Posted: Thursday Jan 30, 2014
Jan. 30, 2014
Jim Keady, a nationally renowned educator and speaker, will be presenting on the topic of sweatshops and social justice as the second presentation in the Saint Vincent College Office of Student Affairs LEARN Speakers Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in the Fred M. Rogers Center on the campus of Saint Vincent. Admission is free and open to the public.
Keady, a theologian, activist, educator and elected official, is the founding director of Educating for Justice, Inc.
He has spoken across the United States and at international venues to thousands of interested audience members. He has been sought out by members of the U.S. Congress, as well as various university administrators, religious and union leaders and student groups, to offer his personal and professional experience and critiques on the issues of sweatshops, globalization and social justice.
He holds a master’s degree with distinction in theology from St. John's University where he concentrated his studies in social ethics and pastoral theology. Along with studying theology, he also coached with St. John’s mens soccer team, at the time, the NCAA Division I national champions. He said he was eventually forced to resign from his job because he refused to wear and promote Nike's products as part of the school's $3.5 million dollar endorsement arrangement with the sportswear company.
Prior to his work with EFJ, he taught high school religion for five years at schools in New York and New Jersey. He also played and coached soccer at the youth, high school, college and professional levels.
In addition to his graduate degree from St. John's, he holds a bachelor of science degree in psychology from St. Joseph's University.
He has spent time traveling the globe and doing volunteer work in Asia and Europe with Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity.
In 2001, the Mario Savio Foundation recognized and honored his work for justice, naming him the “Young Activist of the Year.”
Keady is currently producing a feature length independent documentary film and writing a book, both titled, Sweat, which will detail his decade-long work of advocacy on behalf of Nike's overseas workers.
He has also been involved in electoral politics and from 2005-2008 served as a councilman in the City of Asbury Park, N.J.
Keady currently lives at the beach in New Jersey with his daughter, Reese. When not doing his social justice work, he enjoys being a father, coaching and playing soccer, bodysurfing, playing basketball, reading and taking bike rides on the boardwalk.
The third and final presentation in the series will be Kerry Cronin, director of the Lonergan Institute, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13.
Further information is available by contacting the Office of Students Affairs, 724-805-2564.
Photo: Jim Keady
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