2009–2010

April 8, 2010

Paul was not a Christian: Understanding the Jewish Paul

Dr. Pamela Eisenbaum explored the Jewish character of St. Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles.

Dr. Eisenbaum is a Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Origins at Iliff School of Theology in Denver. She has published widely on Paul, including Paul was not a Christian from HarperCollins (2009). As a Jewish New Testament scholar, she has contributed to understanding early Jewish-Christian relations.

Dr. Eisenbaum’s lecture was given Thursday, April 8, at 7:00 p.m. in the Harper Center room 3029.


March 18, 2010

Green Sisters: Women Religious, Earth Justice, and Spiritual Ecology

Dr. Sarah McFarland Taylor delivered this year’s Women and Religion lecture, addressing the role of women religious in the concern for a sustainable environment.

Dr. Taylor is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Northwestern University, specializing in the study of religion and American culture, religion and ecology, and women’s studies in religion. Her first book, Green Sisters: A Spiritual Ecology (Harvard, 2007), was the winner of the Catholic Press Association’s First Prize for Best Book on Gender Issues and also the Association’s First Prize for Best Book on Social Concerns. She has published numerous articles on various topics related to the “greening’ of American religion, and is under contract for her second book on the religious dimensions of the “green burial movement” (ecologically friendly death planning which promotes low-impact, environmentally sound ways to "recycle" human remains). She has also received numerous fellowships and awards for her scholarship.

Dr. Taylor delivered her lecture on Thursday, March 18, at 7:00 p.m. in the Harper Center ballroom. Hear her lecture online here.


February 22, 2010

Reading Scriptures by Way of the Holocaust (Shoah)

Zev Garber presented the spring lecture for the Kripke Center’s Holocaust Lecture Series.

Zev Garber is a professor, scholar, and writer who focuses his intellect on the Holocaust, Jewish-Christian relations, history, biblical interpretation, and philosophy. He is formally the Emeritus professor and Chair of Jewish Studies and Philosophy at Los Angeles Valley College. He is the author of numerous books, including, The Impact of the Holocaust in America: The Jewish Role in American Life (2009), Mel Gibson's Passion: The Film, the Controversy, And Its Implications (2006), and Shoah: The Paradigmatic Genocide Essays in Exegesis and Eisegesis (1994).

Dr. Garber gave his lecture on Monday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the Harper Center 3028.


February 6, 10, 2010

Screening and Discussion of The Golden Compass (2007)

In this two-day event, the Kripke Center sponsored a free screening of The Golden Compass, the film based on the first volume of Philip Pullman’s triology. Then, the center hosted a panel discussion on the religious, philosophical, and classical themes in the film.

Roger Ebert described The Golden Compass as “a darker, deeper fantasy epic than the Rings trilogy, The Chronicles of Narnia or the Potter films. It springs from the same British world of quasi-philosophical magic, but creates more complex villains and poses more intriguing questions. As a visual experience, it is superb. As an escapist fantasy, it is challenging.

The free sceening of the film was Saturday, February 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the Hixson Lied Science Building G04.

On Wednesday, February 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the Skutt Ballroom East, Ortwin Knorr and Daniel Moloney addressed themes of the film in a panel discussion.

Dr. Ortwin Knorr is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Classical Studies at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Trained in Göttingen, Heidelberg, and Berkeley, he received his Dr. phil. from the University of Göttingen in Germany. He is the author of a book on Horaces’ Satires (Verborgene Kunst:  Argumentationsstruktur und Buchaufbau in den Satiren des Horaz, Hildesheim 2004) and has published articles on Terence, Horace, and early Christian writers.  His current work on Philip Pullman is driven by a larger interest in Classical reception in modern literature and film.

Dr. Daniel Moloney is a deacon who will be ordained a priest for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston this May. Prior to entering the seminary, he was Senior Policy Analyst at the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation, where he studied policy issues affecting family, religion, marriage and civil society. He holds degrees from Yale, the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, and Notre Dame, where he earned his doctorate in philosophy in 2004. Many of his numerous articles and book reviews have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, National Review, Crisis and First Things. He has previously published on Philip Pullman in the volume Navigating the Golden Compass (Dallas 2005).

