Calendar of Events

Fall 2018 Colloquia Series

Upcoming Events

December 2, 2018 | Ceremony of Lessons and Carols | 2PM, Chapel of the Holy Spirit

December 5, 2018 | Freedom from Opioids through Prevention, Education and Hope | 2PM, 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.

Previous Events

August 29, 2018 | New Student Convocation | 2PM, William H. Pitt Center 

September 12, 2018 | Mass of the Holy Spirit | 2PM, Chapel of the Holy Spirit

September 16, 2018 | “Disciples of Hope” | 2PM, Chapel of the Holy Spirit

September 16, 2018 | Concert with Dan Schutte | 7PM, Chapel of the Holy Spirit
Dan Schutte
is one of the best-known and most influential composers of Catholic music for liturgy. Some of his most celebrated songs – “Here I Am, Lord”, “City of God” and “Sing a New Song” are from his collaboration with the St. Louis Jesuits. Currently, Dan is composer-in-residence at the University of San Francisco. Lead music liturgy at mass.

September 17, 2018 | Constitution Week – Janus and the First Amendment Right to Silence | 2PM, University Commons
Carol Platt Liebau, the President of the Yankee Institute for Public Policy, will discuss and defend the very recent US Supreme Court ruling of Janus v AFSCME (2018) which ruled that non-unionized public employees should not be required to pay union dues. This landmark case, which will inevitably weaken the political power of public union employees, as decided on the basis of First Amendment rights. A public employee by refusing to pay union dues is exercising a form of expression protected under the free speech clause of the First Amendment. Guest Speaker: Carol Platt Liebau, President, Yankee Institute for Public Policy 

September 19, 2018 | Sexual Abuse and the Church: A Conversation in the Wake of Recent Revelations | 2PM, University Commons
The combined impact of the Pennsylvania grand jury report about sexual abuse and the revelations concerning former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick have shaken the Catholic Church in the United States. Dr. Petillo’s Statement of Concern and Vision for the Church and the Academy as well as his blog offer us an opportunity to stand in solidarity as a University community on this issue. Now, this Colloquium provides us an opportunity to engage in conversation with our questions, reflections, and concerns regarding the issue. The conversation will be initiated by Dr. Dan Rober, as moderator, asking questions of Dr. Michael Higgins, Professor Caitlin Merritt, Professor Jennifer Reek of the Catholic Studies and Philosophy departments. This Colloquium will be devoted to allowing audience members to share their thoughts and ask questions about this crisis.

September 19, 2018 | In Pursuit of Silence: Realigning with Reality | 3:30PM, University Commons
Professor Kevin M. Johnson (Philosophy, Theology & Religious Studies) and co-host of the podcast Encountering Silence will present on the importance of silence for mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing. During this presentation we will watch parts of the award winning documentary In Pursuit of Silence and Professor Johnson will discuss the topic and teach basic meditation, mindfulness, and physical exercises that will help one recover from stress, heal, and also to know the world at the deepest levels. Guest Speaker: Kevin M. Johnson

September 20, 2018 | Constitution Week- Judges and Courts within the Separation of Powers Doctrine | 2PM, University Commons
The Honorable Peter Zarella, a retired Connecticut Supreme Court Justice, will discuss the critical role of courts maintaining a system of checks and balances and the many new challenges that state Supreme Court judges are facing in the 21st century. Justice Zarella will draw on his many years of experience adjudicating complex and controversial legal cases. Guest Speaker: The Honorable Peter T. Zarella, Connecticut Supreme Court Associate Justice (Retired) 

September 26, 2018 | Heroes Who Go Above and Beyond Creating the Next Generation of Compassionate Leaders | 2PM, University Commons
Out of the Sandy Hook School tragedy comes healing, hope and renewed purpose. Ian Hockley, founder of Dylan’s Wings of Change and the Wingman program, will share how an event that forever changed a small town was the genesis for a movement whose ripples are spreading across the world. Guest Speaker: Mr. Ian Hockley

September 26, 2018 | Studying the CIT in Rome: The City and Art at the Heart of the Tradition | 3:30PM, University Commons
Professors Nathan Lewis, (Art and Design), and Marie Hulme, (English and Catholic Studies)
, as well as a panel of students from the CIT202 class in Rome during the summer of 2018, will share experiences and reflections on Rome as a classroom for studying the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. Learn about this extraordinary study abroad opportunity for fulfilling the CIT requirement! Staff from the Global Affairs Office will be available to answer questions and provide additional information immediately following the Colloquium. 

