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Religious Studies News & Events

Religious Studies News & Events

  •  Catholicism, Politics, and The Primacy of Conscience: Reflections on Newman's 'Letter to The Duke of Norfolk'

    Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012

    Catholicism, Politics, and The Primacy of Conscience: Reflections on Newman's 'Letter to The Duke of Norfolk'

    David DeCosse, Santa Clara University

    October 24, 2012 I 4-5:15 p.m.

    St. Clare Room, Library and Learning Commons

    Professor DeCosse will explore how understandings of conscience within the writings of the great 19th century English theologian John Henry Newman may be relevant to contemporary debates around Catholic conscience and freedom.

  •  The Making of a Public Sphere: The Instructive Case of Puritan New England

    Wednesday, Sep. 26, 2012


    David D. Hall

    Bartlett Research Professor of New England Church History

    Harvard Divinity School


    Noon-1 p.m.

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

    Kennedy Commons


    The debate about the role of religion in the public sphere is hardly a new. While the 2012 election season has seen renewed debates about religion in public and political rhetoric, the challenge has persisted through nearly four hundred years of American history. Drawing on his most recent book, A Reforming People: Puritanism and the Transformation of Public Life in New England, (Knopf, 2011), Professor Hall will explore the radical position that puritans took on the question of religion in public life—a legacy that looms large today.


    David D. Hall, Bartlett Research Professor of New England Church History at Harvard Divinity School, is a world-renown scholar of Puritanism and Seventeenth-Century New England and author of numerous books and articles on the intellectual and social worlds of Puritans and colonial New England, with a special focus on the idea “lived religion” in colonial America.



  •  Scriptural Politics of Immigration: Subversive Hospitality and Kinship

    Wednesday, Sep. 26, 2012


    Kristin Heyer

    Scriptural Politics of Immigration: Subversive Hospitality and Kinship

    October 9, 2012 | 4:00 - 5:15 pm
    St. Clare Room, Library and Learning Commons

    The Hebrew and Christian scriptures are replete with examples of persons and families uprooted and migrating.  The sacred texts' injunctions about hospitality to strangers do not readily resolve complex questions about competing goods driving contemporary immigration debates.  Scriptures do have a key role to play in shaping our dispositions, imagination and moral reasoning. The lecture will explore the potential for scriptural narratives and themes to reveal migrant realities anew and inform an ethic of immigration.


    Kristin Heyer holds the Bernard J. Hanley Chair in Religious Studies at Santa Clara University. She received her B.A. from Brown University and her Ph.D. in theological ethics from Boston College in 2003.  Her research focuses on the ethics of immigration, Catholic political engagement, moral agency and Christian social ethics.  Her books include Kinship across Borders: A Christian Ethic of Immigration (Georgetown University Press, 2012), Prophetic and Public: the Social Witness of U.S. Catholicism (2006) and the edited volume Catholics and Politics: Dynamic Tensions between Faith and Power (2008). She serves as an editorial consultant for Theological Studies and as a member of the planning committee for Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church.  She taught at Loyola Marymount University from 2003-2009 and joined the Santa Clara faculty in 2009.  She also serves as the 2012-2013 Community-based Learning Faculty Fellow in the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education at Santa Clara.

  •  Screening of Sun Come Up

    Wednesday, Sep. 26, 2012


    Hello RS Faculty and RS Majors & Minors,
    Prof. Teresia Hinga invites you to attend a viewing and discussion of the film, "Sun Come Up," a documentary featuring the deadly impact of climate change and global warming on the people of the Cartret Islands. This viewing is one of several such screenings of the film organized nationwide by the Catholic Coalition for Climate Change during the first week of October.
    Date: Monday, October 1
    Time: 5-7 pm
    Place: Kenna Hall 104
    Panelists will include: Prof. Keith Warner,OFM, Prof. David Gray, and student representatives.
    Light refreshments will be served.
    Event will be co-sponsored by Religious Studies, Campus Ministry and Office of Sustainability.
    Please see attached flyer for more details.


  •  Class of 2012 Award Recipients

    Wednesday, Jun. 20, 2012

    We would like to congratulate the award recipients of class 2012. The St. Clare Medal was awarded to Tanya Schmidt and the Nobili Medal was given to Drew Hodun. Also in recognition of their outstanding contributions to serve through their work with marginalized and under-served populations outside of the University community the Richard J. Riordan Award was presented to Jahayra Molina and Zena Andreani.

  •  Summer '12 Course Offerings

    Wednesday, Jun. 20, 2012

    Please Consider: RSOC 54: Comparative Religion, Social Theory, & Film and other great summer sessions courses!

    RSOC 54
  •  Do Most Catholic Theologians Support Same Sex Marriage?

    Tuesday, Jun. 19, 2012

    Prof. Frederick Parrella was recently featured in "The Daily Beast" for his views on same sex marriage. Parrella said he sees growing support for same-sex marriage among his Catholic students, and that he himself finds “nothing in the Gospels” that should lead the church to oppose its legalization.

    Click here to view the entire article.

  •  Transubstantiation Is Not a Train in Russia

    Sunday, Jun. 10, 2012

    RS Spring Speaker Series Presents:

    Transubstantiation Is Not a Train in Russia

    Speaker: Professor Gary Macy

    Wednesday, May 16, 12:00pm

    Kennedy Commons

  •  Save the Date: Religious Studies Reception

    Wednesday, May. 23, 2012

    Religious Studies majors and minors will be honored and celebrated at the annual Religious Studies reception held in the Adobe Lodge on May 24 at 5:30pm.

  •  Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church

    Wednesday, May. 9, 2012

    On Friday May 11th, 2012, the Religious Studies department will co-sponsor the event "Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church: A Conference Examining the Abuse Crisis."

    The conference brings to campus a remarkable group of interdisciplinary leading professionals who recently contributed to a book project on sexual abuse and the clergy edited by Kathleen McChesney, Ph.D. (former FBI and U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Office of Child Protection executive) and Dr. Thomas Plante (of Santa Clara University's Psychology Department) that was recently published. If interested, details about the book can be found at

    Keynotes addresses will be presented by Thomas Reese, SJ (from Georgetown University and former editor of America magazine) and Karen Terry, PhD (from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice who was the lead author for both the 2004 and 2011 John Jay Studies on clergy abuse).

    The conference will be held in the California Mission Room in the Benson Memorial Center from 9am to 5pm on May 11th.

    More information can be found here:

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