Current Lecture Series

2015 Endowed Fall 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.

Earth, Water, Air, and Fire: Theology, Ethics, and the Elements of Life

Thursday, September 10, 7:30 p.m., Vander Vennet Theatre, Student Center
Earth: For God So Loved the Soil

Norman Wirzba, Ph.D.
Professor of Ecology and Rural Life
Duke Divinity School 

Tuesday, September 29, 7:30 p.m., Vander Vennet Theatre, Student Center
Water: What does Hydrology have to do with Theology in the 21st Century?

Christiana Peppard, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Theology
Fordham University 

Thursday, October 29, 7:30 p.m., Vander Vennet Theatre, Student Center
Air: Our Common Home: Pope Francis' Call to Action on Climate Change

Dan Misleh
Executive Director
Catholic Climate Covenant

Wednesday, November 11, 8:00 p.m., Rice Commons, Student Center
Fire: An Interfaith Panel on Spirituality and Energy Conservation

An interdisciplinary and interfaith conversation on the ethics and spirituality of energy generation and conservation, co-sponsored with Campus Ministry's "Theology on Fire" series.

Margaret Pfeil (Roman Catholic)
Ph.D. Theology, University of Notre Dame
Joint appointment, Theology and the Center for Social Concerns
University of Notre Dame 

Rachel Novick (Jew)
Ph.D., Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Yale University
Director of the Minor in Sustainability
University of Notre Dame 

Christopher Cobb (Quaker)
Ph.D., English, Yale University
Associate Professor and Environmental Studies Program Coordinator
Saint Mary's College 

Vatican II Event

Marking the 50th Anniversary of Nostra Aetate

Thursday, October 15, 7:30 p.m., Vander Vennet Theatre, Student Center
"Interfaith Encounters after Nostra Aetate: A True Love Story"

Brad and Mariam Malkovsky

Brad is an associate professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame and is also the author of God's Other Children: Personal Encounters with Love, Holiness and Faith in Sacred India. His wife Mariam is the owner of Bombay International. 

The Malkovskys will share their unusual story of how a Catholic religious scholar and a young Muslim woman fell in love and married in India. The talk will include reflections on what it was like for Mariam to grow up a Muslim (a religious minority) in India and what she retained of Islam as she converted to Catholicism. Brad will recount his journey to India to study Hinduism, only to be surprised by the riches offered by Islam. Together they will address such questions as: What does Islam have to offer Christians living in the West today? What does the Christian West offer Islam?


For more information, please contact Kathy Guthrie, (574) 284-4636, or email:

Read here about past CFS programming!