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Catholic Lecture Series

The Catholic Lecture Series was created to further St. John’s strategic objective of visibly embedding its Catholic and Vincentian mission in the academic life of the University.  

The Tenth Annual Lecture will be held on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 1:50 p.m. (Common Hour). Dr. Celia Deane-Drummond, Professor of Theology and Director of the Center for Theology, Science, and Human Flourishing at Notre Dame, will be the speaker. She will offer a theological perspective to recent heated public debates in psychology on the rejection of empathy as of key significance in the moral life.

Dr. Celia Deane-Drummond has published numerous articles, books, edited collections, and contributions to books, focusing particularly on the engagement of systematic theology and the biological sciences, alongside practical, ethical discussion in bioethics and environmental ethics. She has lectured widely both nationally and internationally on all areas relating theology and theological ethics with different aspects of the biosciences, especially ecology and genetics.

All are welcome to attend.

Upcoming Lecture

"Empathy and the Evolution of Compassion: From Deep History to Infused Virtue"

Dr. Celia Deane-Drummond, Professor of Theology and Director of the Center for Theology, Science, and Human Flourishing at Notre Dame

Thursday, November 30, 2017
1:50 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
D'Angelo Room 206, Queens Campus

Past Lectures

Fall 2016
Compassion Matters: Compassion as a Disposition, a Virtue, a Way of Being, and a Way of Acting, and Its Contribution to Creating the Common Good
Dr. M. Shawn Copeland, Professor of Theology at Boston College

Fall 2015
Who Is My Brother? Who Is My Sister? Catholic Teaching and the Emergent Global Common Good
Most Rev. Robert W. McElroy, Bishop of San Diego

Spring 2015
Is God's Charity Broad Enough for Bears?
Dr. Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, Professor of Theology, Fordham University

Spring 2014
Catholic Teaching on the Issue of Immigration
Most Rev. Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn

Spring 2013
Civic Kinship: A Christian Ethic of Immigration
Kristin Heyer, Ph.D., Bernard J. Hanley Professor of Religious Studies, Santa Clara University

Spring 2012
The Council of Trent and Michelangelo's “Last Judgment”
Rev. John O’Malley, S.J., Ph.D., Department of Theology, Georgetown University

Fall 2010
Religion and Politics: What’s Right, What’s Wrong, What’s Prudent
Rev. Thomas J. Reese, S.J., Ph.D., Woodstock Theological Center, Georgetown University

Spring 2010
The Sacramental Principle and The Catholic University
Rev. Michael J. Himes, Ph.D., Theology Department, Boston College

Spring 2009
Writing Hopkins
Paul Mariani, Ph.D., University Professor of English, Boston College
Ron Hansen, Ph.D., Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., Professor, Santa Clara University