Young adults and healthy relationships topic of visiting scholar lecture series

January 5, 2016

Mesa, Ariz. ~ Kari-Shane Davis Zimmerman, Ph.D., associate professor of Theology at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minn., will lecture as part of Benedictine University at Mesa's "Visiting Scholar in Catholic Thought Lecture Series."

Davis Zimmerman will present "SOS: Social, Online and Sexual. Young Adults and the Practice of Healthy Personal Relationships" from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 2, in Blue Angels Hall at Bourgade Catholic High School, located at 4602 N. 31st Ave., in Phoenix.

A 2007 graduate of Marquette University with a doctorate in Theological Ethics, Davis Zimmerman specializes in the areas of Catholic moral theology and Christian ethics. Her recent work examines the influence of a "hookup culture" on college students' views and formation of intimate relationships.

Teachers, lay ministers and deacons who attend this lecture are eligible for 1 credit toward recertification in the Diocese of Phoenix.

The event is free and open to the public.

The lecture is sponsored by Bourgade Catholic High School, and Benedictine's Center for Mission and Identity (CMI) and Department of Theology.

CMI supports the ongoing development of Catholic social teaching and the Catholic intellectual tradition at the Mesa branch campus. CMI works to communicate a common mission, to provide programming that supports the University's Catholic identity and Benedictine heritage, and maintains that tradition while nurturing a culture of lifelong learning, responsible leadership, social engagement, and religious and cultural dialogue within the entire University community.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Ramon Luzarraga at (480) 878-6707 or


Benedictine University at Mesa is a branch campus of Benedictine University, an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine was named among "America's Top Colleges" for the fifth consecutive year in 2015 by Forbes magazine.

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