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ODU's Center for Dominican Studies hosts a wide range of events throughout the year for students, faculty, staff and the general public. These events include Common Core seminars, Celebrations of Dominican Saints Feast Day lectures, its annual Center for Dominican Studies Luncheon series and more!

2022-2023 Events

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Fall Seminar Series: What is Our Call to Justice and Peace?

All seminars will take place at 3:30 p.m. in the Colonial Room

Leo Madden CDS Seminar

Thursday, September 8

“Reflections on Justice from the Biblical Tradition: From Lex Talionis to the Law of the Spirit”

Colonial Room, Sansbury Hall
Leo Madden, S.T.D., S.S.L., S.T.B.
| Associate Professor of Theology, ODU

Available to Watch on YouTube

Jeremy Glazier CDS Seminar

Thursday, September 22

“Poetic Justice: Socially Conscious Poetry from the American Revolution to Amanda Gorman”

Colonial Room, Sansbury Hall
Jeremy Glazier, MFA
| Professor of English, ODU

Available to Watch on YouTube

Ron Carstens

Thursday, October 6

"Is Justice Possible?"

Colonial Room, Sansbury Hall
Ron Carstens, Ph.D.
| Professor of Political Science

Available to Watch on YouTube

October 20 CDS Seminar

Thursday, October 20

“Coping with the Call to Justice: Tools for Working with and for Justice”

Colonial Room, Sansbury Hall
Kelsey Squire, Ph.D.
| Associate Professor of English, ODU
Katie Gorman-Ezell., Ph.D. | Assistant Professor of Social Work, Capital University
Emily Phillips, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor of Exercise Science, ODU
Anjel Stough-Hunter, Ph.D. | Associate Professor of Sociology, ODU

Available to Watch on YouTube


Event Video Archives

  • 2021 - 22 Lectures & Events
    Core Lecture Series

    Sept. 9, 2021
    Core Lecture Series: “The Common Good and the Early Christian Community”
    Leo Madden, STD, Associate Professor of Theology
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    Sept. 23, 2021
    Core Lecture Series: “Tackling Climate Change for the Global Common Good”
    Daniel Little, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemistry
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    Oct. 7, 2021
    Core Lecture Series: “From Sunflower Seeds to Sugar: The Role of the Common Good in Contemporary Art”
    Janette Knowles, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Art
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    Oct. 21, 2021
    Core Lecture Series: “Criminal Justice and the Common Good”
    Sonya Goshe, Ph.D., Assistant Profess of Criminal Justice
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    Nov. 4, 2021
    Core Lecture Series: “Stepping Up for the Common Good”
    Shaye Belcon, MSW, Sexual Violence Prevention Coordinator
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    Celebration of Dominican Saints

    Nov. 17, 2021
    St. Albert the Great Lecture | “Wise as an Owl”
    Blake Mathys, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Environmental Science
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    January 27, 2022
    St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture
    Sr. Joan Franks, OP, Ph.D. | Dominican Sister of Peace
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    April 21, 2022
    St. Catherine of Siena Lecture
    Ron Carstens, Ph.D. | Professor of Political Science
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    Hearts Burning for Justice: A Lenten Luncheon Series

    March 16, 2022
    "Responding to the Cry of the Poor and Vulnerable"
    Fr. Michael Hartge
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    March 23, 2022

    "Responding to the Cry of the Earth"
    Fr. Adam Streitenberger
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    March 30, 2022
    "Responding to the Cry of Migrants and Refugees"
    Fr. Vincent Nguyen
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    April 6, 2022
    "Responding to the Cry of the Sick and Dying"
    Fr. Sean Dooley
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  • 2020 - 21 Lectures & Events

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

    • Oct. 22, 2020
      “What Does it Mean to be Human in a Capitalistic Society?”

      Presenter: TJ Eveland, Ph.D., Director Graduate Programs in Business

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

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

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

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    Dominican Saints Lecture Series

    • April 22, 2021: St. Catherine of Sienna Lecture
      “A Voice of Reform for our Challenged and Challenging Times”
      Presenter: Br. Mickey McGrath, OSFS, artist, author and storyteller
      Event Details:
      This event took place via Zoom and was livestreamed in Matesich Theatre (2nd floor, Erskine Hall).
    • Jan. 28, 2021: St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture
      “Love and Justice in Aquinas and Our Lives”
      Presenter: Robert Gervasi, Ph.D., President of Ohio Dominican University

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    • Nov. 11, 2020: St. Albert the Great Lecture
      “Interdisciplinary Scientific Inquiry: At the Interface of Chemistry and Art”
      Presenter: Dr. Joan Esson, Professor of Chemistry at Otterbein University

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  • 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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