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Catholic Heritage Lectures

The annual Catholic Heritage Lectures, launched in 2010, engage the intellectual and religious communities of the Seattle area and the Seattle University community to explore aspects of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and the intersection of Catholicism and culture. Seattle University has had the privilege of welcoming scholars from diverse fields since the inception of the lecture series. Our distinguished scholars have included scientists, philosophers, historians, sociologists and theologians.

In addition to the public lectures, we offer multiple opportunities to engage with the speakers and the subject of their presentations, including reading groups and lunch conversations.  

That We May Be One: Racial Justice and the Catholic Church

Beginning Tuesday, October 17, 2017 with "The Catholic Church and the Racial Divide in the United States"

Keynote by the Most Rev. Edward K. Braxton, Bishop of Belville, Illinois, followed by a conversation with Tyrone Brown, Assistant Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) at Seattle University.


Bishop Edward K. Braxton of the Diocese of Belleville has a long-standing reputation as a scholar whose writings on a wide range of theological and pastoral topics spark meaningful dialogues among the Catholic faithful.

Bishop Braxton studied and taught at a variety of institutions, including the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, Harvard University Divinity School, the University of Notre Dame and the North American College in Rome.

A sought-after speaker focusing in the past few years on racial tension in the U.S. and Black Lives Matter movement, Bishop Braxton has been invited to preach in major Catholic and Protestant pulpits, such as the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco, the Sage Memorial Chapel at Cornell University, the Memorial Church at Harvard University, and the Rockefeller Chapel at The University of Chicago. 

His pastoral letters.

Tyrone Brown is assistant director for the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) at Seattle University. As an Assistant Director, Tyrone is responsible for the Diversity, Equity, and Education Program (DEEP), advising OMA Alliance (student clubs and organizations), focusing on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Queer students (LGTBQ), military veterans, and social justice development.

Previously, Tyrone spent five plus years as the administrative coordinator for the Office of the President, Vice President for Student Development, and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). He is a Seattle University alumni, having received his MFA in Arts Leadership in 2010 and is the founder of MORAL MONDAYS at SU, the #BlackLivesMatter initiative on campus. Brown is the 2016 Spirit of Community Award (Staff) for exceptional commitment to service with a nonprofit agency or to coordinating or sustaining projects that make a positive difference in the community.

Tyrone is a Seattle native, First Gulf War veteran, and a theatre director / producer.


The lectures continue in the winter with an examination of the intersection between race and immigration and in the spring with a panel on the racialization of Islam


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