Upcoming Events

Racial and Ecological Justice Reading Group with Lane Center Graduate Fellow Barwende Sane, S.J. 

During the Fall, book club participants read about the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and Howard Thurman and had enriching discussions about racial justice. Surely, King and Thurman's call for justice and dignity still has to bear fruit for today's challenges.

The second part of this book club will focus on the challenges of climate change. Those who understand King and Thurman's call know that there is no racial justice without climate justice. And Pope Francis is one of the outstanding figures of our modern time who stands with sagacity and courage to claim the rights of the earth and appeal for sustainable development inspired by the indigenous wisdom coming from poor people, including indigenous Amazonians. This time, the book club will meet three times to ponder: How do we frame the question of ecological justice from the perspective of the poor?

The assigned readings will come from the Post-Synodal Exhortation “Querida Amazonia” (Beloved Amazon), issued on February 2, 2020, and the Encyclical Letter, “Laudato Si” (Praise be to you), on Care for our Common Home, issued on May 24, 2015.

All faculty and staff are welcome.

Participants will meet via Zoom on:

  • February 18, 11 AM – 12 PM
  • March 10, 11 AM – 12 PM
  • April 21, 11 AM – 12 PM

If you have questions, please email Lane Center's Graduate Fellow Barwende Sane at bsane@dons.usfca.edu

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Inside Out: The Latinx Future of Catholic Higher Education

February 23, 2021

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado, PhD will present her paper, “Inside Out: The Latinx Future of Catholic Higher Education,” via Zoom.

Latino/as are the largest percentage of historically underrepresented students studying at Catholic Universities and are the fastest growing and youngest population in the United States. They are a complex and diverse group. This presentation will explore the implications of the growth of the Latino/a/x population for Catholic colleges and universities, focusing on intentional commitments and strategies for recruiting, welcoming, and retaining Latino/a/x students, faculty, and administrators in light of the mission and vision of our Universities.

This lecture is part of the series “Catholic Higher Education in Light of Catholic Social Thought,” co-organized by Bernard G. Prusak, King’s College (PA), and Jennifer Reed-Bouley, College of St. Mary (NE). The thirteen lectures in this series, scheduled to take place over winter and spring 2021 and hosted by eight different institutions, are works-in-progress that will appear as chapters in the volume Catholic Higher Education in Light of Catholic Social Thought: Critical-Constructive Essays, ed. Bernard G. Prusak and Jennifer Reed-Bouley (New York: Paulist Press, forthcoming). 

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Race, Diversity, and Inclusion on Campus and in the Classroom

March 23, 2021

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm 

Maureen O’Connell and Tia Noelle Pratt will present their paper, "Race, Diversity, and Inclusion on Campus and in the Classroom,” via Zoom. In order to understand more fully the role of the American Catholic Church in creating and sustaining slavery, and likewise slavery’s still unfolding afterlife, they will examine the role and impact of American Catholic colleges and universities. After situating themselves as products of this educational system, they will identify historical instances of the interplay between American Catholic higher education, slavery, and its afterlife that reveal the inherent racism within the Catholic intellectual tradition, particularly as it pertains to Catholic Social Thought. They will turn to that same tradition to offer recommendations that American Catholic colleges and universities are uniquely positioned to deploy in order to interrupt and repair the trauma and inequities of the afterlife of slavery.

This lecture is part of the series “Catholic Higher Education in Light of Catholic Social Thought,” co-organized by Bernard G. Prusak, King’s College (PA), and Jennifer Reed-Bouley, College of St. Mary (NE). The thirteen lectures in this series, scheduled to take place over winter and spring 2021 and hosted by eight different institutions, are works-in-progress that will appear as chapters in the volume Catholic Higher Education in Light of Catholic Social Thought: Critical-Constructive Essays, ed. Bernard G. Prusak and Jennifer Reed-Bouley (New York: Paulist Press, forthcoming). 

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Past Events

Screening and Panel Discussion of "Flannery: The Storied Life of the Writer from Georgia"

October 22, 2020
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Winner of the first-ever Library of Congress / Lavine Family / Ken Burns Prize for Film, Flannery is the lyrical, intimate exploration of the life and work of author Flannery O’Connor, whose distinctive Southern Gothic style influenced a generation of artists and activists. 

View the recording of the panel discussion.


4th Annual Women Shaping the Catholic Social Tradition Lecture: Carolyn Woo 

December 2, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This annual lecture honors the memory of Sr. Dorothy Kazel, OSU, Sr. Ita Ford, MM, Sr. Maura Clarke, MM, and lay missionary, Jean Donovan — four Catholic women murdered on Dec. 2, 1980 for their commitment to justice in El Salvador. This series commemorates their witness and lifts up the Catholic sisters and lay women who continue to shape the Catholic social tradition.


Carolyn Yauyan Woo will deliver this year’s 4th annual lecture. Woo currently serves as the Distinguished President’s Fellow for Global Development at Purdue University and President’s Liaison for Energy Transition at the University of Notre Dame. During 2012-2016, Woo served as president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. 

View the recording of the talk.