2008–2009

April 14, 2009

Ethics, Empathy, and Wonder: Rachel Carson’s Environmental Legacy

Dr. Lisa Sideris of Indiana University delivered the Women and Religion Lecture on enduring legacy of Rachel Carson, whose book Silent Spring (1962) marks the beginning of the environmental movement in America.

Dr. Sideris’ research broadly focuses on the intersection of religion, science, and environmental ethics. She addresses how religious environmental thought incorporates, or fails to incorporate, knowledge gained from the natural sciences, particularly evolutionary theory and ecology. She is the author of Environmental Ethics, Ecological Theology, and Natural Selection (Columbia, 2003). Her recent research is on the legacy of Rachel Carson’s work.

Download and listen to Dr. Sideris’ talk here.

The Women and Religion Lecture was given on Tuesday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Harper Center ballroom.


March 29, 2009

Faith and the Environment: Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Native American Ways of Approaching Environmental Issues

The Kripke Center sponsored a conference on how faith can inspire us to improve our environment. The faith traditions of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Native American religion will be considered. Speakers include:

Terry Wimberley: A Christian Perspective
Sandra Beth Lubarsky: A Jewish Perspective
Safei-Eldin A. Hamed: A Muslim Perspective
Rudy Mitchell: A Native American Perspective

The conference was held in the Harper Center Ballroom, Sunday, March 29, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. The conference is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.


March 26, 2009

Carolyn Forché: Poet of Witness

The Kripke Center co-sponsored an evening with Carolyn Forché, who will read from her works. Her reading will take place on Thursday evening, March 26 at 6:30 p.m. in Ballroom C of the Harper Center. The event is free and open to the public.

The event was co-sponsored with the John C. Kenefick Chair in the Humanities.


March 17, 2009

Eyewitness to Genocide: Worshop with Carl Wilkens

The Kripke Center co-sponsored a workshop with Carl Wilkins, the only American to choose to remain in Rwanda when the genocide began, for educators, faculty, and students will address: The lessons from Rwanda and seeing the experience through new eyes.

The workshop was held Tuesday, March 17, from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Harper Center, Room 3023. A light supper was provided.


November 12, 2008

The Impact of the Holocaust on Christian Theology

Professor Mary C. Boys spoke on the impact that the Holocaust has had and should have on Christian theology for this year’s Holocaust Lecture Series.

Mary Boys is the Skinner and McAlpin Professor of Practical Theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Professor Boys has written and spoken widely on Jewish-Christian Relations. Recent Books include: Christians and Jews in Dialogue: Learning in the Presence of the Other (co-author, 2006); Seeing Judaism Anew: Christianity's Sacred Obligation (editor, 2005); Has God Only One Blessing? Judaism as a Source of Christian Self-Understanding. A Stimulus Book (2001). She serves on several boards involved with interreligious understanding, including the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education. She was the recipient in 2005 of the Sternberg Award from the International Council of Christians and Jews.

The lecture was given on Wednesday, November 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Harper Center ballroom (A & B). The lecture was free and open to the public.


November 6-7, 2008

Women, Gender, and Religion

The Kripke Center symposium brought together eighteen scholars – from Creighton and other prominent universities – to address the diverse ways in which women, religion, and issues of gender shape each other.

The symposium took place on Thursday and Friday, November 6-7, from 9:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m. in the Skutt Student Center room 105.

The papers will be published in the Supplement Series of the Journal of Religion & Society


October 30, 2008

God: Reflections Theological and Philosophical

In conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, the Kripke Center sponsored a panel discussion on God with three prestigious scholars. The panel included:

John Milbank, Professor of Religion, Politics and Ethics at the University of Nottingham
William Desmond, Ordinary Professor at the Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven
Russell R. Reno, Professor of Theology at Creighton University

The panel was moderated by John W. Carlson, Professor of Theology at Creighton University.

The panel presented its reflections on Thursday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the Harper Center ballroom (A). The panel was co-sponsored by the Philosophy and Theology Departments of Creighton University.


October 26-27, 2008

Rites of Passage: How Today’s Jews Celebrate, Commemorate, and Commiserate

The Twenty-First Annual Klutznick-Harris Symposium explored the role of rites of passage in Jewish life. The two day symposium, drawing speakers from around the United States and Israel was held at the Jewish Community Center on Sunday, October 26. On Monday, October 27, 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.


September 30, 2008

Bracing for Creationism in the Islamic World

Dr. Salman Hameed gave a public lecture in our Science and Religion Lecture Series.

Salman Hameed is Assistant Professor of Integrated Science & Humanities at Hampshire College and an astronomer at Five College Astronomy Department. His science and religion research focuses on understanding modern creation movements in the Islamic world, reconciliation efforts over sacred objects and places of astronomical importance (such as Mauna Kea in Hawaii), and creationism in UFO religions. He currently teaches inter-disciplinary classes on history and philosophy of science and religion, science in the Islamic world, and science and public policy.

Dr. Hameed’s lecture was givin on Tuesday, September 30, at 7:00 p.m. in the Skutt Student Center Room 105. The lecture was co-sponsored by the Henry W. Casper Professorship in History.