USF’s Lane Center Welcomes Theology Scholar Lisa Fullam

2014 Summer Scholar-in-Residence Series: Virtue Ethics

SAN FRANCISCO (July 2, 2014) – The University of San Francisco’s (USF) Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought is pleased to announce its 2014 Summer Scholar-in-Residence, Lisa Fullam, a distinguished theology scholar from Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley. Professor Fullam will lead this summer’s lecture series focusing on virtue ethics. The following three lectures are free, open to the public, and will take place in the Handlery Room on USF’s Lone Mountain (2800 Turk Blvd. in San Francisco).

  • Tuesday, July 7, 5-6:30 p.m.: Becoming Excellent: Reclaiming Virtue Ethics for Our Times
  • Tuesday, July 15, 5-6:30 p.m.: Excellent Sex: Applying Virtue Ethics for Sexual Ethics
  • Tuesday, July 22, 5-6:30 p.m.: Reclaiming Virtues: Humility in Teresa of Avila and Ignatius of Loyola

“The design of the summer scholar program is to provide a variety of voices and perspectives to the USF community by authors, academics, and practitioners who contribute to the Catholic Intellectual tradition,” said Mike Duffy, director of the Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought. “Lisa Fullam is just that. In conversations with her, we discussed some of the ways that Pope Francis has recently challenged the church and the world. In her three talks, Dr. Fullam will offer an opportunity to re-examine the role of ethics in the modern world.”

Fullam’s research interests include virtue ethics, medical and sexual ethics, the intersection of ethics and spirituality, and Ignatian spirituality. Her most recent book Ethics and Spirituality: Readings in Moral Theology No. 17 explores the reintegration of spirituality and ethics, and the need for the two disciplines to be in dialogue. She found that the revival of virtue ethics has formed deep connections between ethics and spirituality that can lead to a stronger understanding of morality. Her three-part lecture series at USF will touch on her scholarship as she applies virtue to sexual ethics and the virtue of humility, comparing the lives of Teresa of Avila and Ignatius of Loyola.

“Both saints were utterly fearless in their spiritual lives, and both left a spiritual legacy that inspires many people today,” said Fullam. “They challenge us to listen to where and how God is calling us and to respond whole-heartedly.”

Dr. Lisa Fullam holds a B.A. and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Cornell University, and a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Theology degree from Harvard Divinity School. She is currently an Associate Professor of Moral Theology at Santa Clara University’s Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley. Other published books by Fullam are The Virtue of Humility: A Thomistic Apologetic and Virtue: Readings in Moral Theology No. 16.

Media interested in attending any of the summer lectures, or to request an interview with Professor Fullam, please contact Anne-Marie Devine, senior director of media relations, at (415) 422-2697 or

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