Past Events 2010-2011


“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.



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.