Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture

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Past Events - Fall 2011

Heart of the Core:

Catholic Identity and the Core Curriculum: a Faculty Colloquium

Co-Sponsored by the Center for Educational Excellence 

nielProfessor Neil Ormerod, Ph.D.
Professor of Systematic Theology,
Australian Catholic University

Saturday, September 15, 2012

9:00 am - 2:00 pm

CCTC Suite, Maher 253

A wide range of questions and challenges are raised when any university with a core curriculum sets about revising that curriculum. For faith-linked universities additional questions arise due to the foundational ethos and ongoing mission and identity of such schools. Numerous Catholic universities have revised or introduced innovative new core curricula in recent decades. How might we learn from their experiences and also reflect upon the most pertinent questions that face USD as it revises its core curriculum in relation to its Catholic foundations?

This faculty workshop, led by Neil Ormerod, a theologian and former dean known around the world and whose ‘first academic life’ was as a mathematician, will explore some of the fundamental questions and issues that all Catholic schools face when exploring the composition of a new core curriculum.

It will feature short presentations and contributions from USD panelists as well as involving interactive discussion throughout.

Professor Neil Ormerod is a systematic theologian of international repute who began his career as a mathematician and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a PhD in Pure Mathematics from the University of New South Wales. He then went on to complete his Masters and Doctorate in Theology at the Melbourne College of Divinity. Neil has worked professionally as a theologian for close to twenty five years. He is widely published in Australia and overseas with articles in leading international journals. 

His main areas of research interest lie in the fields of Historical ecclesiology, the Trinity, Christian anthropology, and the work of Bernard Lonergan.

The God (particle) of small things: Higgs boson and the intelligibility of the universe

Co-Sponsored by the Center for Christian Spirituality

Higgs bosonProfessor Neil Ormerod, Ph.D., CCTC Visiting Fellow, Fall 2012

Thursday, September 13, 2012 from 6:00 - 8:00pm with a reception to follow

Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Executive Classroom

Professor Neil Ormerod is a systematic theologian of international repute who began his career as a mathematician and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a PhD in Pure Mathematics from the University of New South Wales. He then went on to complete his Masters and Doctorate in Theology at the Melbourne College of Divinity. Neil has worked professionally as a theologian for close to twenty five years. He is widely published in Australia and overseas with articles in leading international journals. 

His main areas of research interest lie in the fields of Historical ecclesiology, the Trinity, Christian anthropology, and the work of Bernard Lonergan.

This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP please email cctc@sandiego.edu or call (619)260-7936.

Portman Lecturer Meet & Greet: Ann Clifford, CSJ, PhD

Friday, September, 21, 2012

12 - 1 p.m.

CCTC Suite, Maher 253

An opportunity for students and faculty from across the disciplines, as well as staff and members of the local community to meet with 2012 Portman Lecturer, Ann Clifford.

Bring your own lunch to this informal meeting. Ask follow-up questions to Professor Clifford’s public lecture, “The Greening of Catholicism, Eco-Justice for the Sake of the Common Good” and find out more about her current research.

Anne Clifford, CSJ, PhD, is currently the Monsignor James Supple Chair of Catholic Studies at Iowa State University. Previously she has held the Walter and Mary Tuohy Chair in Interreligious Studies at John Carroll University, and taught theology at Duquesne University. Her teaching and research focus on Catholic creation theology and social thought with emphasis on eco-justice. She has served as consultant to the United States Catholic Conference’s Environmental Justice Program (1995-1996) and as president of the College Theology Society (2006-2008).

This event is free, open to students and requires no RSVP. Drinks and cookies will be provided.

Faculty Travel Immersion Seminar 2012

Exploring Celtic Christianity in the Land of Saints and Scholars
Faculty Paper Presentations

Ireland

Thursday, October 11, 2012
6:00-8:30 p.m. in Salomon Hall

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
5:30-8:30 p.m. in the Degheri Alumni Center Board Room
With a reception to follow

Each year the CCTC 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. Please join us as the nine members who participated in this year’s seminar to Ireland present papers generated by the immersion experience.

Session 1: Thursday, October 11, 2012, 6 p.m., in Salomon Lecture Hall

Julia Cantzler, PhD, JD-Sociology

"We Are Who We Were: Irish Cultural Nationalism and the Battle over Tara"

Kimberly Eherenman, PhD -Languages and Literatures

"Ireland Amidst the Silence: The Poetry of Seán Dunne"

Bahar Davary, PhD-Theology and Religious Studies

"Ecocriticism and Poetry in Ireland"

Jonathan Bowman, PhD-Communication Studies

"Bua Na Cainte: Connection and Community in Irish Contexts"

Session 2: Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 5:30 p.m., in the Degheri Board Room (with a reception to follow)

Louis Komjathy, PhD-Theology and Religious Studies

"Understanding Celtic Christianity, Understanding Religion"

Jane Georges, PhD, RN-Nursing and Health Sciences

"The Celtic Holy Well: Implications for Catholic Universities"

Jessica Patterson, PhD-Art, Architecture and Art History

"The 'Primitive Budhist Temples' of Ireland"

Susan Bonnell, PhD, APRN, CPNP-Nursing and Health Sciences

“Women and Light: St Brigid, Altagracia, and Florence Nightingale”

Noelle Norton, PhD-Political Science & International Relations

“Traditions and Transitions: Bringing Ireland into the Classroom and Boardroom”

The Second Annual Switgall Lecture

Visions of Paradise: Women, Sin and Redemption in Christian Art

Tina Beattie, PhD, CCTC Visiting Fellow, Fall 2012
Thursday, November 8, 2012
6:00 - 7:45 p.m.
This event was cancelled by the President.

Women in Catholic Education Since Vatican II

Ursula King, PhD 
Monday, November 12, 2012 
6-8 p.m.
Degheri Alumni Center Boardroom (DAC-120)

Explorations in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition

Women’s Creative Ventures into Dialogue and Peace-Making: Some Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

Ursula King, PhD 
Monday, November 12, 2012 
12:30 – 2 p.m. 
Institute for Peace &Justice, AB 
*Free and open to the public - no RSVP required

Lessons and Carols

A Festival in Word and Song to Prepare for Christmas

Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 2 p.m. Friday, December 7, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Founders Chapel
*This event is free and open to the public, no RSVP required.