The annual Catholic Heritage Lectures, launched in 2010, engage the intellectual and religious communities of the Seattle area and the Seattle University community to explore aspects of the Catholic Intellectual Traditions and the intersection of Catholicism and culture.
All lectures are free and are held at 7pm in Student Center 160 (LeRoux Room) at Seattle University
Event website: https://www.seattleu.edu/ictc/events/catholic-heritage-lectures/
The American Catholic Church is richly unique in its legacy of and continual unfolding ethnic and racial diversity. The Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture’s 2019-20 Catholic Heritage Lectures highlight the contribution of three particular contributors: Hispanic/Latin American Catholics, African American Catholics, and Asian American Catholics. While enriching the Church through continual presence over the last many centuries, these groups face particular challenges unique to their often tension-filled interaction with institutional and local parish cultures. As we hear from each speaker this year, we are invited to consider how we might mutually shape, form, and cultivate the Church of the 21st Century.
Director, Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion Ethics and Culture
College of the Holy Cross
Assoc. Director, Degree Program for the Institute for Black Catholic Studies
University of Dayton
Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Education
Senior Lecturer in Theology
Australian Catholic University
"Black and Catholic Artists: Catholicism as Foundation and Inspiration" considers the lives and creations of four Black Catholic artists. They are Edmonia Lewis, Richmond Barthe, Clementine Hunter, and Mary Lou Williams, two fine artists, one folk artist, and one jazz composer. Particular attention is paid to how Catholicism, a tradition rich in symbol and ritual and a great patron of art and music, provided a foundation for African American Catholic artists to enter secular and sacred worlds of art as it also offered multiple sources of inspiration for their work.
Cecilia A. Moore graduated magna cum laude from Sweet Briar College with an A.B. in History and Religion and from the University of Virginia with a M.A. and a Ph.D. in American Religious History. She has taught at the University of Dayton in the Department of Religious Studies since 1996 and at Xavier University of Louisiana since 1998, where she currently is the Associate Director of the Degree Program for the Institute for Black Catholic Studies. Her area of specialization is U.S. Catholic history and currently she is working on the history of black conversion to Roman Catholicism in the 20th century.
Hosffman Ospino, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Education at Boston College, School of Theology and Ministry where he is also Director of Graduate Programs in Hispanic Ministry. He is currently advancing a national study on Latino Catholic vocations. He presently serves as an officer of the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA) and of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS). He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA). He served on the leadership team coordinating the Fifth National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry.
Gemma Tulud Cruz, a Filipina-Australian theologian, holds a Ph.D. in Intercultural Theology from Radboud University in the Netherlands. She has taught at Assumption College in the Philippines, Saint Ambrose University in Iowa, and DePaul University in Chicago prior to moving to Australia where she currently works as Senior Lecturer in Theology and member of the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry at Australian Catholic University. Gemma's research expertise is in migration theologies. Gemma has served as a volunteer on the Women and Gender Commission of the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines, consultant to the Sub-Committee on Asian and Pacific Affairs of the Secretariat for Cultural Diversity of the US Catholic Bishops' Conference, and currently a member of the Council for Australian Catholic Women as well as the Executive Committee for the Plenary Council of the Catholic Church in Australia in 2020 and 2021.