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Allowing you to pursue your faith with the same depth & enthusiasm as your academic classes…

The Duke Catholic Center Lecture Series hosts speakers to address various subjects that illuminate the Catholic intellectual tradition and its relevance to the curricular studies of Duke students. We host talks on topics ranging from history and the contemporary Church, to philosophy and theology, evolutionary anthropology, race and sexuality, and astrophysics. All are welcome, regardless of student status, Duke affiliation, or religious affiliation – the more, the merrier. We seek open inquiry and rigorous dialogue! We’ve got some awesome lectures and discussions planned for you. You can also view some of our past talks on our YouTube page.

Check out the awesome Spring 2020 lineup!

Why the Catholic Church Is Not Pacifist:
Understanding the Church’s View on War & Peace

Professor Joseph Capizzi
Moral Theology | Catholic University of America

Thursday, February 13th
7 p.m. | Perkins 217

*Co-sponsored by the Thomistic Institute

The talk will introduce us to the Church’s understanding of the permissible uses of military force and its limits, by looking at major figures in the tradition, including Augustine, Aquinas, Vitoria, and contemporary teachings. Professor Capizzi will discuss alternative views on force, including pacifism, and explain that peacemaking may, in rare cases, involve the judicious use of force.

The Place of the Altar and the Shape of the Font:
Theological Readings of Early Christian Liturgical Spaces

Professor Robin Jensen
Early Christian Art & Archaeology | University of Notre Dame

Thursday, February 27th
7 p.m. | Perkins 217

*Co-sponsored by the Thomistic Institute

The design, decoration, and spatial location of these two central elements of early churches provide concrete evidence for how early Christians would have practiced, experienced and theologically comprehended the Eucharistic and baptismal sacraments. This lecture will integrate archaeological remains from both East and West with textual sources to illuminate the symbolic, sensory, and spiritual experience of lived Christian practice in antiquity and, finally, explore ways the contemporary Church has drawn upon these resources for liturgical renewal.

Walking with Jesus:
Articulating Your Unique Spiritual Journey in Today’s World

Katie Prejean McGrady
International Speaker and Author

Thursday, April 2nd
7 p.m. | Perkins 217

It’s remarkably easy to say we’re “on the road” of faith, but far harder to tell people how we’re walking along that road, or even why. We need to learn how to articulate, in real, honest, and vulnerable ways, what it means to be journeying with Jesus. So, let’s talk about that. And learn how.

The Ongoing Mystery of Our God

Fr. John Petrikovic, OFM Cap.
Capuchin Franciscan Friar & National Speaker

Thursday, April 16th
7 p.m. | Perkins 217

Someone once said that “the more I know, the more I know I don’t know.” It couldn’t be more true than in my knowledge of God. Easter celebrates the “Pascal Mystery” and, Pascal or otherwise, God’s Charity in Salvation is nothing if not mysterious. I know that “grace” means “gift” and I know that it’s free, but how much do I owe God back? Isn’t God like my dad or like Santa Claus? Doesn’t he keep track of everything I do? How much could a salvation that’s free be worth? Nothing valuable comes cheap, right? Let’s talk about the Mystery that is God, the Love that is God and the Charity that real Love delivers.