Father James L. Heft, S.M., founder of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at the University of Southern California, will deliver an address at Niagara University on March 12 as part of the Henry and Grace McNulty Lecture Series on Religion in the Modern World.
The title of Father Heft’s talk, which will take place in the Castellani Art Museum at 5:15 p.m., is “Catholicism and Interreligious Dialogue.”
The event is free and open to the public.
Father Heft is a priest in the Society of Mary and a leader in Catholic higher education. Much of his career has been spent at the University of Dayton, where he served as chair of the theology department for six years, provost for eight years, and chancellor for 10 years. He left UD in 2006 to found the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at USC, where he now serves as the Alton Brooks Professor of Religion and President of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies.
Father Heft has written and edited 12 books and published more than 175 articles and book chapters. Most recently, he edited Catholicism and Interreligious Dialogue (Oxford 2011) and Catholic High Schools: Facing the New Realities (Oxford, 2011).
In 2011, the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities awarded Father Heft the Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for his long and distinguished service to Catholic higher education. Within the past year, he has spoken at six Catholic universities nationwide, most recently at Boston College where he gave a paper on “Leadership in the University” to an assembly of presidents of Catholic colleges and universities.
The McNulty Lecture Series is devoted to questions of faith in the contemporary world, especially the topics of social justice and interreligious dialogue. The series was established by the late Rev. Thomas P. McGourty, C.M., a professor of religious studies at NU, in memory of his late aunt and uncle.
Previous speakers include Philip Jenkins, Sr. Margaret John Kelly, D.C., John Borelli, Sr. Simone Campbell, S.S.S., and Vincent Miller.