Archived Events

2011 Events

April 1, 2011 9th Human Rights Film Festival
 Monseñor: the Last Journey of Óscar Romero This film, presented as part of the 9th Human Rights Film Festival, tells the story of the last three years of his life. The festival aims to educate about human rights violations and encourage to become involved in the process of stopping these abuses. 

March 31, 2011 James Carroll on Jerusalem
Sponsored by the JCC and the Joan and Ralph Lane Center

James Carroll in conversation with James Donahue, GTU. From the National Book Award-winning author of the bestselling Constantine's Sword comes Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the richly layered story of how the ancient city ignited our modern world and how it has impacted human history and contemporary conflict. Presented in partnership with the Graduate Theological Union, the Jewish Community Relations Council, Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought, University of San Francisco, and the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice, University of San Francisco.

March 7-10, 2011 Global Women's Rights Forum
Annual series of events and lectures celebrating International Women's Day at USF.

February 24, 2011 Catholic Studies Round Table
Erin Brigham, Director of Research of the Lane Center, will be sharing research from her recent paper entitled, “Creating a public space through community-based learning,” which explores how service-learning presents an opportunity to create dialogue between religious and secular communities.

February 21, 2011 Paul Wattson Lecture Series
Featuring Walter Cardinal Kasper, President Emeritus of Pontifical Council for Promotion Christian Unity.

January 14-16, 2011 Ignatian Weekend for Faculty/Staff Immersion Participants
Rev. Howard Gray, S.J., a noted expert on Ignatian Spirituality and Jesuit Education from Georgetown will lead past participants of USF’s Faculty/Staff immersions in reflection and discussion on how to integrate such experiences into a deeper understanding of Jesuit Education, Ignatian Spirituality and the USF mission.

2010 Events

December 1, 2010 Interfaith Symposium
Creating a Partnership of Global Perspectives for Social Justice. Featuring USF community panelists from various faith traditions as they highlight social justice, followed by collective dialogue surrounding your faith tradition and themes of social justice. Presented by the Muslim Student Association.

November 23, 2010 Sr. Carol Keehan, DC USF Stand4 Conference
The President of the Catholic Health Association discusses health care as a social justice issue. Presented by University Ministry.

November 17, 2010 Tea on the Axis of Evil
The film Tea on the Axis of Evil provides an intimate portrait of daily life in Syria through interviews with people from different parts of the religious and political spectrum. Co-sponsored by BAIS, Film Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, History, Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought, MAIS, Media Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Peace and Justice Studies, Politics, Sociology, and Theology & Religious Studies.

October, 20 2010 Civilizing the Economy: A New Economics of Provision
Marvin Brown, author and USF professor, will be speaking about his book, Civilizing the Economy: A New Economics of Provision. A panel discussion consisting of Dr. Keally McBride, Rev. Jim Stormes, S.J., and Dr. Xiaohua Yang will follow.

Sunday, August 15, 2010 Eucharistic Prayers: The Heart of the Eucharist with Rev. Tom Reese, S.J.
In order to understand and celebrate the Eucharist, we need to carefully look at the Eucharistic prayers used at mass. Reese will argue that they are the least understood but most important part of the mass.

July 25, 2010 Can We Talk? The Future of Interreligious Dialogue in the Catholic Church with Fr. Jim Fredericks, Ph.D.
Since the Vatican Council, the Catholic Church’s relationship with other religions has become more complex and more central to the church’s mission. Pope John Paul II based his outreach to other religious believers on a theological vision of the church and the Holy Spirit. Pope Benedict XVI may have a different agenda for the church as well as a different theological vision of other religions. Either way, these two popes will set the agenda for the church in the decades to come. Jim Fredericks is a priest of the Archdiocese of San Francisco and teaches theology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He is a specialist in the theology of interreligious dialogue, especially dialogue with Buddhists. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Kyoto Japan. He is the author of FAITH AMONG FAITHS (Paulist) and BUDDHISTS AND CHRISTIANS (Orbis). He has lectured in Europe, China and Japan as well as Iran.

