Lane Center Welcomes Kristin Heyer

2013 Summer Scholar-in-Residence Series: A Christian Ethic of Immigration

SAN FRANCISCO - (July 2, 2013)

The University of San Francisco (USF) Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Social Thought and the Ignatian Tradition is pleased to announce its 2013 Summer Scholar in Residence, Dr. Kristin Heyer. In this summer's lecture series, Heyer will pair her scholarly research on immigration and Catholic social ethics together with her recent experiences alongside migrants and legislative advocates to provide a thoughtful analysis on the current struggle for immigration reform. The following three lectures are free, open to the public, and will take place in Fromm Hall, located behind St. Ignatius Church along Parker Avenue (at McAllister) on USF's main campus.

  • Wednesday, July 10, 5-6:30 p.m.: The Politics of Immigration and the Christian Counter Narrative
  • Wednesday, July 17, 5-6:30 p.m.: Immigration and "Family Values:" Catholic Moral Perspectives
  • Wednesday, July 24, 5-6:30 p.m.: A Pilgrim Church: from Charity to Kinship

"We are delighted to welcome Kristin Heyer as our 2013 summer scholar," said Mike Duffy, director of The Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Social Thought and the Ignatian Tradition at USF. "Her research and teaching on the topic of immigration represents a focus on the families involved that is often missing in today's political debates. This series will be insightful and thought provoking for the San Francisco community. All are welcome"

Kristin Heyer holds the Bernard J. Hanley Chair in Religious Studies at Santa Clara University. She holds a BA in history from Brown University and a 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.

To request interviews with Kristin Heyer, please contact Anne-Marie Devine, USF's senior director of media relations, at (415) 422-2697 or

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