1998–1999

April 23, 1999

The Dictatorship of the $ecular

Dr. Bill Martin, a Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University, presented a public lecture addressing the relationship between capitalism and secularism and the possibilities for postsecular social theory.

Dr. Bill Martin is the author of Matrix and Line: Derrida and the Possibilities of Postmodern Social Theory, Humanism and Its Aftermath: The Shared Fate of Deconstruction and Politics, and Politics in the Impasse: Explorations in Postsecular Social Theory. He is also a musician and the author of The Music of "Yes": Structure and Vision in Progressive Rock.

The lecture was held as a "brown-bag" luncheon on Friday, April 23, from 11:30-1:00 in the Union Pacific Room. The lecture was co-sponsored by the Creighton Departments of Theology and Philosophy.


April 12, 1999

Images of Female Saints in Colonial Latin America: Issues of Class and Ethnicity

Kellen K. McIntyre, an Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Texas San Antonio, presented a public talk as part of the Catholic Imagination Project.

Dr. McIntyre is a specialist in the artistic representation of Latin American saints. Her recent dissertation is entitled: "The Venerable Martyrs of Cajonos: An 1890 Painted History of Zapotec Rebellion in 1700."

Her talk took place on Monday, April 12, from 3:00-5:00 p.m., in theTheater of the Lied Education Center for the Arts. This event was co-sponsored by the University Committee on Lectures, Films and Concerts.


March 18, 1999

Reading Hopkins After Hubble: An Exploration of Ignatian Creation Spirituality

Dennis Hamm, S.J., a Professor of Theology at Creighton University, presented a performance/lecture for the Catholic Imagination Project.

Why does the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins make even more sense in the context of our contemporary Big-Bang, expanding universe cosmology than it did within the mechanistic worldview of his own Victorian era? Father Hamm, theologian and "fallen-away" English teacher, explored this question by way of a reading-with-commentary featuring some of the bold sound-sense constructions of the Jesuit writer who was the Michael Jordan of 19th-century British poetry (Hopkins "changed the way the game is played").

The performance/lecture was held on Thursday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Walsh Hall.


March 1, 1999

Enhancing the Protection of Human Rights in Africa: The Proposed African Court of Human and People's Rights

Tiyanjana Maluwa, a visiting scholar from South Africa, presented a public talk on human rights in Africa.

Dr. Maluwa is a Professor in the Department of Public Law at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Presently, he is on loan to the Organization of African Unity in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The talk was held on Monday, March 1 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the Union Pacific Room.


February 16, 1999

The Promises and Perils of Bible Translation: The New American Bible Revision Project

Deirdre Dempsey, an Assistant Professor of Theology at Marquette University and member of the New American Bible editorial board, presented a public talk co-sponsored by the Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilizations.

The New American Bible, the Bible used by the majority of Roman Catholics in the United States, is undergoing a revision of its Old Testament. The talk focused on the history of the NAB, the reasons why the revision was undertaken, and some of the problems encountered by the revisors/editors.

The talk was presented Tuesday afternoon, February 16, from 3:30-5:00 in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom (Center).


February 3, 1999

Galileo and the Inquisition

William E. Carroll, a professor of History at Cornell College (Iowa), presented a public lecture in the Science-Religion Lecture Series.

Professor Carroll is a European intellectual historian and a historian of science who has written a lectured extensively on the reception of Aristotelian science in the Middle Ages as well as the encounter between Galileo and the Inquisition.

He is the co-author of Aquinas on Creation, and the author of several articles on the relationship between science and religion. He is the director of Cornell College's Program in Science and Religion.

The lecture was given Wednesday, February 3, from 7:00-8:30 in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom.


January 26, 1999

Blowing the Dynamite of the Church: Catholic Radicalism from a Catholic Radicalist Perspective

Fr. Michael Baxter, CSC, presented a public address in which he critiqued public theology from a Catholic Worker perspective. The address was followed by period of discussion with the audience.

Fr. Baxter is an Assistant Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame and has written numerous essays critiquing the public role of the Church. He teaches a provocative course at Notre Dame entitled, "A Faith To Die For." Before going to Notre Dame, he founded and directed the Andre House of Hospitality in Phoenix.

The address was given Tuesday night, January 26, from 7:30-9:00 in the Union Pacific Room.

The address was co-sponsored by the Philosophy and Theology Departments of the Creighton College of Arts and Sciences, and by the Catholic Imagination Project.


