Spring 2019 Colloquia Series

Upcoming Events

March 27, 2019 | City of Joy | 2PM, University Commons
This is a screening of the 2016 documentary “City of Joy” during Women’s History Month. The documentary is about Congolese women developing a women’s leadership program to counteract the horrific plight of women and girls in the Congo. Professor June-Ann Greeley (Theology & Religious Studies, Catholic Studies)

March 27, 2019 | VEG/Humane Society | 3:30PM, University Commons
The Vegan/Vegetarian Enthusiasts Group at Sacred Heart University present a conversation discussing a humane diet for the animals, your health, and the world. Join us for an eye opening and inspirational afternoon! Presenters: Kay Kankry (Vegan/Vegetarian Enthusiasts Group) and June-Ann Greeley (Theology & Religious Studies, Catholic Studies)                                              

March 27, 2019 | Heart Challenges Hate: A Discussion Series: The First Amendment and Hate | 7PM, Martire Theatre
Professors and panelists will discuss everything from the psychology and rhetoric of hate to the first amendment and whether religion is a contributor to or remedy for the issues that we face. Professor Jennifer McLaughlin (History), Dr. Gary Rose (Chair of the Department of Government). Co-sponsored by the Office of Mission & Catholic Identity

April 2, 2019 | A Conversation About the Post-Truth Society | 6:30PM, Martire Theatre
What is Post Truth, where it came from, examples in present day, and how it has changed the landscape of media. Guest Speaker: Author Lee McIntyre, Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University and Instructor in Ethics at Harvard Extension SchoolCo-sponsored by the School of Communication, Media & the Arts

April 3, 2019 | Purpose, Passion - Personified | 2PM, University Commons
Why the “WHY” in branding matters most in a new media age and how brands are connecting in unexpected ways to achieve deeper human connection. Guest Speaker: Ben Glotzer- Creative Director for 1HQ which stands for One Hard Question and is a Global Brand Agency (with studios in UK, NYC, Amsterdam, Singapore) partners with both the world’s leading brands and start-ups to create, cultivate and activate brand personality in the food & beverage, personal care, wellness and lifestyle categories.

April 3, 2019 | Roses in December | 3:30PM, University Commons
On December 2, 1980, four Maryknoll missionaries were brutally murdered by security forces in El Salvador. This movie tells the story of one of them – lay missionary Jean Donovan, from Westport, Connecticut, who at age 25 left her career, her fiancé, and her loving family and friends to work among the poor in war ravaged El Salvador. Named one of the Best Films of the Year by Times Magazine, Roses in December challenges us to answer the CIT question “What does it mean to be human?” and “What does it mean to live a life of meaning and purpose?” Professor Daria Fitzgerald (Catholic Studies)

April 6, 2019 | Gospelfest | 7:30PM, Chapel of the Holy Spirit

April 10, 2018 | Climate Change: The Urgency of Values and Ecology According to Pope Francis | 2PM, University Commons
This Colloquium will address issues related to the current climate and ecology crisis and Pope Francis’ response as well as our own response to this very important topic. Guest Speaker: Dr. Christina Zenner, Fordham University

April 10, 2019 | Rock and Roll Testimony: Finding the Sacred in Guitar, Bass and Drums | 7PM, University Commons

April 17, 2019 | #Me Too and Sexual Consent: Christian Ethical Reflections | 2PM, University Commons
Since the #MeToo movement began in October 2017, there has been elevated support for the sexual harassment and assault victims across the United States. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) reports that 1 and 5 women and 1 in 71 men will be sexually assaulted at some point in their life. Questions have arisen in Christian ethics concerning how to address and handle these situations. This lecture will engage students and faculty members on Christian ethical reflections of the #MeToo movement and how sexual consent must be ethically understood and defined for all generations. Guest Speaker: Mary Catherine O’Reilly-Gindhart, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Glasgow

April 17, 2019 | Spring Break International Service-Learning Program Reflections | 3:30PM, University Commons
The Offices of Volunteer Programs & Service Learning present
: Student participants in the spring break service-learning programs will present their experiences and offer reflections on service, social justice and engaging with global communities in Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala and Mexico.

April 24, 2019 | Mindfulness: A Tool for Inner Peace | 2PM, Schine Auditorium
Professor Patricia Carl-Stannard
(Social Work) will introduce the incredible tool of mindfulness and how we can apply mindful techniques to our everyday lives. Students will learn the basics of deep breathing and will be led through a brief guided meditation. These evidence based practices are sure to aid students during the stressful wave of finals toward the end of the semester. Student, Maria Citarella (President of the To Write Love on her Arm Club) will discuss the club’s mission on campus and invite all to future meetings.

