President's Lecture Series

The President’s Lecture Series at Assumption College is a public forum in which important ethical, spiritual and human issues are illuminated and examined within the Catholic intellectual tradition.

The heart of a classical liberal arts education is an ongoing conversation across disciplines. By ensuring that the sharpest minds, representing diverse viewpoints and areas of study, are a part of this dialogue Assumption reaffirms –and bolsters– its commitment to providing students with an education that goes beyond the mere memorization of facts and acquisition of skills and empowers them to continue the discussion.

All lectures in the series are open to the Assumption College community and the general public at no charge.

Next Speaker:

Miguel DiazMiguel Humberto Díaz, Ph.D.
John Courtney Murray Chair in Public Service, Loyola University Chicago
Former United States Ambassador to the Holy See

“Jesus on the Border: God, Human Relationsand the Common Good”
D’Amour Lecture in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition
November 5, 2014
7 p.m. Salon, La Maison Française

Miguel Humberto Díaz, Ph.D., is professor of systematic theology at the University of Loyola in Chicago, where he holds the John Courtney Murray Chair in Public Service. Diaz served as U.S. ambassador to the Holy See in Rome from 2009 to 2012 and was the first theologian and first Hispanic to hold the post. During his time as ambassador, Díaz launched initiatives that advanced equitable and ethical development, care for the environment, and conflict prevention. He was also a key leader in the U.S. State Department’s development of the Working Group on Religion and Foreign Policy.

This keynote turns to Jesus’ life on the border as a way to rethink his identity and explore two fundamental questions: how does this experience deepen our understanding of what it means to be human in God’s image and how might this understanding contribute to human efforts to realize the common good. Pope Francis has argued against the “globalization of indifference” at a time increasingly characterized by human migrations and the fear of human differences.

This keynote explores the theological connection between place and human identity, highlighting how Jesus’ movement across the region of Galilee, and his interactions with the people of this region offer a roadmap to construct cultures of encounter. Such cultures welcome right relationship among human persons and their distinct humanity to promote unity, build authentic community, and advance the common good.

Upcoming 2014-2015 Lecture Series Speakers

February 25, 2015
7 p.m.
Salon, La Maison Française

Carolyn WooCarolyn Y. Woo, Ph.D.
President and CEO, Catholic Relief Services

“God, Neighbor, Self”

March 26, 2015
7 p.m.
Salon, La Maison Française

James O'DonnellJames J. O’Donnell, Ph.D.
University Professor, Georgetown University

“St. Augustine the Pagan”
Annual Augustine Lecture

April 13, 2015
7 pm
Hagan Center Hall

Reverend Nicholas DiMarzioMost Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Ph.D., D.D.
Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn, NY

“The Church and Immigration Reform”

Full President’s Lecture Series Schedule

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