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Enjoy videos from Center for Dominican Studies events including our Common Core lectures, Dominican Saints Feast Day lectures, and our Center for Dominican Studies lecture series.

2020-2021 Events


"What Does it Mean to be Human?” Seminar Series Schedule

Sept. 10, 2020 | “What Does it Mean to be Human? A Panel Presentation”

Event Details: This event will be held in Matesich Theatre in Erskine Hall, and also streamed live on YouTube (below) beginning at 3:30 p.m. EDT.

Presenters: Robert Parks, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Theology; Matthew Ponesse, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History; Lawrence Masek, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy; and Jessica Hall, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology

Sept. 24, 2020 | A Psychological Perspective of What it Means to be Human
Presenter: John Marazita, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology

Oct. 8, 2020 | “What Does it Mean to be Human in Great Literature?”
Presenter: Martin Brick, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English

Oct. 22, 2020 | “What Does it Mean to be Human in a Capitalistic Society?”
Presenter: TJ Eveland, Ph.D., Director Graduate Programs in Business


Event Video Archives

  • 2019 - 20 Lectures & Events

    2019-2020 Seminars on Truth

    • Sept. 12, 2019 – “Truth in the Disciplines: A Variety of Perspectives”; Moderator: Michael Dougherty, Ph.D., Sr. Ruth Caspar Chair in Philosophy. Panelist includes: Marlissa Stauffer, Ph.D., Nicole Powell, Ph.D., Brian Besong, Ph.D., and Brad Nelson, Ph.D.

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    • Sept. 26, 2019 – “The Truth about Labeling: Advocating for Inclusion”; Presenter: Presenter: Kristall Day, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Education.

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    • Oct. 10, 2019 "The Truth about Generation Z: Developing a Broader Appreciation of Today's Student"; Presenter: Natalie Kompa, Ed.D., Assistant Professor of Public Relations & Marketing Communications.

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    • Oct. 24, 2019 "Truth in the Marketplace: From Socrates to Social Media"; Presenter: Robert Gervasi, Ph.D., President of Ohio Dominican.

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    • Nov. 7, 2019 "St. John's Henry Newman's Search for Truth"; Presenter: Leo Madden, S.T.D., Associate Professor of Theology

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    2019-2020 Lecture Series – The Dominican Call: To Be Authentic

    • Oct. 9, 2019 – “Prayer & Contemplation: In a New Light”
      Speaker: Sr. Mary Otho Ballard, OP

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    • Nov. 6, 2019 – “Study: Dominican Love of Truth”
      Speaker: Sr. JoAnn Hohenbrink, OP, Ph.D.

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  • 2018 -19 Lectures & Events

    Common Core Fall Seminars 2018-19 (Justice)

    Justice and Global Poverty: Hearing the Cries of the Poor
    Ronald Carstens, Ph.D.
    Sept. 13, 2018
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    Justice for Immigrants: I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me
    Julie Hart, Ph.D., Rev. Joel Miller, Joseph Mas, Dr. Austin Kocher & Edit Espinal
    Sept. 27, 2018
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    Women, the Heartbeat of Society
    Imali Abala, Ph.D., Virginia McCormack, Ed.D., Kelsey Squire, Ph.D. & Anjel Stough-Hunter, Ph.D.
    Oct. 11, 2018
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    The Racial Divide
    John Grant, Ph.D. and Helen McKinley
    Oct. 25, 2018
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    Dominican Saints 2018-19

    St. Albert the Great Lecture - New Strategies for Targeting Cancer: Shining Light on Transition Metal Complexes
    Claudia Turro, Ph.D.
    Nov. 14, 2018
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    St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture - Light Out of Darkness: Dominican Stories of Justice
    Sr. Kathleen McManus, OP
    Jan. 24, 2019
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    St. Catherine of Siena Lecture - Justice - Seeing Catherine Through Contemporary Eyes
    Sr. Megan McElroy, OP, D.Min.
    April, 25, 2019
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    Hearts Burning for Justice Lecture Series