April 24, 2019 | Redefining Self-love and Worth in an Age of Selfies | 3:30 PM, Schine Auditorium
Self –Love is often akin to a regard for an individual’s wellbeing and happiness without recognition of the true self, characterized by sustainable bliss and Knowledge. People often crave for validation of their worth through the number of “likes” on their selfie pictures on social media. This dialogue will shed light on the true self and how to truly love and value ourselves. Guest Speaker: Vasudev Das, Doctoral Researcher and Scholar-practitioner of Applied Management and Decision Sciences

April 24, 2019 | Heart Challenges Hate: A Discussion Series: Religion: Part of the Problem or a Remedy for Hate | 7PM, Martire Theatre
Iman Gazmend Aga (Interfaith Chaplain), Fr. Anthony Ciorra (Vice President for Mission & Catholic Identity), and Rabbi Marcelo Kormis (Interfaith Chaplain)
and panelists will discuss everything from the psychology and rhetoric of hate to the first amendment and whether religion is a contributor to or remedy for the issues that we face. Co-sponsored by the Office of Mission & Catholic Identity

Previous Events

January 23, 2019 | Celebrating the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. | 2PM, Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts
Guest Speakers Michael Jefferson, Esq. and Robert Pellegrino, Esq. will reflect on the social justice work performed by Dr. King and his colleagues. Co-Sponsored by the Office of Mission and Catholic Identity 

January 29, 2019 | Showing Respect and Welcome in the Church to LGBT People | 7PM, Chapel of the Holy Spirit
James Martin, S.J., will present his talk “Showing Respect and Welcome in the Church to LGBT People”. Fr. James Martin is a Jesuit priest, editor at large at America magazine and an internationally known bestselling author. He has written for many publications, including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and he is a regular commentator in the national and international media. In 2017, Pope Francis appointed him a Consultor for the Vatican’s Dicastery for Communication. Michelle Loris (Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and Catholic Studies Chair) and Dr. Christina Taylor (Psychology). Guest Speaker: Fr. James Martin, S.J. Co-sponsored by the Office of Mission & Catholic Identity 

January 30, 2019 | Let’s Get Green SHU! | 2PM, University Commons
This Colloquia looks at what is means to be “green” along with a college campus’s opportunities to take part in sustainability efforts. Guest Speaker: Scott Thompson, Chairman of the Sustainable Fairfield Task Force. Co-sponsored by The Green SHU’s

January 30, 2019 | Heart Challenges Hate–A Discussion Series: The Psychology of Hate | 7PM, Martire Theatre
Professors and panelists will discuss everything from the psychology and rhetoric of hate to the first amendment and whether religion is a contributor to or remedy for the issues that we face. Co-sponsored by the Office of Mission & Catholic Identity 

February 5, 2019 | Startup Vietnam: Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Socialist Republic | 2PM, Schine Auditorium
Andrew Rowan, SHU  Class of 2008
captures the challenges, efforts, and successes of Vietnam’s youth, local startups, and foreign entrepreneurs during a time of transition between tradition and modernity in his book “Startup Vietnam: Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Socialist Republic.” Guest Speaker: Andrew Rowan, SHU Class of 2008. Co-Sponsored by Department of University Advancement 

February 6, 2018 | Academic Convocation Honoring Rev. John W. O’Malley, S.J. | 2PM, Chapel of the Holy Spirit
Join us for a special academic convocation and conferral of an honorary degree onto Rev. John W. O’Malley, S.J., university professor, Department of Theology, at Georgetown University. Fr. O’Malley will present his talk, “History: My Passion.” Co-sponsored by the Office of Mission & Catholic Identity

February 6, 2019 | Annual Bergoglio Lecture given by Rev. John W. O’Malley, S.J. “The Current Crisis: Thoughts and Historical Perspectives” | 7PM, University Commons
The sex-abuse crisis is a crisis of leadership in the church. Father John O’Malley will review the historical roots of the crisis and discuss Pope Francis’ identifying of clericalism as its cause. He will also review the history of how bishops are chosen and show how that history is pertinent today. Co-sponsored by the Office of Mission & Catholic Identity 

February 13, 2019 | Discover your Purpose: Life as Hero’s Journey | 2PM, University Commons
“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls” – Joseph Campbell. Why are we here? What is the meaning of our lives? Stories and myths across cultures show a common pattern of human struggle, perseverance, and triumph that ultimately leads to transformation. By seeing our experiences through this pattern – that of the hero’s journey – we are empowered to recognize our everyday lives as deeply meaningful and contributing to a higher good. Join us for a discussion of how to “follow your bliss”, connect to your highest purpose, and find your unique contribution to the world. Professor Erika Murphy (Catholic Studies)

February 13, 2019 | Frederick Douglass and Ireland: The Making of a Human Rights’ Champion | 3:30PM, Schine Auditorium
Frederick Douglass spent 4 months in Ireland in 1845. “I can truly say, I have spent some of the happiest moments of my life since landing in this country. I seem to have undergone a transformation. I live a new…I am covered with the soft grey fog of the Emerald Isle. I breathe, and lo! The chattel becomes a man” Frederick Douglass on Ireland, 1846. Guest Speaker: Dr. Christine Kinealy, Director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute, Quinnipiac University. Editor of Frederick Douglass and Ireland: In His Own Words (2018). Co-sponsored by SHU in Dingle, Department of History and the College of Education 

February 20, 2019 | Winter Break International Service Program Reflections | 2PM, University Commons
The Offices of Volunteer Programs & Service Learning and Campus Ministry
collaborate to present: Student participants in the winter break service programs to Jamaica and Puerto Rico will present their experiences and offer reflections on service, social injustice and engaging with global communities.

