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  •  The Making of a Public Sphere: The Instructive Case of Puritan New England

    Wednesday, Sep. 26, 2012

     

    David D. Hall

    Bartlett Research Professor of New England Church History

    Harvard Divinity School

     

    Noon-1 p.m.

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

    Kennedy Commons

     

    The debate about the role of religion in the public sphere is hardly a new. While the 2012 election season has seen renewed debates about religion in public and political rhetoric, the challenge has persisted through nearly four hundred years of American history. Drawing on his most recent book, A Reforming People: Puritanism and the Transformation of Public Life in New England, (Knopf, 2011), Professor Hall will explore the radical position that puritans took on the question of religion in public life—a legacy that looms large today.

     

    David D. Hall, Bartlett Research Professor of New England Church History at Harvard Divinity School, is a world-renown scholar of Puritanism and Seventeenth-Century New England and author of numerous books and articles on the intellectual and social worlds of Puritans and colonial New England, with a special focus on the idea “lived religion” in colonial America.

     

     

  •  Scriptural Politics of Immigration: Subversive Hospitality and Kinship

    Wednesday, Sep. 26, 2012

     

    Kristin Heyer

    Scriptural Politics of Immigration: Subversive Hospitality and Kinship

    October 9, 2012 | 4:00 - 5:15 pm
    St. Clare Room, Library and Learning Commons

    The Hebrew and Christian scriptures are replete with examples of persons and families uprooted and migrating.  The sacred texts' injunctions about hospitality to strangers do not readily resolve complex questions about competing goods driving contemporary immigration debates.  Scriptures do have a key role to play in shaping our dispositions, imagination and moral reasoning. The lecture will explore the potential for scriptural narratives and themes to reveal migrant realities anew and inform an ethic of immigration.

     

    Kristin Heyer holds the Bernard J. Hanley Chair in Religious Studies at Santa Clara University. She received her B.A. from Brown University and her Ph.D. in theological ethics from Boston College in 2003.  Her research focuses on the ethics of immigration, Catholic political engagement, moral agency and Christian social ethics.  Her books include Kinship across Borders: A Christian Ethic of Immigration (Georgetown University Press, 2012), Prophetic and Public: the Social Witness of U.S. Catholicism (2006) and the edited volume Catholics and Politics: Dynamic Tensions between Faith and Power (2008). She serves as an editorial consultant for Theological Studies and as a member of the planning committee for Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church.  She taught at Loyola Marymount University from 2003-2009 and joined the Santa Clara faculty in 2009.  She also serves as the 2012-2013 Community-based Learning Faculty Fellow in the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education at Santa Clara.
     

  •  Screening of Sun Come Up

    Wednesday, Sep. 26, 2012

     

    Hello RS Faculty and RS Majors & Minors,
     
    Prof. Teresia Hinga invites you to attend a viewing and discussion of the film, "Sun Come Up," a documentary featuring the deadly impact of climate change and global warming on the people of the Cartret Islands. This viewing is one of several such screenings of the film organized nationwide by the Catholic Coalition for Climate Change during the first week of October.
     
    Date: Monday, October 1
    Time: 5-7 pm
    Place: Kenna Hall 104
     
    Panelists will include: Prof. Keith Warner,OFM, Prof. David Gray, and student representatives.
     
    Light refreshments will be served.
     
    Event will be co-sponsored by Religious Studies, Campus Ministry and Office of Sustainability.
     
    Please see attached flyer for more details.

     

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