September 26, 2018 | TEDx Sacred Heart University: What Are We Worth? | 2PM - 5PM, Schine Auditorium
Join us for the University’s first official TEDx event, a local gathering where live TED-like talks and videos previously recorded at TED conferences are shared with the community. Five faculty and staff members – Professors Steve Brown (Management), Stephen Briner (Psychology), Colleen Butler-Sweet (Sociology), Richard Grigg (Theology & Religious Studies), and Ms. Annie Wendel (Assistant Director of Volunteer Programs) - will present 20-minute talks, sharing their creative insights and research on the broad theme, “what are we worth?” Attendance is free, but pre-registration is required.

September 26, 2018 | Faith and Public Life | 7PM, University Commons
Cristin McCarthy and Tom O’Dea.
Cristin is a democrat representing the 133rd district in Fairfield since 2015 and Tom is a republican representing the 125th district in New Canaan and Wilton since 2013. How, when and where do you draw the line between church and state? Is there a line? Faith, conscience or religion? How do these impact legislative decision making? Should they? 

October 10, 2018 | The Power of the Image | 3:30PM, Martire Theater
Professor Richard Falco (Multimedia Journalism)
will present photographs and documentaries that reinforce the social, cultural and historical value that documentary work contributes to society. The material has been drawn from assignments done in four continents in some thirty-five countries. The subject range from photo essays related to news, social issues, unique cultures and travel. Professor Falco will discuss the process of creating images that affect people, using the camera as a personal voice and how technology is changing the way we work in the digital age.

October 10, 2018 | Should Religion have a Place in the Public Forum? | 7PM, WSHU Broadcast Center Stone Family Assembly Hall
The role of religion in the political arena is a fraught one. Our debate will explore alternate readings of religion‘s role vis-à-vis the public space and promises to be a lively engagement as old as the Constitution – in fact, much older. Debaters: Dr. Gary Rose (Government) and Dr. Michael Higgins (Distinguished Professor of Catholic Thought). Moderator: Dr. Brian Stiltner (Theology and Religious Studies). Co-Sponsored by the Department of Catholic Studies and WSHU 

October 11, 2018 | Hesburgh Lecture -The Importance of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition to Realizing a Distinctive Catholic University | 7PM, Schine Auditorium
In this talk, guest speaker Professor Mark W. Roche proposes and demonstrates that in order to flourish a university must articulate a distinctive vision and for Catholic universities that vision is embedded in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. 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. 

October 17, 2018 | Does Love Bring Happiness? | 2PM, University Commons
Most people assume that love is the key to true and lasting happiness. At the same time, love sometimes leads to the greatest suffering we can know. To understand how this can be the case we need to know the difference between life-enhancing and life-defeating love. Guest Speaker: Dr. Stephen Pope, Associate Professor of Theology at Boston College

October 17, 2018 | An Afternoon with Habitat | 3:30PM, University Commons 

October 20, 2018 | Sing Out! A Concert Against Bullying | 7:30PM, University Commons
Learn about Habitat on the global, local and collegiate scale and really understand the mission and scope of the organization. 

