Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture

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Past Events - Fall 2010

A Madrigal Christmas Dinner

Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.

La Gran Terraza, University of San Diego

This inaugural event was a festive Christmas dinner that was a choral, cultural and culinary experience. The USD Choral Scholars performed a ceremony of carols, song and instrumentals to accompany a seasonal three-course meal. The evening captured the mood of the Renaissance and Baroque eras in true Madrigal form. In collaboration with the USD Choral Scholars.

Lessons and Carols - A Festival of Word and Song to Prepare for Christmas

Friday, December 3rd, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 5th, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.

Founders Chapel

Each December, USD invites the campus community and the public at large to gather in Founders Chapel to enjoy "Lessons and Carols," a centuries-old Christmas celebration. Through poignant readings from Old and New Testaments interspersed with elaborate instrumental and choral music, the congregation reflects on the Christmas Story, the birth of Jesus in the context of its significance in salvation history.

Dinner Discussion: Family Friendly Practices and Our Catholic Traditions

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Degheri 120

With the changing demographics in academia and the drive to maintain academic excellence, universities and colleges recognize the need to recruit talented scholars into academia and retain them over the course of their academic careers. It is clear from appropriate literature that one method to accomplish these goals is to implement innovative work-family policies. The key is instituting policies to enable all constituencies to balance work and personal responsibilities. Dr. Jill Bickett is an assistant professor at Loyola Marymount University in the school of education. She presented her work on "best practices" currently in use at institutions and specifically Catholic institutions across the United States. Co-sponsored with the Center for Educational Excellence

"Eating and Believing: Food in Christian Spirituality" - David Grumett, Ph.D

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Warren Auditorium, Mother Rosalie Hill Hall (SOLES)

There is growing interest in food and spirituality in a wide range of often syncretistic or post-religious movements. Part of the reason for resurgent interest in food spirituality is a wider awareness that belief is embodied. How do we conceive the soul-body relation in order to make sense of food as material really incorporated into our inner being? How does embodied practice mesh with ideas of Christian identity founded primarily on scripture and doctrine? This lecture did not propose definitive answers to such questions, but sought to recover Christian traditions of dietary practice and sparked reflection and debate.

Film Screening: 'Excluded' - directed by Lisa Nunn, Ph.D.

Wednesday, November 10th at 7:00 p.m.

Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Warren Auditorium

The Center for Inclusion and Diversity is hosted a free film screening of "Excluded: Immigration Struggles of a Gay, Bi-National Couple." A panel discussion will follow featuring panelists Gerard Mannion, DPhil., director for the Center of Catholic Thought and Culture; Lori Watson, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Philosophy; and Belinda C. Lum, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Sociology.

Following the screening was an engaging discussion of the film, produced and directed by Lisa M. Nunn, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology.The filmshed light on an often overlooked aspect of both immigration reform and the debate over same-sex marriage:the fact that gay and lesbian Americans have no legal way to bring foreign partners into the U.S.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Educational Excellence; United Front Multicultural Center; Community Service-Learning; the Center for Awareness, Service, and Action (CASA); Pride Law; the Department of Sociology; and Alpha Kappa Delta Chapter of the International Sociology Honor Society.

“Tattoos on the Heart” - Rev. Greg Boyle, SJ

Saturday, November 7th, 2010 from 11:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

The Immaculata

Rev. Greg Boyle, SJ shared stories of struggle and hope, and his reflections on God’s unconditional love through his twenty years of ministry to gangs in East Los Angeles. Copies of Fr. Boyle’s new book, Tattoos on the Heart, were available for sale and signing by the author. In collaboration with University Mission and Ministry

“Christian Spirituality as a Way of Living Publicly” - Philip Sheldrake, PhD

Thursday, November 4th, 2010 from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Shiley Theatre, Camino Hall

Christian spirituality is concerned with our worldviews and overall conduct of life rather than with “spiritual” practices in isolation, integrating theological reflection with transformative practice, personal development with public existence, and contemplation with social change. Today Christian spirituality has a powerful relevance in the practice of everyday life in urban environments. Soon around 66 percent of humanity will live in cities. This makes the meaning and future of cities one of the most challenging spiritual issues of our times. How do built environments shape our spiritual vision? What are the key “urban virtues” for the 21st century?  This talk first outlined why and how Christian spirituality concerns our public existence and then specifically about spirituality in the city. In collaboration with the Center for Christian Spirituality

"Interdisciplinary Study: Spirituality, Theology and the Social Sciences" - Philip Sheldrake, Ph.D

Thursday, November 4th, 2010 from 12:15–1:30 p.m.

Center for Catholic Thought and Culture, Maher 253

Phillip Sheldrake, Ph.D., is the William Leech Professorial Fellow in Applied Theology for the Department of Theology at Durham University, England.  This brown bag lunch presentation was an opportunity for faculty, students and the public to participate in a lively discussion of this new area of scholarship and its implications for integrative learning.  Co-sponsored by the Center for Christian Spirituality and the Center for Catholic Thought and Culture.

Assisi 2012 - Where We Dwell in Common: Pathways for Dialogue in the 21st Century (Launch Reception)

Sunday, October 31, 2010 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Marriott Marquis - Atlanta, GA

This event was the launch reception for "Thinking Outside the Ecumenical Box” a large-scale, international and ecumenical gathering, to be held in Assisi, Italy in 2012, 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 in order to help make this happen. Co-sponsored by The Ecclesiological Investigations International Research Network and the Center for Catholic Thought and Culture.

Catholics and Science Series - Celia Deane-Drummond, Ph.D

"A Case for Corporate Conscience: Climategate, COP15 and Climate Justice"

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Warren Auditorium, Mother Rosalie Hill Hall (SOLES)

"Genetic Therapies: Future Prospects and Ethical Quandaries"

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 from 12:20 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Solomon Hall, Maher Hall

Professor Celia Deane-Drummond graduated in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and obtained a doctorate in plant physiology at Reading University prior to two postdoctoral fellowships at the University of British Columbia and Cambridge University. She subsequently took up a lectureship in plant physiology at Durham University prior to turning her attention more fully to theological study, obtaining a degree in theology and then a doctorate in systematic theology from Manchester University. She has lectured widely both nationally and internationally on all areas relating theology and theological ethics with different aspects of the biosciences, especially ecology and genetics.

"The Making of Mexican Molli and Alimentary Theology in the Making" - Angel Mendez Montoya, OP

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010  from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Solomon Lecture Hall, Maher Hall

This presentation took the Mexican dish called mole as a metaphor, and a cultural, material, and concrete practice. The main purpose was to explore what it means to practice theology in general, and to partake of the eucharistic banquet in particular, for both are eccentric alimentary hybrids that feed our hunger.