Calendar of Events

Spring 2018 Colloquia Series

Upcoming Events

February 27, 2018 | Dorothea’s Tears: The State of Mental Health Care in America | 7PM - 9PM, Martire Theater
For over 50 years, America has been shutting down its state mental hospitals. The movement known as “deinstitutionalization” was intended to normalize the mentally ill and integrate them into the community. However, while once they were cared for by the states, the severely mentally ill are ending up in our nation’s prisons, on our city streets, and in county morgues. Few small towns in our nation better symbolize the problems with the mental health system than Newtown, CT - site of the former Fairfield Hills State Hospital and of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. This film documents those who have worked (and currently work) in the trenches of the mental health system, and those who have felt the impact of a system that many have dubbed a “failure”. Professor Richard Falco (School of Communication and Media Arts)

February 27, 2018 | Ask the Sexpert #sex@SHU | 7PM - 8:30PM, University Commons
Ask the Sexpert: Everything you always wanted to know about sex but were afraid to ask. Guest Speaker: Michael McNeil, Ed.D., Chief of Administration for Columbia Health. This colloquium is led by the Wellness Center.

February 28, 2018 | Compliance: A Film About a Real-Life Milgram Experiment | 2PM - 3:15PM, University Commons
The controversial film, Compliance tells the real-life story of how strip-search scams were perpetrated in fast food restaurants throughout the United States. In over 60 restaurants female employees were subjected to strip search and degrading acts. Clips of the film will be shown and discussed and analyzed from psychological, sociological, criminological, and theological perspectives. Professors Ruth Grant (Psychology), June-Ann Greeley (Theology and Religious Studies and Catholic Studies), Patrick Morris (Criminal Justice), Christina J. Taylor (Psychology)

February 28, 2018 | Cognitive Remediation and Brain Health | 3:30PM - 4:45PM, University Commons
Brain Power and Cognitive Remediation is a presentation that explores the 6 primary domains of cognition and how they impact our lives every day. It will also touch on neuroplasticity, and then focus on the development of Cognitive Remediation as a treatment for individuals who are living with cognitive impairment (those with psychiatric disorders, TBIs, ADD/ADHD, Executive Functioning problems, age-related cognitive decline, and others). Guest speaker: Mr. Gregg Pauletti, Founder and Executive Director of The Institute for Restoring Cognitive Health. Professor Clotilde Dudley Smith (Clinical Assistant Professor Health Science, Coordinator Health Care Administration Concentration, Director SHU Wellness Living Learning Community, College of Health Professions) and the College of Health Professions

February 28, 2018 | The Liberation Spirituality of Oscar Romero | 7PM - 9PM, University Commons
The lecture will explore the life, writing and preaching of the slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero. In a context of violence, inequality and social upheaval, his legacy challenges us to rethink conversion, faith, politics and martyrdom today. Guest Speaker: Dr. Michael Lee, Associate Professor of Theology with Affiliation in Fordham’s Latin America and Latino Studies Institute. This colloquium is also sponsored by the Office of Mission and Catholic Identity                                                         

March 14, 2018 | Founder’s Day

March 14, 2018 | The War on Cops | 2PM - 3:15PM, University Commons
Guest Speaker Heather MacDonald’s writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, and The New Criterion. Her newest book, The War on Cops (2016), warns that raced-based attacks on the criminal-justice system, from the White House on down, are eroding the authority of law and putting lives at risk. Professor James McCabe (Criminal Justice) and the Department of Criminal Justice

March 15, 2018 | I Call You Friends: Living with People with Developmental Disabilities in a L’Arche Community | 5:30PM - 7:30PM, University Commons
L’Arche provides homes for individuals with or without intellectual disabilities who share life in community. We will look at the Identity and Mission of L'Arche communities, L'Arche's founding story, and L'Arche's values, all of which reflect the core of the gospel message. The L'Arche model of caregiving revolves around the understanding that we are all people "with and without". Some of us are people with disabilities, some without. Some with money, some without. Some with intelligence, power, health...some without. We all have something to give, and we all have something to receive. Guest Speaker: Maria Fitzgerald with Professors Daria Fitzgerald (Catholic Studies) and Brent Little (Catholic Studies)

March 21, 2018 | Global Citizenship Education | 2PM - 3:15PM, University Commons
This presentation will examine how colleges and universities tackle the challenge of educating students for moral, academic, and professional development. Global citizenship has emerged as an important learning objective to assess and promote both within and across departments. This presentation takes a critical look at global citizenship education on college campuses, including social responsibility, global competence, and civic engagement, and provides evidence-based recommendations to prepare students for work within a globalized society. Annie Wendel (Assistant Director, Volunteer Programs and Service Learning) and the Office of Volunteer Programs and Service Learning

March 21, 2018 | Paddle Your Own Canoe: Negotiating the Shadows* | 3:30PM - 4:45PM, University Commons
In this thought-provoking talk, world-renowned artist and thinker Jane McAdam Freud will discuss her contributions as a woman in the arts.  Daughter of legendary artist, Lucian Freud, and great-granddaughter to Sigmund, Jane will share her own art and sculpture, while reflecting upon her experience growing up in a family of such intellectual influence. Guest Speaker: Jane McAdam Freud has presented, exhibited, and sold work all over the world. Truly engaging and charismatic, she is sure to deliver an extraordinary talk. Sacred Heart University is honored to welcome her.