    I was Captive and You Ransomed Me
    Sr. Mary Joel Campbell, OP
    Oct. 10, 2018
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    I was Homeless and You Sheltered Me
    Sr. Nadine Buchanan, OP
    Nov. 7, 2018
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    I Am the Light of the World
    Sr. Carol Ann Spencer, OP
    Dec. 6, 2018
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    I Am the Light of the World
    Sr. Carol Ann Spencer, OP
    Dec. 12, 2018
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    I was in Prison and You Visited Me
    Sr. Germaine Conroy, OP
    Jan. 16, 2019
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    I was Marginalized and You Came to Me
    Sr. Margie Davis, OP and Sisters of Peace Associate Amy Thomas
    Feb. 13, 2019
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  • 2017 - 18 Lectures & Events

    Common Core Series: The Common Good

    • "The Theology of the Common Good"
      Presenter: Leo Madden, S.T.D.
      Event date: September 14, 2017

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    • "Building Bridges that Unite Us in Health Care"
      Presenter: Shonna Riedlinger, M.MSc. 
      Event Date: September 28, 2017

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    • "Preserving the Environment Benefits Everyone"
      Presenter: Blake Mathys, Ph.D.
      Event Date: October 12, 2017

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    • "An Educator’s Perspective on the Complexities of Servicing the Common Good through Education"
      Presenter: Marlissa Stauffer, Ph.D.
      Event Date: October 26, 2017

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    2017-2018 Dominican Feasts Lectures

    • St. Albert the Great Lecture
      "Interaction of Light with the DNA"
      Presenter: Bern Kohler, Ph.D. | Professor of Chemistry, The Ohio State University 
      Event date: November 15, 2017

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    • St. Thomas Aquinas Convocation
      "The Common Good According to Aquinas: God on Good and Evil"
      Presenter: Rev. Brian Davies, OP | Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Fordham University
      Event date: January 25, 2018

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    Behold the Inheritance 2017-18

    • Where’s the Bathroom?
      Sr. Barbara Kane
      Oct. 11, 2017

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    • Mercy in the Streets
      Sr. Nadine Buchanan, OP
      Nov. 8, 2017

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    • Advent – A Time of Joyful Anticipation
      Sr. Louis Mary Passeri, OP
      Dec. 6, 2017

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    • Mission Across Miles
      Sr. Doris Regan, OP
      Jan. 17, 2018

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    • Welcome Into Courage
      Sr. Rosemary Loomis, OP
      Feb. 7, 2018

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    • Lent – A Time to Focus Discipleship 1
      Sr. Carol Ann Spencer, OP
      Feb. 21, 2018

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    • Lent – A Time to Focus Discipleship 2
      Sr. Carol Ann Spencer, OP
      Feb. 28, 2018

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    • Lent – A Time to Focus Discipleship 3
      Sr. Carol Ann Spencer, OP
      March 7, 2018

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    • Art – A Special Time to Preach
      Sr. Thoma Swanson
      April 11, 2018

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  • 2016 -17 Lectures & Events

    Common Core lectures (Being Human)

    “The Impact of our Criminal Justice System of Human Beings”
    Dr. Chenelle Jones
    Sept. 29, 2016
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    “The Changing Politics of Trust”
    Dr. Ronald Carstens
    Oct. 13, 2016
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    “Laudato Si: toward a Human Environment”
    Dr. Ronald Carstens
    Nov. 16, 2016
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    Dominican Saints Lectures

    St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture
    “Virtues, Reasons and Causes: The Fullness of Action in Thomas Aquinas”
    Rev. John D. Corbett, OP, Ph.D.
    Jan. 26, 2017
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    St. Catherine of Siena Lecture
    Sr. Patricia Twohill, OP
    April 6, 2017
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    St. Catherine of Siena
    “Catherine of Siena and the Jubilee Year of Mercy”
    Sr. Mary Ann Fatula, OP, Ph.D.
    April 7, 2016
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  • 2015 - 16 Lectures & Events

