Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture

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Past Events - Fall 2011

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

 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.

“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

 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.

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.

Recent Co-Sponsored Events

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.

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.

“Introducing Medieval and Renaissance Music”

Event Flier

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

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.

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.