Past Speakers

In addition to delivering their public addresses, visiting speakers meet with the campus community to further engage the subject matter of the series. These have included faculty presentations off campus, faculty and staff reading groups, and meals with the visiting scholars at which students, faculty, and staff ask questions and share insights in more intimate settings. These opportunities help create a vibrant community of conversation around the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.


Browse through past reading selections and featured titles from the Catholic Heritage Lecture keynote speakers and panelists, plus access videos from past events:



Catholic Heritage Lectures 2019-20
Cultural Contributions and Contemporary Challenges to American Catholic Life

All lectures are free and are held at 7pm in Student Center 160 (LeRoux Room) at Seattle University
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The American Catholic Church is richly unique in its legacy of and continual unfolding ethnic and racial diversity. The Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture’s 2019-20 Catholic Heritage Lectures highlight the contribution of three particular contributors: Hispanic/Latin American Catholics, African American Catholics, and Asian American Catholics. While enriching the Church through continual presence over the last many centuries, these groups face particular challenges unique to their often tension-filled interaction with institutional and local parish cultures. As we hear from each speaker this year, we are invited to consider how we might mutually shape, form, and cultivate the Church of the 21st Century.


Series Intro Lecture

Thursday, October 3, 2019
Thomas M. Landy, College of the Holy Cross

Thomas M. Landy, a sociologist with a specialization in the sociology of religion and Catholicism, is director of the Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture at the College of the Holy Cross. His primary research is in global Catholicism, and he founded and leads research for Catholics & Cultures, a web-based initiative to explore the religious lives and practices of lay Catholics in their particular cultural contexts around the world. Landy holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Boston University, an M.Div. from Weston School of Theology, an M.A. in international relations from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in history from Fairfield University.


Fall Lecture

Thursday, November 14, 2019
Cecilia Moore, University of Dayton

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Cecilia A. Moore graduated magna cum laude from Sweet Briar College with an A.B. in History and Religion and from the University of Virginia with a M.A. and a Ph.D. in American Religious History. She has taught at the University of Dayton in the Department of Religious Studies since 1996 and at Xavier University of Louisiana since 1998, where she currently is the Associate Director of the Degree Program for the Institute for Black Catholic Studies. Her area of specialization is U.S. Catholic history and currently she is working on the history of black conversion to Roman Catholicism in the 20th century.


Winter Lecture

Thursday, February 20, 2020
Hosffman Ospino, Boston College

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Hosffman Ospino, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Education at Boston College, School of Theology and Ministry where he is also Director of Graduate Programs in Hispanic Ministry. He is currently advancing a national study on Latino Catholic vocations. He presently serves as an officer of the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA) and of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS). He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA). He served on the leadership team coordinating the Fifth National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry.


Spring Lecture

Thursday, May 14, 2020
Gemma Cruz, Australian Catholic University

Gemma Tulud Cruz, a Filipina-Australian theologian, holds a Ph.D. in Intercultural Theology from Radboud University in the Netherlands. She has taught at Assumption College in the Philippines, Saint Ambrose University in Iowa, and DePaul University in Chicago prior to moving to Australia where she currently works as Senior Lecturer in Theology and member of the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry at Australian Catholic University. Gemma's research expertise is in migration theologies. Gemma has served as a volunteer on the Women and Gender Commission of the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines, consultant to the Sub-Committee on Asian and Pacific Affairs of the Secretariat for Cultural Diversity of the US Catholic Bishops' Conference, and currently a member of the Council for Australian Catholic Women as well as the Executive Committee for the Plenary Council of the Catholic Church in Australia in 2020 and 2021.