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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

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

Partners in Charity: St. Louise de Marillac and St. Vincent de Paul

1/13/2021
A webinar lecture with Professor Bronwen McShea (Augustine Institute; Institute on Religion and Public Life). Originally delivered on January 7, 2021. This event was co-presented by the Lumen Christi Institute and the Bollandist Society. In this talk, we will examine side by side the lives and legacies of two major saints of French Catholicism's seventeenth-century golden age. Louise de Marillac and Vincent de Paul co-founded the Daughters of Charity, one of the most successful...

Duration:01:08:50

Is there a Catholic Vote? An Evangelical Vote? Religion, Polls, and Presidential Elections

12/22/2020
A panel discussion with Kenneth Woodward (Lumen Christi Institute), Peter Wehner (Ethics and Public Policy Center), and William McCready (University of Michigan), moderated by Joseph Capizzi (Catholic University of America). Originally presented as a live web event December 16, 2020. The 2020 presidential race seemed to highlight the central role of religion in the electorate. Democrats spent heavily on campaign ads emphasizing Joe Biden’s Roman Catholicism. President Trump has spent the...

Duration:02:07:37

John L. Allen Jr. - COVID-19 and the Worldwide Church

12/18/2020
A webinar lecture with John L. Allen, Jr. (Crux) The pandemic of 2020 has disrupted the sacraments and public worship, scattered communities, and put local churches into new, sometimes strained, relationships with civil authorities. The Church has also been a significant actor in the crisis, offering relief services and spiritual care on a massive scale. What does all this mean for the worldwide Church, now and in the years to come? This event is organized by the Harvard Catholic Forum,...

Duration:00:58:39

A Catholic Life in the Secular University: A Conversation with George Dennis O'Brien

12/18/2020
A conversation with George Dennis O'Brien (University of Rochester) and Mark Alznauer (Northwestern University). John F. Kennedy once quipped that a Catholic would be president of the United States before a Catholic would be president of Harvard. As the Catholic president of two secular universities, Dennis O’Brien was a trailblazer. In this interview, O’Brien discusses his long career in higher education as a Catholic, a philosopher, and an administrator, with reflections on the past,...

Duration:00:51:50

Food Insecurity in the U.S.: Insights from Catholic Social Thought and Economics

12/9/2020
A webinar panel discussion with theologian, Margaret Pfeil (University of Notre Dame), and economists Bruce Weber (Oregon State), and Craig Gundersen (University of Illinois), moderated by economist Chris Barrett (Cornell University). Food insecurity has become a leading indicator of well-being in the U.S. due to the tens of millions of food insecure Americans and the accordant negative physical and mental health outcomes and higher health care costs. Its importance has become even more...

Duration:01:09:15

Sam Conedera, SJ - Friends in Heaven: Edmund Campion and the Martyrs of England & Wales

12/9/2020
A webinar lecture with Fr. Sam Z. Conedera, S.J. (Saint Louis University). Originally broadcast as a live web event on December 1, 2020, marking the feast day of St. Edmund Campion. This program was presented with the Bollandist Society. "The expense is reckoned, the enterprise is begun; it is of God; it cannot be withstood." With these bold words Edmund Campion, SJ, communicated to Her Majesty's Privy Council in 1581 the Catholic plan to restore the faith in England. On December 1, the...

Duration:01:57:36

Thinking Inside and Outside the University: Zena Hitz on the Inner Life

12/9/2020
A discussion with Professor Zena Hitz (St. John's College), moderated by Professor Jared Ortiz (Hope College). Originally broadcast as a live online event November 10, 2020. In a world where efficiency and utility are the standards by which we measure success, how do we appreciate what resists quantification? And at a moment of institutional change and instability for higher education, what do we hold onto? In her new book, Lost in Thought, Zena Hitz lays out the case for the inner life as a...

Duration:02:12:19

Metropolitan Borys Gudziak - Quo Vadis: The Direction of Eastern Catholic Theology

11/25/2020
"Quo Vadis: The Direction of Eastern Catholic Theology, a Pastoral Perspective for the 21st Century" A webinar lecture with Metropolitan Borys Gudziak (Archeparchy of Philadelphia, Ukrainian Catholic Church in the USA). Part of a webinar series. "Eastern Catholic Theology in Action," presented by the Lumen Christi Institute, the Godbearer Institute, and the Collegium Institute. Originally delivered as a live web event November 12, 2020. Metropolitan Borys Gudziak has spent his life committed...

Duration:01:54:51

John O'Malley, SJ - Venerating the Saints: An Ancient Tradition Actual Today

11/24/2020
A webinar lecture with Fr. John O'Malley, SJ. Presented by the Lumen Christi Institute, the Bollandist Society, and America Media. Originally delivered as a live webinar on November 1, 2020. Few Christian practices are as ancient and widely popular as veneration of the saints. It is appropriate on this Feast of All Saints to review that history, consider the challenges it has faced, and reflect on its appeal even in our day. Beginning with the early veneration of the martyrs, especially in...

