Past Lectures

University Ministry Faculty Lecture Series


DECEMBER 5, 2017
Dr. Erin Brigham is the Director of the Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought, Chair of University Council for Jesuit Mission, and an Adjunct Professor in Theology and Religious Studies.


APRIL 27, 2017
Dr. Shabnam Koirala-Azad is the Interim Dean for the School of Education, and Professor for International and Multicultural Education at USF. She holds a PhD in Education - Social and Cultural Studies from UC Berkeley.

Faculty Lecture Series with Prof. Ronald R. Sunstrom

Speaker: Prof. Ronald R. Sunstrom, Philosophy Department Chair: Intellectual Community and Vocational Discernment

Faculty Lecture with Opinder Bawa

Speaker: Opinder Bawa, Vice President and CIO, Information Technology Services

Faculty Lecture with Janice Mirikitani

University Ministry was proud to host Janice Mirikitani, USF's Diversity Scholar Visiting Professor, as its Fall 2014 Faculty Lecturer. Janice Mirikitani is the Founding President of the Glide Foundation and Poet Laureate of San Francisco. She taught a course entitled Poetry & Poverty: Transformation From Dust at USF.

The UM Faculty Lecture Series invites USF faculty & staff from across the University to listen to a faculty speaker share his or her personal faith journey over lunch. Janice's lecture is entitled "Caring Dangerously." Faculty and staff of all faiths, as well as those with no religious traditions, were invited and encouraged to attend.

Faculty Lecture with Stephen A. Privett, S.J.

A beloved and visionary leader, Fr. Privett has championed the education of minds and hearts since assuming the presidency in 2000. During his successful tenure, USF has received national recognition numerous times, including landing on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for seven consecutive years. Fr. Privett has also overseen the opening of a cutting-edge learning center in the heart of campus, the John Lo Schiavo, S.J. Center for Science and Innovation, led the university to receive a record-setting number of applicants, and has upheld an unparalleled commitment to providing access to USF for students from all economic backgrounds despite the meteoric rise in the cost of a privet university education. Click below to see Stephen A. Privett, S.J. share his "apologia pro vita sua" and discusses his personal faith journey

Faculty Lecture with Dean Judith Karshmer

"A Personal Faith Journey: Finding Meaning in Breaking the Rules" September 3, 2013.

University Ministry Faculty Lecture with Judith Karshmer, Dean of the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions.

Faculty Lecture with Dr. Laleh Shahideh

"Finding Love Within" - December 1, 2016
Dr. Laleh Shahideh teaches in the School of Education, and until recently was associate vice provost and dean of student academic services. Dr. Shahideh has a long-standing, proven record of excellence in leadership, organizational development, mediation, conflict resolution, crisis management, and complex problem-solving.

Faculty Lecture with James Martin, S.J.

"Between Heaven and Mirth"

james martin

Fr. James Martin, author of The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything spoke at USF on February 6, 2012. Fr. Martin shared insights from his latest book Between Heaven and Mirth followed by a question and answer session. This presentation allowed us to gain a deeper appreciation for Jesuit history, mission and identity, and how this relates to our work at USF. Attendees included faculty, staff, students, the public, parishioners, alumni, and trustees. An exclusive event at 6pm was reserved for those interested in School of Education master's and doctoral programs offered by the Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership to leaders in Catholic education.

Faculty Lecture with Dean Jeff Brand

"The Outskirts of Hope" December 4, 2012

Jeffrey Brand, Dean of USF Law School, shared with faculty and staff his lecture "The Outskirts of Hope," the inaugural presentation in the University Ministry Faculty Lecture & Luncheon Series. Dean Brand shared his own experiences discovering hope in his life, highlighting notable figures world-wide who inspire such hope in others. He invited faculty and staff to join in conversation on the meaning of hope, and the struggles and graces that accompany this journey. Dean Brand's lecture spoke to the essential presence of hope both in our immediate USF community, and in broader humanity.

Additional Lectures at USF

Mark Shriver at USF

"A Good Man; Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver" Mark Shriver is the Senior VP of the US programs at Save the Children, an organization that works to support children in the US who struggle with poverty, hunger, illiteracy, and disease. On January 30, 2013, Mr. Shriver visited the USF campus and spoke about his New York Times bestselling novel, "A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver." In his lecture, Mr. Shriver spoke fondly of childhood memories growing up as the son of Sargent "Sarge" Shriver, whose pivotal contributions to the Peace Corps and other work for the US left an important legacy. Mr. Shriver emphasized the three most important principles he saw in his father's life--faith, hope and love--which he articulated as having a lasting and significant impact on all those who encountered him.

Mark Ravizza, S.J. - USF Trustee

"Global Engagement and Immersion" February 3, 2011

Contemplating the Real: The Ignatian and Well-Eduated Society.

Sisters in Spirit - Global Women's Rights Forum