America Media & Fordham Preparatory School Present:
Racial Justice: A Gospel Invitation & Challenge
April 2nd, 3-5 pm
Fordham Preparatory School Leonard Theatre
Located on the Rose Hill Campus of Fordham University
America Media and Fordham Prep will host a conversation about the gospel invitation and challenge to promote racial justice featuring:
Fr. Bryan Massingale, STD, Professor of Theological and Social Ethics at Fordham University
Natalia Imperatori-Lee, PhD, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Manhattan College
Juan Carlos Polanco Esq., MBA '95, educator, attorney and political commentator for several local broadcasts
Moderated by Maurice Timothy Reidy '93, Executive Editor of America
Fr. Bryan Massingale, STD
Fr. Bryan Massingale, STD, is one of the world’s leading Catholic social ethicists and scholars of African-American theological ethics, racial justice, and liberation theology. Fr. Massingale joined the Fordham University theology department in the fall of 2016. Before coming to Fordham, Father Massingale was a member of the faculty at Marquette University, where in 2009 he received that institution’s highest award for excellence in teaching. He has served as president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and convener of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium, and holds two honorary doctorates.He has written over 80 articles, book chapters and book reviews for publications, including Theological Studies, New Theology Review, Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, Philosophy and Theology, Journal of Religion and Society, The National Catholic Reporter, and Catholic Peace Voice. His book, Racial Justice and the Catholic Church (Orbis Books, 2010) won a first place book award from the Catholic Press Association.
Natalia Imperatori-Lee, PhD
Natalia Imperatori-Lee is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY. She teaches in the areas of contemporary Catholicism, U.S. Latino/a Theology, and gender studies. She holds a PhD in systematic theology from the University of Notre Dame. Her research area is contemporary ecclesiology, including the impact of U.S. Latinos/as on the North American ecclesial landscape, and feminist theologies. She has published several articles in academic journals such as Theological Studies, Listening, and the Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology. Her most recent article “Father Knows Best: Theological Mansplaining and the Ecclesial War on Women” will appear in the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion in the spring. Her article Pope Francis and Cuba: replacing embargo with encounter appears in the online journal The Conversation. She is currently working on a book for Orbis Books on the importance of narrative in Catholic ecclesiology.
Juan Carlos Polanco, Esq., MBA, Prep class of 1995
Juan Carlos “J.C.” Polanco is a former Bronx Commissioner, President of the NYC Board of Elections, attorney, NYC Regional Director for the State Assembly Minority Leader, and teaches at the City University of New York. J.C. appears regularly on NY1 Inside City Hall, Pura Politica, CNN, Fox News, Bronxnet Open, and is the Republican Political contributor for Univision 41.
J.C. has served as an educator for over 16 years at the secondary and higher education levels. After completing his undergraduate degree at the State University of New York at Albany, J.C. returned to the Bronx and taught social studies teacher at Truman High school in Co-op City. While completing law school and business school, J.C. joined the faculties of Boricua College and the Borough of Manhattan Community College where has has taught Business Law, Latino Studies, History of the Dominican Republic and Economics.
J.C. is a triple Fordham Ram having graduated from Fordham Prep, Fordham Law and the Fordham Graduate School of Business. J.C. Polanco credits his Fordham education for his focus on public service.
Maurice Timothy Reidy is an executive editor of America: The Jesuit Review of Faith and Culture. He is a graduate of Fordham Preparatory School, Princeton University and the Columbia University School of Journalism. He previously worked as a staff writer for the Hartford Courant and as an associate editor at Commonweal magazine.
Tim's writing has been published in Commonweal, The New York Times and the Columbia Journalism Review. He has appeared on Bloomberg TV and ABC News Digital to discuss the pontificate of Pope Francis. He currently serves on the board of Jesuit Refugee Service USA and lives in Bronxville, New York, with his wife and two children.