Conference Schedule

Thursday, March 26
Eck Visitor Center Auditorium, University of Notre Dame

Thursday's events will take place at the University of Notre Dame. Conference sessions will be held in the auditorium of the Eck Visitor's Center. 

8:30 a.m.

Morning Prayer, Lady Chapel, Basilica of the Sacred Heart


9:00 a.m.-9:10 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction to the Conference

Elizabeth Groppe, Center for Spirituality, Saint Mary's College

9:10 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

I. The Visual Culture of Pornography and the Pornographic Imagination

Moderator: Connie Adams, Director, Belles Against Violence (BAVO), Saint Mary's College

The Character of Contemporary Pornography
What is pornography? Where is it found? Who views it and how often? What is its content?

Erica Scharrer
Erica Scharrer, Professor and Chair of Communication University of Massachusetts at Amherst, co-author of the study "Aggression and Sexual Behavior in Best-Selling Pornography Videos: A Content Analysis Update."

9:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Pornography's Influence on Men 
What are the psychological, social, and spiritual consequences of a pornographic visual culture for men?

William Struthers
William Struthers, Associate Professor of Psychology at Wheaton College and author of Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain.

10:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Pornography's Influence on Women
What are the psychological, social, and spiritual consequences of a pornographic visual culture for women? 

Jill C. Manning, Ph.D.Jill C. Manning, Ph.D., licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in research and clinical work on pornography and author of What's the Big Deal about Pornography: A Guide for the Internet Generation.  She has testified before a Senate subcommittee on the influence of pornography on family life.

10:45 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

The Social Costs of Pornography

Mary Anne LaydenMary Anne Layden, Professor of Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry and Director of the Sexual Trauma and Psychopathology Program at the University of Pennsylvania.  Layden has testified before Congress on pornography's cultural influence.

11:15 a.m.-11:50 a.m.



Lunch, Eck Atrium

II. The Sacramental Imagination and the Visual Culture of Catholicism

What is the visual culture of Catholicism? What is the sacramental imagination and what are its psychological, social, and spiritual consequences? What does it mean to profess that humans are created in the image and likeness of God (Gen 1:27) and redeemed in the image of Christ (2 Cor 3:18)? What bearing does this profession have on the manner in which we behold and portray the female and male human forms?

1:00 p.m.-2:15 p.m.

The Sacramental Imagination

Kimberly BelcherModerator: Regina Wilson, Assistant Director of Campus Ministry, Saint Mary's College

Kimberly Belcher, Assistant Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame and author of Efficacious Engagement: Sacramental Participation in the Trinitarian Mystery

David W. FagerbergDavid W. Fagerberg, Associate Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame and author of numerous works including "Liturgy as Icon of the Theological Imagination"

2:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m.

The Visual Culture of Catholicism

Moderator: Gary Anderson, Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame

Dianne Phillips, Independent Scholar

4:00 p.m.-5:20 p.m.

Graduate Student Panel

Moderator: Todd Walatka, Assistant Chair for Graduate Studies, University of Notre Dame

"Sacramental Vision vs. Perverse Aesthetics"--Michael Anthony Abril, University of Notre Dame 

"Ascesis, Prayer, and a Sacramental Imagination"--Carl Vennerstrom, Villanova University

"The Force Behind the Age: The Consideration of Dominandi in Assessing a Sacramental Imagination"--C.A. Chase, Saint John's School of Theology-Seminary

"Vision, Memory, and the Eucharist's Reformation of the Mind"--Nathaniel Peters, Boston College

5:30 p.m-6:45 p.m.

Buffet Dinner, Eck Atrium

7:00 p.m.-7:45 p.m.

Small group gatherings for discussion, McKenna Hall

Students, faculty, campus ministry professionals, and student life professionals

Friday, March 27
Vander Vennet Theatre, Student Center, Saint Mary's College (unless noted)

Friday's events will take place at Saint Mary's College. Most conference sessions will be held in Vander Vennet Theatre in the lower level of the Student Center. 

8:30 a.m.

Morning Prayer, Regina Chapel, Regina Hall

III. Cultivating a Sacramental Imagination 

A. Visual Culture on the Campus of a Catholic College, Vander Vennet Theatre

9:00 a.m.-10:20 a.m.

'Beauty is God's Visibility': The Educational Philosophy of Sister Madeleva Wolff, CSC

Gail Porter MandellModerator: Sr. Eva Mary Hooker, CSC, Professor of English and Writer in Residence, Saint Mary's College

Gail Porter Mandell, Professor Emeritus of Humanistic Studies, Saint Mary's College 

Guided walking tours of the gardens and religious iconography on the grounds of Saint Mary's College and the Sisters of the Holy Cross

B. Resources in the Christian Tradition for the Cultivation of a Sacramental Imagination

10:30 a.m.-11:40 a.m.

Panel, Vander Vennet Theatre
The Spiritual Senses

Boyd Taylor Coolman

Moderator: David Lutz, Department of Liberal Studies, Holy Cross College

Boyd Taylor Coolman, Associate Professor of Theology, Boston College, author of Knowing God by Experience: The Spiritual Senses in the Theology of William of Auxerre and two essays in The Spiritual Senses: Perceiving God in Western Christianity, edited by Sarah Coakley and Paul Gavrilyuk

The Corporal Works of Mercy and the Pornographic Imagination

Nick Ogle, MTS student, University of Notre Dame, and member of the St. Peter Claver Catholic Worker

The Song of Songs and the Sacrament of Marriage

Ann AstellAnn Astell, Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame, and author of The Song of Songs in the Middle Ages and "The Song of Songs and Mysticism" in the Blackwell Companion to Christian Mysticism

11:45 a.m.-12:40 p.m.

Lunch, Rice Commons

12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m.

Undergraduate Student Panel, Vander Vennet

Moderator: Dr. Christine Caron Gebhardt, Director, Gender Relations Center, University of Notre Dame

"Matters of the Heart"--Dana-Kirstie Pineda, College of Mount Saint Vincent

"Where Lust Meets Life: A Phenomenological Study of Lust in a Culture of Pornography"--Andrew J. Hoy, Walsh University

"Neither Do I Condemn You: Reclaiming the Mystery, Truth and Dignity of Man and Woman in a Porn-Saturated World"--Deion Kathawa, University of Michigan 

2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Learning to See: The Sacralized Vision of Byzantine Iconography, Stapleton Lounge
Presentation and Icon Writing Workshop 

Randi Sider-RoseModerator: Alexis Torrance, Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame

Randi Sider-Rose, Iconographer and author of "Learning to See: The Sacralized Vision of Byzantine Iconography"

C. The Healing of Vision

4:15 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Panel, Vander Vennet Theatre

Moderator: J. Matthew Ashley, Chair, Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame

The Healing of Vision

John CavadiniJohn Cavadini, Professor of Theology and Director of the Institute for Church Life, University of Notre Dame

The Healing Power of Beauty

Jennifer Newsome MartinJennifer Newsome Martin, Assistant Professor, Program of Liberal Studies, University of Notre Dame

5:15 p.m.

Eucharistic Liturgy, Regina Chapel

6:30 p.m.

Dinner, Rice Commons