Sunday, July 18, 2010 The Sexual Abuse Crisis 
with Rev. Tom Reese, S.J.
The sexual abuse crisis has been devastating for the victims and for the church. What went wrong? How did the church respond? Where are we today? What still needs to be done?

Sunday May 23, 2010 Terror and Heroism in Colombia with Fr. Jim Stormes, S.J.
The people of Colombia have suffered through 40 years of civil war. They have answered this terror with truly heroic measures to claim their right to live in peace. Learn more about the Jesuit works, such as the Center for Popular Research and Education, which investigates and records abuses and advocates for a just response We in the U.S. have supplied five billion dollars in military and humanitarian activities in Colombia, and the Jesuit Conference and various Jesuit ministries work with many other groups to make the U.S. impact one of peace and reconciliation rather tan continuing violence.

April 20-21, 2010 One Voice of Faith
A National Interfaith Conference on Global Poverty.

April 19, 2010 USF Teach-In on Haiti 

28 January - 30 April 2010 Who Knows Tomorrow?
Photo exhibit by Peter Lemieux 
World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter Street, SF Peter Lemieux, recipient of the Dorothea Lange Fellowship, is a photojournalist based in San Francisco, California. By shining a spotlight on important social issues of our time, Lemieux’s goal is to bear witness and move people to action. Join him at the council as he presents his poignant photographs from across the globe.

February 22, 2010 XXXI Annual Paul Wattson Lecture
Rev. Dr. Fernando Enns, University of Heidelburg, Germany A Decade to Overcome Violence - 2000 to 2010: An Ecumenical Journey Towards a Common Understanding of Just Peace.

February 23, 2010 Migration and Catholic Social Teaching
Panel discussion on framing the multifaceted issues surrounding migration through the lens of Catholic social teaching. Featuring co-editors and contributors of the new book And You Welcomed Me: Migration and Catholic Social Teaching (Lexington, 2009). 
Don Kerwin, vice president for programs, Migration Policy Institute
Jill Marie Gerschutz, migration policy director and outreach coordinator, Office of Social and International Ministries at the Jesuit Conference, USA
Lois Ann Lorentzen, professor and chair, USF department of theology and religious studies, and director, CELASA.
Cosponsored with CELASA and Theology & Religious Studies. Maier Room, Fromm Hall, USF Main Campus.

2009 Events

February 23, 2009 Relevant Ecumenism: Input from Earliest Christianity
30th Annual Paul Wattson Lecture. Dr. Tamez is emeritus professor of Biblical studies at Latin American Biblical University and author of several books including Bible of the Oppressed (1982), and Jesus and Courageous Women (2001).

February 24-26, 2009 Human Rights Film Festival at USF.

March 2-5,2009 Global Women's Rights Forum
Annual series of lectures and events celebrating International Women's Day at USF.

March 9, 2009 Intrisically Disordered: The Role of the Despised in Establishing the Holiness of the Church.
A community conversation exploring gay marriage and Catholic identity in light of Proposition 8. Sponsored with the USF LGBTQ Caucus.

March, 23, 2009 AMIR ACZEL, author of THE JESUIT AND THE SKULL Teilhard de Chardin, Evolution, and the Search for Peking Man.
Presented by the Ricci Institute at the USF Center for the Pacific Rim. In 1929 a French Jesuit named Teilhard de Chardin helped pull free a skull still emtombed in clay inside a cave near Beijing. He and the other scientists on the team identified the skull: it belonged to homo erectus, a critical Darwinian link between erect hunting apes and our homo sapiens ancestors. The skull became known around the world as Peking Man; the controversy it caused lasted for much of the 20th century. De Chardin, an important intellectual in the history of science, became very controversial. This is his and our story: how does one keep a commitment to science and also to faith?

April 1, 2009 Religious Leaders' Luncheon with the Interfaith MDG Coalition

The 2nd annual gathering of interfaith leaders to examine the influence that communities of faith can have on congressional legislation on behalf of those who live in extreme global poverty. Hosted by USF, Vesper Society, and the Interfaith MDG Coalition.

