September 2018: Symposium on the Work and Legacy of Avery Dulles

On September 24, Fordham University hosted “Dulles at 100,” a symposium celebrating the life and legacy of Avery Dulles. The event marked the centenary of the birth of the American Jesuit, theologian, and cardinal. Dulles spent the last two decades of his life at Fordham. He died in 2008.

A program for the symposium appears below. The event was sponsored by the Francis and Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies, the Department of Theology, the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture, the Fordham Jesuit Community, America Media, and the offices of the president and provost at Fordham.

More details are available online.


12 – 1:30 p.m. | Opening Keynote Address

Welcome: Patrick Hornbeck, Chair, Department of Theology, Fordham University

Address: “Models and Other Maneuvers: The Fluency of Interpretation in Avery Dulles’ Thought,” by Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J., Distinguished Professor Emerita of Theology


1:45 – 3:15 p.m. | Panel: Dulles as an American Theologian

Patrick Carey, Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology, Marquette University

Mary Catherine Hilkert, O.P., Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame

Joseph Lienhard, S.J., Professor of Theology, Fordham University

Moderator: Anne-Marie Kirmse, O.P., Research Associate, McGinley Chair in Religion and Society, Fordham University


3:30 – 5 p.m. | Panel: Dulles as a Global Theologian

Agnes Brazal, Associate Professor of Theology, De la Salle University of Manila, Philippines

Michael Canaris, Assistant Professor, Institute of Pastoral Studies, Loyola University Chicago

Yvon Elenga, S.J., Jesuit Institute of Theology, Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Moderator: Michael McCarthy, S.J., Vice President for Mission Integration and Planning, Fordham University


6 – 7:30 p.m. | Closing Keynote Address

Welcome: David Gibson, Director, Center on Religion and Culture, Fordham University

Introduction: Matt Malone, S.J., President & Editor-in-Chief, America Media

Address: “Imaging the Church in the Age of Migration: The Legacy of Avery Dulles for Asian Christianity,” by Peter Phan, Ellacuria Chair of Catholic Social Thought, Georgetown University

Respondent: Father Joseph Komonchak, Professor Emeritus of Theology and Religious Studies, Catholic University of America

Moderator: Christine Hinze, Professor of Theology and Director, Curran Center for American Catholic Studies, Fordham University


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