Conversations That Matter

Enjoy our previous sessions of the Conversations That Matter series. Please note- all titles are accurate at the time of recordings.

Conversations That Matter: The Eucharist and Catholic Social Teaching

"Episode 1: The Eucharist and Catholic Social Teaching"

Panelists: Michael Baxter, Ph.D., Visiting Associate Professor, McGrath Institute for Church Life, William T. Cavanaugh, Ph.D., Professor of Catholic Studies and Director of the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology at DePaul Univeristy, Emmanual Katongole, Ph.D., Theology Professor at the University of Notre Dame, and Jennifer Newsome Martin, Ph.D., Theology Professor at the University of Notre Dame. 

"Episode 2: The Eucharist and Catholic Social Teaching"

Panelists: Michael Baxter, Ph.D., Visiting Associate Professor, McGrath Institute for Church Life, Renée Darline Roden, Catholic Worker and freelance journalist, Rubén García, director of Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas, Benjamin Peters Ph.D., professor of religious studies at the University of St. Joseph in Connecticut. 

Conversations That Matter: Mental Health and the Church

"Episode 1: Addiction and Recovery: Accompaniment Toward Wholeness and Healing"

Panelists: Fr. Sean Kilcawley, Diocese of Lincoln, Freedom from Pornography Apostolate, Dr. Amy Ricke, Psychiatrist, Scott Weeman, M.A., Marriage and Family Therapist.

"Episode 2: Youth Mental Health: Belonging and Hope in an Age of Loneliness"

Panelists: Ryan Dainty, M.Div., Dean of Student Formation at Marian High School, Kenna Millea, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Pat Millea, speaker, musician, leader, and former parish youth minister, Maribel Rodriguez Laguna, M.A., LPC-S, Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor in Dallas, Texas.

Conversations That Matter: Virtual Apocalypse: Renewing Christian Culture in a Digital World

"Episode 1: The Art of Virtue"

Panelists: L.M. Sacasas, Executive Director, Christian Study Center of Gainesville, Felicia Wu Song, Professor of sociology, Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, Fr. Paul A. Soukup, SJ, Professor, Santa Clara University College of Arts and Science.

"Episode 2: The Virture of Art"

Panelists: Nick Ripatrazone, Author, editor, writer, and teacher, Renée Roden, Writer, Stephen Barany, Artist, professor at Holy Cross College.

Conversations That Matter: Caring for Women and Children - Navigating Medicine, Law and Policy After Dobbs

"Part 1: Patients and Physicians"

Panelists: Dr. Christina Francis, board-certified OB/GYN in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and CEO-elect of AAPLOG, the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Dr. Byron Calhoun, board-certified high-risk OB/GYN specializing in maternal/fetal health and professor of OB/GYN at West Virginia University, Leah Libresco Sargeant, author who has written about her experience with ectopic pregnancy, Dr. Monique Chireau Wubbenhorst, an OB/GYN with expertise in international health and Senior Public Policy Fellow at the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture.

"Part 2: Practitioner and Practice"

Panelists: Mary Bauer, Certified Nurse Midwife and Director of Midwifery Services at Ascension Health Saint Mary of Nazareth Hospital in Chicago, Charles Camosy, Professor of Medical Humanities at the Creighton University School of Medicine, Dr. Karen Deighan, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Loyola University, Health System; Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, Joseph Piccione, Ministry Ethicist for the OSF Healthcare System in Peoria, Illinois.

"Part 3: A Blueprint for the Future"

Panelists: Patrick T. Brown, Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Dr. Katharine Callaghan, Associate Director at Memorial Hospital’s Family Medicine Residency Program in South Bend; adjunct professor through the Hillebrand Center at Notre Dame, Jenny Hunsberger, Vice President of Women's Care Center, Katrina R. Jackson, Louisiana State Senate, District 34, Democrat.

