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
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
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
2014 A De-Moralized Washington: The Collapse of the Common Good and What Our Leaders Could Learn
from Pope Francis
John Carr, Director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University
and Washington Correspondent for America Magazine