Dorothy Day: A Life and Legacy Conference

Saturday, November 09, 2013
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Fromm Hall Complex - Venue
Event Type
Events and Lectures
Powell, Keith James
Lane Center


Dorothy Day: A Life and Legacy

Saturday November 9, 2013

Fromm Hall, USF Main Campus

Dorothy Day, Obl.O.S.B. (November 8, 1897 – November 29, 1980) was an American journalist, social activist, and devout Catholic convert; she advocated the Catholic economic theory of distributism. Day "believed all states were inherently totalitarian," and was considered to be an anarchist and did not hesitate to use the term. In the 1930s, Day worked closely with fellow activist Peter Maurin to establish the Catholic Worker movement, a nonviolent, pacifist movement that continues to combine direct aid for the poor and homeless with nonviolent direct action on their behalf. The cause for Day's canonization is open in the Catholic Church, and she is thus formally referred to as a Servant of God.

Keynote Speaker: Robert Ellsberg, Orbis Press. Notable Speakers: Stephen Zunes, Kimberly Connor, Andrei Antokin, and more from Bay Area Catholic Worker Communities. Conference topics will include nonviolence, literature, spirituality, the Catholic Worker, and a commitment to the poor. 

Tentative Schedule

8:30 Reception

9:00 Keynote speaker Robert Ellsberg

10:45 Speaker panel with Bay Area Catholic Worker community 

12:00 - 1:30 Lunch Break 

1:30  Speaker panel with USF Faculty members

Andrei Antokhin - Dorothy Day’s Thérèse of Lisieux : Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

Kim Connor - Restless Reader: Dorothy Day's Literary Inspiration

Stephen Zunes -  From the Individual to the Global: Dorothy Day’s Radical Pacifism

3:45  USF Student discussion of the mural.

4:00 Resident Minister’s closing reflection on Dorothy Day. 


Speaker Bios:

Robert Ellsberg is the Publisher of Orbis Books. He was part of the Catholic Worker community during the last five years of Dorothy Day’s life (1975-80) and served for two years as managing editor of the Catholic Worker newspaper. He has edited Dorothy Day: Selected Writings, The Duty of Delight: The Diaries of Dorothy Day, and All the Way to Heaven: Selected Letters of Dorothy Day. He has written several award-winning books including All Saints: Daily Reflections on Saints, Prophets, and Witnesses for Our Times, and writes a daily column on saints for “Give Us This Day.”

Andrei Antokhin was born in Moscow.  He received his BA from UC Berkeley, and an MA and Ph.D. from GTU in the areas of History of Christianity and Christian Spirituality. Andrei teaches a broad array of courses that focus on the various areas and various historical periods of Christian History and Christian Spirituality.  As a Church historian, he views Christianity as a global and ecumenical phenomenon, the understanding of which depends on respect and mutual dialogue.  Andrei currently assists professor Vincent Pizutto with the development of a new minor on Christian Mysticism and Contemplative Studies and is working on a textbook on Christian Mysticism.

Eric DeBode began his Catholic Worker career in Los Angeles, joining the LACW community in 1996.  He has worked on homelessness, refugee issues, prison reform, and peacemaking ever since.  Currently, he lives with his wife, Alice Linsmeier, and their two children in Half Moon Bay where they run a hospitality house, free breakfasts, and a farm and garden project.

Susan Crane lives and works at the Redwood City Catholic Worker. She has been active in the nonviolent campaign for nuclear disarmament, and has been part of several plowshares actions.

Kimberly Rae Connor holds a Ph.D. in religion and literature from the University of Virginia. She is author of Conversions and Visions in the Writings of African American Women (Tennessee, 1994) and Imagining Grace: Liberating Theologies in the Slave Narrative Tradition (Illinois, 2000) and co-editor with Mark Bosco, SJ, of Redemptive Acts, a forthcoming collection of essays on Flannery O'Connor as well as many articles on African American religious life and cultural production and multicultural pedagogy. She is chair of the American Academy of Religion's Publications Committee and an Associate Editor for The Journal of the American Academy of Religion. She teaches ethics and is director of Interdisciplinary Studies in the School of Management at the University of San Francisco. 

Peter Stiehler has been part of the Catholic Worker Movement since 1991 when he joined the Los Angeles Catholic Worker.  Peter has worked at the San Bruno Catholic Worker since he and his wife, Kate Chatfield, co-founded it in 1996.   

Fumi Tosu is a member of the Casa de Clara Catholic Worker in San Jose, CA.  Casa de Clara is a small house of hospitality for women and children experiencing homelessness.  Fumi first joined the Catholic Worker movement as an intern at the Los Angeles Catholic Worker, and lived and worked at the Redwood City Catholic Worker prior to moving into Casa de Clara.  Before becoming a Catholic Worker, Fumi worked as a high school Ethics and Social Justice teacher for eight years. 

Dr. Stephen Zunes is a Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, where he chairs the program in Middle Eastern Studies. Recognized as one the country’s leading scholars of U.S. Middle East policy and of strategic nonviolent action, Professor Zunes received his Ph.D. from Cornell University, his M.A. from Temple University and his B.A. from Oberlin College. He has previously served on the faculty of Ithaca College, the University of Puget Sound, and Whitman College. He serves as a senior policy analyst for the Foreign Policy in Focus project of the Institute for Policy Studies, an associate editor of Peace Review, a contributing editor of Tikkun, and chair of the academic advisory committee for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.

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