February 20, 2019 | The Education of Service | 3:30PM, University Commons
Professor Marie Hulme (English, Catholic Studies) and student Jake Mazza
discuss how their service provided them with lives of meaning and purpose and how they connect their education in the military with their education at SHU through the writers of the Great Books of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.

February 20, 2019 | Sylvia Plath: #MeToo | 7PM, Martire Theatre
Sylvia Plath became one of the most widely read poets of the Twentieth Century because she wrote unflinchingly about her life, including her doomed marriage to poet Ted Hughes. Readers have always known the Plath-Hughes relationship ended in turmoil – and Plath’s suicide in 1963 – but recent revelations suggest the marriage might have been more turbulent than previously known. Plath’s newly published letters even document examples of domestic abuse. How do we view Sylvia Plath in light of the #MeToo Movement, which has brought a new sensitivity to the way power dynamics in relationships are considered? Guest Speaker: Author Paul Alexander 

February 22, 2019 | The Problem with Privilege | 2PM, Schine Auditorium
Contemporary discussions of race and racism often invoke the concept of “white privilege.” Dr. Andrew Pierce, St. Mary’s College, will provide a critique of this way of framing racial inequality, focusing on the cognitive biases that predictably undermine its political and pedagogical effectiveness. He offers an alternative approach to anti-racist politics, drawing upon Derrick Bell’s theory of “interest convergence.” Guest Speaker: Dr. Andrew Pierce, St. Mary’s College. Co-sponsored by the Academic Affairs - Office of the Provost 

February 27, 2019 | A Jewish, Christian, Muslim Conversation, “Texts that Unite, Texts that Divide” | 2PM, University Commons
Spiritual scholars gather to explore the importance of dialogue among leaders of various religions in the 21st century. Guest Speakers: Rabbi Marcelo Kormis, Fr. Anthony Ciorra and Imam Gazmend Aga. Co-sponsored by the Office of Mission & Catholic Identity

February 27, 2019 | How Does Addiction Affect Family and Friends? | 3:30PM, University Commons
As those who have been impacted by another’s misuse of drugs and alcohol know, the many negative behaviors and consequences can cause great suffering and sometimes tragic effects on friends and families. John Hamilton, LMFT, LADC, will speak about how addiction effects family and friends and what you can do to get help for those impacted by this disease. Mr. Hamilton has been a consultant for the National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). He currently chairs the advisory board for the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) and serves on the Governor’s Alcohol and Drug Policy Council. He also has led an addiction treatment organization as CEO, while simultaneously maintaining a successful private practice. Guest Speaker: John Hamilton, LMFT, LADC

February 27, 2019 | Heart Challenges Hate: A Discussion Series: The Rhetoric of Hate in the Media | 7PM, Martire Theater
Professors and panelists will discuss everything from the psychology and rhetoric of hate to the first amendment and whether religion is a contributor to or remedy for the issues that we face. William Yousman (Communication and Media Studies). Co-sponsored by the Office of Mission & Catholic Identity 

March 13, 2019 | The Ordinariness of Evil Obedience to Authority – The Milgram Experience | 2PM, University Commons
Why do ordinary individuals obey the experimenter’s order to administer painful shocks to an innocent person? What would you have done if you were in the Milgram experiment? This Colloquium will discuss the experiment from the perspective of psychology and religious studies. Professors Christina Taylor (Psychology), Ruth Grant (Psychology), and June-Ann Greeley (Theology & Religious Studies, Catholic Studies)

March 13, 2019 | Pope Francis: A Man of His Word | 3:30PM, University Commons
What is it like to be the Pope? This unique movie by award-winning director Wim Wenders profiles Pope Francis and his ministry by following him around the world, highlighting themes of social justice, immigration, ecology, wealth inequality, materialism, and familyProfessor Daniel Rober (Catholic Studies)

March 13, 2019 | Afraid to Say the “P” Word? If So, Why? | 7PM, University Commons
Pope Francis and Catholic teaching tell is that we must denaturalize extreme poverty and stop seeing it as a mere statistic rather that a reality. Poverty has a face; it is a human condition. Yet the language of many who labor in the fields of international relief and social development often excludes reference to the poor. Terms such as “economically challenged” are used instead. Possible reasons for such reluctance to using the “P” word will be explored as well as consideration of how we might recognize and embrace the many faces of poverty. Guest Speaker: Mary Healey-Sedutto, Executive Director of Hope for a Healthier Humanity. Co-sponsored by the Office of Mission & Catholic Identity 

March 14, 2019 | Hesburgh Lecture – Religion and Intellectuals | 7PM, Schine Auditorium
Why do so many educated persons lose their faith? What arguments seem to speak against religion, and how are these arguments to be weighed? The presentation considers these issues along with the questions: What paths to religion exist for the educated person? And which seem to be the most promising? Guest Speaker: Mark W. Roche, the Rev, Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C, Professor of German Language and Literature and Concurrent Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. Co-sponsored by the Office of Mission & Catholic Identity 

March 20, 2019 | Founder’s Day | 2PM, University Commons