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The Lumen Christi Institute for Catholic Thought was founded by Catholic scholars at the University of Chicago in 1997 to bring the light of Christ and the Catholic intellectual and spiritual tradition to the secular academy and the general public. On this station we make available our many lectures and programs, as well as interviews with visiting scholars. To support our work, visit www.lumenchristi.org/donate

The Lumen Christi Institute for Catholic Thought was founded by Catholic scholars at the University of Chicago in 1997 to bring the light of Christ and the Catholic intellectual and spiritual tradition to the secular academy and the general public. On this station we make available our many lectures and programs, as well as interviews with visiting scholars. To support our work, visit www.lumenchristi.org/donate

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The Lumen Christi Institute for Catholic Thought was founded by Catholic scholars at the University of Chicago in 1997 to bring the light of Christ and the Catholic intellectual and spiritual tradition to the secular academy and the general public. On this station we make available our many lectures and programs, as well as interviews with visiting scholars. To support our work, visit www.lumenchristi.org/donate

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Episodes

Race and Justice In America

8/5/2021
A panel discussion with Herschella Conyers(University of Chicago Law School), Darren Davis (University of Notre Dame), andBrandon Viadyanathan (Catholic University of America), moderated by Judge Thomas More Donnelly (Cook County). This event is part of the Lumen Christi Institute's Catholic Criminal Justice Reform Network. --- National conversation about racial bias in law enforcement has become increasingly polarized over the last year. Some deny the existence of any widespread...

Duration:01:54:45

René Girard, Conversion, and the Present Media Moment

6/4/2021
An online panel discussion with Professor Grant Kaplan (Saint Louis University), Carly Osborn (University of Divinity), and Fr. Steve Grunow (Word on Fire), moderated by Cynthia Haven (National Endowment for the Humanities). While social media has become a source of meaning and identity formation for many, its dangers have become clear in recent years, from promoting disinformation to algorithm-aided polarization. Despite these dangers, can social media be a medium for the Gospel? Does a...

Duration:01:18:12

The Crisis of Mysticism: Quietism in 17th Century Spain, Italy, and France

5/24/2021
A webinar conversation with Bernard McGinn (University of Chicago), David Tracy (University of Chicago), and Sandra Schneiders, IHM (Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University), moderated by Willemien Otten (University of Chicago). The Crisis of Mysticism (Herder & Herder, 2021), by Bernard McGinn is the first book in English in seventy years to give a full account of the struggle over mystical spirituality that tore the Catholic Church apart at the end of the seventeenth century,...

Duration:02:11:03

United by Their Loves: Deciphering Augustine’s Understanding of a People

5/24/2021
A webinar discussion with Jennifer Frey (University of South Carolina), Russell Hittinger (Lumen Christi Institute), and Fr. Michael Sherwin, OP (University of Fribourg). Originally broadcast as a live webinar May 1, 2021 The president in his inaugural address quoted Augustine of Hippo’s definition of a people as “a multitude defined by the common objects of their love.” This surprising event offers us the occasion to consider Augustine’s definition and its implications for our understanding...

Duration:02:25:59

Beauty and Justice in the City: the Restoration of St. Adalbert's, in Pilsen

5/24/2021
A webinar conversation with Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado (University of Scranton), and Juan Soto (Gamaliel), moderated by Peter Casarella (Duke University). Originally delivered May 11, 2021. Part of a Lumen Christi Institute webinar series on Hispanic Theology. Latinx Theology has always had a dual focus on the beauty of the symbols of Popular Catholicism and the cry of the poor in urban settings. In this session, one of the premier Latina voices on beauty and justice, Dr. Michelle Gonzalez...

Duration:02:03:01

Claudia Herrera and Jose Matos Auffant - Latino Youth and Evangelization

5/24/2021
A webinar conversation with Claudia Herrera (ACHTUS) and Jose Matos Auffant (St. Mary's University). Originally delivered May 4, 2021. Part of a Lumen Christi Institute webinar series on Hispanic Theology. There are complex dynamics to account for when examining the intersectionality of religious identity, social context, and the lived experience of young Latinx in the U.S. Current research shows that almost half of Catholics in the United States self-identify as Hispanic, and that more than...

Duration:01:55:02

Was Something Lost? Thomas Aquinas, Intellectual Disability, & the 16th c. Spanish Colonial Debates

5/12/2021
A webinar lecture with Miguel Romero (Salve Regina University). Originally delivered April 27, 2021. Part of a Lumen Christi Institute webinar series on Hispanic Theology. In the 16th century, there was a subtle shift in the way the Spanish Dominican interpreters of Thomas Aquinas spoke about the anthropological and moral significance of our rational faculties. Historical and textual markers, indicating both the origin and development of this interpretive shift, present amid the fierce...

Duration:01:56:57

David Lantigua - Fratelli Tutti and the Latino Social Teaching of Pope Francis

5/12/2021
"Globalization from the People: Fratelli Tutti and the Latino Social Teaching of Pope Francis" A webinar lecture with Prof. David Lantigua (University of Notre Dame). Delivered April 20, 2021, as part of a webinar series on Hispanic Theology, presented by the Lumen Christi Institute. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a flash point for globalization as a sign of the times, revealing the best and worst of our interconnected human family. Released during the pandemic, Pope Francis’s Fratelli tutti...

Duration:01:03:18

David Meconi S.J. - Ambrose and Augustine on Christian Holiness

5/8/2021
While Saints Ambrose and Augustine never define Christian holiness, this was the pursuit that fueled all of their writings, all of their sermons, and directed their everyday lives. By examining the writings of these two pillars of the Western Church, today's talk seeks to show how Ambrose and Augustine understood holiness and what that might mean for our lives today. Originally presented as a live webinar April 17th, 2021. Presented by the Lumen Christi Institute and the Bollandist Society...

