2001–2002

April 18, 2002

What is Happening in the Middle East? The Israeli - Palestinian Conflict

The Critical Issues Forum considered the current situation in the Middle East, relevant issues, and possible resolutions.

Joining Roger Bergman, Moderator of the Critical Issues Fora and Director of the Justice and Peace Studies program, were:

John Calvert, History Department
Phil Meeks, Political Science Department
Dennis Hamm, Theology Department, with a view from Jerusalem

The Forum was held Thursday, April 18, from 3:30 - 5:00, in the Skutt Student Center, Room 104.


April 15, 2002

Jesus as the Mind of God

Robert W. Jenson, Senior Fellow for Research at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, New Jersey, presented a lecture on "Jesus as the Mind of God" as part of the on-going Philosophy - Theology Lecture Series.

Professor Jenson received his doctoral degree from the University of Heidelberg in Germany, and has taught at Oxford University, Gettysburg Seminary, and St. Olaf College. His books are numerous, and most recently, he has published Systematic Theology, two volumes (Oxford University Press).

The lecture was held on Monday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Skutt Student Center, Room 105. The lecture was co-sponsored by the Departments of Philosophy and Theology.


April 11, 2002

An Evening with Madame F

Claudia Stevens presented her acclaimed one-woman multi-media show to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day. The program depicts the wrenching survival story of women musicians in concentration campus through music, song and drama. "An Evening with Madame F" is based upon the experiences of Fania Fenelon, a musician cabaret singer who survived Auschwitz by playing cabaret music in a women's orchestra used to entertain Nazi commandants while prisoners were marched to their deaths.

A musician, actor and playwright, Stevens is the daughter of Holocaust survivors. She is a touring artist for the Virginia Commission for the Arts and has performed at such venues as Carnegie Hall and the National Gallery.

"An Evening with Madame F" was held on Thursday evening, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. in St. John's Church. This event was co-sponsored by Campus Ministry and the Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilizations.


April 10, 2002

Money and Mission

The Critical Issues Forum considered the impact of the Creighton University Mission Statement on issues of tuition, salary, and other economic matters.

Joining Roger Bergman, Moderator of the Critical Issues Fora and Director of the Justice and Peace Studies program, were:

Fred Nesler, Budget Director
Todd Salzman, Theology Department
Jos Welie, Center for Health Policy and Ethics
Edward Birmingham, Law School

The Forum was held Wednesday, April 10, from 4:00 - 5:30, in the Skutt Student Center, Room 105.


April 5-6

Religion and the Family: Historical, Social, and Theological Perspectives

The Center sponsored this two-day symposium involving fourteen members of the Creighton University faculty. The symposium was held Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6, from 9:00 - 4:00 in the Skutt Student Center, Room 105. A reception was scheduled on Friday afternoon from 4:00 - 5:00 in the Skutt Student Center, Room 104.


January 24, 2002

Patriotism, Dissent, and the Role of the Media

The Critical Issues Forum considered the role of dissent and the media and their relationship to patriotism, especially in reference to the recent terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

Joining Roger Bergman, Moderator of the Critical Issues Fora and Director of the Justice and Peace Studies program, were:

Dr. Bryan F. Le Beau, Professor of History and the Kenefick Chair in the Humanities;
Dr. Michael G. Fenner, Professor of Law;
Dr. Eileen M. Wirth, Associate Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications

The forum was held Thursday, January 24, from 3:30 - 5:00 in the Skutt Student Center, Room 105.


October 28-29, 2001

Women in Judaism

The Fourteenth Annual Klutznick-Harris Symposium explored women in Judaism from multiple perspectives. The two day symposium, drawing speakers from around the United States, Great Britain, and Israel, was held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Student Center on Sunday, October 28, from 10:00 am. to 4:00 pm.; the Jewish Community Center of Omaha on Sunday, October 28, beginning at 7:30 pm., and at Creighton University on Monday, October 29, from 9:30 am. to 3:30 pm. in the Student Center Ballroom.

The proceedings of the symposium will be published in the Studies in Jewish Civilization series.


October 4, 2001

Attack on America: Understanding the Religious Context

The Critical Issues Forum considered the role of religion in the recent terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

Joining Roger Bergman, Moderator of the Critical Issues Fora and Director of the Justice and Peace Studies program, were:

Dr. John C. M. Calvert, Assistant Professor of History and a specialist in Middle Eastern affairs;
Dr. Naser Zaki Alsharif, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Sciences, and a Palestinian-American and a Muslim.

The forum was held Thursday, October 4, from 4:30 - 6:00 in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom East.


September 27, 2001

Examining the Assumption

Professor John Haldane, a chairholder in the Department of Moral Philosophy at the University of Saint Andrews, Scotland, presented a philosophical inquiry on the theological doctrine of the Assumption of Mary. His lecture belongs to the on-going Philosophy - Theology Lecture Series, co-sponsored by the Departments of Philosophy and Theology.

The lecture was given Thursday, September 27, at 7:00 pm. in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom (Center).


September 5, 2001

Women and Spiritual Health

The Center for the Study of Religion and Society co-sponsored the Twelfth Annual Center for Health Policy and Ethics' Women and Health Lecture. Dr. Maryanne Stevens, R.S.M., President of the College of Saint Mary, Omaha, Nebraska, gave the address.

The lecture was given Wednesday, September 5, at 7:00 pm. in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom. A reception preceded the lecture at 6:30 pm.