April 2, 2009 Georges De Schrijver, S.J.The Political Ethics of Lyotard
Sponsored by the Bay Area Continental Philosophy Association.

April 8, 2009 Heroine with a Thousand Faces: The Virgin of Guadalupe and the Risks of Religious Pluralism.
Brown-bag presentation with Professor Jorge Aquino of the USF Theology and Religious Studies Department on a pluralistic reading of the Virgin of Guadalupe, based on his research into the phenomenology of religious charisma. Sponsored by the Dept. of Theology and Religious Studies, Latin American Studies, CELASA, Chican@/Latin@ Studies, and the Lane Center.

September 30, 2009 2009 JUSTICE LECTURE

Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik
Click to view Mass of the Holy Spirit and honorary degree presentation. Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik is founding president of the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights and former Prime Minister of Norway. Click to view lecture.

October 23-24, 2009 Community Organizing Training for USF Students, Faculty and Staff

Faith-based community organizing has a long history of empowering communities to make the changes that they need for safer, stronger neighborhoods and cities. The Ignatian Solidarity Network, in collaboration with PICO (People Improving Communities through Organizing) and the Lane Center is offering the opportunity for USF students, staff, and faculty to take part in a 2-day, intensive workshop on community organizing.

December 7, 2009 HIV,South Africa and the Role of the Church: Creativity in the Making A Discussion with Sr. Sheila Flynn and Jabulile Simelane

2008 Events

February 1, 2008 Foundations for a National Ethical Discussion about Iraq
Robert W. McElroy, Bay Area priest, scholar and author, suggests an ethical framework within the Catholic tradition that might inform a position on withdrawal from Iraq. Msgr. McElroy is pastor of St. Gregory’s Parish in San Mateo, CA where he has served for twelve years. He is the author of The Search for an American Public Theology (Paulist Press) and Morality and American Foreign Policy. Download the full text.

February 20, 2008 Interfaith Leaders' Luncheon on the Point 7 Now Campaign to End Global Poverty

The USF Lane Center with the Archdiocese of San Francisco and the Episcopal Diocese of California is proud to host host an informational and networking luncheon to gather an interfaith partnership to influence congressional legislation on behalf of those who live in extreme global poverty. The goal of the Point 7 Now campaign is to increase US foreign aid to .7% of GNP in support of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

February 29, 2008 Restorative Justice and Catholic Social Thought: Challenges as Opportunities for Society, Church, and Academy.
Kurt M. Denk, S.J., is a Jesuit priest from the Maryland Province of Jesuits. He is currently a law student at the University of California, Berkeley and associate chaplain at San Quentin State Prison where he has worked since 2004. Download complete text reprinted by Princeton University Press in 2007

March 5, 2008 The Life and Work of Sr. Dorothy Stang, SNDN (1940-2005)

Binka LeBreton, author of The Greatest Gift: The Courageous Life and Martyrdom of Sister Dorothy Stang (Doubleday, 2007) tells the story of contemporary martyr Dorothy Stang. Sr. Stang fought alongside poor farmers for land rights against logging and development companies in Brazil's rainforest until she was killed in 2005. Co-Sponsored by the Lane Center, Latin American Studies, and the Department of Theology and Religious Studies.

February 9 - April 13, 2008 Spirit in Action: Photography Exhibit by Jerry Berndt
San Francisco Main Library, Jewett Gallery, Lower Level. San Francisco and Los Angeles, two of the nation's most diverse cities, boast rapidly changing religious landscapes. The religious diversity celebrated in these cities manifests itself by a commitment to serve those in need. Our window into these complex cities is photography. What does faith look like when it takes to the streets? Through the lens of Jerry Berndt, we see people not only raising their hands in praise, but also working together to bring about a more just social order; we see Spirit in Action.

October 30, 2008 Feminist Theology and the Zapatista Movement: A Report from Chiapas.
Sylvia Marcos, internationally recognized professor of religion and sociology. Sylvia Marcos, will discuss Catholic pastoral activism and feminist theology in the woman-centered leadership of the Zapatista movement in Chiapas, México. Co-sponsored with the USF departments of theology and religious studies, Latin American studies and Latin@/Chican@ studies and the USF Center for Latino Studies in the Americas (CELASA).

