April 19, 2001

Evil and the American Imagination

Professor Thomas S. Hibbs, of Boston College, gave a lecture for the annual Philosphy - Theology Lecture Series.

A former chair of the Philosophy Department at Boston College, Professor Hibbs received his doctorate from Notre Dame (1987). He has most recently been lecturing on and writing about nihilism in popular culture. He has just published Shows About Nothing: Nihilism in Popular Culture from The Exorcist to Seinfeld (Spense Publishing, 1999). He has been a featured guest on numerous radio talk shows, including "The Connection" on WBUR, Boston's NPR radio station.

Professor Hibbs is also a specialist on the work of Thomas Aquinas. He has published Dialectic and Narrative in Aquinas: An Interpretation of the Summa Contra Gentiles (Notre Dame, 1995), and other works on Aquinas.

Professor Hibbs lecture was given on Thursday, April 19, at 7:00 p.m. in the Union Pacific Room.

April 5, 2001

Is St. Paul the Father of Misogyny and Anti-Semitism?

Pamela Eisenbaum addressed this question on the Creighton campus in the inaugural lecture of the Center’s new Religious Diversity Project.

Pamela Eisenbaum is Associate Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Origins at the Iliff School of Theology, Denver. She is one of four Jewish New Testament scholars who teach in Christian seminaries. She is the author of The Jewish Heroes of Christian History: Hebrews 11 in Literary Context, and is a contributor to the Women’s Bible Commentary. She is currently writing two books, one on the apostle Paul and one on the Epistle to the Hebrews.

Professor Eisenbaum's lecture was given April 5, at 6:30, in the Skutt Student Center, room 105.

February 22, 2001

Are U.S. Immigration Practices in Nebraska Just?

Work place raids and deportations. Is this any way to run a democracy? The Critical Issues Forum considered the impact of U.S. Immigration policies and practices on workers in meat packing plants in South Omaha and elsewhere in Nebraska.

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

Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Chicano/a-Latino/a Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Milo Mumgaard, Executive Director of the Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest
Jerry Steinauer, Director of the INS for Nebraska and Iowa

The forum was held Thursday, February 22, from 3:30 - 5:00 in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom West.

February 12, 2001

God After Darwin: Evolution and the Question of Divine Providence

Professor John Haught, of Georgetown University, spoke to the Creighton community on the relationship between science and theology, or in particular, the implications of science for our understanding of God. Professor Haught is the author of the recent book, God After Darwin.

Prof. Haught's lecture was given Monday, February 12 at 3:30 in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom. The lecture was co-sponsored by the University Committee on Lectures, Films, and Concerts.

October 24, 2000

Is the Defense of Marriage Act Good for Us?

On November 7 the citizens of Nebraska voted on a constitutional amendment that will prohibit the recognition of same-sex unions. In anticipation of this election, the Critical Issues Forum considerd whether this amendment, the Defense of Marriage Act, was good for us.

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

Michael G. Lawler, Graff Chair of Catholic Theological Studies and Director of the Center for Marriage and Family
R. Collin Mangrum, Yossem Chair in Legal Ethics

The forum was held Tuesday, October 24, from 4:00 - 5:30 in the Skutt Student Center Room 105.

October 10, 2000

Dominus Iesus and Interreligious Dialogue

Are only Catholics saved? Are other churches defective? Are other faiths deficient? The Critical Issues Forum addressed these questions as it considered the signficance of the recent declaration from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for interreligious dialogue.

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

Michael Lawler, Theology Department
Russell Reno, Theology Department
Rabbi Aryeh Azriel, Temple Israel Synagogue

The forum was held Tuesday, October 10, from 3:30 - 5:00 in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom West.

September 17-18, 2000

Spiritual Dimensions of Judaism

The Thirteenth Annual Klutznick-Harris Symposium explored the spiritual dimensions of Judaism, past and present. The two day symposium, drawing speakers from around the United States, Great Britain, and Israel, was held at the Jewish Community Center on Sunday, September 17, and at Creighton University on Monday, September 18.

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