Past Events 2011-2012

 

Interfaith Dialogue and Understanding Program

"Crescent and Dove: Civil Unrest and Nonviolence in the Middle East Uprisings"

Qamar ul-Huda, Ph.D., Senior Program Officer in the Religion and Peacemaking Program at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C.

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

12:05-1:30 p.m. in Salomon Lecture Hall

Co-sponsored by the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice and the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies.

 

 

Expanding Our View of Inclusion: A Luncheon Panel Discussion on Religious Identity, Race, and Invisible Diversity

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

12:00-1:45 p.m.in Maher Hall's Salomon Hall

In collaboration with the Center for Educational Excellence

As USD continues to expand its efforts to achieve a more diverse community and proposed changes in the core curriculum open up new questions about USD’s Catholic identity, it is useful to ask just what we mean by diversity. Race and ethnicity are the main categories through which Americans have tended to imagine diversity and they are obviously central. How does thinking about religious diversity complicate the picture? How does supporting religious diversity fit with or form a tension with other diversity aims? How do the categories of "religion" and "race" help or harm our ability to think about diversity? How does USD’s Catholic identity fit together with the ideal of a religiously diverse campus?

This forum, aimed towards both faculty and students, explored these and related questions. Our panelists included Drs. Louis Komjathy and Karma Lekshe Tsomo from the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Dr. Gerard Mannion, Director of the Center for Catholic Thought and Culture, Dr. Alejandro Meter from the Department of Languages and Literatures, and visiting scholar, Dr. Qamar-ul Huda, Senior Program Officer in the Religion and Peacemaking Program at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Each of these panelists represented a different religious tradition (Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Daoist, and Muslim). An open, moderated discussion followed. This program was facilitated by Aaron Gross, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, and recent CEE Travel Grant Recipient.

 

 

Explorations in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition Lecture Series

“Solidarity and the Option for the Poor”

John O’Brien, Spiritan Order, Pakistan and CCTC Visiting Fellow, Fall 2011

Monday, October 10th, 2011

12:05-1:30 p.m. in Salomon Lecture Hall

Co-sponsored by the Council for the Advancement of Catholic Social Thought, CST Ambassador's Program and the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies.

 

 

PeaceTalks with Marguerite Barankitse Humanitarian and 2008 Opus Prize Winner
“Public Health and Social Change”

Friday October 14, 2011, 1-3 p.m., KIPJ CD

In collaboration with the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture, SOLES Global Center, USD Changemaker Hub, University Ministry, International Center, Women’s Center, Center for Community Service-Learning, Center for Peace and Commerce

Marguerite "Maggy" Barankitse, a Burundian humanitarian with a big heart and a woman of exception, was witness to an unimaginable event that forever changed her life. On Sunday October 24, 1993, Maggy was working for the Catholic bishop of Ruyigi, in eastern Burundi, Africa, when ethnic Tutsis stormed the bishop’s residence, killing 72 Hutus. Amid the chaos and confusion, Barankitse managed to save 25 children and, driven by hope, thoughts of peace and a calling straight from God, set out to provide a safe haven for the youngest survivors of unspeakable violence. What began in 1993 as a home for the 25 orphaned children who survived the attack, Maison Shalom – or “House of Peace” – has grown into a multi-functional service agency helping heal and support 30,000 young people and families.

Only recently emerging from more than 12 years of civil war between the Tutsis and Hutus that left 300,000 dead, Burundi is healing. In order to care for the many children affected by the conflict in Burundi, Maggy and her team operate “children villages.” These 500 small houses throughout the country, including in the capital of Bujumbura, provide children the support and nurturing they need by reintegrating them with loving families. Early in 2008, Maison Shalom achieved another goal and opened a hospital in Burundi. The focus of Maggy’s work and Maison Shalom is to change the lives of children and ultimately better the lives of all Burundians. Based on their successful efforts, the model is now spreading, with outreach and aid to children in Rwanda and the Congo currently underway.

