Coming Events

October 31, 2016

The Word of God, Jesus Christ, and the Eucharist: Christian Hope in a Secular World

Francis J. Moloney, SDB, will lecture on the biblical basis of the Eucharist and it implications in the contempory world.

Professor Moloney is an internationally renowned scholar and speaker who has taught in Australia, Italy, England, Ireland, Israel, New Zealand, and the USA. He has published over 50 books, and many journal articles, both scholarly and popular. He has been deeply involved in both the life of the church and the university for over 40 years and is currently a Professorial Fellow in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy at Australian Catholic University.

Professor Moloney's lecture will be given on Monday, October 31 at 4:00 p.m. in the Skutt Student Center, room 104. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Center for Catholic Thought.


November 2, 2016

Jesuit Education for Sustainability

Professor Kathleen Smythe of Xavier University will deliver the 2016 Religion and the Environment lecture.

Professor Smythe is an African historian with years of fieldwork experience in Tanzania, East Africa, which resulted in her first book, Fipa Families (2006), and a series of related articles examined the ways in which Fipa integrated and made sense of European Catholic missionaries and their values during the colonial period.

For more than a decade, she done work in globalization and economic development, addressing such complex challenges as the viability of the planet’s ecosystems, the viability of the current and projected human populations, and the viability of economic systems focused primarily on production and consumption with little grounding in either biophysical or social and cultural realities. Her work is presented in a second book manuscript, Why We Need African History, A Continent’s Past and Our Future, under review at Indiana University Press.

Recently, in a new book manuscript, she has turned to the Anthropocene. She is examining what we need to know about deep human history in order to explain this phenomenon and then respond intelligently to it.

She has been actively engaged with sustainability efforts at Xavier and now serves as Senior Administrative Fellow for Sustainability and the Environmental Imagination.

Professor Smythe's lecture will be given on Wednesday, November 2, at 6:00 p.m. in Harper 3023. The lecture is free and open to the public.


February 16-17, 2017

Religion, Global Issues, and Globalization

Central to global issues and globalization is the breaking down of boundaries (and barriers), whether they be religious, national, ethnic, ecological, economic, technological, or others. This symposium will address how religion affects and is affected by a wide range of global issues and globalization, historically and in the present. Global issues that may be considered include economic inequality and justice, the environment and the anthropocene, migration and immigration, refugees, interfaith dialogue and relations, identity and assimilation, among many other possibilities.

The symposium will take place from 8:30 – 5:00 on Thursday and Friday, February 16-17, in the Harper Center 3029. The symposium is open to the public.