Past Lecture Series

Each year, the faculty of the Department of Philosophy and Theology at the University of Saint Francis offer a lecture series to provide a forum for communicating and discussing their understanding of important topics within the Catholic and Franciscan intellectual tradition. The series is intended as a service to the USF and regional communities.

2015-2016 Lecture Series

August 27, 2015
Brookside Ballroom
Hearing Through All the Noise: How to Hear God’s Call in an Age of Distraction
Speaker: Dr. Lewis Pearson
September 23, 2015
Gunderson Auditorium in Achatz Hall
Catholic Teaching on Marriage, Divorce, and Annulments
Speaker: Fr. Mark Gurtner
October 11, 2015
Brookside Ballroom
Isaiah 40-55: The Book of Consolation
Speaker: Sr. Felicity Dorsett
November 11, 2015
Brookside Ballroom
Eastern Christians and Islam
Speaker: Dr. Adam DeVille
February 7, 2016
Brookside Ballroom
Living an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy
Speaker: Sr. Jacinta Krecek
April 6, 2016
Brookside Ballroom
Emmanuel Levinas on Ethics as First Philosophy
Speaker: Dr. Vincent Wargo
April 17, 2016
Brookside Ballroom
What’s This Nonsense About Values?
Speaker: Dr. Earl Kumfer

2014-2015 Lecture Series

August 28, 2014
Brookside Ballroom
Demons and Watchers: Killing the Life of the Mind
Speaker: Dr. Lewis Pearson
November 11, 2014
Brookside Ballroom
The Centenary of the First World War and the Massacres of Eastern Christians in Armenia, Assyria, and Greece
Speaker: Dr. Adam Deville
January 25, 2015
Brookside Ballroom
The Venerable Bede: What Can He Teach Us Today?
Speaker: Dr. John Bequette
February 12, 2015
Brookside Ballroom
Saint John XXIII: Beloved Revolutionary
Speaker: Sr. Jacinta Krecek
March 22, 2015
North Campus Auditorium
The Closing Drama of Dei Verbum at Vatican II
Speaker: Dr. Earl Kumfer
April 8, 2015
Brookside Ballroom
Tradition Philosophically Understood
Speaker: Dr. Vincent Wargo

2013-2014 Lecture Series

August 29, 2013
Brookside Ballroom
“I’m Not Religious, But I’m Spiritual” and Other Odd Things We Say
Speaker: Dr. Lewis Pearson
October 17, 2013
North Campus Auditorium
On Same Sex Marriage
Speaker: The Most Reverend Bishop Kevin Rhoades
November 17, 2013
Gunderson Auditorium
The Relevance of Mother Theresia Bonzel and Her Beatification
Speakers: Sr. Elise Kriss, Sr. Mary Evelyn Govert, Sr. Anita Holzmer, Sr. Felicity Dorsett and Sr. Jacinta Krecek
December 8, 2013
Gunderson Auditorium
Duns Scotus, Architect of the Immaculate Conception
Speaker: Dr. Earl Kumfer
January 12, 2014
North Campus Auditorium
Five Feasts of the Child Jesus
Speaker: Sr. Felicity Dorsett
February 20, 2014
North Campus Auditorium
Iconography and Iconoclasm
Speakers: Dr. Adam DeVille and Dr. Esperanca Camara

2012-2013 Lecture Series

In the 2012-2013 series, six of the public lectures (those indicated by an asterisk *) were linked to the 50 year celebration of “Vatican II – Then and Now.”

September 16, 2012
North Campus Auditorium
*Emergence of the Spirit of Vatican II:
Preparation and Session I
Speaker: Dr. Earl Kumfer
October 14, 2012
North Campus Auditorium
*The People of God:
Revisiting Lumen Gentium
Speaker: Sr. Jacinta Krecek
November 11, 2012
North Campus Auditorium
*Inspiration of Scripture in Dei Verbum
Speaker: Dr. Lance Richey
December 16, 2012
North Campus Auditorium
*An Eastern Christian Assessment of Vatican II
Speaker: Dr. Adam DeVille
January 20, 2013
North Campus Auditorium
Sacrificing Truth for Comfort
Speaker: Dr. Lewis Pearson
February 17, 2013
North Campus Auditorium
*Christians, Jews, and Nostra Aetate
Speaker: Dr. John Bequette
March 3, 2013
North Campus Auditorium
Stigmata of Saint Francis
Speaker: Sr. Anita Holzmer
April 7, 2013
North Campus Auditorium
Hildegard of Bingen
Speaker: Sr. Felicity Dorsett

2011-2012 Lecture Series

September 22, 2011
Brookside Ballroom
Guarding the Mystery Under the Guise of Madness:    
East Meets West in Evelyn Waugh’s Iurodivy
Speaker: Dr. Adam DeVille
October 8, 2011
Brookside Ballroom
Faith, Reason, and Some of their
Modern-day Counterfeits
Speaker: Dr. Lewis Pearson
November 3, 2011
Brookside Ballroom
Christian Friendship
Speaker: Dr. John Bequette
November 20, 2011
Brookside Ballroom
What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been: 
A Century of Catholic Biblical Scholarship
Speaker: Dr. Lance Richey
January 21, 2012
Brookside Ballroom
St. Clare of Assisi, Another Christ
Speaker: Sr. Felicity Dorsett
February 26, 2012
Brookside Ballroom
Darksuckers and Non-Being
Speaker: Dr. Earl Kumfer
March 22, 2012
Brookside Ballroom
Living Light:  St. Clare’s
Embodiment of the Eucharist
Speaker: Sr. Anita Holzmer
April 19, 2012
Brookside Ballroom
Happiness: Our Call to Beatitude,
Part II
Speaker: Sr. Jacinta Krecek

2010-2011 Lecture Series

October 17, 2010
North Campus Auditorium
Of What Use are Philosophers?  Addressing Age-Old Misconceptions 
Speaker: Dr. Lewis Pearson
November 21, 2010
North Campus Auditorium
Gifts from the East: Can Orthodoxy Help the
Catholic Church Overcome the Child Abuse Crisis?
Speaker: Dr. Adam DeVille
January 30, 2011
North Campus Auditorium
Saints and Sages:
Holiness in Christianity and Judaism
Speaker: Dr. John Bequette
February 17, 2011
North Campus Auditorium
Reconciling Praise:
St. Francis and the Canticle of the Creatures
Speaker: Sr. Anita Holzmer
March 27, 2011
Gunderson Auditorium (Achatz Hall)
Consciousness:
Part II
Speaker: Dr. Earl Kumfer
April 26, 2011
North Campus Auditorium
Seeking Happiness:
Our Call to Beatitude
Speaker: Sr. Jacinta Krecek