2013-14 Events

Panel on Jewish-Christian Dialogue

October 9 and October 23, 2013

Drawing on their varied experiences in community leadership, studies of the Holocaust and analysis of Jewish texts, Rabbi Anson Laytner, Jeanette Rodriguez, PhD, and Andrew Davis, PhD, will lead a panel discussion on the relationship of Jewish faith and culture and Christianity.

Inspired in part by Fr. Phillip Renczes' Oct 8th Catholic Heritage Lecture, "A Vision Meant to Stay 'Centered': Cardinal Augistine Bea, SJ, Vatican II and the Cardinal Bea Centre."



Summer Faculty Study Group: Catholicism and the Body

A Series on the Extraordinary Synod on the Family

September 25, October 30 and November 18, 2013

Including a fishbowl Discussion on America Magazine's interview with Pope Francis



The Anne O'Hara Graff Lecture with Agnes Brazal

January 13, 2014

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. Cahill received her Ph.D. from University of Chicago Divinity School and 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. Co-sponsored by the Theology and Religious Studies Department. 



Jesuits from Asia: LeRoux Visiting Scholar Series

To Be Religious Is to Be Interreligious: An Experience in Challenging Oneself to Go Beyond a Comfort Zone

Featuring Heru Prakosa, SJ

February 19, 2014 

"Interreligious encounter has made me more human as well as more Catholic."

Fr. Heru Prakosa, SJ works among Muslim and Christian students in Indonesia to facilitate interreligious dialogue. He is a scholar of Qur'anic hermeneutics and teaches Islamic Studies for Catholic seminarians. He is responsible for the Desk of Dialogue with Muslims at the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific and is the Society of Jesus' advisor for Dialogue and Relations with Islam.



Neighborliness: Seeds, Challenges, and the Practice of Interreligious Dialogue in India

Featuring Vincent Sekhar, SJ

April 22, 2014

"...the same threat to India's neighborliness and human bond has regenerated an awareness to be together."

Fr. Vincent Sekhar, SJ attended the University of Madras and is one of the few Christians to receive a doctorate in Jain religion and philosophy. He has served as the Secretary for Interreligious Dialogue for the Jesuit Conference of the South Asia and is Executive Director of the Institute of Dialogue with Culture and Religion, a PhD Research Institute on Comparative Religion & Culture affiliated with the University of Madras.



Radical Orthopraxis in Asia: Buddhist Christian Dialogue and Action in the Theravada Countries

Featuring In-gun Kang, SJ

May 6, 2014

"How can a religious faith, with its truth and vision, act as a source of hope to the contemporary world?"

Fr. In-gun Kang, SJ has been actively engaged in Buddhist-Christian dialogue in the Theravada countries of Asia, including Cambodia, Thailand and Sri Lanka. He worked with the Jesuit Service in Cambodia for five years, immersing himself in the daily lives of the Khmer people, who for many years have been victims of war, disease and hunger. He received his PhD in Buddhist-Christian Relations from the University of London.

Co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences. 



American Catholic History with an Eye Toward Global Perspectives

Featuring Mel Piehl, PhD, ICTC Visiting Scholar

January 23, 2014

What does it mean to be American and Catholic?

Mel Piehl, visiting scholar from Valparaiso University in ID, will explore the history of American Catholicism, tracing the intersections of the faith's development with immigration, Catholic schools and life in a secular age.



The Economics of Inequality, Exclusion and Consumerism

Featuring Dean Joe Phillips, Katie Fitzpatrick (Economics), Matt Isaac (Marketing) and Quan Le (Economics) 

February 19, 2014

Pope Francis critiques of the economy in Evangelii Guadium have drawn considerable press and sparked controversy. Albers invites you to a public forum to reflect on the ethics of markets and the promotion of justice. Three faculty members will discuss research that both supports and problematizes the pope's statements about the tyranny of autonomous markets. Topics include humane living standards, transformative marketing, microcredit and empowerment. 

The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Business Ethics, the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, and Mission and Ministry. Light refreshments will be served.