 

 

The Inaugural Emilia Switgall Lecture

“Christian-Muslim Dialogue from Below: Spiritan Perspectives from Pakistan”

John O’Brien, Spiritan Order, Pakistan and CCTC Visiting Fellow, Fall 2011

Thursday, October 20, 2011

5:30-7:00 p.m. in the Mr. and Mrs. Douglas F. Manchester Auditorium

Reception to follow in the Manchester Conference Center Lobby

*Free and open to the public

 

 

“Introducing Medieval and Renaissance Music”

Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences Department of Music - a performance by the USD Choral Scholars, directed by Dr. Edwin Basilio, and a discussion of early music:

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Camino Hall, room 153

The Choral Scholars performed a selection of works from around Europe, illustrating different forms of sacred music from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

The concert was accompanied by a conversation about the features and performance practices of medieval and Renaissance music with two historical musicologists, Dr. Susan Boynton (Columbia University) and Dr. Marianne Pfau (USD Dept. of Music). This was an excellent opportunity to listen to the vivid, inspiring sounds of early music performed by talented musiciansand to learn from two noted experts in the field about the wayswe can understand andappreciatemusic from the distant past.

 

 

Archbishop Cisneros and the Mozarabic Rite in Renaissance Spain

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

7:00 - 8:00 p.m. in Warren Auditorium (Mother Rosalie Hill Hall)

Free and open to the public

*Co-sponsored with the Department of Languages and Literatures

 

 

An Advent Reflection: Giving an Explanation For Our Hope

Presented by Rev. John O’Brien, CSSp
Fr. John O’Brien, CSSp, is a Visiting Fellow at the University of San Diego’s Center for Catholic Thought and Culture. He has presented the inaugural Emile Switgall Lecture, “Christian-Muslim Dialogue from Below: Spiritan Perspectives from Pakistan,” based upon his ongoing experience in Pakistan in ministries with housing cooperatives, adult education, youth work and pastoral ministry especially among urban “sweepers.”
Since his arrival on campus he has met with faculty, student groups, and presented in the Explorations in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition series on the topic, “Solidarity and the Option for the Poor.”
As we approach Advent, the Center for Christian Spirituality invites you to join Fr. O’Brien to share his reflections on the encouragement of St. Peter’s first letter (1 Pet. 2:15):
“Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope.”
The presentation will include breakfast in the University’s dining room, La Gran Terraza, and the Saturday date will offer accessible parking. We hope you can join us for this opportunity to deepen our understanding of Christian hope.


When: Saturday, November 12, 2011, 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Where: La Gran Terraza, Hahn University Center, USD.

 

 

SACRA/PROFANA performs at USD’s Founders Chapel

Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 2 p.m.

SACRA/PROFANA proudly presents the first performance of Muhly’s choral music in San Diego: the multi-movement opus "Expecting The Main Things From You," scored for percussion, organ, string quartet & choir. Muhly’s motoric, cosmopolitan score will be complemented by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s profound meditation on the biblical story of Sarah’s pregnancy, "Sarah Was Ninety Years Old." Also on the program is "Proverb," a work for solo voices, two organs and two vibraphones by iconic American composer Steve Reich.

  

 

Lessons and Carols

A Festival of Word and Song to Prepare for Christmas

Friday, December 2, at 7:30pm

Sunday, December 4, 2011 at 2:00pm

Founders Chapel

*This event is free and open to the public.

 

 

“The Story and Future of Liberation Theology”

Luiz Carlos Susin, Ph.D., Professor of Systematic Theology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul and at the Higher School of Theology and Franciscan Spirituality, both in Porto Alegre, Brazil

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

12:05-1:30 p.m. in UC Forum B

 

 

The Art of Contemplation

Faculty/Staff Workshop with Fr. William Meninger

Monday, February 6, 2012 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Center for Catholic Thought and Culture (Maher Hall, 253)

Sponsored by the Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture and the Center for Educational Excellence

With an introduction by Louis Komjathy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Theology and Religious Studies, Program Director, Contemplative Studies and member of the Contemplative Pedagogies Professional Learning Community. A light dinner will be served.

 

 

Vatican II @ 50

“Vatican II Fifty Years On: What Would the Four/Fore Fathers Say Now?”

