Past Events - Spring 2011

“Virtues for Global Flourishing” - Neil Ormerod, PhD.

Monday, May 2nd, 2011 from 7:00-900 p.m. in the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre

Utilizing a Lonerganian-Robert Doran inspired theology of history, this lecture addressed the churches response to the impact of globalization on vital, social, cultural, personal and religious values. In particular it explored the notion of ‘virtue’ in a globalizing world, with globalization posing a new moral context. The lecture looked at social virtues, cultural virtues and personal virtues and ask whether religion, itself, can be understood as a virtue, before exploring emergent ‘global virtues which pose a challenge to all religions. Finally, it explored how global virtues relate to the mission of the Church today.

“Identity and Mission in Catholic Universities” - Neil Ormerod, PhD.

Monday, May 2nd, 2011 from 12:05 -1:00 p.m. in Salomon Hall (Maher Hall)

The question of the “Catholic” nature of various Catholic institutions has become increasingly pressing in recent years, notably as the leadership of these institutions has moved from persons who have been formed within the culture of priestly or religious life, to a lay leadership, who, while professionally competent, does not have the same depth and breadth of Catholic formation as the previous generation of leaders. This is not to say that they have less to bring to their leadership responsibilities, as often they excel in other areas of competence, far more than their predecessors. However, in terms of their Catholic formation they have less depth and breadth. The aim of this paper is to present a theological analysis of the key terms “identity” and “mission” in the broader context of ecclesiology.

“The Meeting of Cultures: Encountering Difference and Diversity”: Presentations on the Rome Faculty Travel Seminar

The eight faculty members who participated in the January 2011 immersion seminar to Rome, Italy will present papers generated by the seminar experience in two sessions.

Monday, March 28th from 5:00-7:00pm in KIPJ-A

"The Holding Environment for Dialogue: A Reflection on Nonprofit Scholarship and Practice"

Mary McDonald,Ph.D., Leadership Studies

“What Kind of Ecumenism Should We Want?”

Harriet Baber, Ph.D., Philosophy

“Encountering Difference and Developing Social Responsibility: The ‘Core’ in the Core Curriculum”

Carole Huston, Ph.D., Communication Studies

“Beyond Inter‐Faith and Inter‐Cultural Dialogue: The Foundations for International Solidarity”

Necla Tschirgi, Ph.D., Peace Studies

Friday, April 15th from 5:00-7:00pm in KIPJ-EF (with reception to follow)

“Resilience through Conflict (Resolution) ‐ A Macro Perspective”

Ami Carpenter, Ph.D., Peace Studies

“Expanding Understandings of Dignity at Work: Teaching and Transforming Beyond the Other”

Belinda Lum, Ph.D., Sociology

"The Shared Christian Praxis Methodology Learning Process: A Faculty’s Self‐Reflection of the Learning Movements with Difference and Diversity in Rome”

Reyes Quezada, Ed.D., Learning and Teaching

“Diversity, Communication and Theatre: Crossing the Major Divides”

Evelyn Diaz Cruz, M.F.A., Theatre Arts and Carole Huston, Ph.D., Communication Studies

Faculty and Staff Prayer Breakfast- Pausing as We Pass the Lilies in the Field: Where Jesus, Marx and Marcuse Meet in Conversation

Thursday, March 24th, 2011 from 7:15 – 8:30 a.m. in La Gran Terraza

The Theme for the Catholic Social Thought Focus at USD this semester is the Dignity of the Worker. A Faculty and Staff Prayer Breakfast focused upon this theme at La Gran Terraza on march 8th beginning with a buffet. A presentation on the theme of the Dignity of the Worker by Gerard Mannion of the Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture followed from 7:45 to 8:25 a.m. including time for questions. Sponsored by University Mission and Ministry.

"Discerning the Common Good in a Time of Economic Flux and Change"

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the UC Forum AB

Despite the considerable federal collectivist activities to try and halt the economic downturn, the debates that were raised in the recent election campaigns, particularly with the emergence of groups such as the Tea Party movement suggest that across the state and country alike tensions are re-emerging in relation to the sense of what constitutes the ‘common good’ for our communities and wider society. But the Common Good is a cornerstone of Catholic Social Thought and Practice and is found in analogous forms in the other major world faiths. How should such traditions respond to recent developments? These and related issues were addressed in a roundtable panel discussion. Co-sponsored by the School of Business Administration.

Luncheon Panel and Open Discussion: Creating an Inclusive Environment for LGBTQ Students

Thursday, March 10th from 12:15 - 2:15 p.m. in UC Forum A

Dr. Steven Sumner, Associate Professor of Economics, and CEE Travel Grant recipient, attended a national conference dedicated to addressing the variety of factors that have contributed to the exclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) issues from academic study and student life.

During this key University of Diversity Week event, Dr. Sumner facilitated a dialogue amongst a panel of faculty and staff including Michael Lovette-Colyer, Director of University Ministry, Dr. Gerard Mannion, Director of the Center for Catholic Thought and Culture, and Dr. Lori Watson, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Women and Gender Studies program. Co-sponsored by the Center for Educational Excellence.

Sponsored by the department of Theology and Religious Studies:

Monsignor John R. Portman Lecture: "Teaching 'HIV/AIDS and Ethics' at American Universities Today" James Keenan, SJ

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre

James Keenan, SJ, is the Founders Professor of Theology at Boston College. A Jesuit priest since 1982, he received a licentiate in 1984 and a doctorate in 1988 from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He has edited or written 16 books and approximately 250 articles. In 2010, he hosted an international conference of theological ethicists in Trento, Italy, and published three books: A History of Catholic Moral Theology in the Twentieth Century: From Confessing Sins to Liberating Consciences; Paul and Virtue Ethics (with Dan Harrington); and Ethics of the Word: Voices in the Catholic Church Today. He has been writing on HIV/AIDS since 1987.

"When Values Collide: the Sexual Abuse Crisis in the Catholic Church and Lessons for Leadership" - Father Joseph P. Chinnici, OFM

Monday, February 21st, 2011 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the UC Forum C

An event that explored where the church goes from this point onwards in the aftermath of the sexual abuse crisis by bringing the unresolved issues to the table in an attempt to discern lessons for the future. Keynote Speaker: Joseph P. Chinnici, OFM, Professor of Church History, Franciscan School of Theology, Graduate Theological union, Berkeley, California. Co-sponsored with Mission and Ministry and the Center for Christian Spirituality.

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