The College Theology Society

 Serving Church and Academy Since 1954

Plenary Speakers 2019

Maria Clara Lucchetti Bingemer

Title Forthcoming

Maria Clara Lucchetti Bingemer (PhD, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome) is a noted Brazilian theologian. A full professor at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC), she focuses her research on systematic theology and in particular on Latin American and liberation theology.

Bingemer is widely published in many languages. Her English works include A Face for God: Reflections on Trinitarian Theology for Our Times (Convivium, 2014), Witnessing: Prophecy, Politics and Wisdom(edited with Peter Casarella, Orbis, 2014), and Mary, Mother of God, Mother of the Poor (with Ivone Gebara, Wipf and Stock, 2004). Forthcoming in English are Simone Weil: A Mystic with Passion and Compassion and The Mystery and the World, both from Wipf and Stock, and Latin American Theology: Roots and Branches, from Orbis.

The former dean of the Center of Theology and Human Sciences at PUC, Bingemer held the first Duffy Lectures Chair at Boston College in spring 2015. She serves on the editorial boards of many theological journals, including Concilium.

Shalini Mulackal, PBVM

Title Forthcoming

Shalini Mulackal is a Presentation Sister, teaching systematic theology at Vidyajyoti College of Theology, a Jesuit faculty of Theology at Delhi since 1999. She is also a visiting professor to a number of other Seminaries and theological institutes in India. After completing her Masters in Theology from Vidyajyoti, she did her Doctoral studies in the University of Madras and did her research on Religio-cultural practices of Dalit women especially Catholic women of Tiruvallur Dist., Tamil Nadu. Currently she is an active member of the Indian Theological Association (ITA) and has served the Association as Vice-President and also as its first woman President. She is also a member of the Indian Women Theologians Forum (IWTF), Ecclesia of Women of Asia (EWA) and served as coordinator of both. She is the chair person of Centre for Dalit Studies (CDS) Delhi. She is actively involved in the Conference of Religious of India (CRI) and has served as the President of CRI, Delhi Unit and also the Indian Christian Women’s Movement (ICWM). She has published a number of articles with special emphasis on women empowerment in Church and Society. Her publication includes a contribution to the Dalit Bible commentary series where she has written the commentary for the books of Ruth, Esther and Judith from a Dalit perspective and has been published by CDS as volume 6 and another commentary on Minor Prophets as volume 20 of the same series. She has also edited three books of the Indian Theological Association. Besides, she regularly presents papers at national and international seminars mostly from a feminist perspective. She takes keen interest in many social issues affecting the poor in general and women in particular.

Lamin Sanneh

Title Forthcoming


Born in The Gambia and descended from an ancient African royal family, Lamin Sanneh is a naturalized U.S. citizen who was educated on four continents. He earned degrees in history and Islamic studies and has taught in several Universities, including the University of Ghana, Legon, the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and at Harvard, before coming to Yale in 1989 as the D. Willis James Professor of World Christianity and of History. He is a life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University, and an Honorary Research Professor at the School of Oriental & African Studies in the University of London. He is the recipient of honorary doctorates from the University of Edinburgh and Liverpool Hope University. He has served several times as chair of Yale’s Council on African Studies. He was founding member of the Council of 100 Leaders of the World Economic Forum. In 2004-05 he was the recipient of the John W. Kluge Chair in the Countries and Cultures of the South at the Library of Congress. For his academic work, Sanneh was made Commandeur de l’Ordre National du Lion, Senegal’s highest national honor. Sanneh is a fellow of Trumbull College at Yale. He was appointed by John Paul II to serve on the Pontifical Commission of the Historical Sciences at the Vatican and by Pope Benedict XVI to the Pontifical Commission on Religious Relations with Muslims. He is an elected life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the author of over two hundred articles in scholarly journals and of more than a dozen books on Islam and Christianity. He is editor of the multi-volume Oxford Studies in World Christianity series. In 2011 he received the Marianist Award for his teaching and scholarship from the University of Dayton. He directs the Religious Freedom and Society in Africa Project as a program of the World Christianity Initiative at Yale (WCI).

Thomas Landy

Dr. Landy will serve as a respondent to the above plenary speakers

A sociologist with a specialization in the sociology of religion, Thomas Landy is the director of the Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture at the College of the Holy Cross. He founded and leads research for Catholics & Cultures, a web-based initiative to explore the religious lives and practices of lay Catholics in their particular cultural contexts around the world, and publishes the online Journal of Global Catholicism. In 1992 he founded Collegium, a colloquy on faith and intellectual life. A consortium of 65 Catholic colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada, Collegium sponsors highly regarded summer faculty development colloquia.

He is editor of As Leaven for the World: Catholic Reflections on Faith, Vocation, and the Intellectual Life (Sheed and Ward, 2001), and, with Karen Eifler, Becoming Beholders: Cultivating a Sacramental Imagination in the Classroom (Liturgical Press, 2014). He has lectured on more than 20 campuses in the United States, as well as in Canada, India, Hungary, Kenya, the Philippines, and Poland.  Landy is recipient of the John Henry Newman Medal, which honors exemplars of Jesuit Catholic education, at Loyola College in Maryland's 2009 commencement exercises. In 2017, he received the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities Presidents’ Distinguished Service Award for service of exceptional quality to Catholic higher education.

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