Paul Lakeland, PhD, Aloysius P. Kelley S.J. Chair in Catholic Studies and Professor of Religious Studies at Fairfield University, CT

Thursday, February 23, 2012 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Mr. and Mrs. Douglas F. Manchester Theater

With reception to follow in the Manchester Conference Center Lobby

Paul Lakeland is Director of the Center for Catholic Studies and the undergraduate academic minor program in Catholic Studies at Fairfield University, CT.   Dr. Lakeland received his Licentiate in Philosophy from Heythrop Pontifical Athenaeum, an M.A. from Oxford University in English Language and Literature, a Bachelor of Divinity degree from the University of London, and his Ph.D. in religion from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.  He is the author of some 35 scholarly articles and 8 books, the most recent of which are, Catholicism at the Crossroads: How the Laity Can Save the Church (Cotinuum, 2007), which also won an award from the Catholic Press Association and Church: Living Communion (Liturgical Press, 2009). He will be the first speaker in our Vatican II @ 50 series. The four "forefathers" in question are those giants of 20th century Catholic theology and especially of the Council who were all born in 1904: Yves Congar, Karl Rahner, Bernard Lonergan and John Courtney Murray.

 

 

Religion and Science Forum

"The Genetic Revolution: Can Ethics Keep Pace?"

Monday, March 12, 2012 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Mother Rosalie Hill Hall Executive Classroom

A Faculty Seminar featuring perspectives from the disciplines of philosophy, science, law, ethics, theology and from the biotech industry itself discussing the ethical and social implications of some of the most recent developments in stem cell research.

Panel:

Keynote expert guest: Antonio Autiero, PhD, Professor of Moral Theology of the Faculty of Catholic Theology of the University of Münster. He was also Director of the Centre for Religious Studies of the Fondazione Bruno Kessler in Trento, Italy from 1997 until 2011.

John Evans, PhD, Professor and Chair of Sociology, UCSD

Jeffrey Janus, CEO of Lifeline Cell Technology; Senior Vice President of Operations, International Stem Cell Corporation

Lawrence Hinman, PhD, Professor of Philosophy and former director of the Center for Ethics in Science & Technology , USD

Chair: Gerard Mannion, DPhil, Director, Center for Catholic Thought and Culture and Professor, Theology and Religious Studies, USD

 

 

Blessed and Beautiful: Picturing the Saints in Italian Renaissance Art

Robert Kiely, PhD, Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Professor of English, Emeritus at Harvard University

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 from 6:00-7:45 p.m.

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre

With a reception to follow KIPJ Room D

Robert Kiely, a distinguished scholar of modernist literature and a historian and critic of exceptional sensibility, discussed his latest book, Blessed and Beautiful: Picturing the Saints.   This book offers a powerful and searching meditation on the lives of the saints and the images of them painted by Renaissance artists in Italy. Through word and image, Professor Kiely shared with us his researches into how renaissance artists in Italy went about reflecting in and refracting through their works the lives, legends and meaning drawn from traditions surrounding Saints Francis of Assisi, Mary Magdalene, the lesser known Louis of Toulouse and Mary the Mother of Jesus. Professor Kiely then unpacked the theological meaning behind these great works and spoke of their enormous and enduring impact and significance.

The talk was an aesthetic experience in multiple ways, featuring images of the amazing works of art in question.

 

 

"Is there such a thing as a Catholic Imagination? Asking Augustine, Francis, and Hopkins"

Robert Kiely, PhD, Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Professor of English, Emeritus at Harvard University

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 from 12:15-1:45 p.m.

Solomon Lecture Hall

This lecture is part of the "Explorations in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition" lecture series.  These are intended to be at an accessible and introductory level and designed for students, staff, faculty and guests who are not experts in the field. Classes are always most welcome.

Professor Kiely discussed some of what he has learned teaching courses on Christian literature at Harvard.  He explored some of the ways in which the work of the imagination— especially in literature— addresses scripture and theology; and bears witness to the experience of God.

 

 

“The Art of Faith”

Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. Robert and Karen Hoehn Family Galleries, Founders Hall

Reception to follow

A Display of 16th and 17th Century Religious Prints from USD's Hoehn Collection, featuring works by Dürer, Rembrandt, Beham, Goltzius, Jordaens and Ribera.  Introduced by Victoria Sancho Lobis and followed by a brief talk by Professor Kiely, on discerning the theological meaning behind religious works of art.