    St. Albert the Great Lecture

    • "Energy, Environment and Chemistry" Presenter: Umit Ozkan, Ph.D.
      Event Date: November 11, 2015 (no video available)
    St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture
    • Presenter: Sister Barbara Reid, O.P., Ph.D.
      Event Date: January 28, 2016
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    St. Catherine of Sienna Lecture
    • Presenter: Sister Mary Ann Fatula, O.P., Ph.D.
      Event Date: April 7, 2016
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    Fall Lecture Series: Seeking Truth

    • "Seeking Truth: Truth in Science"
      Presenter: Becky Graham, Ph.D.
      Event date: October 15, 2015
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    • "Seeking Truth: Truth in Sports"
      Presenter: James Strode, Ph.D. 
      Event Date: October 29, 2015
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    • "Seeking Truth: Truth in the World of the Internet"
      Presenter: Timothy Walker, Ph.D.
      Event Date: November 5, 2015
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    The Vatican Prophecies
    • Presenter: John Thavis, Journalist and Author of "The Vatican Prophecies:  Investigating Supernatural Signs, Apparitions, and Miracles in the Modern Age"
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    Francis at the Vatican: A Pope for Our Times
    • Presenter: David Willey, BBC Vatican correspondent and author.
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  • 2014 - 15 Lectures & Events
    St. Catherine of Siena Lecture
    • Presenter: Perry Cahill, Ph.D., Professor of Theology and Academic Dean of the School of Theology for the Pontifical College Josephinum
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    St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture
    • Presenter: Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P., S.T.L., Ph.D., President of Providence College
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    Fall Lecture Series: The Common Good

    • "The Common Good in the Arts & Media"
      Presenter: Ann Hall, Ph.D., ODU professor of English 
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    • "The Common Good & American Political Thought"
      Presenter: Kathleen Riley, Ph.D., ODU professor of History 
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    • "The Common Good & Historical Challenges"
      Presenter: Matthew Ponesse, Ph.D., ODU associate professor of History
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    • "The Common Good & the Global Community"
      Presenter: Sr. Teresa Tuite, O.P.
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  • 2013 - 14 Lectures & Events
    • "Practicing Non-Violence in a World of War"
      Speaker: Father John Dear
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    St. Catherine of Siena Lectures
    • "What We Have Seen, Heard & Touched with Our Hands"
      Presenter: Father Brian Pierce, O.P.
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    • "The Death Penalty in Our Penal System"
      Presenters: Father Neil Kookoothe and Joe D'Ambrosio 
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    • "Immigration"
      Presenters: Anton Flores and Eduardo Samaniego 
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    St. Thomas Aquinas Lectures
    • "Reflections on Earth Justice: That We Might Live"
      Presenters: Sister Sharon Zayac, O.P., Director of Jubilee Farm
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    • "Decoding the Vatican: Insights into All Things Vatican"
      Presenter: John Thavis
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    Spirituality Series
    • "Spirituality in the Marketplace: Is it Possible?"
      Panelists: Dr. Julie Hart, ODU Associate Professor of Sociology; Dr. Ann Hall, ODU Professor of English; Jonathan Beshears, ODU Senior Accounting & Finance Major
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    • "Dominican Spirituality: How is it Unique?"
      Presenter: Jay Jackson, M.A., O.P.A., ODU Adjunct Professor of Theology
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    • "Spirituality Only on Sundays: Is That All There Is?"
      Presenter: Sister Louis Mary Passeri, O.P., M.A., Dominican Sister of Peace 
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    • "Spiritual but Not Religious: What's the Meaning?"
      Presenter: Alison Benders, J.D., ODU Professor of Theology
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  • 2012 - 13 Lectures & Events
    Life of the Mind Series
    • "How Can We Touch the Imagination of Our Contemporaries?"
      Speaker: Timothy Radcliffe, O.P., Ph.D. 
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    • Does Christianity Have Anything to Say About How We Should Love?"
      Speaker: Timothy Radcliffe, O.P., Ph.D. 
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    Big Ideas of Vatican II
    • This eight-week series drew large crowds excited about revisiting the Vatican documents as the Church celebrated the Second Vatican Council’s 50th birthday.
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