USF Welcomes Women in the Church Lecturer Dr. Amy Levad

September 12, 2017 | Joliet, Ill.



Dr. Amy Levad will present “Violence and our Prison Society: Catholic Moral Theology and the Work of Justice, Peace and Reconciliation” at the University of St. Francis on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. in San Damiano Hall.

The University of St. Francis (USF) will celebrate the 12th annual Bishop Joseph L. Imesch Women in the Church Lecture Series with the presentation “Violence and our Prison Society: Catholic Moral Theology and the Work of Justice, Peace and Reconciliation” featuring presenter Dr. Amy Levad. The presentation will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. in San Damiano Hall at the university’s Joliet campus.

Levad will speak to our society’s prolonged discussion on increased violence. Levad will argue this rises from the more subtle and hidden violence wrecked by mass incarceration upon all of us as members of a “prison society.” She will explore Catholic resources that can better serve and respond to this crisis.

Two member of USF’s sponsoring congregation, the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate, will respond to Levad’s input.

Levad is an associate professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. She has authored two books, “Restorative Justice” and “Redeeming a Prison Society.” Her talk is informed by her work as the founding program director of the Certificate in Theological Studies at Metro State Prison in Georgia. Levad is the recipient of the 2016 Institute Project Grant and studied faith-based involvement in activism, education and ministry in effort to dismantle mass incarceration.

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