To the Margins: Called to Promote the Culture of Encounter
(taken from a quote of Pope Francis)

  • On September 30, 2013, Father Michael F. Steltenkamp,S.J., Ph.D., Professor of Religious Studies, Wheeling Jesuit University  presented a lecture on “Nicholas Black Elk: Lakota Mystic and American Medicine  Man and… Catholic Saint?”
  • On October 23, 2013, SJU faculty members, Dr. Millica Bookman (Economics), Dr. Eric Patten (Management), and Dr. Brent Smith (Marketing) discussed The Uncommon Classroom: The Jesuit Commons- Higher Education at the Margins.
  • On February 24, 2014 Father Bryan N. Massingale, S.T.D., Ph.D., spoke on Unconscious Racial Bias, Privilege and Solidarity: Catholic Social Teaching in America Post Trayvon Martin.
  • On February 26, 2014 a panel presentation, Pope Francis’ Year of Firsts: Reflections on the Anniversary of the Papacy of Jorge Mario Bergolio, S.J. featured Kathleen Duffy, S.S.J., Ph.D.  – Professor of Physics, Chestnut Hill College; Margaret McGuiness, Ph.D – Professor of religion and Executive Director of Mission Integration at LaSalle University; David Meconi, S.J., D.Phil.- Assistant Professor of Early Christianity, St Louis University and Rocco Palmo – Author, Whispers in the Loggia.
  • On March 20, 2014, the series continued with a panel discussion: “A commitment to social justice: Visual Responses to Life in Philadelphia.” The panel was comprised of artists currently featured in the “Look! Contemporary Art and Social Justice in Philadelphia,” exhibit in the University Gallery in Merion Hall and curated by Emily Hage, Ph.D.