Duration:00:50:49

Fratelli Tutti: Engaging Pope Francis's New Encyclical on Social Friendship

11/20/2020
An online panel discussion with Russell Hittinger (Lumen Christi Institute) and Joseph Capizzi (Catholic University of America), moderated by Jennifer Frey (University of South Carolina). Originally broadcast October 27, 2020. Who is my neighbor? Who is my brother and sister? Drawing on central gospel themes found in the Good Samaritan narrative, Pope Francis applies them to the whole “human family,” proposing that the logic of social friendship and neighborly love move beyond the personal...

Duration:01:10:09

Stephen Barr - Fearful Symmetry: Cosmic Order and a Divine Creator

11/20/2020
A webinar lecture with Stephen M. Barr (University of Delaware), presented by the Harvard Catholic Forum and the Lumen Christi Institute. Originally broadcast on October 15, 2020. For thousands of years, some philosophers and scientists have argued that order in the universe points to a creator God. How does this argument hold up against the scientific discoveries of recent decades? Join us as theoretical particle physicist Stephen Barr examines the cosmic order and its relationship to a...

Duration:01:47:24

The United Nations at 75: Catholic Perspectives

11/20/2020
A panel discussion with Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations; Joseph Donnelly, Delegate of Caritas Internationalis to the UN; and Mary Ann Glendon, former US ambassador to the Holy See and expert in human rights, and is moderated by Paolo Carozza (Notre Dame). This event was originally broadcast as a live web event on October 22, 2020 Historically, the Bishop of Rome and the diplomats representing the Holy See have played important roles in...

Duration:01:04:10

Integral Bioethics in the Anthropocene

11/20/2020
A panel discussion with Willis Jenkins (University of Virginia), Benjamin de Foy (Saint Louis University), and Simone Kotva (Emmanuel College). Originally broadcast as a live webinar October 16, 2020. In 2000, scientists argued that human impact on the Earth reached levels meriting the creation of a new geological epoch, naming it the Anthropocene. The challenge of the Anthropocene is more than just an acknowledgement of changes to our planet, but also a challenge to humanity, pressing us to...

Duration:02:01:23

Erin Walsh - Expanding the Archive: Syriac Literature and the Study of Early Christianity Today

10/13/2020
A webinar lecture with Professor Erin Walsh (University of Chicago). Through the work of editing and translating Syriac manuscripts, scholars continue to enrich our historiography of the formative centuries of Christianity. This research has been particularly fruitful in the areas of biblical interpretation, asceticism, the history of doctrine, and the role of women within the church. Dr. Walsh will provide a brief overview of these developments before focusing on the importance of poetry...

Duration:01:47:32

Alexander Laschuk - Eastern Churches, Latin Territories

10/1/2020
"Eastern Churches, Latin Territories: Ecclesial Catholicity and the Notion of Diaspora." A webinar lecture by Fr. Alexander Laschuk (University of St. Michael's College; University of Toronto). Delivered Septemeber 24, 2020 as part of a webinar series on Eastern Catholic Theology in Action," co-presented by the Lumen Christi Institute and the Godbearer Institute. --- According to the teaching of the Second Vatican Council, all Eastern Catholic Churches have same rights and obligations as the...

Duration:01:50:57

Robin Darling Young - Christ the Lover of Mankind

9/23/2020
"Christ the Lover of Mankind: Philanthropia, Mystery, and Martyria in Eastern Christianity" A webinar lecture with Robin Darling Young (Catholic University of America), originally delivered September 17, 2020. Presented as part of a series on "Eastern Catholic Theology in Action," co-presented by the Lumen Christi Institute and the Godbearer Institute. Three features are common to all Eastern Christian traditions—philanthropia, mystery, and martyria. They appear repeatedly in Eastern...

Duration:01:09:32

Andrew Hayes - A Theology of Wonder: An Introduction to the Poetry of Ephrem the Syrian

9/15/2020
A webinar lecture with Andrew Hayes (University of St. Thomas, Houston). This event is presented in collaboration with the Godbearer Institute as part of a Fall webinar lecture series on "Eastern Catholic Theology in Action." St. Ephrem is the common teacher of the Syriac theological tradition whose preferred medium is poetry. Named a doctor of the Church by Benedict XV, Ephrem emphasizes that the ascetical and mystical experience of wonder is the criterion for authentic theologizing. Dr....

Duration:01:17:35

Daniel Galadza - Introduction to Liturgical Mystagogy

9/10/2020
A webinar lecture with Dcn. Daniel Galadza (University of Regensburg) This event is presented in collaboration with the Godbearer Institute as part of a Fall webinar lecture series on "Eastern Catholic Theology in Action." From the fourth to eighth centuries, liturgical commentaries flourished to explain the meaning of the sacramental life of the Church. Notably after the fourth century, the tradition of Jerusalem developed another genre for mystagogy, namely hymnography. As part of the...

Duration:01:09:34

Peter Casarella - Passage to Modernity: Renaissance Christianity Today

9/1/2020
A webinar lecture with Peter Casarella (Duke University), originally delivered August 18, 2020. Part of our summer webinar series on "Reason and Beauty in Renaissance Christian Thought and Culture," presented in collaboration with the American Cusanus Society Historian Jacob Burckhardt (d. 1897) famously argued that Italian humanism of the fourteenth and fifteenth century paved the way inevitably to modern individualism and secularism, but more recently Burckhardt's view has been largely...

Duration:01:54:32