Past Events 2009-2010


"Behind the Swoosh"

Jim Keady

April 27th, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.

University Center Forum A/B, USD campus

Presented by Students for Fair Trade and Sustainability in collaboration with The Center for Catholic Thought and Culture, University Ministry, Community Service-Learning, The Center for Christian Spirituality, The Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Students for Life and Associated Students

Jim Keady, theologian, activist, educator, and elected official, is a founding director of Educating for Justice, Inc.  Jim has spoken across the United States and at international venues to thousands of interested audience members.  He has been sought out by members of the U.S. Congress, as well as various university administrators, religious and union leaders, and student groups to offer his personal and professional experience and critiques on the issues of sweatshops, globalization and social justice.  

The presentation details the month that Keady and colleague Leslie Kretzu spent in an Indonesian factory workers' slum living on $1.25 a day, a typical wage paid to Nike's subcontracted workers. Along with personal accounts of lived solidarity, the presentation includes the latest information on Nike's labor and environmental practices that EFJ has researched in Indonesia from 2000 to the present.

To date, Keady has visited more than 250 universities and high schools across the country and has spoken to more than 50,000 students, administrators, faculty and community members.



"The Saints: Iconic Figures and Why We Need Them"

Playwright Erik Ehn

April 22nd, 2010 at 5:30 p.m.

French Parlor, Founders Hall, USD campus

Sponsored by the Center for Catholic Thought and Culture, the Center for Educational Excellence and the Theatre Arts Department

Erik Ehn, author of "The Saints Plays" will speak regarding the continuing relevance of saints in our lives. The lecture took place prior to the opening night performance by USD's Theatre Arts Department of "The Saints Plays" in USD's Studio Theatre in Camino Hall. Between the lecture and the performance atendees enjoyed a reception in the foyer of Founders Hall.



Post-Seminar Public Forum on Sustainability, Eco-Theology, and Justice

March 22 and 30, 2010 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Warren Auditorium, Mother Rosalie Hill Hall

Receptions, sponsored by the Center for Educational Excellence, followed each day's presentations.

The faculty members who participated in the January 2010 immersion seminar in the Dominican Republic presented papers generated by the seminar experience.

March 22 Presentations:

  • "What is it Good For? The Need for Value in Environmental Ethics" - Ron Kaufmann, Ph.D., College of Arts and Sciences
  • "Church as Community: Solidarity and Sustainability in El Cercado" -  Mary Doak, Ph.D., College of Arts and Sciences
  •   "Micro vs. Macro Catholicism" - Andrew Narwold, Ph.D., School of Business
  • "Natural History, the Fall, and the Apocalyptic Imagination: Liberation Ecologies/Theologies for the 21st Century - Tom Reifer, Ph.D., College of Arts and Sciences
  • "The Taste of Justice: Faith-based Efforts to Support Farmers Using Sustainable Practices" - Sue Lowery, Ph.D., College of Arts and Sciences

March 30 Presentations:

  • "Haitian/Dominican Vodou and Eco-Theology: Some Thoughts from a Tourist" - Colin Fisher, Ph.D., College of Arts and Sciences
  • "Anthropocentrism and the Status of Animals in Christianity and Hinduism: Some Reflections" - Lance E. Nelson, Ph.D., College of Arts and Sciences
  • "A Personal Exploration of Catholic Social Teaching and its Links to Sustainability" - Tara L. Ceranic, Ph.D., School of Business and Kristine Ehrich, Ph.D., School of Business
  • "Stewardship: The Earth as Farm, Park, or Machine" - David De Haan, Ph.D., College of Arts and Sciences



Brown Bag Lunch Series: Women and the Church

Faculty, staff and members of the public met every Thursday in February 2010 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at The Center for Catholic Thought and Culture, Maher 253, for a brown-bag lunch series featuring the following topics:

Thursday, February 4
"Sex Talk: Sex, Reproduction and Fertility in Catholic Sexual Ethics"
Presenter: Emily Reimer-Barry, Theology and Religious Studies

Thursday, February 11
"The Rarely Told Story of Women's Contribution to Earliest Christianity"
Presenter: Florence Gillman, Theology and Religious Studies

Thursday, February 18
"Why Women Can't be Priests? History, Theology and New Considerations"
Presenter: Susie Babka, Theology and Religious Studies

Thursday, February 25
"The Curse of Eve: Women, Suffering and the Church"
Presenter: Mary Doak, Theology and Religious Studies



Integrating Catholic Social Teaching into the Curriculum Workshop

Barbara Wall, Ph.D.

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Maher 253

Co-sponsored by the Center for Educational Excellence and the Center for Catholic Thought and Culture

Catholic Social Teaching (CST) is a rich treasure of wisdom, rooted in the biblical call to justice, concerned with building a just society. In its broadest sense, this teaching includes the ideas and contributions of social scientists, social activists, unionists, theologians and academics of all disciplines who have considered how society can be structured to protect the rights and dignity of every person, especially the poor, to eradicate poverty, eliminate war and promote the common good. In a more restricted sense, CST refers to a body of literature written by the Church in the modern era through which it attempts to gather the variety of reflections into a systematic response to contemporary political, economic and social issues. CST is addressed to all people of good will who are committed to a just world.

Barbara Wall, Ph.D., special assistant to the President for Mission, is associate professor of Philosophy and Director of the Office for Mission Effectiveness at Villanova University. She is the founder and co-editor of the Journal for Catholic Social Thought and has been conducting workshops on CST for over twenty years. In Feb. 2010, Dr. Wall returned to USD, to conduct a workshop for 12 faculty members interested in incorporating some aspect of CST into one or more of their courses. Dr. Wall provided each participant with pertinent bibliography and strategies for integrating CST into specific disciplines.



Faculty Travel Immersion Seminar: Sustainability, Eco-Theology, and Justice

The Dominican Republic

Jame Schaefer, Ph.D.

Saturday, January 2, 2010 through Friday, January 8, 2010

The seminar will begin and end in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic with two nights and three days in and near El Cercado in the province of San Juan de la Maguana. There, participants will visit sites of environmental projects in which the local Catholic church is taking the lead. Seminar director Jame Schaefer, Ph.D., of Marquette University, will lead participants to consider the resources offered by Catholic Christianity pertaining to environmental and eco-justice issues. Please see Faculty Travel Seminars for more information.



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

Friday, December 4th, at 7:30pm

Sunday December 6th, at 2pm

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.

Click here for video of the celebration in 2008.



"God, Darwin, and Design- America's Continuing Problem with Evolution"

Ken Miller, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, Brown University

Friday, October 30th, 2009 at 7:30pm

Shiley Theatre in Camino Hall

Overflow in Warren Auditorium in Mother Rosalie Hill Hall and the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre

Ken Miller is professor of biology at Brown University and a practicing Roman Catholic. He has coauthored four high school and college biology textbooks and published numerous articles in leading scientific journals. In 2007, he received the Exploratorium's Outstanding Educator Award and was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Reminiscent of the Scopes Monkey Trial, he was called to the witness stand in 2005 in Dover, PA where one of his textbooks had become the center of controversy when the local school board reacted against teaching the theory of Evolution in favor of Intelligent Design. He is the best-selling author of Finding Darwin's God: A Scientist's Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution and Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul.

Cost: $10 general public, $5 non-USD students with ID, free for USD faculty, staff, and students with USD ID card