Special Events: Bernardin Lecture
Joseph Cardinal Bernardin
Lectures in Moral, Ethical, and Religious Studies
Joseph Cardinal Bernardin left a profound legacy of service, social concern, and education. In his work as priest, archbishop of Chicago, author, and as a public servant, he addressed the most profound social and ethical issues of our times.
In honor of this Columbia, S.C., native, former student of the University, and distinguished leader in the Roman Catholic Church, the Department of Religious Studies at USC is working toward establishing the Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Chair in Ethical, Moral, and Religious Studies.
The Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Lectures were inaugurated in 1999 and are offered annually by the USC department of Religious Studies.
lecturers in this series have been:
2014 -- Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB
Executive Director of Benetvision
Topic: "The Common Good: An Uncommon Search For Common Ground"
- 2013 -- Dr. Massimo Faggioli
Assistant Professor of History of Modern Christianity
University of St. Thomas Department of Theology.
Topic: "Bernardin's Common Ground Initiative: Can it Survive Current Political Cultures?"
Symposium: "A Model for Dialogue: Reflecting on Cardinal Bernardin’s Common Ground Initiative"
2012 -- The Most Referand Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop of the Archdioceseof Atlanta
Topic: "Joseph Louis Bernardin: A Model for Civility in Public Discourse"
Symposium: "Civility, Democracy & Religion"
2011 -- E.J.Dionne, Senior fellow at the Brookings Institution,a syndicated columnist for the Washington Post, and University Professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture at Georgetown University
Topic: "Reweaving the Seamless Garment: Cardinal Bernardin's Living Legacy to American Public Life."
- 2010 -- Father John Langan, Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Professor of Catholic Social Thought, Senior research scholar in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Professor of philosophy, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
Topic: "Ethical Vision and Political Considerations: The Continuing Relevance of Cardinal Bernardin"
Respondent: Sister Judith Karam, President and CEO, Sisters of Charity Health System
Afternoon lecture: Sister Carol Keehan, CEO and President of the Catholic Health Association of the United States
Topic: "21st Century Health Care Challenges and Catholic Hospitals"
2008 -- Dr. Ana Maria Diaz-Stevens, Professor of Church and Society, Union Theological Seminary, New York
topic: "Dissonance, Harmony, and Improvisation: The Challenge of Latinos to the Catholic Church"
and Dr. Anthony Stevens-Arroyo (lead symposium presenter), Professor Emeritus of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies, Brooklyn College; Distinguished Scholar of the City University of New York
topic: "Who's on First? What's on Second? Latino Christianity in the U.S. "
Ana Maria Díaz-Stevens, Professor Emeritus of Church and Society, Union Theological Seminary, New York City
Elaine Lacy, Professor History, USC Aiken; Affiliate, Consortium for Latino Immigration Studies, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina
The Rev. Sonia Ortigoza, Hispanic Congregational Specialist, South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church; Director, South Carolina Hispanic Leadership Council
Brother Carlos Luis Parilla, Director of Hispanic Ministries, Catholic Diocese of Charleston
2007 -- Dr. Philip Jenkins, Distinguished Professor of History and Religious Studies, Pennsylvania State University
topic: "God's Continent: Christianity, Islam, and Europe's Religious Crisis"
Symposium in conjunction with Solomon-Tenenbaum lecture
Topic: "Secularism, Immigration, and Europe's Religious Crisis"
Charles Bierbauer, Dean, USC College of Mass Communications & Information Studies
Philip Jenkins, Pennsylvania State University
Prof. Jocelyne Cesari, Harvard University
Paula Hyman, Yale University
2006 -- John Allen, Award-winning Vatican correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter
Topic: "Live From the Vatican: Recent Issues for the Church."
Charles Bierbauer, Dean, USC College of Mass Communications and Information Studies
Cecile Holmes, Asst. Professor, School of Journalism
Bobbi Kennedy, SCETV Vice-President for Education
Phil Linder, Dean of Trinity Cathedral
Brad Warthen, Editorial Page Editor, The State
- 2005 -- Sally Cunneen, Co-founder and Editor of the international, inter-religious quarterly, Cross
Currents, and Professor Emeritus of English at Rockford Community College of
the State University of New York
Sister Sharon Euart, President of the Canon Law Society of America and a former Associate General
Secretary for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
- Sister Sharon Euart:
"Women in the Church: Changes, Challenges and Opportunities for Promoting the 'Genius of Women in the Life of the Church."
"Mary: Our Common Ground"
Respondents: Dr. Stephanie Mitchem and Sister Pamela Smith respectively
2004 -- Father Thomas Keating, one of the architects of the Centering Prayer movement and Contemplative Outreach Ltd.
Topic: Centering Prayer as a Preparation for Contemplative Prayer
2003 -- Dr. Eugene J. Fisher, lecturer, is in charge of Catholic-Jewish Relations for the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Topic: Covenant and Mission in the Catholic-Jewish Dialogue: the history of Catholic-Jewish relations, recent developments in Catholic-Jewish relationships.
Respondent: Rabbi Sanford Marcus, of Tree of Life Congregation, respondant. Four facilitators, from Catholic and Jewish faiths, raised brief questions for Dr. Fisher and Rabbi Marcus.
2002 -- Father Donald Cozzens, lecturer
Theme:"The Priesthood: Challenges and Opportunities"
Books include: The Changing Face of the Priesthood: A Reflection on the Priest's Crisis of Soul, The Spirituality of the Diocesan Priest, and Sacred Silence: Denial and the Crisis in the Church. All have been published by Liturgical Press. Father Cozzens is a priest of the diocese of Cleveland, Ohio. lecture topic: Dying and Rising: The Priesthood in Peril
2001 -- joint project with the Solomon-Tenenbaum lecturship.
Rabbi Elliot Dorff, distinguished professor of Philosophy at the University of Judaism, Los Angeles, and a member of Conservative Judaism's committee on Jewish law and standards.
Dr. Mary Boys, Skinner and McAlphin Professor of Practical Theology at Union Theological Seminary, New York City, and a consultant to Christian and Jewish theological faculties on teaching and curriculum in the area of interreligious understanding.
Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, president of the Islamic Society of North America and adjunct professor of Islamic studies and world religions at California State University in Fullerton.
2000 -- Bud Welch, Advocate in opposition to the death penalty, Oklahoma City.
1999 -- Reverend Monsignor Kenneth Velo, Eugene Kennedy, J.Bryan Hehir