Special Events: Bernardin Lecture 2014

Guest Speaker

Sister Joan Chittister

Sister Joan Chitister
Executive Director of Benetvision

OCT. 28, 2014
6 PM

USC Law School Auditorium


The invited speaker for the upcoming Joseph Cardinal Bernardin lecture in Fall of 2014 will be Joan Chittister, OSB, an internationally known writer and lecturer and executive director of Benetvision, a resource and research center for contemporary spirituality. She currently serves as co-chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, a partner organization of the UN, facilitating a worldwide network of women peace builders, particularly in Israel and Palestine. She was an advisor for the groundbreaking report, “A Woman’s Nation,” led by Maria Shriver (2009) and was a member of the TED prize-sponsored Council of Sages, an interfaith group that developed a Charter for Compassion (2009) being promulgated worldwide with all faith organizations.

Sister Chittister is the author of forty-seven books, a columnist for the National Catholic Reporter (“From Where I Stand”), and a regular blogger with the Huffington Post. Her books include A Passion for Life: fragments of the face of God (1996), Heart of Flesh: a feminist spirituality for men and women (1998), Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope (2004), The Friendship of Women: the hidden tradition of the Bible (2006), Uncommon Gratitude (2010) .

Sister Joan appeared with the Dali Lama at both the First Emory (University) Summit of Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding and at the conference Seeds of Compassion. She was the coordinator of The Rising Great Compassion, an interfaith retreat for monastic women at Dharma Drum Mountain Center in Taiwan.

Joseph Cardinal Bernardin

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.

from former USC President John Palms

The State Newspaper carried the following story on Sunday, November 25th, 2012.

Palms donates $1 million to USC
for religion chair, gardens

"Former USC President John Palms and his wife, Norma, pledged a $1 million gift to the University of South Carolina, with more than half going to the Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Chair in Ethical, Moral and Religious Studies for the Department of Religious Studies to hire an expert in Catholicism."

Read more at:
the State Newspaper online

lecturers in this series have been:

  • 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"
    event summary

  • 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"
    event summary

  • 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."
    event summary

  • 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"
    event summary

  • 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. "

    Symposium Participants:

      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 and 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."

    Symposium Participants:
    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.
    1. Sister Sharon Euart:
      "Women in the Church: Changes, Challenges and Opportunities for Promoting the 'Genius of Women in the Life of the Church."
    2. Sally Cunneen:
      "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