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C21 Center Announces Schedule


By Kathleen Sullivan | Chronicle Staff

Published: Jan. 31, 2013

A series of events sponsored by the Church in the 21st Century Center this semester will explore the richness of the Catholic intellectual tradition, beginning next Thursday, Feb. 7, with a presentation by Theology Associate Professor Fr. Robert Imbelli — guest editor for the spring 2013 issue of C21 Resources — on “The Heart of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition” at 5:30 p.m. in Gasson 100. Responding to his lecture will be Philosophy Associate Professor Marina McCoy and School of Theology and Ministry Professor Khaled Anatolios.

The editors of leading Catholic publications will gather on Feb. 20 at 5:30 p.m. in Gasson 100 to discuss “The Future of Catholic Periodicals: Finances, Faith and the Digital Age.” The event will feature America editor-in-chief Rev. Matt Malone, SJ, Commonweal editor Paul Baumann and Meinrad Sherer-Emunds, executive editor of US Catholic.

The center continues its tradition of hosting a member of the Catholic Church hierarchy when Bishop Robert McElroy, vicar for parish life and development in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, visits on March 18. He will address “The Challenge of Catholic Teaching on War and Peace in the Present Moment” at 4:30 p.m. in the Heights Room of Corcoran Commons.

A highlight of the semester will be an appearance by 2005 honorary degree recipient Paul Farmer, a physician/humanitarian known for his work in Haiti and other developing countries. “Accompaniment: Liberation Theology, Solidarity and a Life of Service” will feature Farmer, the Kolokotrones University Professor at Harvard Medical School and a co-founder of Partners in Health, in conversation with Flatley Professor of Theology Roberto Goizueta. The event will be held on April 3 in Robsham Theater beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The center also will celebrate the publication of two new books in its award-winning series with events on Feb. 27 at 5:30 p.m. in the Heights Room for New Voices in Catholic Theology and March 20 at 5:30 p.m. in the School of Theology and Ministry Library for Encountering Jesus in the Scriptures, featuring STM Professor Daniel Harrington, SJ, and Research Professor Christopher Matthews.

Co-sponsors for C21 spring events include the School of Theology and Ministry, Theology Department, Alumni Association, Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, Center for Human Rights and International Justice, Women’s Resource Center, English Department and Campus Ministry.

   Other C21 presentations throughout the semester include:

   •Agape Latte featuring University Secretary Terrence Devino, SJ, on Feb. 5, 8:30 p.m., Hillside Café, Maloney Hall.

   •“Mysticism and the Intellectual Life,” with University of Notre Dame Professor Lawrence Cunningham, April 10, 5:30 p.m., Heights Room, Corcoran Commons.

   •“The Many Faces of Hildegard of Bingen: New Doctor of the Church,” with STM Associate Professor Catherine Mooney, April 11, 5:30 p.m., 9 Lake St.

   •“Prophetic Voices: Women in the Tradition,” a panel discussion moderated by Vice Provost for Faculties Patricia DeLeeuw, April 16, 5:30 p.m., Heights Room, Corcoran Commons.

   •“God and the Imagination: Praying Through Poetry,” with University Professor of English Paul Mariani, April 25, 4 p.m., Heights Room, Corcoran Commons.

The C21 Center also will hold an out-of-town event: an evening with America culture editor and award-winning author Rev. James Martin, SJ, on Feb. 28 at St. Ignatius Loyola Parish in New York City.

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