Public Events in November Sponsored by the Center for Dominican Studies

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These campus events are free and open to the public. Reservations are required. Please contact ODU's Sr. Catherine Colby, O.P., Ed.D. at 614-251-4722 or by e-mail at

Thursday, November 3, 2011 (7:00 p.m.)
Colonial Room, Sansbury Hall
“Contemplative Prayer: Source of Transformation”
Featuring: Fr. Brian J. Pierce, O.P.

Fr. Pierce is a Dominican friar of the Southern Dominican Province of St. Marin de Porres in the USA. He has worked in Honduras, Guatemala and Peru, as well as on two Preaching Teams in the USA. He presently serves as the Order’s General Promoter of the Nuns, based in Santa Sabina, Rome. His ministry takes him to monasteries all over the world, where he helps the nuns to build their minds, their prayer, and their communities. Fr. Brian has also studied prayer interreligiously, and wrote the book, We Walk the Path Together: Learning from Thich Nhat Hanh and Meister Eckhart from his experience of talking and praying with Buddhist friends and spending time in Thich Nhat Hanh's "Plum Village" Buddhist meditation center in France.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 (11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
Matesich Theatre, Erskine Hall
Annual St. Albert the Great Lecture: “Celebrating Science"
Featuring: Sr. Lisa Zuccarelli, O.P., Ph.D.

Sr. Zuccarelli is a Dominican Sister of Peace and is an Associate Professor and Chairwoman of Biology and Biomedical Science and Chemistry at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. She earned her B.A. in Biology and Chemistry at Albertus Magnus College, New Haven, Connecticut; an M.S. in Physiology and Meurobiology at New York University; and a Ph.D. in Biology from New York University.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 (7:00 – 8:30 p.m.)
Matesich Theatre, Erskine Hall
“The Future Church” with John L. Allen, Jr.

John L. Allen, Jr. will speak about his book, "The Future Church: How Ten Trends are Revolutionizing the Catholic Church." Allen is a senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and the senior Vatican analyst for CNN. The book comments on these ten trends: a world church, evangelical catholicism, Islam, the new demography, expanding lay roles, the biotech revolution, globalization, ecology, multipolarism, and petecostalism.