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Bannan Memorial Lecture

 In 2014 the Bannan Memorial Lecture was founded to bring to campus one member of the Society of Jesus each year, reflecting on contemporary, pressing religious, social and cultural concerns.


  • Not a Road Map but a Trail: Environmental Justice in the Commons

    Pedro Walpole, S.J.

    Ecology and economy share the same word origin and should be supportive of the whole of humanity and our common home and ‘oikos’ when both are balanced. But ecology and economy are becoming mutually exclusive. The commons is now in the hands of corporate extraction and pollution. The tollgates of technological intervention too often restrict the basic access of the most vulnerable to any form of sustainability. The path forward is not simply a flip-over of the present economic model. The path begins with every person and with every community so that we change from within and discover anew what we value and are willing to commit to in solidarity and in reconciliation.

  • The Moral Margins of Poverty and Prosperity

    Nicholas Santos, S.J.

    What are fair and just business practices when engaging with impoverished populations? This lecture will explore the integrative justice model (IJM), an ethical framework that provides guidelines for “fair” and “just” business involvement that can result in a win-win for all parties but particularly for the poor, counteracting the prevailing exploitation of impoverished and vulnerable groups.

  • Is There a Common Good? Exploring the Politics of Inequality

    Matthew Carnes, S.J.

    Recent decades have seen an unprecedented decline in global poverty. Yet this progress has been accompanied by an increase in economic and social inequality, both internationally and domestically. What are the implications of this trend? What does it mean to pursue the common good today? This lecture will draw on recent social science scholarship and Catholic social teaching to chart the promises and pitfalls facing global and local communities today.

  • Encountering Jesus: Who Do You Say that I Am?

    James Martin, S.J.

    What does it mean to meet the Christ of faith and the Jesus of history? Can we come to know Jesus through the Gospels? Father Jim Martin, S.J., author of the New York Times bestseller Jesus: A Pilgrimage helps us to understand what the Son of God has to do with the carpenter from Nazareth.

  • The Fragility of Faith - How Can a Thinking Person Still Believe in God?

    Michael McCarthy, S.J.

    Good people of many persuasions wonder how a thinking person can still believe in God. Still others wonder whether a university, as an academic institution, is a place where "God" should be openly discussed at all. Often enough, such questions make presumptions about faith that are frequently untrue. Attention to the real fragility of faith can open spaces for different kinds of discussions entirely.