Summer Scholar-in-Residence Series

The Summer scholar-in-residence program invites distinguished scholars from around the world to discuss Catholic social thought and the signs of the times. Visiting scholars participate in public lectures, teaching, and faculty colloquia during their time at USF.

2014 - Lisa Fullam, D.V.M., Th.D.

Lisa Fullam2Lisa Fullam D.V.M., Th.D. teaches moral theology at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. Research interests include Virtue Ethics, medical and sexual ethics, the intersection of ethics and spirituality, and Ignatian spirituality. Published essays include: “Toward a Virtue Ethics of Marriage: Augustine and Aquinas on Friendship in Marriage,” “Teresa of Avila’s Liberative Humility,” “Sex in 3-D. A Telos for a Virtue Ethics of Sexuality,” “Ethics in Spiritual Guidance,” “Bioethics and Public Policy,” (with William R. O’Neill, S.J.), “Why Ordination Matters: A Reflection from Jamaica,” and “Juana, SJ: The History (and Future?) of Women in the Society of Jesus.” Readings in Moral Theology #17, Ethics and Spirituality, co-edited with Charles E. Curran was published this year. Readings in Moral Theology #16. Virtue Ethics, also edited with Charles E. Curran, was published by Paulist Press in 2011. Her previous book, The Virtue of Humility: A Thomistic Apologetic was published by the Edwin Mellen Press in 2009. In 2008, she climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. The view from the top is just glorious.

All events are from 5:00-6:30 pm, Handlery Room, Lone Mountain 100


2013 - Kristin Heyer, Ph.D.

A Christian Ethic of Immigration
Kristin HeyerKristin Heyer holds the Bernard J. Hanley Chair in Religious Studies at Santa Clara University. She holds a BA in history from Brown University and PhD in theological ethics from Boston College. Her books include Kinship across Borders: A Christian Ethic of Immigration (Georgetown University Press, 2012), Prophetic and Public: the Social Witness of U.S. Catholicism (2006)—winner of the College Theology Society’s Annual Best Book Award—and the edited volume Catholics and Politics: Dynamic Tensions between Faith and Power (2008).  Her current research focuses on migration ethics, moral agency, and Catholic political engagement, and her courses cover areas such as Catholic social thought, Christian ethics and HIV/AIDS, and immigration. She has published articles in Theological Studies, The Journal of Catholic Social Thought, Political Theology, the Journal of Peace and Justice Studies, and America. She has recently served on the boards of Catholic Theological Society of America and Theological Studies.  She presently serves as a member of the committee for the future of Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church.  She lives in San Jose, CA with her husband Mark Potter (Provincial Assistant for Social Ministries for the Jesuits) and their sons Owen (7) and Luke (4). 

All events are from 5:00-6:30 pm, Fromm Hall, Maraschi Room


2012 - Rev. Frank Turner, S.J.

Frank Turner, SJ

Religious Ethics in the Global Discourse
Frank Turner is a British Jesuit. He has always worked to integrate the political dimensions of the search for social justice with the exploration of Christian faith through philosophy and theology. From 1991 to 1997 he taught part-time in the universities of Manchester and London, while living in areas of social deprivation, and later held responsibility for the ‘formation’ of Jesuits in his province. From 1997 to 2004 he was principal advisor and representative on international affairs to the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales. Since 2005, he has worked in Brussels as General Director of the Jesuit European Office, present in four countries, which reflects and comments on European affairs from the primary perspective of justice and peace.

All events are from 5:00-6:30 pm, Fromm Hall, Maraschi Room


2011 - Mary Jo Bane


Economic Justice for All? Catholic Social Teaching and American Policy 25 Years Later
Mary Jo Bane is Thornton Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy and Management and Academic Dean at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. From 1993 to 1996 she was Assistant Secretary for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. From 1992 to 1993 she was Commissioner of the New York State Department of Social Services, where she previously served as Executive Deputy Commissioner from 1984 to 1986. From 1987 to 1992, at the Kennedy School, she was Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy and Director of the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy. She is the author of a number of books and articles on poverty, welfare, families, and the role of churches in civic life.