Duration:01:30:31

Hosffman Ospino - Teaching Catholic Doctrine en Español

5/5/2021
Language matters, and it matters much when sharing the best of our faith convictions with one another. Without language there is no communication, understanding or community. Sharing faith in the United States of America in an increasingly Hispanic church demands that we take questions associated with language seriously. Nearly fifteen million Catholics in the U.S. are Spanish-speaking immigrants. Many are raising their children “in Spanish.” Even though the vast majority of Hispanics are...

Duration:02:14:13

The Origins of Mass Incarceration: The Courts and the 1960s Criminal Procedure Revolution?

5/5/2021
A discussion with Judge Stephanos Bibas (3rd Circuit, Court of Appeals) and William Pizzi (University of Colorado Law School), moderated by Cook County Judge Tom Donnelly. American principles of justice and equality lead our culture to value the criminal trial as a fair hearing for the accused and vindication for the victims of crime. But the reality of the U.S. justice system falls far short of this ideal, making criminal trials the rare exception amidst a wave of plea bargains. When trials...

Duration:00:56:19

Elizabeth Lev - A Good Man Is Hard to Find: St. Joseph in Art

4/8/2021
A webinar lecture with Elizabeth Lev(Duquesne University). This event is co-presented by the Harvard Catholic Forum and the Lumen Christi Institute. St. Joseph was an unassuming latecomer to the history of art, but once discovered, his images evolved rapidly to serve the Catholic Church during challenging times. From model for the papacy, to symbol of marriage and fatherhood, to guide for a good death and advocate for the worker, St Joseph's many guises have made him one of the Church's...

Duration:00:54:24

Fr. Thomas Esposito, O.Cist - How to Be a Corinthian

4/8/2021
A webinar lecture with Fr. Thomas Esposito, O.Cist (University of Dallas). This event is cosponsored by Calvert House Catholic Center. The first recipients of St. Paul's letters did not keep their letters to themselves; as part of the organic life of the Church that Catholics call "Tradition," the letters of Paul were collected together and incorporated into the New Testament. One amazing consequence of this Tradition at work is that everyone who reads these letters, regardless of time or...

Duration:01:57:31

Fragile Democracy: Technocratic Takeover and Popular Renewal

4/6/2021
A panel discussion with Charles Taylor (McGill University), Patrizia Nanz (German Federal Office for the Safety of Nuclear Waste Management), and Jason Blakely (Pepperdine University), moderated by Fr. Patrick Gilger, SJ (New School for Social Research). We are experiencing a crisis of democracy more powerful than anything seen in a generation: inequality continues at a galloping pace; policing is increasingly racialized and militarized; political decision-making appears remote and divorced...

Duration:02:19:39

Fr. Mark Rotsaert, SJ - Spirituality and the Saints

3/13/2021
A webinar lecture with Fr. Mark Rotsaert, SJ, President of the Bollandist Society. This event was co-presented by the Lumen Christi Institute and the Bollandist Society. Originally broadcast as a live event March 13, 2021. In this presentation, Fr. Mark Rotsaert, SJ will look to sanctity as a gift of the Spirit and reflect on the different ways one can become a saint and the universal call to holiness according to Pope Francis’ exhortation Gaudete et exsultate. Do saints have a specific kind...

Duration:00:58:49

Learning Poverty and Education Pluralism: The Global Catholic Education Report 2021

2/23/2021
Catholic schools serve close to 62 million students globally at the preschool, primary, and secondary levels, with in addition more than 6 million students enrolled at the post-secondary level. By managing the largest non-governmental network of schools and universities in the world, the Catholic Church plays an important role in efforts to achieve SDG4, especially in low-income countries. In 2020, OIEC released the first Global Catholic Education Report. The second edition of the report for...

Duration:02:22:02

Patrick Geary - Pledges of the Saints: The Cult of Relics in the Catholic Tradition

2/23/2021
Lecture with Patrick Geary (Institute for Advanced Study), delivered Feb 13, 2021. This event was co-presented by the Lumen Christi Institute and the Bollandist Society, and co-sponsored by America Media, the Collegium Institute, the Harvard Catholic Forum, the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, the Nova Forum, the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at USC, the Saint Benedict Institute, and the Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage. --- The physical...

Duration:00:52:13

Russell Hittinger - Yves Simon on Natural Law

2/23/2021
Review and lecture from a master class with Russell Hittinger, Delivered in December of 2020. The tradition of natural law is one of the foundations of Western civilization. At its heart is the conviction that there is an objective and universal justice which transcends humanity’s particular expressions of justice. It asserts that there are certain ways of behaving which are appropriate to humanity simply by virtue of the fact that we are all human beings. Recent political debates indicate...

Duration:01:17:35

Fr. John O'Malley, SJ - Humanism as an Educational Ideal

2/23/2021
A lecture by Fr. John O'Malley, SJ (Georgetown University), followed by Q&A. The ideal of educating the total human person – the project that took on the name “humanism” - became a widespread norm for education in the Christian world of early modern Europe, whence it spread to North and South America. This humanist ideal has competed for influence with other educational ideals, most especially with those pursued by universities. Fr. John O’Malley examines the sources of the humanistic style...

Duration:01:33:53

Beyond Test Scores: Measuring the Contributions of Catholic Schools

1/20/2021
A presentation by Quentin Wodon (International Office of Catholic Education), followed by discussion with Annie Smith (Director of Research and Data, National Catholic Education Association), Andrew Miller (Boston College), and Timothy Uhl (Superintendent, Catholic Schools for Montana). Catholic schools and universities aim to educate the whole person. Beyond strong academics, they aim to educate towards fraternal humanism. Do we have any evidence that they succeed? Based on recent research...

Duration:01:46:35