Duquesne University will host the inaugural Monsignor Charles Owen Rice Endowed Lectureship in Catholic Social Thought, featuring Dr. John T. McGreevy, professor and chair of history at the University of Notre Dame.
McGreevy will address Catholicism and American Freedom: Or How Understanding Msgr. Charles Owen Rice Helps Us Better Understand American and Catholic History during his lecture. He is the author ofCatholicism and American Freedom: A History and Parish Boundaries: The Catholic Encounter with Race in the Twentieth Century Urban North. McGreevy teaches courses in American political history, American religious history and the 20th century United States.
The lecture series was established through a gift to Duquesne University from John R. McGinley, a 1968 graduate of the School of Law, in honor of Pittsburgh’s renowned “labor priest.” The endowed lectureship was inspired by the friendship that his late father, John Sr., shared with Rice.
Rice, who was acclaimed for his many decades of activism on behalf of the working class, died in 2005 at the age of 96. A 1930 graduate of Duquesne University, he was ordained in 1934. Rice led labor protests and stood in picket lines, and helped found the Association of Catholic Trade Unionists, often acting as an arbitrator for labor unions. In addition, he founded the St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality in the Hill District, which gave shelter and food to homeless men. During World War II, Rice was rent control director for the city of Pittsburgh, and in 1967, he marched with Dr. Martin Luther King at the United Nations.
The event is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception. To r.s.v.p. to the lecture, call 412.396.5131.
Duquesne Room, Duquesne Union
Monday, March 19 at 7 p.m.