Current Lecture Series

2017 Endowed Spring Lectures

Distinguished scholars come to Saint Mary's to lead us in an exploration of the relationship of faith and faith and engagement with contemporary religious and theological issues. Please join us for our upcoming lectures, which are free and open to the public.  These lectures are sponsored by the Saint Mary's College Annual Endowed Lecture Series Fund.


Called to Intervene: Violence, Spirituality, and Solidarity



Thursday, February 23, 7 p.m., Vander Vennet Theatre, Student Center
"I Believe You:" Silence, Sexual Justice, and Christian Faith


Elisabeth T. Vasko, PhD
Associate Professor, Theology
Duquesne University

Dr. Vasko's primary research and teaching focus on the intersection of Christian theologies and violence, including both religious and theological justifications for violence and discrimination and the role that Christian theology and faith communities have played in resisting violence in the US and abroad. She is the author of Beyond Apathy: A Theology for Bystanders (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, January 2015). The book takes a closer look at the role of social privilege in perpetuating structural injustices.

Wednesday, March 22, 7 p.m., Carroll Auditorium, Madeleva Hall
To Redeem the Soul of America: Toward a Moral Vision for a New Civil Rights Movement



Bryan N. Massingale, STD
Professor, Theological and Social Ethics
Fordham University

Fr. Massingale's current projects explore the contributions of Black religious radicalism to Catholic theology and the intersections of race, sexuality, and faith. He has authored two books and numerous articles, and is a regular contributor to US Catholic, America, and the National Catholic Reporter. He is a former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and a former Convener of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium.

Thursday, March 30, 7 p.m., Vander Vennet Theatre, Student Center
Who are My People?: Christianity, Violence, and Identity Politics in Sub-Saharan Africa


Emmanuel Katongole, PhD
Associate Professor, Theology and Peace Studies
The Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame

Dr. Katongle's areas of expertise include politics and violence in Africa, the theology of reconciliation, and Catholicism in the global South. He is the author of several books, including the forthcoming Born of Lament: On the Theology and Politics of Hope in Africa (Eerdmans, April 2017). He previously taught at Duke University, where he was the founding co-director of the Duke Divinity School's Center for Reconciliation.


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