This event was co-sponsored by the Academic Vice-President’s office of Creighton University.


February 3, 2010

Jews, Gender, and Interfaith Marriage: What Can History Tell Us?

Dr. Keren McGinity addressed the reality and consequences of interfaith marriage between Jews and Gentiles.

Keren R. McGinity is the Mandell L. Berman Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Contemporary American Jewish Life at the University of Michigan’s Frankel Center for Judaic Studies. Previously, she was Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Brown University. She earned her Ph.D. in American Women’s History at Brown University and is the author of Still Jewish: A History of Women and Intermarriage in America (2009).

Dr. McGinity’s lecture was given on Wednesday, February 3, at 7:00 p.m. in the Harper Center Ballroom.


January 19, 2010

Religion and Conflict in Africa

Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, SJ., the new Provincial of the East African province, gave a lecture on the role of religion in African conflicts.

Recently a lecturer at Hekima College, Jesuit School of Theology, in Nairobi, Kenya, Fr. Orobator completed his Ph.D. in Theology at the University of Leeds, U.K., after studying at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. He has published numerous articles and written several books, including most recently, Theology Brewed in an African Pot (2008) and Faith Doing Justice: A Manual for Social Analysis, Catholic Social Teachings and Social Justice (2007).

Fr. Orobator’s lecture was given on Tuesday, January 19, at 7:00 p.m. in the Harper Center Ballroom.

Download and listen to Fr. Orobator’s talk here.


October 25-26, 2009

Jews and Humor

The Twenty-Second Annual Klutznick-Harris Symposium explored the role of humor in Jewish life and tradition. The two day symposium, drawing speakers from around the United States and Israel was held at the Jewish Community Center on Sunday, October 25. On Monday, October 26, 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 6, 2009

The Holocaust: Its Contemporary Ethical Challenges

Fr. John Pawlikowski, O.S.M., presented the fall lecture for the Kripke Center’s Holocaust Lecture Series.

Fr. Pawlikowski, a priest of the Servite Order, is the author or editor of more than fifteen books, including The Challenge of the Holocaust for Christian Theology, Christ in the Light of the Christian-Jewish Dialogue, and Jesus and the Theology of Israel, and numerous journal articles. His writings have been translated into Russian, Polish, German, French, Italian, Swedish, Czeh, Dutch, and Hungarian.

Fr. Pawlikowski was appointed by President Carter to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council in 1980; reappointed to three successive terms on the Council by Presidents Bush and Clinton. Currently. he serves on the Council’s Committee on Conscience, the Academic Committee, and the Church Relations Committee which he chairs. He served for several years on the Council’s Executive Committee and on the key committees responsible for the construction of the museum building as well as the development of its permanent exhibition. He was selected by President Bush as a member of the White House delegation re-presenting the President on the 50th Anniversary International Commemoration at the Babi Yar Massacre site, Kiev, Ukraine, October 1991. He has received numerous awards for his work in Jewish-Christian relations.

His lecture was given on Tuesday, October 6, at 7:00 p.m. in the Harper Center, Room 3023.


August 28, 2009

Foundations of Dialogue in Abrahamic Faiths

The Kripke Center sponsored a panel discusison on Muslim, Jewish, and Christian perspectives of interfaith dialogue. The panel clarified the religious foundations of dialogue, addressing issues such as mutual respect and understanding, and reflected on how dialogue can best be cultivated. The panel included:

Zeki Saritoprak, Nursi Chair of Islamic Theology at John Carroll University
Leonard Greenspoon, Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization at Creighton University
Fr. Raymond Bucko, S.J., Professor of Anthropology at Creighton University

The panel was moderated by Ferhat Ozturk, Executive Director of the Niagara Foundation of Nebraska.

The panel discussion took place on Friday, August 28 at 3:30 in Room 3023 of the Harper Center.