Manhattan College to Mark 50th Anniversary of "Pacem in Terris" With Lecture Series, Library Exhibit
Pope John XXIII’s historic encyclical has deep ties to campus community
On April 11, 1963, Pope John XXIII published an encyclical titled Pacem in Terris, or “Peace on Earth,” during the escalation of the Cold War. The now-landmark text, released just two months before the pope’s death, was directed not only to Catholics but also to “all men of good will.” With it, he urged government leaders to address political differences through negotiation, not arms, placing heavy emphasis on international human rights. The encyclical spawned the creation of Manhattan College’s interdisciplinary Peace Studies program, still popular among students.
Manhattan College is marking the 50th anniversary of Pacem in Terris with a series of lectures, capped off by an archival exhibit showcasing the links between the encyclical and the Peace Studies program.
“The quest for peace is never ending, and we hope this semester’s events will remind students, faculty, staff and members of the community of the importance of working together for a better world,” said Thomas Ferguson, Ph.D., associate professor of religious studies and director of the Peace Studies program.
Following is a lineup of events. All are free and open to the public.
Monday, March 25: Cost of War Lecture James Vreeland ’94, Ph.D., associate professor of government at Georgetown University, will present Money and Politics on the World Stage. O’Malley Library, Alumni Room, 4 p.m.
Friday, April 5: Piece of Pizza for Peace video screening Undergraduates will present a video on the relationship between Pacem in Terris and the Peace Studies program, featuring interviews with professors and students. Discussion to follow. Miguel Hall, Room 209, 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 10: Opening reception of the Pacem in Terris Library Exhibit The exhibit will feature visual and textual archives dating to the 1960s and run through the end of the semester. O’Malley Library, Fifth Floor, 4 p.m.
Wednesday, April 17:Pacem in Terrisand the Lasallian School lecture Thomas Ferguson, associate professor of religious studies and director of the Peace Studies program, will present Pacem in Terrisand the Lasallian School. Hayden Hall, Room 101, 4 p.m.
Thursday, April 25: Aquinas Lecture Joseph Fahey, Ph.D., professor of religious studies, will present Pacem in Terris: Stories and Visions. Smith Chapel, 4 p.m.