sister Simone’s remarks will be given by Maxwell Professor Margaret Thompson and Most Reverend Thomas Costello.

Sister Simone Campbell is Executive Director of NETWORK in Washington, DC.  She is a religious leader, attorney, and poet who advocates for systemic social and political change, with a focus on peace-building and economic justice. She led the "Nuns on the Bus" tour in the summer of 2012, during which Catholic Sisters protested the effects of proposed cuts to federal safety nets.  A noted speaker and educator on public policy issues, she appears regularly in national media outlets.  Most recently, she has been recognized for her work on healthcare reform, particularly as it affects the working poor.  Prior to coming to NETWORK, Sister Simone served as the Executive Director of JERICHO, a California interfaith public policy organization. She also served as the general director of her religious community, the Sisters of Social Service.  In 1978, Sister Simone founded and served for 18 years as the lead attorney for the Community Law Center in Oakland, California.

Sister Simone spoke at the Democratic Party National Convention last summer, and has recently appeared on Democracy Now!, 60 Minutes, and The Colbert Report.

The State of Democracy Lectures Series is dedicated to providing a forum for meaningful dialogue over public issues that cut across the disciplinary boundaries of the social sciences. The series is a centerpiece of the Maxwell School. It enables the intellectual exploration of current events and issues while fostering discussion and debate, which is the heart of meaningful democratic citizenship.  For more information visit www.campbellinstitute.org.