All events are from 5:00-6:30 pm, Fromm Hall, Maraschi Room

2010 - Rev. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator, S.J.

Why Africa Matters

Rev. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, S.J. is a Jesuit priest from Nigeria and the provincial of the East Africa Province of the Society of Jesus.; He was ordained on July 25, 1998 and completed his doctorate in theology in 2004 at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom.; He teaches theology and religious studies at Hekima College Jesuit School of Theology and Peace Studies in Nairobi, Kenya. He is the author or co-author of numerous articles and books including Theology Brewed in an African Pot: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine from an African Perspective (2008, Orbis Books); Faith Doing Justice: A Manual for Social Analysis, Catholic Social Teachings and Social Justice (2007, Paulines Publications Africa); and From Crisis to Kairos: A Critical Theology of the Mission of the Church in the Time of HIV/AIDS, Refugees and Poverty (2005, Paulines Publications Africa).

2009 - Margaret O'Brien Steinfels

Fordham Center on Religion and Culture
Margaret Steinfels

Ms.Steinfels and her husband, Peter Steinfels, became the founding co-directors of the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture in 2004. The Center explores questions that arise when religious faith intersects with contemporary culture and fosters dialogue onthe challenges posed to the culture. Before joining Fordham, Ms. Steinfels served for 15 years as the editor of Commonwealth, an independent biweekly journal of political, religious and literary opinion edited by Catholic lay people. She also co-directed “American Catholics in the Public Square,” a three-year Commonweal Foundation project that was funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts. The project yielded two volumes of essays, American Catholics and Civic Engagement: A Distinctive Voice, (Sheed and Ward, 2003) and American Catholics and American Culture: Tradition and Resistance, (Sheed andWard, 2004), both of which she edited. A distinguished writer, Ms Steinfels is the author of Who’s Minding the Children? The History and Politics of Day Care in America (Simon and Schuster, 1974). She was the founding editor of the Hastings Center Report, a leading journal of bioethics, from 1974 to 1980. She also served as executive editor of Christianity and Crisis, founding editor of Church magazine and editorial director at the National Pastoral Life Center. Ms. Steinfels has written about a variety of subjects ranging from the politics of Serbia to the politics of the Saatchi collection. She has published articles on childcare, family issues, bioethics, religion and politics, and foreign and domestic policy.Her work has appeared in America,Dissent, the Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald, TheNew Republic, The New York Times, Slate Magazine and the Washington Post Book Review.

2008 - James F. Keenan, S.J.

The Evolution of Moral Theology: 1900-1970keenan_thumb

James F. Keenan, S.J. is one of the world’s leading moral theologians in the area of virtue ethics, health care and HIV/AIDS. A Jesuit priest from the New York Province, Fr. Keenan currently serves as professor of theological ethics at Boston College. He is the author or editor of many books including The Works of Mercy: The Heart of Catholicism (Second Edition, Sheed & Ward, 2007) and Toward a Global Vision of Catholic Moral Theology: Reflections on the Twentieth Century (Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram Press, 2007) as well as over 200 scholarly articles, essays or reviews. He has held fellowships and chairs at the University of Edinburgh, Princeton, John Carroll, the Gregorian University, Loyola School of Theology in Manila, and Boston College. He is the Chair of Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church and an advisor to the Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance. In 2006 he convened the world's first International Crosscultural Conference for Catholic Theological Ethicists in Padua, Italy.

  • Moral Pathology and the Manualists -  TEXT
  • Innovation: The Recovery of History and Scripture for Moral Theology - TEXT
  • Synthesis: "The Law of Christ"- TEXT

2007 - Thomas Reese, S.J.

How to Survive as a Thinking Catholicreese_thumb

Thomas J. Reese, S.J. is a senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University, an independent Catholic research institute. He is former editor of America, a weekly Catholic magazine. As editor of America, Fr. Reese promoted discussion on current issues facing the Catholic Church and the world. He is the author of several books including Inside the Vatican: The Politics and Organization of the Catholic Church.

  • Catholic Challenges in the 21st Century
  • Reforming the Vatican Curia
  • Faith & Politics in 2008