Santa Clara Lecture

In 1994, through the generosity of Bannan Institute of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, the Department of Religious Studies of Santa Clara University inaugurated the Santa Clara Lectures.

This series brings to campus leading scholars in theology, offering the University community and the general public an ongoing exposure to debate on the most significant issues of our times. Santa Clara University publishes these lectures and distributes them throughout the United States and internationally.

  • Looking at Vatican II with Pope Francis' Eyes

    Looking at Vatican II with Pope Francis' Eyes

    Leadership and Spirituality

    From the moment Pope Francis appeared on the balcony of St. Peter's after his election, he caught the attention of the world and soon became acknowledged as one of the great leaders of our times. However, unlike his immediate predecessors he rarely speaks about Vatican II. Why? How, if at all, do his sometimes dramatic gestures relate to the council?

  • Grace in Shakespeare

    Grace in Shakespeare

    Marilynne Robinson, author Gilead, which won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, shares on the depth of experience present in Shakespeare's work that sheds light on Grace.

  • To Recognize and Develop the Spiritual Bonds that Unite Us

    To Recognize and Develop the Spiritual Bonds that Unite Us

    A Reflection on Christian-Muslim Relations Since Vatican II

    This Santa Clara Lecture wishes to assess the progress of this dialogue since Vatican II in four areas: harmonious living, cooperation in the service of others, theoretical foundations, and sharing of religious experience.