Followed at 5:00 p.m. by a lecture in the Galley Talk Series by Professor Sally Yard, Department of Art, Art History + Architecture together with Megan Walter ('12), Humanities and Art History

In collaboration with the Hoehn Print Study Room and University Design

 

 

Becoming Who You Are: Wisdom from African American Catholicism

Fr. Freddy Washington, CSSp

Monday, March 26, 2012

Institute for Peace & Justice, Room C

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

A native of Charleston, South Carolina, and a member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit , Fr. Freddy Washington, CSSp, is pastor of St. Mary Magdalene and St. Ambrose Parishes in Chicago. Prior to his work in Chicago, Fr. Freddy was a Hospital Chaplain at Harlem Hospital in New York City, a high school religion teacher, a director of Religious Education, an associate professor of Pastoral Theology at Xavier University in New Orleans and an adjunct instructor of Pastoral Theology at Loyola-Marymount University in Los Angeles. His many years of working in multicultural settings has offered him unique insight into the opportunities and challenges of discovering our true selves, drawing on all of our cultural gifts, to become who we most authentically are.

In collaboration with University Ministry, the Center for Educational Excellence and the Center for Inclusion and Diversity

 

 

Assisi 2012 Where We Dwell in Common: Pathways for Dialogue in the 21st Century

April 17 – 20, 2012 in Assisi, Italy

In April 2012, the CCTC is playing a lead role in the organization of an international and ecumenical gathering exploring the theme of dialogue from the perspectives of the past, present and future. The overall aim is to discern new ways, means and methods of advancing the ecumenical cause in the wake of the ‘ecumenical winter’ and with renewed energy for a new century. It is intended to be not so much a conference, as the beginning of a process or series of ongoing processes. This gathering will seek to identify, share and shape, as well as to put into practice, productive pathways for dialogue in these times. It wishes to encourage ecumenical ‘thinking outside the box’ and to gather together a richly diverse array of voices from around the globe in order to help make this happen. CCTC Director, Gerard Mannion is chair of the Assisi 2012 Organizing Committee and a delegation of USD Faculty will be present and participating throughout.

The venue of Assisi has been chosen because of its long and instinctive association with openness, charity, dialogue, peace, harmony and communion – with the particular charisms of the orders founded by Francis and Clare alike having helped inspire countless ventures in promoting dialogue and openness amongst peoples.

In all, we hope to discuss, to enhance and to promote the ‘science of bridge-building’ for our contemporary communities and for their shared tomorrows. Naturally the challenge of dialogue today spreads far beyond the intra-Christian world and so inter-faith and still wider dialogue amongst faith communities and the wider ‘world’ will naturally also feature at our gathering as important themes. We will also seek to learn from those with experience in peace-building and conflict resolution and to discern how the methods, strategies and sheer resilience of such initiatives might be adaptable to the ecumenical and inter-faith situations we seek to address.

The venue of Assisi has been chosen because of its long and instinctive association with openness, charity, dialogue, peace, harmony and communion – with the particular charisms of the orders founded by Francis and Clare alike having helped inspire countless ventures in promoting dialogue and openness amongst peoples.

  

 

Explorations in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition Lecture Series

“Faith in the Public Arena"

Mary Doak, Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies, USD

Thursday, May 10, 2012 from 12:00-1:30 p.m.

UC Forum A

*Free and open to the public

 

 

Contemporary Ireland and the Northern Ireland Peace Process

H.E. Michael Collins, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States

Monday, May 21, 2012, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Room AB

Sponsored by The Irish Network of San Diego, Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture,

Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice.

 

 

Faculty Travel Immersion Seminar 2012: Exploring Celtic Christianity in the Land of Saints and Scholars

June 11-18, 2012, Ireland

Each year the Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture takes a small group of inter-disciplinary USD Faculty to a place connected in a broad sense with the Catholic intellectual and/or cultural and social traditions. The program is set around a specific theme each year which brings past, present and future discourse into relation. The theme can embrace a wide variety of foci, such as historical, ethical, social, theological, cultural and aesthetic.

The theme for the 2012 seminar will be Celtic Christianity and the location will be Ireland, which, from the time of St Patrick’s mission and the country’s embracing of Christianity in the 5th Century, soon came to be known a land of ‘saints and scholars’. Christianity in medieval Ireland blended with the unique cultural and social traditions of that land and developed into a very distinctive and progressively inculturated form of the Christian faith, indeed into something quite distinctive from the character of ‘Roman Christianity’ of the era.