2006–2007

April 3, 2007

Islam and Christianity: One Divine and Human Language or Many Human Languages

Professor Therese Anne Druart delivered the spring Philosophy-Theology lecture on the language of God in Christian and Islamic thought.

Dr. Druart is Professor of Philosophy at Catholic University of America and director of its Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies. She has written extensively on Medieval Islamic philosophy and thought.

Professor Druart’s lecture was given Tuesday evening, April 3, at 7:00 p.m. in the Skutt Student Center room 105.


March 27, 2007

The Old Testament: Reading the Text of Our Lives

Professor Alice Laffey gave a feminist and liberationist reading of the Old Testament in the fifth annual Women and Religion Lecture.

Dr. Laffey is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the College of the Holy Cross. The thrust of her scholarship focuses on bringing ancient texts into the contemporary world through a liberation perspective. She is the author of several volumes reflecting this focus, including Introduction to the Old Testament: A Feminist Perspective, Appreciating God's Creation through Scripture, and The Pentateuch: A Liberation Critical Reading.

Professor Laffey’s lecture was given Tuesday evening, March 27, at 7:00 p.m. in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom. The lecture was co-sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies Program.


March 22, 2007

Close Encounters: Jews, Germans, and Allies in Occupied Germany 1945-1949

Professor Atina Grossmann spoke on the Holocaust as part of the Kripke Center’s Holocaust Studies Lectures.

Professor Grossmann teaches Modern European and German history, and women’s and gender studies at Copper Union. Her publications include Reforming Sex: The German Movement for Birth Control and Abortion Reform 1920-1950 (1995), co-edited collections When Biology Became Destiny: Women in Weimar and Nazi Germany (1984), and Crimes of War: Guilt and Denial in the 20th Century (2002), and numerous articles on gender, modernity, war and genocide, and German and Jewish memory in twentieth century Germany. Her new book on Victims, Victors, and Survivors: Germans, Allies and Jews in Occupied Germany 1945-1949 is being published by Princeton University Press.

Professor Grossmann’s lecture was given Thursday evening, March 22, at 7:00 p.m. in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom.


March 15, 2007

Thinking Through the Rethinking of “Missions History”

Dr. Michael McNally presented a lecture addressing the history of Native American encounters with missionaries.

Dr. McNally is Associate Professor of Religion at Carleton College. A 1985 graduate of Carleton College, he received a Ph.D. in the history of religion in America at Harvard University. He is author of Ojibwe Singers: Hymns, Grief, and a Native Culture in Motion (Oxford, 2000), editor of Arts of Tradition: Sacred Song, Dance, and Narrative among Michigan’s Anishinaabeg 1940-1955 (Michigan State University Press, 2007), and currently at work on a book about the authority and significance of age and eldership among the Ojibwe.

Dr. McNally’s lecture was given Thursday evening, March 15, at 7:00 p.m. in the Skutt Student Center room 105.


February 8, 2007

From Berlin to Babi Yar: The Nazi War Against the Jews in Ukraine

Dr. Wendy Lower spoke on the Holocaust as part of the Kripke Center’s Holocaust Studies Lectures.

Dr. Wendy Lower is assistant professor of history at Towson University, MD. Formerly the Director of Visiting Scholars Programs, research fellow and historical consultant for exhibitions at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Dr. Lower published the book, Nazi Empire Building and the Holocaust in Ukraine (UNC Press, 2005). She serves on the international advisory board for the Journal of Genocide Research and will be joining the history faculty at the University of Munich, Germany as a research and teaching fellow for the next two years.

Dr. Lower’s lecture was given Thursday evening, February 8, at 7:00 p.m. in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom East.


November 7, 2006

Imitating God and not Pharoah: A Rabbinic Reading of Justice and Redemption in the City

Dr. Aryeh Cohen, an expert on the Talmud, addressed social justice in the Jewish tradition.

Dr. Aryeh Cohen is Associate Professor of Rabbinic Literature at the University of Judaism. He has taught at Hebew Union College/Jewish Institute of Religion, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and Brandeis University. Dr. Cohen is the author of Rereading Talmud: Gender, Law and the Poetics of Sugyot (Scholars Press, 1998) and co-editor of Beginning/Again: Towards a Hermeneutics of Jewish Texts (Seven Bridges Press, 2002). He is also a member of the Sh’ma advisory board. Cohen is a popular lecturer on Talmud, on politics and on the contemporary Jewish scene. His writing on these topics and others has been published in numerous journals.

The lecture was given Tuesday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Skutt Student Center, room 105.


November 6, 2006

Peacemaking in the Age of Terrorism

The Kripke Center sponsored a dialogue with Christian Peacemaker Teams founder Gene Stoltzfus on this important topic. The dialogue was held on Monday, November 6 at 4:00 p.m. in the west ballroom of the Skutt Student Center.

This dialogue was co-sponsored by the Justice & Peace Studies Program and the Kenefick Chair in the Humanities.


October 29-30, 2006

Jewish Music and Musicians Throughout the Ages

The Nineteenth Annual Klutznick-Harris Symposium explored music in the Jewish tradition. The two day symposium, drawing speakers from around the United States, Israel, and Germany was held at the Jewish Community Center on Sunday, October 29. On Monday, October 30, the sessions were held at Creighton University in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom.

For further information, see the website of the Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization.

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


October 9, 2006

Newman and the Restoration of the Interpersonal in Higher Education

Fr. Michael Buckley presented the fall Philosophy - Theology Lecture.

Michael J. Buckley, S.J. is the Augustine Cardinal Bea, S.J. Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University, and for the past several years has been serving as the University Professor of Theology at Boston College. He is author of numerous articles and several books including: At the Origins of Modern Atheism and The Catholic University as Promise and Project: Reflections in a Jesuit Idiom. He is past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, and a recipient of the John Courtney Murray Award for excellence in theology. He serves on the Board of Visitors of Harvard Divinity School and is a Fellow of Clare College at Cambridge University. He received his B.A and M.A from Gonzaga University, a Ph.L, and S.T.L. from Pontifical Faculty of Alma, an S.T.M. from the University of Santa Clara, and a Ph.D. from University of Chicago.

The lecture was given on Monday, October 9 at 7:00 p.m. in room G4 of the Hixson-Lied Science building.


September 10, 2006

Interfaith Dialogue in the Shadow of 9/11

Why should Jews, Christians, and Muslims engage in interfaith dialogue? This conference, with internationally recognized speakers, addressed this question and discussed what Jews, Christians, and Muslims can learn from each other. The speakers included:

Dr. Sulayman Nyang, Howard University (Muslim)
Dr. Philip Cunningham, Boston College (Christian)
Rabbi Gary Bretton-Granatoor, Anti-Defamation League (Jewish)
Rev. Dirk Ficca, Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions

The participants in the conference also had the opportunity to dialogue with participants of other faith traditions.

The conference was held Sunday, September 10, from 1:00 - 6:30 in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom. Pre-Registration and a small fee was required.