Past Events

Dorothy Day: A Life and Legacy

November 9, 2013

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 Dorothy Day, Obl.O.S.B. (November 8, 1897 – November 29, 1980) was an American journalist, social activist, and devout Catholic convert; she advocated the Catholic economic theory of distributism. Day "believed all states were inherently totalitarian," and was considered to be an anarchist and did not hesitate to use the term. In the 1930s, Day worked closely with fellow activist Peter Maurin to establish the Catholic Worker movement, a nonviolent, pacifist movement that continues to combine direct aid for the poor and homeless with nonviolent direct action on their behalf. The cause for Day's canonization is open in the Catholic Church, and she is thus formally referred to as a Servant of God.

View the lectures by clicking on the link: Robert Ellsberg, Orbis Press. Notable Speakers: Stephen Zunes, Kimberly Connor, Andrei Antokin, and more from Bay Area Catholic Worker Communities. Conference topics will include nonviolence, literature, spirituality, the Catholic Worker, and a commitment to the poor.

Accompanying Refugees in the Middle East During Times of Crisis

March 20, 2013

Jesuit Refugee Service Jordan Director Colin Gilbert will visit the University of San Francisco to speak about the Syrian Refugee crisis on the Jordan border. In the Middle East and North Africa, Jesuit Refugee Service works predominantly with urban refugees. The first projects were initially established in 2008 in response to the high number of Iraqi refugees in Syria and Jordan. These two countries hosted the majority of Iraqi refugees, who make up the second largest group under UNHCR responsibility worldwide at an estimated 1.8 million.

Kinship Across Borders: A Christian Ethic of Immigration

November 14, 2012

The failure of current immigration policies in the United States has resulted in dire consequences: a significant increase in border deaths, a proliferation of smuggling networks, prolonged family separation, inhumane raids, a patchwork of local ordinances criminalizing activities of immigrants and those who harbor them, and the creation of an underclass—none of which are appropriate or just outcomes for those holding Christian commitments. Kinship Across Borders analyzes contemporary US immigration in the context of fundamental Christian beliefs about the human person, sin, family life, and global solidarity.

Kristin E. Heyer is Bernard J. Hanley Professor of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University. She is the author of Prophetic and Public: The Social Witness of US Catholicism, which won the College Theology Society’s Best Book Award, and coeditor of Catholics and Politics: Dynamic Tensions between Faith and Power.

Sean Carroll, S.J. A Jesuit from the California Province, is the Executive Director of the KINO Border Initiative.

Catholics, Politics and Conscience: The 2012 Election

October 25, 2012

Thomas Massaro, S.J., is Dean of the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University. Father Massaro holds a doctorate in Christian social ethics from Emory University. He publishes a regular column in America Magazine and has written seven books including two volumes offering an ethical evaluation of American social welfare policies.

the Jesuit Massacre Case before the Spanish National Court

October 4, 2012

Almudena Bernabeu is licensed to practice law in Spain and joined CJA full time in 2003. Ms. Bernabeu works on US-based civil Alien Tort Statute litigation against human rights abusers and universal jurisdiction criminal human rights prosecutions before the Spanish National Court. Ms. Bernabeu is also Director of CJA's Transitional Justice Program. She has worked on asylum and human rights cases for Amnesty International-Spain and researched and investigated cases before the European Court of Human Rights. She also serves as a board member at Equatorial Guinea Justice, a US based Human Rights organization. She is Vice-President of the Spanish Association for Human Rights (APDHE), and a member of the advisory board of the Peruvian Institute of Forensic Anthropology (EPAF), a forensic group providing evidence on human rights violations investigations and prosecutions. Ms. Bernabeu holds a Law degree from the University of Valencia School of Law, where she specialized in Public International Law. In 2012, Ms. Bernabeu won the prestigious Katharine & George Alexander Law Prize.

Why Africa is Important to the United States, A lecture with Peter Henriot S.J.

Peter Henriot Lecture

April 18, 2012

Peter J. Henriot, S.J., is a Jesuit priest and member of the Zambia-Malawi Province of the Society of Jesus. Prior to coming to Zambia in 1989, he served as Director of the Center of Concern, Washington, DC. In Zambia, besides regular pastoral work in a poor rural parish outside Lusaka, he served as Director of the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) from 1990 to 2010. The staff of the JCTR does research, education, advocacy and consultation on issues of faith, justice and development, and works closely with the Zambia Bishops Conference. He has taught at several seminaries in Africa, focusing on the church’s social teaching and its relevance to African issues. Besides an STM from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, Henriot holds a PhD in Political Science from University of Chicago and did post-doctoral research at Harvard University. He has published widely on the church’s social teaching and justice and development. Currently he lives in Lilongwe, Malawi, assisting in the establishment of a new Jesuit secondary school in that country. TEXT

Catholic Social Thought, Unions and the Future for the Next Generation of Workers

KINO Border Initiative cap

November 9, 2011
Eileen Purcell is a life time organizer for social and economic justice. With a BA from Stanford University and an MSW from San Jose State, she began her organizing career at the Archdiocese of San Francisco's Catholic Social Services where she led the organizing drive in defense of political refugees from South and Central Americans. She was one of the architects of the Sanctuary Movement, and later became the executive director of the SHARE Foundation, organizing international economic, political and moral support for refugees and the displaced families in Central America. For the last 12 years she has worked as a labor organizer, organizing Catholic Hospitals and most recently with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW Local 1245) which represents 18,000 workers from Bakersfield to Nevada.