March 28, 2018 | School of Rock: The Songs That Changed Our Lives | 2PM - 3:15PM, Schine Auditorium
Professors, scholars, and students share and analyze the rock songs that speak to key themes in history, existential plight, and the human journey. Professors June Ann Greeley (Theology and Religious Studies and Catholic Studies); Nathan Lewis (Art and Design); Dr. Eric Rosenberg (Art Historian at Tufts University); Mike Ventimiglia (Philosophy); Student Panel

March 28, 2018 | The Soul of Man | 3:30PM - 4:45PM, Schine Auditorium
Guest Speaker: Joel Nsadha will present and discuss his ongoing photography project, a black and white portrait series which seeks to capture our shared humanity and dignity.

April 4, 2018 | Holocaust Survivor* | 2PM - 3:15PM, Martire Theater
Guest Speaker: Mrs. Judy Altmann is a Holocaust survivor. In 1944, she was arrested and transported to Auschwitz concentration camp. She also survived the “death march” that ended in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Come hear her riveting story.

April 4, 2018 | In Pursuit of Silence | 2PM - 3:15PM, University Commons
Listen for meaning in a noise-obsessed world. The film is a meditative exploration of silence and the impact of noise on our lives and inspires us to experience silence and, in so doing, celebrate the wonders of our world. Professor June-Ann Greeley (Theology and Religious Studies and Catholic Studies)

April 4, 2018 | Are You Autism Aware? | 3:30PM - 4:45PM, University Commons
Four different perspectives will be given on Autism and how these real life scenarios relate to Catholic Social Justice. This colloquium is led by Ms. Juliana Fetherman (Student, Sacred Heart University) and hosted by Sacred Heart’s Autism Awareness Club (AYAA)

April 11, 2018 | Volunteer Programs & Service Learning Post-Spring Break Presentations | 2PM - 3:15PM, Martire Theater
SHU students, who participated in spring break international service-learning programs, will present their findings and offer meaningful reflections on what they learned while engaged in volunteer activities in Columbia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, and Nicaragua. Karreem Mebane (Director of Volunteer Programs and Service Learning)

April 11, 2018 | And Then There Were “Nones”: Exploring Secularization | 3:30PM - 4:15PM, Schine Auditorium
Why do fewer Americans participate in religious observance than previous generations?  Why are those with no religion the fastest-growing religious group? Why has New England become the most secular region in the United States? This Colloquium will explore the phenomenon of secularization – the declining rate and societal impact of religious belief and practice – with a particular focus on its effects among young people. Professors Daniel Rober and Cynthia Cameron will present on the realities of secularization by engaging with sociological data, religious and philosophical reflection on declining belief, and the lived experience of young Americans. An open discussion will follow with student insights about the role of secularization in their own lives and experiences particularly welcome. Professors Cynthia Cameron (Catholic Studies) & Daniel Rober (Catholic Studies)

April 11, 2018 | Pope Francis’s Call to Academics: Building Up the Catholic Intellectual Tradition* | 7PM - 9PM, Schine Auditorium
Guest Speaker: Mark Bosco, SJ

April 18, 2018 | Inconvenient Sequel | 2PM - 3:15PM, University Commons
A screening of the sequel to the documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," this colloquium will address issues of the science of climate change, its human cost, and what can be done to save the planet. Professor June-Ann Greeley (Theology and Religious Studies and Catholic Studies)

April 18, 2018 | Epiphanic Moments: A Conversation about Poetry and Painting | 3:30PM - 4:45PM, University Commons
The Colloquium will be a wide-ranging conversation about the relationships between lyric poetry and painting. The discussion will consider how poets and painters create and also subvert narratives in their works, ranging from depictions of narrow pinpoints of experience to full stories. Those narratives are sometimes moments of epiphany, moments in which we find ourselves both out of time and fully present, where both painters and poets are committed to presenting intense and often sudden and deeply powerful realizations of significance and meaning in their works, whether those are representational or abstract. Guest Speakers: Dr. Ken Hada, Professor of English and Poet at East Central University in Oklahoma; Philosopher Steven Schroeder, a Chicago-based poet and painter; Professors: Nathan Lewis, (Associate Professor of Art); Jonas Zdanys, (Professor of English and Poet in Residence at Sacred Heart University.) The Colloquium is also the 2018 Literary Spring event at Sacred Heart University.

