1999–2000

April 11, 2000

The Omaha Convention Center: Is It Good for North Omaha and Creighton?

The Critical Issues Forum discussed the pros and cons of the proposed Omaha Convention Center to be built east of the Creighton Campus in North Omaha. Economic, social, and justice issues were considered.

Joining Roger Bergman, Moderator of the Critical Issues Fora and Director of the Justice and Peace Studies program, were:

    Dr. Ernest Goss, McAllister Chair of Regional Economics
    Dennis Walsh, Omaha Together One Community (OTOC)
    James Willett, Associate Vice-President for Administration

The Forum was held Tuesday, April 11 from 3:30 - 5:00 in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom West.


April 3, 2000

Why Science Needs God

Professor Keith Ward presented a public lecture as part of the on-going Science and Religion Dialogue Project.

Professor Ward is Regis Professor of Divinity at Oxford University and Canon of Christ Church. He has written widely on the relationship between religion and science. His recent books include Religion & Revelation (1994), God, Chance, & Necessity (1996), Religion & Human Nature (1998), and the forthcoming Religion & Community. He gave the Gifford Lecture in 1993.

Professor Ward presented his lecture on Monday, April 3, at 7:00 p.m. in the Union Pacific Room.


April 2-3, 2000

Esther 2000

Creighton University and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln hosted a major conference on the Book of Esther. More than a dozen internationally recognized scholars were invited to share with the general public, and with themselves, their research on the Book of Esther.

Events for the conference were scheduled at Creighton University on Sunday, April 2, and at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln on Monday, April 3.


February 29, 2000

What is Behind the Elian Gonzalez Controversy?

The Critical Issues Forum discussed the social, political, historical, and emotive issues behind the controversy over whether or not Elian Gonzalez should be returned to his father in Cuba. The Forum was a chance to explore the role of Cuba in the American psyche.

Joining Roger Bergman, Moderator of the Critical Issues Fora and Director of the Justice and Peace Studies program, was:

    Richard Super, History Department
    Philip Meeks, Political Science Department
    Maria Teresa Gaston, Center for Service and Justice

The Forum was be held Tuesday, February 29 from 3:30 - 5:00 in the Skutt Student Center room 105.


February 21, 2000

Jubilee Justice: Catholic Social Teaching & the Catholic Imagination

Jim Hug, President and CEO of the Center for Concern, gave a lecture on the theme of the Christian Jubilee for the Catholic Imagination Project. The lecture was held on Monday, February 21 at 3:30 in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom.

This lecture was co-sponsored by the Center for Catholicism and the Justice and Peace Studies Program.


February 11-12, 2000

God at 2000

Seven renowned authors and lecturers from the worlds of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity addressed the question: How do you see God?

The 31st Annual Trinity Institute National Conference was broadcast live via satelite on Friday and Saturday, February 11-12. The conference was recorded on video tape and placed in the Reinert Alumni Library.

The schedule of speakers was as follows:

Friday, February 11

Saturday, February 12

Marcus Borg
Diana Eck
Lawrence Kushner
Joan Chittister

Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Karen Armstrong
Desmond Tutu
Closing Panel Discussion


January 24, 2000

On Missing a Chance for Closure: Radical Orthodoxy and the Problems of Modern Theology

Dr. Lewis Ayres presented a public lecture for the Philosophy - Theology Lecture Series.

Dr. Ayres is an Assistant Professor of Christian Theology at Duke Divinity School. He publishes on and researches in the fields of both patristic and modern theology. In the patristic area he works on Augustine and on wider questions concern-ing Trinitarian theology in the fourth and fifth centuries. In modern theology he is particularly interested in recent Trinitarian theology and questions of theological method and theological exegesis. In addition to publishing a wide range of articles, he has recently edited Christian Origins: Theology, Rhetoric and Community and The Trinity: Classical and Contemporary Readings.

Dr. Ayres' lecture was given in the Union Pacific room at 7:30, Monday evening, January 24. The lecture was co-sponsored by the Philosophy and Theology departments of Creighton University.


December 7, 1999

Will Human Genetic Manipulation Be Good for Us?

Fr. Kevin FitzGerald, S.J., presented a public lecture in the Science-Religion Lecture Series.

Fr. FitzGerald is a Research Associate in molecular genetics and medical ethics at the Loyola University Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center in Chicago. Fr. FitzGerald also serves on the Board of Directors of Creighton University.

The lecture was given on Tuesday, December 7, in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom from 3:30-5:00.


