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Shannon Lecture Series Archive

2012–13 :: Integrating Faith and Science: Dilemmas, Debates, and Decisions

Lisa Sowle Cahill
  • Catholic Bioethics, Political Priorities, and the Common Good
  • Jesus, Feminism, and Catholic Women
George V. Coyne, S.J.
  • The Dance of the Fertile Universe: Chance and Destiny Embrace
  • Scientific Evolution: A Challenge to American Society
Celia Deane-Drummond
  • Christ and Evolution as Theo-Drama
  • Human Nature, Evolution, and Other Animals
Ilia Delio, O.S.F.
  • A Post-Human World? Technology and the Future of Humanity
  • Are We Wired for God?
Mary Evelyn Tucker
  • Envisioning a Sustainable Future: Ecological, Spiritual, and Ethical Perspectives
  • Religions and Ecology: The Emerging Alliance

2011–12 :: Awakening the Heart: The Art(s) of Faith

Deanna Witkowski
  • Moving with the Spirit: The Sacred Art of Jazz
  • Beyond Words: Improvisation as Prayer
Gerard Thomas Straub
  • When Did I See You Hungry? A Filmmaker’s Journey from Hollywood to Haiti
  • The Spiritual Power of Film
Robert Lentz, O.F.M.
  • Christ in the Margins: A Living Tradition of Art
  • Global Images of Holiness: Fragments of the Face of God
Paul Quenon, O.C.S.O.
  • Poetry, Prayer, and the Play of God
  • Seeing with a Poet’s Eye: Photography as Spiritual Practice

2010–11 :: Envisioning and Shaping the Church to Come

John L. Allen Jr.
  • The Future Church: How Ten Trends Are Revolutionizing the Catholic Church
  • All Things Catholic
Tim Muldoon
  • The Next Generation: Spiritual and Religious?
  • Young Adults Speak Out
Virgilio P. Elizondo
  • World Church, Local Church: Grace, Blessing, Challenge
  • If Jesus Had Been Born in San Antonio...
M. Shawn Copeland
  • Waiting with the Spirit
  • Body Matters

2009–10 :: In Dialogue with Our World

John F. Haught
  • Evolution and Faith: What Is at Stake?
  • Science, Faith, and the New Atheism
William T. Cavanaugh
  • Christianity and the Marketplace: Confronting the Global Economic Crisis
  • Does Religion Cause Violence?
Daniel G. Groody, C.S.C.
  • Dying to Live: A Theology of Migration
  • A Migrant's Journey: Stories from the Borderlands
Christine E. Gudorf
  • The Intrinsic Value of Life: Faith, Technology, and Society
  • Body, Sex, and Pleasure: Christian Ethics Revisited

2008–09 :: Women of Wisdom and Witness

Sheila Cassidy
  • Audacity to Believe: The Witness of a Political Prisoner
  • Colloquium: The Key is Empathy: A Spirituality of Life and Work
Elizabeth A. Dreyer
  • Women Alive in the Spirit: Wisdom of Medieval Mystics
  • Colloquium: The Holy Spirit According to Women
Jamie T. Phelps, O.P.
  • Women Transforming the Church: Moving Toward Communion
Carol Rittner, R.S.M.
  • Rape, Religion and Genocide: Breaking the Silence

2007–08 :: Pursuing Justice, Healing Humanity, Transforming the World

Bishop Thomas J. Gumbleton
  • Pillar of Justice, Pillar of Peace
  • IRAQ: US Responsibility for PEACE
Charles E. Curran
  • Beyond Individualism: Human Rights in the Catholic Tradition
  • Loyal Dissent: What Does It Mean (To Me)?
Mary Jo Leddy
  • Justice Has a Face and a Name
Carol Zinn, SSJ
  • Justice: A Way of Life, Matter of Faith and Affair of the Heart

2007-06 :: Spirituality: Recovering the Sacred in Our Lives

Sandra M. Schneiders
  • Being Christian
  • "I'm spiritual but not religious!" - Spirituality and Religion?
David Tacey
  • The Spiritual Journey of Generation Y - Illustrated with Drawings and Cartoons
  • Spirituality as the Deepest Longing of the Heart
James Alison
  • The Dawning Smile: Gay Contributions to Catholic Faithfulness
  • Don't Run Away from Desire! Holiness Starting Where We Are
Diarmuid O'Murchu
  • Living by the New Spirituality: Skills for Discernment
  • Spirituality: Are We Birthing a New Paradigm?

2006-05 :: American Catholic and Perspectives on Faith and Culture

R. Scott Appleby
  • American and Catholic: New Tensions in an Old Marriage
  • What We Thought We Knew About Religious Fundamentalism
Robert F. Drinan, S.J.
  • Catholic Faith and Human Rights: An Agenda for the 21st Century
  • The Mobilization of Shame: A World View of Human Rights
William M. Shea
  • Crossing Boundaries: Catholics and Evangelicals
  • Evangelicals and Catholics Working Together
Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz
  • CATOLICA - The Hispanic Face (and Fate) of the Catholic Church in the USA
  • Understanding Justice in the 21st Century

2005-04 :: Vision, Reality, Challenge: Vatican II, Forty Years Later

Diana L. Hayes
  • Keeping the Faith: The Ongoing Challenge of Vatican II for a Church in Crisis
  • Forged in the Fiery Furnace: African American Spirituality - A Conversation with Diana Hayes about a Work in Progress
Joseph A. Komonchak
  • Vatican II: Achievement and Promise
Hans Kung
  • My Long Road to a Global Ethic
Peter Steinfels and Margaret O'Brien Steinfels
  • In the Wake of Vatican II: A People Adrift?
Dr. Thomas Beaudoin
  • The Spirituality of Starbucks and the Swoosh: Integrating Who We Are With What We Buy


Fr. Drew Christiansen, S.J., Ph.D.
  • Catholic Theology of Peace - And War
Dr. David Adams, Dr. Thomas Shannon, Dr. Leslie Griffin
  • Human Cloning and Stem Cell Research: A Catholic Approach


Dr. Maureen Tilley
  • 9/11, 311 and 411: Making History and Imaging God


Fr. Donald B. Cozzens, Ph.D.
  • The Shape of Ministry in the 21st Century
Dr. Clarke Cochran
  • Neither Left nor Right: The Challenge of Being Catholic in American Public Life


Dr. Patrick F. O'Connell
  • Thomas Merton's Vision of the Kingdom
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