October 24, 2018 | A Conversation on Faith and Science | 2PM, Martire Theater
Join us as we have a conversation via Skype with Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J., director of the Vatican Observatory (Specola Vaticana) and president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation, about faith, science and how they can work alongside one another rather than as competing ideologies. Guest Speaker: Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J., Director of the Vatican Observatory

October 24, 2018 | know the risks. know the resources. kNOw vape. | 3:30PM, University Commons
E-cigarettes, such as the JUUL and Box Mods, have gained popularity in recent years. But, what are the risks of using e-cigarettes (or vaping)? What are the risks of nicotine? Why do some college students vape? Attend this talk to learn the answers to these questions and to start a conversation about vaping. Guest Speaker: Dana A. Cavallo, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine, Substance Abuse Center

October 24, 2018 | African Children’s Choir Concert | 7:30PM, Chapel of the Holy Spirit 

October 30, 2018 | The Pastoral Theology of Pope Francis | 2PM, TBD
Bishop Robert McElroy will give a presentation to the academic community at 2:00 p.m. on the topic “The Pastoral Revolution of Pope Francis. The Challenge for the Academy in Today’s Changing Church” Bishop Robert McElroy will give a presentation to the wider church community at 7:00 p.m. on the topic “The Church is a Field Hospital. Pope Francis’ Pastoral Vision for God’s People” Guest Speaker: Bishop Robert McElroy 

November 7, 2018 | Annual Kristallnacht Commemoration, Zachor | 2PM, Chapel of the Holy Spirit
Judith Altmann, a holocaust survivor who in 1944 was arrested and transported to Auschwitz concentration camp. She survived the “death march” that ended the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Guest Speaker: Judith Altmann

November 7, 2018 | Human Trafficking | 2PM - 4:45PM*, Schine Auditorium
The Human Trafficking Colloquia will address the growing problem of sex and labor trafficking in Connecticut. After a movie depicting the issue, panelists from the Department of Children and Families, Love 146: Connecticut State Prosecutor’s office, Cyber security and from the Faith perspective will be here to share their stories and discuss what is being done on behalf of victims. *Note special time 

November 14, 2018 | The Great Conversation: Liberal Education Through the Study of The Great Books | 2PM, University Commons
Dr. Roosevelt Montas is Associate Dean of the Core Curriculum at Columbia University. He oversees Columbia University’s signature Great Books required core. He has recently published “Democracy’s Disappearance” in The Chronicle of Higher Education. His talk will be about the value and importance of the “great books” as an educational foundation for a democracy. Guest speaker: Dr. Roosevelt Montas

November 14, 2018 | Interfaith Thanksgiving Services | 2PM, Chapel of the Holy Spirit 

November 17, 2018 | Sound to Plate: A Benefit Concert to Nourish Bridgeport (SHUpermen) | 7:30PM, Salem Lutheran Church (3160 Park Avenue, Bridgeport)

November 28, 2018 | Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, The Future of Work and Pope Francis | 2PM, University Commons
Dr. Peter Warrian is a Distinguished Research fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. His current work is on knowledge networks, supply chains and engineering markets. He currently leads an international research team for a joint project of the ILO and the Vatican on AI, Robotics, and the Future of Work. Guest Speaker: Dr. Peter Warrian

November 28, 2018 | Is the Death Penalty…Effective? Ethical? Unjust? | 3:30PM, University Commons
Pope Francis recently declared that the death penalty is an affront to human dignity and is “inadmissible’ in all cases, but is he correct? This colloquium will examine this controversial issue from both legal, ethical, and the theological perspectives. Participants: Professor Brent Little (Catholic Studies), Patrick Morris (Criminal Justice) and Brian Stiltner (Theology and Religious Studies) 

November 29, 2018 | Shane Finn Documentary: Pushing Limits: 24 Marathons 24 Days | 4:30 p.m., Martire Forum
Shane Finn teaches Exercise Science for SHU in Dingle, Ireland. He will show his documentary “Pushing Limits: 24 Marathons 24 Days” as well as answer any questions you may have. On March 29, 2019, Shane will depart the Golden Gate Bridge, CA, and run and cycle to NYC in only 36 days [rounds of 3 days 50km run; 3 days 250km cycle]. In his final day he will depart from SHU campus and run to Brooklyn.

*Special Colloquium