November 11, 2008 Where Do We Go On Iraq?
Comparative Just War Traditions
Aaron Hahn Tapper, Swig Chair of Judaic Studies, USF Robert W. McElroy, Lo Schiavo Chair in Catholic Studies and Social Thought, USF

2007 Events

January 22—April 22, 2007 Sacramental Light: Latin American Devotional Art
Thacher Gallery, Gleeson Library/Geschke Center, University of San Francisco. Featuring the works of Latin American devotional art chosen from the private collection of Antonio and Lola Roig-Ferré. Curated by Fr. Thomas Lucas, S.J., of the USF Fine Arts Department.

March 19, 2007 Of Global Bondage: Human Trafficking and the Scourge of Contemporary Slavery
David Batstone, USF Professor of Ethics discusses his new book Not For Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade--And How We Can Fight It and the film Ghosts, screening at the Asian American Film Festival on March 17 & 21. Sponsored by the USF Center for the Pacific Rim,, and the Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning.

March 19-21, 2007 Human Rights Film Festival at USF

March 20, 2007 The Church's Response to Globalization in Africa
With Bishop Patrick Kalilombe
Sponsored by African Studies.

April 16, 2007 Breaking Down the Borders.

Immigration in San Francisco: A KQED and USF Immigration Event
 Screening of excerpts from a KQED documentary on immigration, "Immigration in Focus" (researchers from USF's the Religion and Immigration Program served as consultants) and panel discussion featuring Kevin Chun (Psychology), Jay Gonzalez (Politics and Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program), Luis Enrique Bazan (University Ministry) and Lois Ann Lorentzen (Theology and Religious Studies) with community activists Vince Gutierrez, Manuel Espinosa and Jade Woo.

May 4, 2007 Life and Death: A Requiem for the Victims of Darfur

St. Ignatius Church, 650 Parker at Golden Gate, San Francisco
The choral group AVE, under the direction of Jonathan Dimmock, performs the music of Lobo, Sheppard, Howells and Villette, with a speaker (Mario Bol) who is a refugee from Darfur and a student at USF, to raise awareness of the ongoing tragedy in Darfur.

May 20, 2007 The Church and the Crucified People
Dean Brackley, S.J. 
Download text 
Dean Brackley, S.J. is a worldwide thought leader in Jesuit social justice ministry and education. He has taught theology and ethics at the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) in San Salvador, El Salvador since 1990, where he volunteered to go immediately following the murder of his six brother Jesuits and their two coworkers there in 1989. Fr. Brackley’s published works include Divine Revolution: Salvation and Liberation in Catholic Thought (Orbis Books, 1996) and The Call to Discernment in Troubled Times: New Perspectives on the Transformative Wisdom of Ignatius Loyola.

May 23, 2007 Religion and Sexuality: What is the Connection?
Sponsored by the Religious Instititute on Sexual Morality, Justice and Healing.
Hosted by the Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought at USF.

June 20, 2007 Violence Against Women, Honor Killing, and the Future of Society

How Violence Against Women has Increased in Kurdistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Region
 Film screening & panel with Amnesty International human rights advocates.

September 13, 2007 Christianity and Cultures: China & Japan in Comparison Fr. M. Antoni J. Üçeler, S.J.

Sponsored by the Ricci Institute, Center for the Pacific Rim, USF.

September 14, 2007 The Legacy of Pedro Arrupe, S.J.

Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of his Birth Fr. Kevin Burke, S.J. (Crossroad, 2004) which received an award from the Catholic Press Association in 2005. Download Text

September 28, 2007 Flannery O'Connor's Vision of Faith, Church and Modern Consciousness

Most Rev. George H. Niederauer, Archbishop of San Francisco. Download Text.

October 12, 2007 Baroque Bagatelles: Jesuit Opera, Theatre and Ballet

An Illustrated Lecture Fr. Thomas Lucas S.J.

