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Sweeney Family Lecture

Past Speakers

Selected Sweeney Family Lectures are available in DVD format from the Robert and Mary Rita Murphy Stump Library at Saint Xavier University. Titles may be viewed at the Library's website. DVDs may be borrowed for a week or viewed at the library.

September 10, 2015: "Welcoming the Stranger: Perspectives on the Experience of Immigration"

In an age of globalization, Christians are ever more aware of the call to solidarity. Saint Xavier University proudly hosted a panel presentation and discussion on the reality of immigration in the United States. The panel presented various perspectives on immigration: first-hand accounts of the immigration experience, the Christian call to justice and hospitality, child advocacy and the legal aspects of immigration. The Sisters of Mercy hold immigration as one of their Critical Concerns, along with racism, women, environment and non-violence.

February 19, 2014: Br. Guy Consolmagno, S.J., Ph.D.

An American research astronomer and planetary scientist, Br. Guy is the curator of the Vatican Observatory's meteorite collection, one of the largest such collections in the world. In "Faith and the Scientist," Br. Guy discussed religion and science as complementary rather than conflicting ways of exploring the world and contributing to the human quest to understand the origins and operations of the universe.

March 21, 2012: Congressman J. Dennis Hastert

In "Civility in Government: A Conversation," former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives J. Dennis Hastert commented personally and engaged with panelists Daniel Hynes, J.D.; Mary MacLaren, Ryan McLaughlin, and Sr. Susan Sanders, R.S.M., Ph.D., on the topic of bipartisan relationships in Congress.

April 2, 2011: Film Producer Don Hahn and Photographer Michael Carroll

In the Chicago Premiere of Hand Held, a documentary film produced by Hahn and featuring Carroll, audiences experienced the plight of Romanian orphans, first brought to world attention through Carroll's photographs -- a plight that led to his founding of the Romanian Children's Relief. Hahn and Carroll received honorary degrees from Saint Xavier University in May 2011.