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2019-2020 Upcoming Events

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Matthew Milliner 

Zoom Conversation with Professor Zena Hitz

​​Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020, at 6 pm 

Via Zoom (video conference)

Professor Hitz teaches at St John's College in Annapolis, MD.

In her new book Lost in Thought: the Hidden Pleasures of an Intellectual Life she argues that one of the most important things we can do as human beings is cultivated a life that sets aside time for us to think through essential questions about ourselves and our world.

We will be talking about her book and she came to connect the intellectual life with loving service. We will also discuss some of her intellectual and spiritual role models.


Free and open to the public
The event will be held via Zoom (video conference)
Please RSVP by September 21
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfxCh2IZvVXpUlvxdb4WJ0mQCddPNB9QXEpxo2GD4V6lR_9Ig/viewform

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The Beauty of Faith
Interpreting Religious Art in a Public Museum 

​Thursday, May 21, 2020, at 6 pm 
Via Zoom (video conference)

​Like a well-mannered dinner guest, a museum curator avoids the public discussion of money and religion. Yet, much of the art in museum collections was shaped by faith and made for a religious purpose. Interpretations that focus solely on stylistic aesthetics leave much about the beauty and purpose of the piece unexplained. In this talk, I shall discuss the challenges of interpreting Christian art to a secular audience in a public museum. 

​Free and open to the public
The event will be held via Zoom (video conference)
Please RSVP by May 20
https://forms.gle/aTAgCeciewkPwyUw9

you will receive the link and information to join the event online



​Dignity - A Conversation with Chris Arnade 

​​​​​Thursday, May 7, 2020, at 6 pm 
 ​Via Zoom 

After abandoning his Wall Street career, Chris Arnade decided to document poverty and addiction in the Bronx. He began interviewing, photographing, and becoming close friends with homeless addicts, and spent hours in drug dens in McDonald's. Then he started driving across America to see how the rest of the country compared. He found the same types of stories everywhere, across lines of race, ethnicity, religion, and geography. As Taskeesha, a woman in the Bronx told Arnade, she wants to be seen shes see herself: " a prostitute, a mother of six, and a child of God." This book is his attempt to help the rest of us truly see, hear, and respect millions of people who've been left behind. 

Free and open to the public
The event will be held via Zoom (video conference)
you will receive the link and information to join the event online



​'The World Which Shall Be Our First': On Beauty and the Human Desire for Transcendence

Monday, March 8, 2020, at 6:00 pm
Arts and Letters Hall, Room 412 

Jennifer Newsome Martin, 
 Assistant Professor in the Program of Liberal Studies at University of Notre Dame 



Sacraments and Friendship 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at 5:00 pm
Arts and Letters Hall, Room 414​

​​Brandon McGinley is a Catholic writer and speaking based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a regular contributor to the Scottish Catholic Observer and Angelus News, the magazine of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Right now, Brandon is working on three books to be released this year: on the virtue of religion and the just society with Dr. Scott Hahn, on renewing the Church in America for Sophia Institute Press, and on the Catholic history and present of his hometown of Pittsburgh.​



Our Lady of Chicago: The Surprising Story of our Northern Guadalupe

Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at 5:00 pm
McGowan South, Room 108

Who is Our Lady of Chicago? Which of the city’s countless images of the Virgin Mary best encapsulate the spirit of this city and its land? After surveying various candidates for this title, this lecture will argue for our very own Northern Guadalupe. This particular image encapsulates the forced removal of Chicago’s indigenous inhabitants, a story that all Chicago residents – native or not – too easily forget.


Past Events

End of Year Breakfast
Thursday, May 30, 2019
SAC 570

End-of-year breakfast celebration on Thursday, May 30, hosted by the Department of Catholic Studies and the Center for World Catholicism & Intercultural Theology!


Edith Stein as Catholic Philosopher
Thursday, May 9, 2019
Arts and Letters Hall 207

Dermot Moran is the inaugural holder of the Joseph Chair in Catholic Philosophy at Boston College.


Dante's Cosmology and the Materiality of Language
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Arts and Letters Hall 207

Ambrogio Camozzi Pistoja is Assistant Professor in Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard, and a Cambridge Scholar of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He is the author of studies on medieval culture, hermeneutics, and epistemology.

500th Anniversary of the Reformation, Brad Gregory's Talk

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 6:30PM
Brad Gregory's Talk (video)

Two Vincentians, Turkey's House of Mary, and Nostra Aetate 3

Wednesday, February 28,2018 at 11:30 AM

Catholic Church, Science, and Political Power

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 1:30 PM

Catholic Studies 20th Anniversary Celebration

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 5:30PM
Celebratory Remarks (Video)

6th Annual Catholic Studies Breakfast with Sr. Helen Prejean

Tuesday, April 19, 2017 at 8AM
Co-sponsor(s): Office of Mission and Values

Putting Your Whole Self Into It: Dancing, Walking, and Sacrificing from La Tirana to Lough Derg

Monday, February 20, 2017 at 4:30PM
Co-sponsor(s): Irish Studies Program, Department of Latin American and Latino Studies, Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology

An Afternoon With Well-Read Mom

Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 2:00PM
Co-sponsor(s): Well-Read Mom

Mary, Muslims, and Mission in Late Medieval and Early Modern Times

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 12:30PM
Co-sponsor(s): Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology, Office of Mission and Values

Comparing Missions: Jesuit and Vincentian Missions in the Italian Countryside (XVII-XIX Century)

Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 12:00PM
Co-sponsor(s): Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology, Office of Mission and Values

The Charism of Dorothy Day and Her Relevance For Today

Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 6:30PM
Co-sponsor(s): Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies

Mother Teresa: A Documentary

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 8PM
Co-sponsor(s): Catholic Campus Ministry

Welcome Back Breakfast

Friday, September 23, 2016 at 8:30AM
Co-sponsor(s): Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology

A Punishing Mercy: Divine Love in the Old Testament

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 2:45PM

Movies & Mercy: Crash

Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 7PM
Co-sponsor(s): Catholic Campus Ministry

Spiritual Friendship

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 4PM

Fifth Annual Catholic Studies Breakfast with Sr. Helen Prejean:
The Death Penalty in the Year of Mercy

Monday, April 25, 2016 at 8:30AM

Roundtable on Brother Roger and the Taizé Community

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Co-sponsor(s): University Ministry

Movies & Mercy: Of Gods And Men

Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7PM
Co-sponsor(s): Catholic Campus Ministry

Christians in the Middle East: What Future, What Hope?

Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 7PM
Co-sponsor(s): Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology

Saint Junipero Serra: His Life, His Letters

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 7PM
Co-sponsor(s): Center for World Catholicism and Intecultural Theology, Center for Latino Research


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