The Montesinos Lecture is named for Antonio de Montesinos, O.P., a Dominican friar who preached against the exploitation of the Taíno people in the encomienda system imposed by the colonists on the island of Hispaniola in the 1500s. His preaching led to the conversion of Bartolomé de las Casas, and ultimately to the formulation of a theology of human rights at the University of Salamanca.


2017: Can We Talk? Catholics, Politics, and the Search for Common Ground in the Trump Era presented by Julie Hanlon Rubio (Professor of Christian Ethics at Saint Louis University)
2016: Latino Catholicism: Transformation in America's Largest Church; presented by Timothy Matovina (Professor of Theology at Notre Dame)
2015: The Radical Reform of Pope Francis: Latin America and Jesuit Sources; presented by Fr. Allan Figueroa Deck, S.J. (Distinguished Professor of Pastoral Theology and Latino Studies at Loyola Marymount University)