December 6, 1999

The End of the World: The Millennium and the Technological Apocalypse

Dr. John O'Keefe, Chair and Associate Professor of Theology, presented the fifth in a series of lectures in relation to the coming new millennium.

The lecture was given on Monday, December 6 in the Skutt Student Center, room 104, from 3:30-5:00.


November 29, 1999

The End of the World: The Millerites and Millennialism in 19th Century America

Dr. Bryan Le Beau, Professor of History and holder of the Kenefick Chair in the Humanities, presented the fourth in a series of lectures in relation to the coming new millennium.

The lecture was given on Monday, November 29 in the Skutt Student Center, room 104, from 3:30-5:00.


November 15, 1999

The End of the World: Revelation and Hal Lindsey's Late Great Planet Earth Deconstructed

Dr. Dennis Hamm, S.J., Professor of Theology, presented the third in a series of lectures in relation to the coming new millennium.

The lecture was given on Monday, November 15 in the Skutt Student Center, room 104, from 3:30-5:00.


November 8, 1999

Apocalypse: Envisioning John's Visions

John Steczynski, Professor of Fine Arts at Boston College, presented a lecture at the opening of his exhibit of ink drawings of the Apocalypse.

Prof. Steczynski has had his work displayed in numerous art shows, and participated a major group exhibit at the Fuller Art Museum in Brockton, MA, entitled, "Shrines, Symbols, and Cherished Objects." He has published widely on art and religion.

His exhibit on the Apocalypse was be held in the Gallery of the Lied Education Center for the Arts. His lecture was presented on Monday, November 8 from 3:30-5:00 in the Theatre of the Lied Education Center for the Arts.

This event was co-sponsored by the University Committee on Lectures, Films,and Concerts.


November 1, 1999

The End of the World: Jesus and the Apocalypse

Dr. Susan Calef, Assistant Professor of Theology, presented the second in a series of lectures in relation to the coming new millennium.

The lecture was given on Monday, November 1 in the Skutt Student Center, room 104, from 3:30-5:00.


October 28, 1999

East Timor: History, Crisis, and Hope

The Critical Issues Forum considered the current crisis that has been unfolding in East Timor. Three professors from Creighton gave the history and background of the current crisis and assessed the involvment of the United States in the crisis. The participating professors were:

Dr. John Calvert, History
Dr. Jerry Clark, Sociology and Anthropology
Dr. Ken Wise, Political Science and International Studies.

The Forum was moderated by Roger Bergman, director of the Justice and Peace Studies Program. The Forum was held Thursday, October 28 from 3:30 - 5:00 in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom (Center).


October 25, 1999

The End of the World: Early Jewish Apocalyptic Groups

Dr. Leonard Greenspoon, Professor of Classical & Near Eastern Studies and holder of the Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization, presented the first in a series of lectures in relation to the coming new millennium.

The lecture was given on Monday, October 25 in the Skutt Student Center, room 104, from 3:30-5:00.


October 10-11, 1999

"The End of Days?": Millennialism from the Hebrew Bible to the Present

The Twelfth Annual Klutznick Symposium looked forward to the turn of the millennium. The two day symposium, drawing speakers from around the United States was held at the Jewish Community Center on Sunday, October 10, and at Creighton University on Monday, October 11.

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


September 30, 1999

Evolution, Creationism, & Public Education

Biology 101: What's God got to do with it? The Criticial Issues Forum considerd the role of evolution and creationism in the science curriculum in light of the recent decision of the Kansas Board of Education to eliminate evolution from the science standards. The participants in the forum included:

David Moshman, Professor of Educational Psychology (UNL) and past president of the ACLU Nebraska; Charles Austerberry, Assistant Professor of Biology; and Roger Bergman, Director of the Justice and Peace Studies Program and Moderator of the Critical Issues Fora.

The Forum was held on Thursday, September 30 from 3:30 - 5:00 in the Skutt Student Center room 105.


September 14, 1999

Liszt and the Cross: Music as Sacrament in the B Minor Sonata

Dr. Paul Barnes, co-chiar of the piano department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music, presented a piano lecture recital in celebration of the Feast of the Holy Cross.

Paul Barnes is in great demand as performer, lecturer and teacher. By combining lecture with performance, Barnes succeeds in bridging the chasm between audience and performer.

The lecture recital was given at 7:00 pm. in Saint John's Church. This event was co-sponsored by the Catholic Imagination Project.