The Pierre Fund Speaker Series began in 2001 designed to bring distinguished women scholars of religious studies to campus to address current issues in relationship to social justice, ecology, and globalization. The series is funded by the Pierre Fund Committee of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. Among the scholars who have been invited include: Kwok Pui Lan (“The Challenges of Third World Women’s Theology”); Adele Reinhartz (“‘Let His Blood be on Us’: Portrayals of Jesus’ Passion on Film”); Loretta Devoy, O.P. (“The Eucharist and its Role in a Theology of the Environment"), and Maria Cimperman, OSU (“Incarnational Spirituality and the Moral Imagination”).
Other visiting scholars co-sponsored by the Department include: Fernando F. Segovia (“The Globalization of Christianity: Development and Consequences”); and Diana Eck (“Religious Diversity: Challenge and Promise”).