The Newman Lecture series was established to bring eminent Catholic thinkers to campus to address the college community on topics of general interest.  The series is named for John Henry Cardinal Newman, a nineteenth century English theologian and scholar.  Cardinal Newman represented the best in Roman Catholic scholarship, which is the reason why Catholic centers and clubs on so many college campuses are named for him.  He began his career as an Anglican priest and a professor at Oxford University.  He later became Roman Catholic and was elevated to the rank of Cardinal in the Catholic Church.  In the spirit of Cardinal Newman, CCM seeks to make a contribution to the intellectual life of the campus and the surrounding community that is both specifically religious and yet not narrowly denominational through this annual lecture series.

Annual Newman Lectures

1997  Blowing the Dynamite of the Church: The Radical Catholicism of Dorothy Day
         Dr. Sandra Yocum Mize, Department of Religious Studies, University of Dayton

1998  The Christian Professional in Today’s World
         Dr. Monika Helwig, Executive Director of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities

1999  Challenges Facing the Churches in Eastern Europe after the Fall of Communism
         Rev. Ronald G. Roberson, CSP, Associate Director of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the
         US Catholic Conference.  Co-sponsored by Area Studies Symposium

2000  Doing Theology between Two Cultures: Challenges and Opportunities for an Asian American
         Theology
         Rev. Peter Phan, Ph.D., Warren-Blanding Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at the
         Catholic University of America and President of the Catholic Theological Society of America

2001  China’s Social Transformation: Crucible for Religion and Church Today
         Sister Janet Carroll, MM, Executive Director of the United State Catholic China Bureau.
         Co-sponsored by Area Studies Symposium.

2002  Stem Cell Research: What’s Really at Stake?
         Dr. John Berkman, Catholic University of America.  Co-sponsored by Biology Department.

2003  Making Peace with Nature: the Fragile Household of God
         Dr. Anne M. Clifford, CSJ, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Theology
         Department, Duquesne University.  Co-sponsored by Area Studies Symposium.

2004  The Role of Women in the Catholic Church
         Dr. Carol L. Houghton, Chancellor of the Diocese of Harrisburg and Judge on the Harrisburg
         Tribunal, and panelists Dr. Sue H. Goliber, Professor of History at Mount St. Mary's University,
         Mary Ann Boyarski, Director of Continuing Education of Priests/Adult Religious Education
         (Diocese of Harrisburg), and Sister Anne Higgins, D.C., Pastoral Associate in Campus Ministry at
         Mount St. Mary's University.

2005  Is There Anything Wrong With Killing Spiders?  Extending The Ethics Of Life
         Dr. Karen Stohr, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University. 

2006  Can We Talk? Catholic- Muslim Dialogue
         Dr. John Borelli Special Assistant to the President of Georgetown University for Interreligious
         Initiatives

2007  The Immigration Debate: A Catholic Perspective
         Most Reverend Kevin C. Rhoades, Bishop of Harrisburg

2008-2009  Alfred Hitchcock as a Catholic Filmmaker
         Richard Alleva, film critic for Commonweal magazine.  Co-sponsored by the Commonweal College
         Speakers Program, which is made possible thanks to a generous gift from James H. Duffy.

2010  Evolution and Faith: What Is the Problem?
         Dr.  John F. Haught, Senior Fellow, Science and Religion, Woodstock Theological Center,
         Georgetown University. Co-sponsored by the philosophy department and funded by the Fred and
         Martha Mahan Endowment as well as by Catholic Campus Ministry. 

2011  Reclaiming Liberation Theology: What it is, What it isn't, and its challenge to us today.
         Dr. Michael E. Lee,, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology in Fordham University’s
         Department of Theology and Institute for Latin American and Latino Studies

2012  Dorothy Day and the Duty of Delight
         Robert  Ellsberg, publisher of Orbis books and editor of Dorothy Day: Selected Writings, The Duty of
         Delight: The Diaries of Dorothy Day,
and All the Way to Heaven: Selected Letters of Dorothy Day.

2013  Ecumenical and Interfaith Dialogue: Why Do It and What Is It All About?
         Most Rev. Denis J. Madden, Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Baltimore and Chair of the
         Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the Unted States Conference of
         Catholic Bishops.