Conversations That Matter: Can We Imagine A World Without Abortion? Spring 2022

"A Post-Roe World? The Future of Abortion and Motherhood in America"

Panelists: Erika Bachiochi, J.D., Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center, Charles Camosy, Professor of Medical Humanities, Creighton University, Kathleen Domingo, Executive Director, California Catholic Conference, and Gloria Purvis, Consultant, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Religious Liberty. Pastoral Fellow, McGrath Institute for Church Life. Recorded on May 9, 2022.

"Can We Imagine A World Without Abortion?"

Panelists: Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa, Founder and President of New Wave Feminists, Erika Bachiochi, J.D., Ethics and Public Policy Center, Sr. Virginia Joy, Director of the Respect Life Office for the Archdiocese of New York, Sisters of Life, Dr. Bruchalski, Doctor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Founder of Tepeyac OB/GYN, Daniel K. Williams, Ph.D., Professor of History University of West Georgia, and Charles Camosy, Professor of Medical Humanities, School of Medicine Creighton University. Recorded on July 5, 2022.

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Conversations That Matter: The Crossroads of Science and Human Dignity Fall 2021, Spring 2022

"Editing Humanity? Creating with CRISPR"

Panelists: Maureen Condic, Associate Professor of Neurobiology, University of Utah, Jeffrey BishopProfessor of Philosophy and Theological Studies, Saint Louis University, and Nikolas NikasCo-founder, President, and General Counsel of Bioethics Defense Fund. Recorded on April 19, 2022.

"Trapped in our Jeans? The Role of Genes in Determining Our Self"  

Panelists: Paul Scherz, Associate Professor of Moral Theology and Ethics, Catholic University of America, Chris Baglow, Director, Science & Religion Initiative, University of Notre Dame, and Christine Rosen, Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia. Recorded on March 22, 2022.

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"Morality and the Microscope: The Basics of Bioethics"

Panelists: Carter Snead, Professor of Law and Director of the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture, University of Notre Dame, Charles Camosy, Associate Professor of Theology, Fordham University, and Kristin Collier, Professor of Internal Medicine and Director of the Program on Health, Spirituality, and Religion, University of Michigan. Recorded on February 17, 2022.

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"Man, Machine, and the Future of AI"

Panelists: Jordan Wales, Associate Professor of Theology, Hillsdale College, Sofia Carozza, Doctoral Candidate in Neuroscience, University of Cambridge, and Fr. Alberto Carrara, Director of the Neurobioethics Group, Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum of Rome. Recorded on November 16, 2021.

"Questioning Gender: Medicine and Theology in Dialogue"

Panelists: Abigail FavaleDean of Humanities, George Fox University, Fr. Tad Pacholczyk, Director of Education, The National Catholic Bioethics Center, and Paul Hruz, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis Recorded on October 27, 2021.

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"What Does it Mean to be Human?”

Panelists: Melissa MoschellaAssociate Professor of Philosophy, Catholic University, Dan KueblerProfessor of Biology, Franciscan University, and Chris Baglow, Director, Science & Religion Initiative. Recorded on September 29, 2021.

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Conversations That Matter: The Intersection of Racial Justice and Life Issues, Spring 2021

"Why Black Education is a Life Issue: Racial Justice and the Church’s Call to Action”

Ernest Morrell
​Recorded on April 14, 2021.

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​"The Strange Fruit of Immigration”

Sam Rocha
​Recorded on March 23, 2021.

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"Racism: The Perduring Assault Against Human Life and Dignity”

Gloria Purvis
​Recorded on February 3, 2021.

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Conversations That Matter: The Intersection of Justice and Pregnancy, Fall 2020

"When Liberals Were Pro-Life”

Daniel K. Williams, Ph.D., University of West Georgia
Recorded on S​eptember 29, 2020.

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“Women, Pregnancy, and Authentic Reproductive Justice”

Erika Bachiochi, J.D., Ethics and Public Policy Center
​Recorded on October 28, 2020.

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"Radical Hospitality"

Jenny Hunsberger, Women's Care Center
​Recorded on November 11, 2020.

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