2011–2012

April 29, 2012

Christian-Muslim Study Circle

Join us as we examine A Common Word Between Us and You, a document written by 138 Muslim scholars from around the world highlighting the common ground between Islam and Christianity based on Islamic teachings. This document will be explored alongside Loving God and Neighbor Together: A Christian Response to A Common Word Between Us and You, a document signed by over 300 Christian scholars as a way of endorsing continued interaction between the two faith communities. Scholars from both the Islamic and Christian traditions will explore the passages from each religion's sacred texts that are referenced in the documents to help shed light on how each tradition views interreligious engagement.

The study circle will be Sunday, April 29, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Harper Center Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required (limited space is available).


April 19, 2012

The Trial of Franklin D. Roosevelt

Creighton University and the Omaha Jewish Community are hosting an original, live docu-drama about the 1939 ill-fated voyage of the SS St. Louis that carried more than 900 Jewish refugees The performance will be in Creighton University’s Harper Center auditorium at 7:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

Four of the remaining 60 survivors of the voyage will be present and participate in the drama, “The Trial of Franklin D. Roosevelt,” created by Robert M. Krakow and directed by Creighton Fine Arts graduate Matt Karasek.

The saga of the SS St. Louis is one of the most significant and symbolic events in the Holocaust and American history and speaks to the contemporary issues of ethics, social justice, immigration, human rights, refugee policy and anti-Semitism. A reception will follow the play. Archival exhibits from the voyage, including the original Senate Resolution 111 that was signed in 2009 by the survivors, will also be on display.

Creighton University, The Institute for Holocaust Education and the Durham Museum are partners in this presentation. This event is co-sponsored by the Klutznick Chair, Kripke Center, Center for Catholic Thought, Graff Chair, the Jesuit Community, and Creighton University's Committee on Lectures, Films and Concerts.


March 26, 2012

All About Eve: The Last Word on the First Lady

Professor Carol Meyers will deliver the 10th annual Women and Religion Lecture in support of the Women and Gender Studies Program at Creighton University.

Professor Meyers was educated at Wellesley and at Brandeis, where she received her Ph.D. (1975) in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. She holds the Mary Grace Wilson Professorship in Religion at Duke University, where she has taught since 1977. A specialist in biblical studies and archaeology, she is a prominent scholar in the study of women in the biblical world. She has authored or co-authored eleven books and has edited or co-edited five others. With Eric Meyers, she has published three major archaeological reports and is working on several more. Her book Discovering Eve is a landmark study of women in ancient Israel; and her recent reference book, Women in Scripture, is the most comprehensive study ever made of women in Jewish and Christian scriptures.

Professor Meyers will deliver her lecture on Monday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the Harper Center Ballroom. You can listen to her lecture here.


March 14, 2012

Roots of the Conflict between Religion and Evolutionary Theory

Professor Robert Richards will deliver a lecture in the center’s occasional Religion and Science Lecture series.

Professor Richards is the Morris Fishbein Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Science and Medicine at the University of Chicago. He is also the Director of the Fishbein Center for the History of Science and Medicine. His research is in the history and philosophy of psychology and biology, which includes particular interest in evolutionary theory, biopsychology, ethology, and sociobiology. He has written several books, including The Tragic Sense of Life: Ernst Haeckel and the Struggle over Evolutionary Thought (2008), The Romantic Conception of Life: Science and Philosophy in the Age of Goethe (2002), and The Meaning of Evolution: The Morphological Construction and Ideological Reconstruction of Darwin's Theory (1992). He is currently working on a historical and philosophical commentary on Darwin’s Origin of Species.

Professor Richards will deliver his lecture on Wednesday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Harper Center 3028. You can listen to his lecture here.


February 16-17, 2012

The Greening of the Papacy

Since the pontificate of John Paul II, official papal documents have displayed a steadily increasing awareness of environmental issues. This trend has continued in the writings of Pope Benedict XVI. Indeed, one could argue that the encyclical Caritas in Veritate contains the most forceful statements about the environment every made by a sitting pope. Other equally forceful statements appear in less significant statements, including the World Day of Peace message of 2010. When taken together, these statements represent a significant “greening” of the papacy.

This symposium will consider this green trend and evaluate it in the light of contemporary academic conversations about the environment. Participants from a variety of disciplines and perspectives will be invited to dialogue with this evolving papal teaching.

See the Poster and Schedule for the symposium here.

The symposium will be held on Thursday and Friday, February 16-17, from 8:30 – 5:00 in the Harper Center 3029.


November 2, 2011

From the King James Bible to Biblezines: The History of a Cultural Icon

Professor Timothy Beal will give a lecture in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.

Timothy Beal is the Florence Harkness Professor of Religion at Case Western Reserve University. He has published twelve books and many scholarly articles on the cultural history of the Bible, religion and popular culture, and relations between critical theory and academic religious studies. Two notable recent books include Biblical Literacy: Essential Bible Stories Everyone Needs to Know (2009) and The Rise and Fall of the Bible: The Unexpected History of an Accidental Book (2011). He has also published essays on religion and American culture for The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and The Cleveland Plain Dealer. He has been featured on national radio shows including NPR’s All Things Considered and The Bob Edwards Show.

Professor Beal will give his lecture on Wednesday, November 2 at 4:00 p.m. in the Harper Center Ballroom You can listen to his lecture here.


October 23-24, 2011

Fashioning Jews: Clothing, Culture, and Commerce

The Twenty-Fourth Annual Klutznick-Harris Symposium will explore the role of fashion in Jewish life and tradition. The two day symposium, drawing speakers from around the United States and abroad will be held at the Jewish Community Center on Sunday, October 23. On Monday, October 24, the sessions will be 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 22, 2011

Why Care for the Earth?: Ten Good Reasons

The second annual Religion and the Environment Lecture will feature Professor Steven Bouma-Prediger, who will explain why the care for the environment is a religious concern.

Steven Bouma-Prediger is Professor of Religion and Director of the Environmental Studies Program at Hope College. He has written four books concerning ecology and theology. His most recent, For the Beauty of the Earth, won an Award of Merit from Christianity Today in the theology/ethics category of the magazine’s 2002 Book Awards program. In December of 2000, his book Evocations of Grace: Writings on Ecology, Theology, and Ethics, which he co-edited with Peter Bakken, was one of only five books named editor’s picks book of the year by Christian Century. His other books are The Greening of Theology: The Ecological Models of Rosemary Radford Ruether, Joseph Sittler, and Jurgen Moltmann and, with Virginia Vroblesky, Assessing the Ark: A Christian Perspective on Nonhuman Creatures and the Endangered Species Act.

Professor Bouma-Prediger regularly leads wilderness backpacking and canoeing trips for a course on ecological theology and ethics that he co-teaches in the Adirondacks in upstate New York during Hope College’s May term.

Professor Bouma-Prediger’s lecture will be given on Thursday, September 22 at 4:00 p.m. in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom. Listen to the lecture here.