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Carondelet Lecture Series

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Chair in Catholic Thought invites to Fontbonne University’s campus scholars who address subjects at the intersection of Catholic thought and contemporary culture. The lecture series typically includes additional programming, such as panel discussions and student-oriented events, before and after the main lecture.

The 2018 Carondelet Lecture

Dr. Jason King, Professor of Theology, Saint Vincent College

“Sexuality, Hookup Culture and Catholic Social Teaching”

Thursday, October 4, 2018
7 p.m.
Lewis Room, Jack C. Taylor Library
Fontbonne University Campus

Lecture preview: The dynamics around definitions of family in our society are rooted in shifting ideas about sexuality. Important in the formation of a young person regarding these ideas is the college experience. When students arrive on college campuses, one particular pressure they feel is to hookup.  Dr. Jason King recently published a study of this phenomenon at twenty-six Catholic colleges and universities (Faith with Benefits, Oxford University Press, 2017). Although most do not enjoy or desire hooking up, few feel like they can resist it.  Doing so often means they are pushed to the fringes of social life.  Catholic campuses can help support students’ resistance and enable them to pursue more of what they truly desire, but, to do so, these colleges and universities need to understand hookup culture as a social justice issue, one affecting human dignity and solidarity.  If Catholic campuses take this approach, they will not only be able to address the marginalization of students but also provide a foundation for stable, flourishing relationships long into adulthood.

Previous Lectures

  • 2017: “Shifts in Catholic Self-Perception from the Reformation to an Ecumenical Age” by Dr. Susan K. Wood, SCL (Marquette University)
  • 2016: “Latinos, Latino Catholics and the ‘Catholic Vote’ in 2016” by Dr. Luis Fraga (University of Notre Dame)
  • 2015: “To Achieve Human Dignity… 50 Years with Nostra Aetate and Dignitatis Humanae” by Rabbi Steve Futow, Dr. Michael Kinnamon, Dr. Sayyid Syeed and Fr. John Pawlikowski
  • 2014: “Unconscious Racial Bias and the Challenge of Solidarity: Catholic Social Teaching Post-Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and…” by Rev. Bryan N. Massingale
  • 2013: “Plenitude: Toward a Sustainable Economy and the Good Life” by Dr. Juliet Schor (Boston College)
  • 2012: “Faithful Citizenship: A Forum on Religious and Public Life” with R. R. Reno, Julie Rubio, William Cavanaugh and John Langan, S.J.
  • 2011: “Disability: An Attempt to Think ‘With’” by Dr. Stanley Hauerwas (Duke University)
  • 2011: “Walter Ong, S.J.: His Life and Work Lecture” by Dr. Jerry Harp (Lewis and Clark College)
  • 2010: “African American Culture and Happiness” by Dr. Shawn Copeland
  • 2009: “Quest for the Living God” by Dr. Elizabeth A. Johnson, CSJ
  • 2008: “Remembering Where We Came From: American Catholics and Global Development” by Margaret O’Brian Steinfels
  • 2007: “Exploring the Jewish/Christian Dialogue” by Bishop Wilton D. Gregory
  • 2006: “Mega-Trends in Catholicism: Ten Forces Turning the Catholic Church Upside Down” by John L. Allen Jr.


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