College of Arts and Sciences
Theology and Religious Studies Department

Lecture Series

  • Ann OharaThe 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. 

    Ann O'Hara Graff Lecture,
    November 6, 2014

    Theology and Gender Equality:
    Models of Renewal Since Vatican II
    Lisa Sowle Cahill, PhD
    Pigott Auditorium, 7 p.m.

    Cahill 144x200Theologian Lisa Sowle Cahill presents the annual Ann O'Hara Graff lecture on November 6, 2014. She will address “Theology and Gender Equality: Models of Renewal Since Vatican II." Cahill is the J. Donald Monan, S.J., Professor of Theology at Boston College.

    Cahill received her PhD from University of Chicago Divinity School is the recipient of 11 honorary degrees. A prolific writer and scholar, she most recently published Global Justice, Christology and Christian Ethics(Cambridge, 2013). A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, she is a past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and the Society of Christian Ethics.

    Cahill currently serves on boards of the Journal of Religious Ethics; the British journal Theology; the international journal Concilium; the Indian Catholic journal Asian Horizons; and the Public Religion Research Institute.  She a member of the Catholic Common Ground Initiative and serves on the steering committee of Contending Modernities: Catholic, Muslim, Secular, an initiative of the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.  She has also been a theological consultant to the Catholic Peacebuilding Network, sponsored by the Kroc Institute and Catholic Relief Services. 

    The 2014 Ann O’Hara Graff lecture “Theology and Gender Equality: Models of Renewal Since Vatican II" takes place at 7 p.m. on November 6, 2014, in Pigott Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

    The Ann O'Hara Graff Lecture Series honors the memory of Theology and Religious Studies Professor Ann O’Hara Graff, known for her commitment to the vitality of the Church, the role of women in Catholicism, and diversity issues. The series is sponsored annually by the Department of Theology and Religious Studies.