October 13, 2007 San Ignacio de Loyola: An Opera from the Jesuit Missions of Paraguay
By Domenico Zipoli, S.J.; Martin Schmid, S.J; & a third anonymous composer. Directed by Michael A. Zampelli, S.J.
Musical Direction by John Finney.

October 27, 2007 Point 7 Now!

Action Conference on the Millennium Development Goals. Mobilizing the American communities of faith to take a stand against extreme global poverty in support of the Millennium Development Goals. St. Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco.

October 29, 2007 Hope Rising Healing Together: AIDS in Africa
Featuring Bridget Chisenga, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Zambia, coordinator of HIV/AIDS care. She focuses on AIDS awareness in the workplace and fighting social stigma against those with HIV/AIDS.

November 9, 2007 A Feminist Appraisal of Catholic Social Thought

Dr. Kristin Heyer, Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics, Loyola Marymount University. Download text.

November 30, 2007 Gays and Grays: The Story of the Gay Community at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Parish.

A conversation with Fr. Donal Godfrey, S.J., USF's Director of University Ministry and author of Gays and Grays (Lexington Books, 2007) which chronicles the rise - and almost fall - of Most Holy Redeemer parish in the Castro District of San Francisco. The book tells the incredible story of how the women and men, clergy and laity, young and old of the parish dealt with the AIDS crisis literally on its door-step, and created one of the most vibrant, inclusive and faith-filled parish communities in the country.

2006 Events

March 2, 2006 Listening to the Voice of HIV and AIDS
James Keenan, S.J., Boston College.

March 29, 2006 Alienated Catholics: Estabishing the Groundwork for Dialogue

Part of the Community in Conversation Project. Presentation by Catherine M. Murphy Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Santa Clara University,
Presentation by Vincent Pizzuto Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, University of San Francisco
Alienated Catholics-A Response to the Panel Cameron Ayers, S.J., Pastor of St. Agnes Church

April 13, 2006 Treasure from Japan and China in the Jesuit Roman Archives (1540-1773): A Spiritual or Colonial ‘Enterprise’?

Rev. Dr. M. Antoni J. Üçerler, S.J., Jesuit Historical Institute (Rome), Distinguished Fellow of the EDS-Stewart Chair, Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Culture History at the USF Center for the Pacific Rim.

October 13, 2006 The Idea of the Catholic University: 1967-2007

Stephen Schloesser, S.J., LoSchiavo Chair in Catholic Social Thought
Download full text of his paper delivered at the annual gathering of Western region Jesuit colleges and universities.

2004-2005 Events

March 1, 2005 The Catholic Citizen: Perennial Puzzle or Emergent Oxymoron
Abridged Text
Jerome P. Baggett, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley

February 2, 2005 Race and Class in the Church and Society

Jeanette Rodriguez, Seattle University

September 1, 2005 Jesuit Hybrids, Catholic Modernities, Futural Pasts
Stephen Schloesser, S.J.,
Inaugural Lecture of the Joseph and Anna Lo Schiavo Chair in Catholic Social Thought

October 18, 2005 Catholic Imagination in the Arts and Literature

Ron Hansen, Santa Clara University, award-winning author of Hitler's Niece, Atticus, and Mariette in Ecstasy

November 1, 2005 The Parallelism and Eventual Convergence of Science and Religion

Charles H. Townes, University of California at Berkeley, Nobel Laureate in Physics and Templeton Prize Winner.

November 8, 2005 Jesuit Scientists and the Pursuit of Reason

Mordechai Feingold, California Institute of Technology.

November 10, 2005 Stained Glass Illuminations, East & West: Renovation of the Historic Jesuit Cathedral in Shanghai
Thomas Lucas, S.J., University of San Francisco, and artist Theresa Wo Ye, Shanghai, China

 What is the Catholic Church's Teaching on End-of-Life Issues?
 James Bretzke, S.J., Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, University of San Francisco Globalization: Challenge to Catholic Social Thought 
 John A. Coleman, S.J., Charles Casassa Professor of Social Values at Loyola Marymount University

October 12, 2004 Inaugural Lecture to Announce the Opening of the Lane Center