Helge Center

Upcoming Speakers

The Whole Language: The Power of Extravagant Tenderness


Featuring: Fr. Greg Boyle,



February 22, 2022, 6:30pm,
VUCA, Duesenberg Recital Hall

Book giveaway sponsored by Valpo’s Social Work. Must be present to win.

Claim your tickets HERE!

**The first 150 tickets claimed will sit in the main venue. Overflow seating on campus will be available where the keynote will be live-streamed. Masks are required at this event.**

Father Boyle will host a book signing after his keynote until 8:00 pm in the VUCA lobby. Please, bring your own books as they will not be available for purchase at the event.

Want to watch from the comfort of your home? Click HERE to watch the live-stream!

There are several events in the afternoon leading up to Father Boyle’s Keynote. These events are designed to bring awareness to and humanize those who are often treated to be beneath societal standards by hearing and seeing their stories. Join us at any and all of these events as we bear witness to stories and testimonies of formerly incarcerated men and women as well as former gang members from LA. We invite you to come with an open heart as we reflect on our own responses, reactions, and biases as we listen and learn together.

3:00-9:00 pm – Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story?

In this interactive exhibit, you can engage with and listen to the lived experiences of juvenile justice-involved youth, including youth from Fr. Boyle’s Homeboy Industries community.

Note: you will need headphones and a mobile device with wi-fi capabilities.

Location: Valparaiso University Center for the Arts (VUCA) Lobby

4:00-5:30 pm – Voices of Reentry: A Community Conversation with Our Formerly Incarcerated Colleagues

Join us for a powerful facilitated conversation with formerly incarcerated members of our community about the challenges and triumphs that come with second chances.

Location: Refectory, Mueller Hall at Valparaiso University

6:30-7:30pm – The Whole Language: The Power of Extravagant Tenderness

Book giveaway sponsored by Valparaiso University Social Work.

Prepare to be moved as you join us for the main event: a keynote lecture from Father Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world, followed by a Q&A segment. Father Boyle will discuss the virtue of tenderness and extending tenderness to others regardless of social status, through sharing stories of his time with gang members.

Location: Duesenberg Recital Hall, VUCA

7:30-8:00 pm – Book Signing by Father Boyle

Be sure to bring your own book to get it signed by Father Boyle as they will not be for sale at the event.

Location: VUCA Lobby

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