|Miguel Humberto Díaz. Submitted photo|
The Department of Theological Studies announces that Miguel Humberto Díaz, Ph.D., will deliver the annual Bellarmine Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in the Anheuser-Busch Auditorium in John and Lucy Cook Hall.
Díaz, who served as U.S. ambassador to the Vatican from 2009 to 2012, will present "On Being Human: God, Diplomacy, and the Common Good." This event is free and the public is invited.
Díaz currently is the University Professor of Faith and Culture at the University of Dayton. He earned his doctorate in systematic theology from the University of Notre Dame.
As a bridge-builder between government and civil society, Díaz was also a key leader in the U.S. State Department's development of the Working Group on Religion and Foreign Policy, the first systematic and comprehensive effort on the part of the state department to take seriously the role of religion and religious actors in the formulation and implementation of foreign policy.
Prior to his appointment at the Vatican, Díaz taught theology at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn., and Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minn. He was a board member of the Catholic Theological Society of America and is former president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS).
ACHTUS awarded Díaz the the Virgilio Elizondo Award for Distinguished Achievement in Theology on June 4 in Miami, Fla. The academy grants the award to an individual for "distinguished achievement in theology, in keeping with the mission of the academy."