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Fr. Michael Bouzigard delivers the spring 2010 Yamauchi Lecture in Religion

March 19, 2010

Rev. Michael Bouzigard, S.J., Ph.D., assistant professor of religious studies in the Loyola University New Orleans College of Humanities and Natural Sciences, will be the featured speaker at the spring 2010 Yamauchi Lecture in Religion. Bouzigard will give the lecture, “Social Entrepreneurial Justice: Catholic Missionaries in the Caribbean,” on Sunday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Miller Hall, Room 114, on Loyola’s main campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Bouzigard received his Master of Philosophy and Ph.D. from the University of Oxford, where he studied international development and Catholic social thought. In 2007-08, Bouzigard worked as a research fellow for the Jesuit Social Research Institute at Loyola, where he contributed interdisciplinary academic experience in political economy, philosophy, history and theology. In 2008-09, he lectured at the University of Central America in Managua, Nicaragua, as a visiting professor of theology and professor of applied local economic development.

According to Bouzigard, working in the field with the poor in San Antonio, Texas, the Philippines, El Salvador, Belize and Nicaragua broadened his commitment to teaching as well as research in social entrepreneurship, economic development issues within forced migration and economic personalism.

Bouzigard joined the new Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Loyola in the summer of 2009.

The Yamauchi Lectures in Religion series is named in memory of the Rev. H. James Yamauchi, S.J., a former chair of Loyola’s department of religious studies, who taught at Loyola from 1956 to 1966. Yamauchi was known for his effective and enthusiastic communication of knowledge about religion to the New Orleans community.

For more information contact Timothy Cahill, Ph.D., professor and chair of the religious studies department at Loyola, at tccahill@loyno.edu or call 504-865-3183.

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