Dr. Nancy Pineda-Madrid, Associate Professor of Theology and Latino/a Ministry, Boston College, will speak on Thursday, February 11th, 7 p.m., in De La Salle Chapel
One week before Pope Francis is to visit Ciudad Juarez, a city along the U.S.-Mexico border that in many ways epitomizes the human impact of our global economy of exclusion, Nancy Pineda-Madrid, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology and Latino/a Ministry at Boston College, will address “feminicide” in Juarez and the fissures it reveals within society in a lecture titled, “Feminicide: Interrogating the Broken Body of Christ.”
This is the first of two La Salle Lectures in Religion and Culture in the Spring 2016 semester funded by the office of the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. Both will address this year’s theme, “Inculturating Catholicism: When the Margins Become the Center,” and will help the deepen one’s engagement with Pope Francis’s public ministry, which privileges the margins as the place for encounter and invites us to ask critical questions about forces of marginalization.
“Feminicide refers not only to the crucifixions of many women and girls, but a crucifixion of society that speaks of a destructive formation of the social imagination,” explains Pineda-Madrid. “In order to resist this devolution, I suggest the need to reimagine and re-think what is meant by the mystical body of Christ in a manner that offers a credible account of hope in the face of tragedy.”
Pineda-Madrid holds a Ph.D. in Systematic and Philosophical Theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Her published work includes her book, Suffering and Salvation in Ciudad Juarez, (Fortress Press, 2011); a book she co-edited Hope: Promise, Possibility and Fulfillment, (Paulist Press, 2013) as well as numerous articles addressing questions of soteriology, suffering, religious symbols, popular Catholicism, and Latina feminist theology. She has given public lectures at universities across the United States as well as in Latin America and Europe. She is currently working on a book on Guadalupe as a religious symbol, and is also co-editing a book on the Holy Spirit. She is President of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS), and Vice President of the International Network of Societies of Catholic Theology (INSeCT).
The annual La Salle Lectures on Religion and Culture deepen the University community’s interdisciplinary engagement with its Lasallian and Catholic heritage, as well as with the increasingly diverse religious traditions represented on campus and in the City of Philadelphia. Elizabeth Johnson, Ph.D., Professor of Theology at Fordham University, will offer the second lecture on Tuesday, April 26th at 7 p.m. and address themes associated with ecological justice in her newest book, Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love.
The University is closely monitoring the forecast for the possibility of inclement weather tonight and tomorrow. Decisions regarding any changes to campus operations or class cancelations will be posted on lasalle.edu, Explorer Alert text message system, mylasalle portal, and the University’s social media accounts.
A ribbon cutting ceremony and building blessing took place the morning of Tuesday, January 26 to mark the opening of La Salle University’s brand new, state-of-the-art School of Business building. Students began attending classes in the new space one week prior.
“In my inaugural address, I stated we would build the vision for La Salle University together, and that it would be a vision of faith, of hope, of commitment to the future, and of service to our students and community at its very heart, and it would belong to all of us,” remarked La Salle University President Colleen Hanycz. “This building is a testament to our faith and commitment to the future of our students’ successes, both in their careers and in contributing to the common good, and to justice. It supports the Lasallian tradition of learning that is rigorous, experiential, ethical and inclusive.”
One of the most significant projects in the history of the University, construction started on the $35 million, 87,000-square-foot facility in September 2014. Thanks to a highly collaborative effort, the building was completed on time just 16 months later. The project was funded through the University’s $20 million investment and $13.2 million to date in philanthropic support from alumni, faculty, staff, parents and friends, including a major gift from Mr. and Mrs. Edward Fierko. Mr. Fierko, an alumnus of the School of Business, also serves as vice chair of the Board of Trustees for La Salle. “We are grateful for the full engagement of all our constituents; the impact of this generosity is visible throughout the school” said Cathleen Parsons-Nikolic, the Vice President of University Advancement.
The new building fosters innovative group learning with fully customizable classrooms, breakout spaces and conference rooms which students can reserve in real-time, and a Sales Laboratory that simulates a real-world office environment. Gary A. Giamartino Ph.D. and Dean of the School of Business said a cafe will also open soon on the ground floor.
“This new academic building is one of the most technologically advanced in the nation,” said Giamartino. “Every inch of its 87,000 square feet has been designed to facilitate a Lasallian business education, providing emphasis on mentoring, collaboration, globalization, service, inclusivity, and learning by doing.”
“It’s exciting to see the all the technology and other amenities—the open spaces, simulation labs, and breakout rooms—that will foster an environment of collaborative learning, academic innovation, globalization, and teamwork required to succeed in today’s business world, as well as make significant positive impact in our communities,” said Stephen T. Zarrilli, ’83, Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees.
The University’s Career Services office – serving students from all three schools – has also relocated into the new building on its main level and will enhance the overall experience for students and potential employees as they seek mutually beneficial partnerships.
MarySheila McDonald, Associate Dean of the School of Business, emphasized how faculty offices are interspersed with classrooms on every floor, so professors are exceptionally accessible to students. And unlike traditional business schools, faculty from marketing, accounting, finance, international business and more can be found on the same hallway, not isolated in their respective departments, to facilitate the exchange of ideas and promote academic innovation.
A true beacon at the corner of Wister and Chew, the exterior architecture with its sweeping windows revealing the learning and collaboration inside makes a statement that La Salle is part of the community, and not separate from the community.
A formal grand opening and dedication to recognize building donors will be held in late spring or early fall.
La Salle will be open and classes will be held as scheduled on Monday, Jan. 25.
La Salle University will be open and classes will be held at Main Campus, Montgomery County Center, and Bucks County Center as scheduled on Monday Jan. 25.
BUSCA Allentown will be closed on Monday Jan. 25.
Students are encouraged to check CANVAS if any individual classes are canceled.
Please exercise caution when traveling to campus.
Due to the inclement weather forecast for this weekend, changes have been made to many of this weekend’s planned activities. Please refer to the list below for information about cancellations, closings, and hours of operation.
Security and Safety services will be maintained during the snow emergency. Security and Safety Headquarters in Good Shepherd Hall and Dispatch and Surveillance Center will be open.
Shuttle bus and transportation services will be suspended during periods where vehicular travel is unsafe. For additional information, please visit www.lasalle.edu/security or the convenient ride systems mobile app. Emergency medical transports will continue to be provided throughout the weekend. Desk access screening at all residential housing complexes will be maintained.
Sunday, Jan. 24