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2020 Schedule

***This conference, along with ALL SPRING 2020 DEPAUL EVENTS, is POSTPONED/CANCELED***

We hope to present this same conference, with as many of the same speakers as possible, in April of 2021, so please stay tuned for updates. Please keep well, everyone!

3/12/20--Per a 3/11/20 notice from DePaul University President Gabriel Esteban, "In the interest of the health and safety of our community, DePaul has decided to take proactive, immediate steps to encourage social distancing—a practice that is encouraged by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to limit the spread of COVID-19, or coronavirus." As an immediate result, "[a]ll university-sponsored events, either on or off campus, are postponed or canceled now until further notice."

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All conference sessions will be held at the following location on DePaul University's Lincoln Park Campus:

DePaul Student Center, Room 314B (map)
2250 N. Sheffield Ave. 
Chicago, IL 60614 

3:30-5:00pm Pre-Conference Session: Undergraduate Research Poster Presentation

As a prelude to the conference, this interactive session features undergraduates from DePaul's Catholic Studies courses who are presenting their research on Catholicism and health care around the world; their research was evaluated by their professors as among the top in their courses. In addition, three of our conference speakers will be on hand to offer their feedback and comments following the presentations:

• Alexandre Martins (Marquette University—Milwaukee)
• Samuel Orochi Orach, MD (Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau—Kampala)
• Kochurani Abraham (Indian Christian Women's Movement for Kerala—Karnataka, India)

6:00-7:00pm* Registration/Check-In


Words of Welcome: William T. Cavanaugh (CWCIT Director)

KEYNOTE—Catholic Health Care as a Global Force: What It Does, Could Do, and Must Do

Sr. Carol Keehan, DC
Immediate Past President/CEO, Catholic Health Association (CHA)

(Moderator: TBA)

8:30-9:00pm* Reception


*NOTE: We're working with the DePaul University Bookstore to have select titles written by our speakers available for purchase during one or more of these times.

8:00-9:00am* Registration/Check-In and Continental Breakfast

9:00-11:00am ROUNDTABLE: Biblical and Theological Narratives of Health and Healing

• Alexandre Martins
—The Centrality of the Sick, Poor, and Oppressed in Jesus' Mission
• David Toole—The Morgue in the Garden of Eden: What Are Hospitals For?
• Fr. Stan Chu Ilo—Rise Up & Walk: From Narratives of Contamination to Redemptive Narratives of Healing & Hope

(Moderator: TBA)

11:00am-12:30pm* Break for lunch (on your own)

12:30-2:30pm ROUNDTABLE: Western and Non-Western Traditions of Medicine


• Sr. Maria Vasantha, MD—From a Rural & Christian Perspective in India
• Fr. Bernhard Udelhoven, SMA—Perspectives from Zambia
• Abraham Castañeda, MD, MPH and Carolina Martínez, MD—Challenges of a Rural Mission Hospital in Chiapas: Quality Care for a Vulnerable Indigenous Community

(Moderator: Marcia Good, Senior Professional Lecturer of Anthropology—DePaul University; Chicago)

2:30-3:00pm* Coffee break

3:00-5:00pm ROUNDTABLE: Catholic Health Care Services & Strategies

• Susan Nedza, MD, MBA—Accompaniment as the Catholic Medical Mission Model: Responding to the Call to "Go Forth"
• Soojung Kim*—The History & Mission of the Catholic Medical Center in Korea
• Samuel Orach, MD
—Catholic Health Care in Africa: Does the Giant Matter?

(Moderator: Fernando De Maio, Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Center for Community Health Equity, DePaul University; Chicago)

*Update 2/26/20—Dr. Kim will be sending us a video recording of her presentation to play during this roundtable session. Due to the serious nature of the coronavirus outbreak in South Korea, her home institution, the Catholic University of Korea, has banned faculty from traveling to international conferences.



KEYNOTEMedical Nemesis Remembered

David Cayley
Award-winning journalist and CBC Radio One broadcaster

(Moderator: TBA)


*NOTE: We're working with the DePaul University Bookstore to have select titles written by our speakers available for purchase during one or more of these times.


1:00-3:00pm ROUNDTABLE: Healing Trauma & Invisible Wounds

• Kochurani Abraham—Gendered Wounds that Clamor for Healing
• Fr. Paulino Twesigye Mondo, MCCJ*—Healing the Body of Christ in Africa: The Reach Out Mbuya HIV/AIDS Initiative
• Renato da Silveira Borges Neto—Caring for Soul Aches: A Dialogue on Spirituality


(Moderator: Sr. Teresa Wacera Kiragu—PhD candidate, Catholic University of Eastern Africa; Nairobi)

*Update 2/26/20—Due to unforeseen circumstances, Fr. Mondo is, unfortunately, unable to join us but will be sending us a video recording of his presentation to play during this roundtable session. 

3:00-3:30pm* Coffee break

ROUNDTABLE: Catholic Partnerships between the Global North & Global South


• Bruce Compton—Social Justice & International Outreach: Dynamics of North-South Partnerships
• Sr. Joan Mumaw, IHM—Solidarity with South Sudan: Paradigm of Promise in a Challenging Context
• David Gaus, MD, MPH—Horizontality, Hegemony, and Health Care: Reflections on South-North Partnerships

(Moderator: Jessica Jerome—Associate Professor of Health Sciences, DePaul University; Chicago)

5:30-6:00pm* Closing reception


*NOTE: We're working with the DePaul University Bookstore to have select titles written by our speakers available for purchase during one or more of these times.