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Dr. Heyer and some of her books

Bernardin Lecturer: Dr. Kristin Heyer, Boston College

"Immigration Ethics in a New Era: Embracing Cardinal Bernardin's challenge to be Prophetic and Public"

The annual fall Bernardin Lecture in Moral, Ethical, and Religious Studies for 2017 will be held Thursday, November 2 in the Capstone Campus Room. The lecture will be followed by a book signing and refreshments.

The guest speaker, Dr. Kristin Heyer, is professor of theological ethics at Boston College and author of "Kinship Across Borders: A Christian Ethic of Immigration" (Georgetown University Press, 2012). She also is author of “Prophetic and Public: The Social Witness of U.S. Catholicism” (Georgetown University Press, 2006) and is co-editor of “Conscience and Catholicism: Rights, Responsibilities and Institutional Responses,”  “Catholics and Politics: The Dynamic Tension between Faith and Power,”  and “Public Theology and the Global Common Good.”

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. She also serves as an editor for Georgetown University Press' Moral Traditions Series and on the board of Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church. She worked at Loyola Marymount University from 2003-2009 and at Santa Clara University from 2009-2015.

About her talk, Dr. Heyer says:

"Immigration has increasingly been framed in terms of crisis management, rather than by addressing underlying economic, political and cultural contributing factors. In the contemporary US context and political climate with respect to migration, political rhetoric has often masked complicity, abetted human rights violations and betrayed the nation’s founding principles.The lenses that shape the (quickly shifting) immigration debate in the United States can distort the realities that migrants face and become surrogates for other cultural and political concerns. Focusing solely on economics or fear-based approaches too often de-humanizes newcomers. In my Bernardin lecture I will explore contributions that Scripture and the Catholic social tradition offer the immigration dialogue in light of these realities. Resources from Christian ethics challenge the dominant, instrumentalist frameworks and offer a counternarrative of civic kinship with moral, spiritual and policy implications--and with implications for both "prophetic" and "public" responses, in the spirit of Cardinal Bernardin."

Lecture is Free and Open to the Public

This event is being sponsored by
Department of Religious Studies, Department of Philosophy,
Walker Institute, Women & Gender Studies