Catholic Minds, Catholic Matters

Catholic Minds, Catholic Matters Lecture Series offers public lectures and fora on important Catholic topics during the academic year.

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Past Lectures

Spirituality in the Public Square
Tuesday, September 30, 2014—4:00p.m.
McCormick Lounge, Coffey Hall
Lake Shore Campus, LUC

A conversation with Ms. Kerry Weber (America Magazine)

Science, Faith, and Progress
Tuesday, September 17, 2014—3:30p.m.–5:00p.m.

A lecture by Fr. Paul Mueller, S.J., Vatican Observatory

In his lecture, Fr. Mueller will explore a belief that is fundamental for all the Abrahamic religions: the belief that the human race is at the center of God's love and concern. Modern science has shown that the human race has been in existence for only a brief span of time, in a small and unremarkable corner of a universe that is unimaginably large and extraordinarily old. From a scientific perspective, it seems methodologically pernicious, morally presumptuous, and just plain contrary to reason to believe that the human race is of cosmic importance, or that it has been chosen above all others by the God of the universe. Fr. Mueller will propose a creative re-framing of this issue. He'll explore a way of thinking about the (alleged) cosmic importance of the human race that avoids scientific and moral objections and that opens new paths for progress in science and faith.

Jesuits and Sports: Historical Perspectives and Resources for Our Times
Thursday, January 31, 2013

A lecture by Fr. Patrick Kelly, S.J., associate professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Seattle University.

In his book Catholic Perspective on Sports Fr. Kelly, S.J. provides a historic overview of the changing Catholic views towards sports, broadens traditional understanding of the interconnectedness between spirituality and athletics, and explains why this topic has been neglected by scholars. The author offers new insights on the contributions of Catholic thought and its relevance to sports today. 

Rethinking Christianization
Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Lecture by Dr. Edmondo Lupieri, John Cardinal Cody Endowed Chair, Department of Theology, LUC.

In his book In the Name of God: The Making of Global Christianity Lupieri traces the consequences of European war and conquest for global cultural identities from the age of exploration to the present. He exposes the economic and political justifications and motivations behind the European conquest and uncovers the religious roots of genocide, racism, and 'just war.'

Catholic Actors in the Third Wave of Democratization:
Lessons for the Arab Spring and the Muslim Fourth Wave

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Lecture by Dr. Jose Casanova, Department of Sociology, Georgetown University.

Dr. Casanova has published works in a broad range of subjects, including religion and globalization, migration and religious pluralism, transnational religions, and sociological theory. Co-sponsored with Islamic World Studies Program, LUC. Watch video for this lecture

The Catholic Calumet: Colonial Conversations in French and Indian North America
Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Lecture by Dr. Tracy Neal Leavelle, Department of History, Creighton University.

Dr. Leavelle's first book, The Catholic Calumet: Colonial Conversions in French and Indian North America, examines the nature of spiritual encounters between Catholic missionaries and American Indians in colonial North America. The work explores such issues as the translation and reception of religious concepts, the impact of gender and generational differences on Native responses to Christianity, and the role of religion in shaping colonial geographies. Co-sponsored with Departments of English, History, Theology and the University Libraries

Holy Fathers, Abusive Fathers, and the Missing Father:
How Catholic Schools Cure Urban Poverty

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Lecture by Patrick J. McCloskey, MS, School of Education, LUC.  Klarcheck Informations Commons, 4th Floor, Lake Shore Campus, LUC 
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A Catholic Origin of Human Rights
February 28, 2011

Lecture by Fr. Robert John Araujo,S.J., the inaugural holder of the John Courtney Murray, S.J. University Professorship at Loyola University Chicago, School of Law.
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Archive of Past Catholic Minds,Catholic Matters Lectures