Helen Prejean, CSJ

Helen Prejean vidcap

November 5, 2010
A discussion with the author of Dead Man Walking on the death penalty in the US today




The Dance of the Fertile Universe: Chance and Destiny Embrace

George Coyne S.J.

November 3, 2010
Fr. Coyne is Director Emeritus of the Vatican Observatory and President of the Vatican Observatory Foundation. He is an observational astronomer of international stature, and he has been widely recognized for promoting the dialogue between science and religion.


Religion and U.S. Foreign Policy: Resurrection Politics

M.C. Love US Foreign Policy cap

September 29, 2010
Maryann Cusimano Love is associate professor of international relations at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and a fellow at the Commission on International Religious Freedom, where she writes materials for the Foreign Service Institute, professional military education schools, and universities. She teaches graduate and undergraduate international relations courses at Catholic University and the Pentagon, on security, just peace, terrorism, globalization, and the problem of sovereignty. Her recent international relations books include Beyond Sovereignty: Issues for a Global Agenda (Wadsworth, 4th edition, 2010), Morality Matters: Ethics and the War on Terrorism (Cornell, forthcoming) and "What Kind of Peace Do We Seek?"

Acts of Faith: Interfaith Leadership in a Time of Religious Crisis

Patel Acts of Faith cap

January 29, 2009
Eboo Patel is the founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based international nonprofit working to build mutual respect and pluralism among religiously diverse young people by empowering them to work together to serve others. He is the author of Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation On Faith" blog, co-hosted by the Washington Post and Newsweek magazine. This event is sponsored with Vesper Society, as part of a special event series titled Interfaith Dialogue and Justice: Exploring Strategies for Global Development and Peace. (2007). He has a doctorate in sociology of religion from Oxford University.

A Church that Can and Cannot Change

McElroy Church Change cap

February 17, 2009
In conversation with Robert W. McElroy, 2008 Lo Schiavo Chair in Catholic Studies and Social Thought at USF. John T. Noonan, Jr. is a judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco. He is a historian of ideas, distinguished lecturer, and author of thirteen books.


Justice Against Poverty

Khan Justice Against Poverty cap

October 27, 2009
Justice Against Poverty with Irene Khan of Amnesty International




Urbi et Orbi Lecture-Integral Human Development

Urbi et Orbi Caritas cap

November 9, 2009
In his 2009 encyclical Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth), Pope Benedict XVI reminds us that integral human development requires that "moral evaluation and scientific research...go hand in hand, and charity must animate them in a harmonious interdisciplinary whole." How do social science,theology, metaphysics and science come together in a collaborative effort in the service of humanity at a Jesuit Catholic university?

Is it Ethical to be Catholic? Queer Perspectives

Alison Ethical to be Queer cap

February 12, 2006
A lecture by Rev. James Alison with Julie Henderson, USF student and member of the Queer Alliance, Respondent Text andVincent Pizzuto, Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, University of San Francisco, Respondent Text. Part of the Community in Conversation Project


The Black Church, Sexuality and HIV/AIDS

Selders Black Church cap

September 29, 2006
Bishop John L. Selders, Jr.
PowerPoint Presentation




Point 7 Now Conference on Global Poverty

Point 7 Now cap

October 27-28, 2006
Select Conference Texts:
To Hear the Cry of the Poor: A Prophetic Challenge, A Gospel Summons 
John Donahue, S.J., Professor Emeritus, St. Mary's Seminary
A Response that Penetrates and Unites the Catholic Community in the US 
Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, Co-Director, Fordham Center on Religion and Culture
A Response that Penetrates and Unites the Catholic Community in the US 
David O'Brien, Loyola Professor of Roman Catholic Studies, College of the Holy Cross

Catholic Social Thought and African Public Policy

Henriot Catholic Social Thought cap

February 17, 2005
Peter Henriot, S.J., Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection, Zambia




Can God be a Bride?: Women in the Catholic Church

Ross Can God be Bride cap

February 22, 2005
Susan A. Ross, Loyola University of Chicago





Globalization and Economic Justice

Massaro Globalization cap

March 9, 2005
Thomas Massaro, S.J., Weston Jesuit School of Theology





From Mutilation to Donation

Jonsen Mutilation to Donation cap

March 29, 2005
Revising Moral Doctrine, Catholic Theology, Organ Transplantation and Social Policy 
 Albert R. Jonsen, Emeritus, University of Washington School of Medicine



Whose Holy Grail? Justice and Health Care in the Age of Genetics

Ryan Whose Holy Grail cap

April 26, 2005
Maura Ryan, University of Notre Dame




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