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The Ann O'Hara Graff Lecture Series is a memorial series named in honor of Ann O'Hara Graff, a professor in the department 1995 - 1996 after teaching for many years in the graduate program of Loyola University in Chicago. Dr. O'Hara Graff, who received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, was well known for her commitment to the vitality of the Church, the role of women in Catholicism, and diversity issues. In general, she sought to bring together academic theological insights and lived experience. She was the editor of and a contributor to In the Embrace of God: Feminist Approaches to Theological Anthropology. Dr. O'Hara Graff was one of the founders of the Women's Seminar for Constructive Theology in the Catholic Theological Society of America. This Seminar now presents an annual award in her honor.
Speakers in this series have included Dr. Sallie McFague, Distinguished Theologian in Residence at Vancouver School of Theology,The Most Rev. Bishop Gabino Zavala, President of Pax Christi USA,Dr. Emilie M. Townes, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African American Religion and Theology at Yale University Divinity School, and Associate Dean of the School,Susan Ross, Diana Hayes, Ivonne Gebarra, and Richard McBrien. The lecture series also included co-sponsorship of a symposium on peace and war in an age of globalization. Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, Drew Christiansen, SJ, and Cynthia Moe-Lobeda offered addresses at that event.
Agnes Brazal, PhDPigott Auditorium, 7 p.m.
Agnes Brazal, director of the Office for Research and Publications and coordinator of the graduate program at the St. Vincent School of Theology, Philippines, presents the Ann O’Hara Graff lecture on January 13, 2014. She will speak on "Solidarity in the (Cyber-) Body of Christ."
“Cyberexclusion and cyberviolence challenge the notion of those who exalt the internet as bodiless,” she said.
In her presentation, Brazal explores an alternative “embodied” view of the virtual/cyberspace, rearticulates the concept of the Body of Christ from this perspective, and elaborates on the challenge of solidarity in the (cyber-) Body of Christ in relation to the politics of exclusion and violence on the Net.
Brazal is a prolific writer and editor. Her book “Feminist Cyberethics in Asia: Religious Discourses on Human Connectivity” is due out in 2014. Previous publications include Transformative Theological Ethics: East Asian Contexts (University of Hawaii Press, 2010), Faith on the Move: Toward a Theology of Migration in Asia (University of Hawaii Press 2008, ) and Body and Sexuality: Theological-Pastoral Reflections of Women in Asia (Ateneo de Manilla University Press, 2007). She serves on the editorial boards of Asian Christian Review and Budh and Asian Christian Review.