Gannon University Hosts Third Annual Trautman Lecture
Posted: March 23, 2017
James Bailey, Ph.D., an associate professor in Duquesne
University's theology department, will give the third annual Bishop
Donald Trautman Lecture in Catholic Theology at Gannon
The lecture, titled, "Rethinking Poverty: Insights from Catholic
Social Teaching," will be held from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 28 in
the Yehl Ballroom of the Waldron Campus Center, 124 W. Seventh
Bailey, a moral theologian, has devoted much of his career to
understanding and developing the power of Catholicism and the
response it has to poverty.
The lecture will be drawn from Bailey's book, "Rethinking
Poverty: Income Assets, and the Catholic Social Justice Tradition,"
and will draw upon insights from Catholic Social Teaching and how
it has aided in the development of new and more effective ways of
Bailey has published widely and given conference presentations
that address topics such as asset building, preferential options
for the poor, poverty reduction and predatory lending.
Eric Dart, a theology instructor at Gannon and organizer of the
event, said, "As a former professor and author, I have yet to
encounter anyone who is as well versed in Catholic Social Teaching
as Dr. Bailey.
"He continues to challenge me to think more deeply and honestly
about the reality of poverty and the importance of drawing upon
Catholic Social Thought as a resource for engaging poverty."
Bailey received his Master of Arts in Religion degree from Yale
Divinity School and his Ph.D. in theology from Boston College, and
has held teaching and research positions at Boston College and the
College of the Holy Cross in Worcester.
Bailey's research has focused on the area of social ethics.
Bailey is currently the director of undergraduate studies in
Duquesne's theology department and chair of the undergraduate
curriculum committee. He is a member of the American Academy of
Religion and the Catholic Theological Society of America.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Reservations are
encouraged and can be made by clicking here.