College of Arts and Sciences
Theology and Religious Studies

Lecture Series

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. 


Ann O'Hara Graff Lecture,
May 9, 2016

Mend the Gaps: Women and the Divides We Face

Sr. Simone Campbell
Wyckoff Auditorium (ENGR 200), 7 p.m.

Sister Simone Campbell, NETWORK Executive Director 

Since 2004, Sister Simone Campbell has served as Executive Director of NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobby. A religious leader, attorney, and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change, she lobbies on issues of peace-building, immigration reform, health care, and economic justice. 

During the 2010 congressional debate about healthcare reform, she wrote the famous “nuns’ letter” supporting the reform bill. She was also instrumental in organizing the “Nuns on the Bus” tour of nine states in 2012. From that tour, which focused on economic justice, comprehensive immigration reform, and voter turnout, she wrote A Nun on the Bus: How All of Us Can Create Hope, Change, and Community, published in 2014. 

Sister Campbell has received numerous awards, including a “Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award” and the "Defender of Democracy Award" from the international Parliamentarians for Global Action.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: Attendance is free but you must reserve your seat at, because seating is limited.