April 25, 2018 | Speak Truth to Power | 2PM - 3:15PM, Martire Theater
A dramatic presentation of human rights defenders from over 35 countries (Elie Wiesel, Desmond Tutu, Vaclav Havel This presentation will be performed by SHU faculty and students. Professor June-Ann Greeley (Theology and Religious Studies and Catholic Studies) and SHU faculty and students

April 25, 2018 | Amruta Patil: Artist, Graphic Novelist, Storyteller | 3:30PM - 4:45PM, Schine Auditorium
Guest Speaker: Amruta Patil will share insights into her work and life. Amruta Patil is an artist and author and India’s first female Graphic Novelist. Her graphic novels include Kari (2008), Adi Parva: Churning of the Ocean (2012), and Sauptik: Blood and Flowers (2016). In 2017, Amruta received a Nari Shakti Puraskar award from the president of India for unusual work that breaks boundaries in art and literature.

Previous Events

January 17, 2018 |  A Celebration of the Life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. | 2PM - 3:15PM - University Commons
This occasion will celebrate Dr. King’s life and highlight what social justice work looks like at SHU. This year’s keynote speaker is Patricia W. Walker, Dean of the College of Health Professions here at Sacred Heart University. The colloquia will feature an invigorating panel discussion by SHU students who will reflect on Dr. King’s now famous Letter from a Birmingham Jail and explain how the letter applies to our campus’ current social discourse. Guest Speaker: Dr. Patricia Walker (Dean of the College of Health Professions). This colloquium is led by Karreem Mebane (Director of Volunteer Programs and Service Learning) and the Office of Volunteer Programs and Service Learning. 

January 31, 2018 | One Heart – Many Faiths | 2PM - 3:15PM, University Commons
All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to come and meet new members of our ministry team here at SHU: Rabbi Marcelo Kormis and Mark Block from the Jewish Community, and Imam Gazmend Aga from the Muslim Community. Join us in celebrating this wonderful new beginning of shared ministries here on campus. You will have the opportunity to learn about our new Interfaith initiative. Larry Carroll (Executive Director of Pastoral Services)

January 31, 2018 | Evolution and Creation Theology | 7PM - 8:30PM, University Commons
What does it mean to say that God created the world in the context of a dialogue with science and, particularly, evolution? This discussion includes addressing what is being said by the phrase “creation out of nothing” and what the implications of God creating are, showing how congruent creation is with evolution. Guest Speaker: Roger Haight is an American Jesuit Theologian and Scholar in Residence at the Union Theological Seminary in New York. This colloquium is also sponsored by the Office of Mission and Catholic Identity. 

February 7, 2018 | University, Universalism, Cosmopolitism…Vatican II and Catholic Higher Education Today | 2PM - 3:15PM, Chapel of the Holy Spirit
Guest Speaker: Massimo Faggioli is Church Historian and Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University

February 7, 2018 | Pope Francis and the USA: Theology, Politics, and Diplomacy | 7PM - 8:30PM, University Commons
The relationship between Pope Francis and the United States since the election in the conclave of 2013 has been a crucial point of passage for all those who want to understand this pontificate in the context of the world of today. The lecture will explore the key aspects – theological, political and diplomatic – of a relationship that is one of the signs of our times. Guest Speaker: Massimo Faggioli is Church Historian and Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University. This lecture is the second annual Bergoglio Lecture sponsored by the Department of Catholic Studies.

February 7, 2018 | Opioid Use Prevention and Awareness | 2PM - 3:15PM, University Commons
This colloquium will feature a presentation by Sarah Howroyd (MSW), an advocate and co-founder of the Manchester, CT HOPE (Heroin/Opioid Prevention Education) Initiative. The presentation will include a review of the current opioid epidemic in terms of the research, evidence-based practices and programs, and the unique challenges around this issue for college students. Additionally, Ms. Howroyd will share some of her past personal struggles related to opioids and answer any questions. Professor Jessica Samuolis (Psychology) and the Department of Psychology

February 7, 2017 | The Dangers of Abusing Alcohol and Overcoming Adversity | 3:30PM - 4:45PM, University Commons
Guest speaker Daniel Tratt will speak about how the poor decisions he made in high school and college eventually lead to a tragic accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down and suffering from a Traumatic Brain Injury. Professor Lola Halperin (Occupational Therapy) and the Department of Occupational Therapy 

February 21, 2018 | College Hookup Culture and Christian Ethics* | 2PM - 3:15PM, University Commons
Does contemporary party and hookup culture lead to the happiness that many college students have come to expect from popular culture? Dr. Beste’s work presents what students tell us about the hook-up culture. Guest Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Beste is Professor of Theology and holds the Koch Chair in Catholic Thought and Culture at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, MN. She is author of College Hookup Culture and Christian Ethics: The Lives and Longings of Emerging Adults (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018). She also wrote God and the Victim: Traumatic Intrusions on Grace and Freedom (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007). Her research interests include trauma theory and Christian theology; ethnography and Christian ethics; sexual ethics; feminist ethics; and children, justice, and Catholicism. 

*Special Colloquium