Graduate Theological Union

2013 Distinguished Faculty Lecture

Dates: 
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 7:00pm

Dr. William Short, Dean and Professor of Christian Spirituality at FST will deliver the 2013 Distinguished Faculty Lecture entitled “From Paris to Alcalá: The Franciscan School and the University, 1219-1533.”

Franciscans arrived in medieval Paris (1219) and, despite dramatic conflicts, made significant contributions at the University there, moving from philosophy to theology.  Cisneros, the Franciscan founder of Alcalá (1499), reimagined the University through the study of languages to theology, a preparation that helped Franciscans in founding the College of Santa Cruz de Tlatelolco in Mexico (1533).

These changes can serve as a metaphor for the changing face of theological education today, in California and around the world.  The 2014 move of the Franciscan School of Theology from the GTU in Berkeley to affiliation with the University of San Diego serves as the occasion for exploring this topic in the GTU Distinguished Faculty Lecture this year.

Dr. Christopher Ocker, Professor of Church History at San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS) will be the respondent.

The lecture will be held in the Chapel of the Great Commission, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley, and will be followed by a reception in the Badé Museum.