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Coworkers in the Vineyard

the role of the catholic laity in the life of public service and scholarship


Panelists will discuss the role faith plays in their public service work during this conversation, which is part of a symposium marking Boston College's Sesquicentennial and the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council.
Simone Campbell, S.S.S., Executive Director, NETWORK; E.J. Dionne Jr., Syndicated Columnist, Washington Post, and Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; Thomas H. Groome, Professor of Theology and Religious Education, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry; Jane McAuliffe, Former President, Bryn Mawr College; Timothy P. Shriver, Chairman and CEO, Special Olympics. Moderator: Mark Massa, S.J., Dean, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.


Thursday, September 26, 2013
7:15 p.m.

Robsham Theater
Boston College, Chestnut Hill Campus

This panel discussion is free and open to the public.



Sister Simone Campbell is executive director of NETWORK in Washington, D.C. She is a religious leader, attorney, and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change. In Washington, she lobbies on issues of peace building and economic justice. Around the country, she is a noted speaker and educator on these public policy issues. Most recently she has been recognized for her work on healthcare reform especially as it affects the working poor people of our nation. Prior to coming to NETWORK, Simone served as the executive director of JERICHO, the California interfaith public policy organization that works, like NETWORK, to protect the interests of people who are poor. She also served as the general director of her religious community, the Sisters of Social Service. She was the leader of her sisters in the United States, Mexico, Taiwan, and the Philippines. In 1978, Simone founded and served for 18 years as the lead attorney for the Community Law Center in Oakland, California. She served the family law and probate needs of the working poor of her county. Closest to her heart are two experiences that Campbell had in the Middle East. In December 2002, she participated in a delegation of religious leaders to Iraq just prior to the war. And in January 2008, she returned to Lebanon and Syria to witness firsthand the plight of Iraqi refugees. Since returning from these trips, she has spoken and written extensively on her experience.


E.J. Dionne Jr. is a syndicated columnist with the Washington Post, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a professor at Georgetown University. His latest book is Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent, published in 2012. He is also the author of Why Americans Hate Politics—winner of the Los Angeles Times book prize and a National Book Award nominee—They Only Look Dead: Why Progressives Will Dominate the Next Political Era, Stand Up Fight Back: Republican Toughs, Democratic Wimps and the Politics of Revenge, and Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right. A nationally known and respected commentator on politics, Dionne appears weekly on National Public Radio and regularly on MSNBC and NBC’s Meet the Press. Dionne graduated from Harvard University and received a doctorate from Oxford University.


Thomas H. Groome was born in County Kildare, Ireland. Professor Groome holds the equivalent of an M.Div. from St. Patrick's Seminary in Carlow, Ireland, an M.A. from Fordham University and a doctoral degree in religious education from Union Theological Seminary/Columbia University. Professor Groome's publications include his most recent book Will There Be Faith, and What Makes Us Catholic: Eight Gifts for Life, Educating for Life, A Spiritual Vision for Every Teacher and Parent, Christian Religious Education: Sharing Our Story and Vision, Language for a "Catholic" Church and Sharing Faith: A Comprehensive Approach to Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry. Professor Groome is also the primary author of various religion textbook series from W.H. Sadlier, and the Coming to Faith series.


Mark Massa, S.J., is dean of the School of Theology and Ministry and professor of Church History at Boston College. He is well-known as a historian of American Catholicism in the post-WWII era, and publishes widely in scholarly and popular journals. He is the author of Catholics and American Culture: Fulton Sheen, Dorothy Day, and the Notre Dame Football Team (which won the AJCU/Alpha Sigma Nu Award for Outstanding Work in Theology); Anti-Catholicism: The Last Acceptable Prejudice?; and The American Catholic Revolution: How the Sixties Changed the Church Forever. A scholar of the Catholic intellectual tradition, he delivered the keynote address at the third annual Catholic Higher Education Collaborative Conference. He holds an A.B. from the University of Detroit, an M.A. in history from the University of Chicago, an M.Div. from Weston Jesuit School of Theology, and a Th.D. in Church History from Harvard University.


Jane McAuliffe is a scholar of the Qur’an and Muslim-Christian relations, who served as president of Bryn Mawr College from 2008 to 2013 and as dean of arts and sciences at Georgetown University from 1999 to 2008. She is the general editor of the six-volume Encyclopaedia of the Qur’an, the first major reference work for the Qur’an in Western languages. Other books include The Cambridge Companion to the Qur’an, With Reverence for the Word, Abbasid Authority Affirmed, Qurʼanic Christians: An Analysis of Classical and Modern Exegesis, and the forthcoming Norton Anthology of World Religions and Norton Critical Edition of the Qur’an. McAuliffe’s research has been supported by fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Mellon Foundation. She has served on the Vatican’s Commission for Religious Relations with Muslims and was a long-standing member of Building Bridges, an international interfaith meeting convened annually by the Archbishop of Canterbury from 2002 to 2012. She is past president of the American Academy of Religion and an elected member of the American Philosophical Society and the Council on Foreign Relations. McAuliffe received a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Toronto, and a B.A. from Trinity College (Washington, DC).


Timothy P. Shriver is a social leader, educator, activist, film producer, and business entrepreneur. As chairman & CEO of Special Olympics, he serves nearly four million Special Olympics athletes in 170 countries, all working to promote health, education, and unity through the joy of sports. Before joining Special Olympics in 1995, Shriver was and remains a leading educator focusing on the social and emotional factors in learning. He cofounded and currently chairs the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the leading research organization in the field of social and emotional learning. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a non-executive director of Neogenix Oncology. Shriver earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University, a master's degree from Catholic University, and a doctorate in education from the University of Connecticut.