December 1, 1998

Is Creighton Gay/Lesbian Friendly? Should It Be?

Shocked by the brutal murder of Matthew Shepherd, a gay student in Wyoming, the Critical Issues Forum raised the question of how the Creighton community treats its own gay and lesbian members.

Questions and issues were presented by a panel consisting of:

    Trey Patterson (Nursing Student)
    Michael Kelley (Counseling & Psychological Services)
    Bette Novit Evans (Political Science)

The Forum was be moderated by Roger Bergman, Chair of the Critical Issues Fora.

The Forum was be held Tuesday afternoon, December 1, from 3:30-5:00 in the Skutt Student Center, Central Ballroom.


November 1-2, 1998

"A Land Flowing with Milk and Honey": Visions of Israel from Bibical to Modern Times

Eleventh Annual Klutznick Symsium commemorated the 50th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel. The two day symposium, drawing speakers from the United States, Europe, and Israel was held at the Jewish Community Center on Sunday, November 1, and at Creighton University on Monday, November 2.

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


October 12, 1998

Neuroscience & the Soul

Nancey Murphy, a 1973 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Creighton University, presented a public lecture in the Science-Religion Lecture Series. She is Associate Professor of Christian Philosophy at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena California.

Dr. Murphy received a doctorate in philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley, and a doctorate in theology from the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley. She is the author of Anglo-American Postmodernity, On the Moral Nature of the Universe (with George Ellis), Reconciling Theology and Science, and the forthcoming What Happened to the Soul (with Warren Brown and Newton Maloney).

Her talk took place on Monday evening, October 12, 1998 at 7:30 pm. in the Union Pacific Room, Reinert Library (lower).


September 21, 1998

The University as an Expression of the Catholic Imagination

Monika Hellwig, formerly of Georgetown University, and now Executive Director of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, presented a public talk as part of the Catholic Imagination Project.

Dr. Hellwig was joined by members of the Creighton faculty on a panel following her talk to explore the implications of the Catholic identity and mission of the University.

Her talk took place on Monday afternoon, September 21, 1998 at 3:30 pm. in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom.


July 23-25, 1998

Clergy in Politics: Choices and Consequences

Several scholars of religion and politics visited Creighton University this summer to attend a working conference on "Clergy in Politics: Choices and Consequences." The conference brought together political scientists, sociologists, and theologians who discussed their research with each other and with other interested scholars.

Conference Events

Sue Crawford (Creighton University) and Laura R. Olson (Clemson University) facilitated the conference and will edit a volume that will include papers from the conference. The conference began with a "meet the authors" reception on Thursday night with authors of The Bully Pulpit: The Politics of Protestant Clergy. James Guth, John Green, Corwin Smidt, and Lyman Kellstedt were all in attendance. During the sessions on Friday and Saturday, contributors to the volume presented their research and reviewers offered comments. The sessions were then open for the questions and suggestions from other conference participants.

Conference Papers

Clergy In Politics, James L. Guth, Furman University

Clergy as Political Leaders: Notes for a Theory, Ted G. Jelen, University of Nevada-Las Vegas

Preachers in Politics: The Political Activities of CRC and RCA Clergy, James M. Penning, Calvin College; Corwin E. Smidt, Calvin College

American Church or Church in America? The Politics of Catholic Bishops in Comparative Perspective, Timothy A. Byrnes, Colgate University

The Political Participation of Women Clergy, Sue E. S. Crawford, Creighton University; Laura R. Olson, Clemson University; Melissa Deckman Fallon, American University; Christi Braun, Creighton University

Prophetic and Theocratic: The Politics of Black Clergy, Mary R. Sawyer, Iowa State University

The Construction of Political Strategies among African American Clergy, Katie Day, Lutheran Theological Seminary

Clergy as Political Actors in Urban Contexts, Sue E. S. Crawford, Creighton University; Laura R. Olson, Clemson University

Micromobilization Processes in a South-Side Chicago Church: An Interactionist Approach to Participation in Collective Action, James C. Cavendish, University of South Florida

Public Evaluations of Religious Leaders, Paul A. Djupe, Gustavus Adolphus College

Shaping Contextual Effects on Voting Behavior: The Role of Protestant and Catholic Clergy in the United States and Great Britain, Laurence A. Kotler-Berkowitz, Brown University