The Friday Academic Lecture Series

The Friday Academic Lecture Series showcases the best that a Catholic liberal arts education has to offer. Talks are given by prominent contemporary thinkers including Franciscan University faculty, as well as faculty and scholars from outside Franciscan  The Series is a celebration of the Catholic intellectual tradition that will facilitate interdisciplinary discussions and dissemination of knowledge, and present cutting-edge research to our entire academic community here in Steubenville, as well as the rest of the world.

Join us online or in-person

Lectures will begin at 3 p.m. in the Tony and Nina Gentile Gallery of the J.C. Williams Center, and will streamed live via the University’s Facebook page.


Spring 2018 Speakers

January 26

The Emergence of the Image: Theological Reflections on the Science of Evolution and Human Origins

Chris Baglow
Professor of Dogmatic Theology, Notre Dame Seminary
Sponsored by the Science and Faith Lecture Series

February 9

Causation and Potency: Scotus’ Argument for God’s Existence

Richard Cross
Rev. John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame

Sponsored by the Edith Stein Lecture in Christian Philosophy


February 23

Slavery, Christian Revelation, and Moral Blindness

Michael Rota

Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of St. Thomas

Sponsored by the Center for Bioethics


March 23

Science at the Doorstep to God: Remarkable New Evidence

Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ
President and Founder of the Magis Center of Reason and Faith

Sponsored by the Henkels Family Fund


April 6

Towards an Authentically Catholic Cinema

Barbara Nicolosi
Associate Professor, Honors College, Azusa Pacific University Plenary Lecture for Media & Faith Workshop

Sponsored by the Communication Arts Department


April 13


Selected student presentations for GRACE – The Gallery of Research, Artistry, and Community Engagement.


April 27

Whether We Like It or Not: Why the Protestant Reformation Still Matters

Brad S. Gregory
Director of Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, Professor of History and Dorothy G. Griffen Chair, University of Notre Dame

Sponsored by the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology

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