April 27, 2005

Life Sustaining Technologies: Medical and Ethical Reflections on the Terri Schiavo Case

The Critical Issues Forum considered the medical and ethical issues raised by the recent legal controversy involving Terri Schiavo. The forum was moderated by Julia Flemming of the Theology Department. Joining Dr. Flemming will be:

Todd Salzman, Theology Department
Jos Welie, Center for Health Policy and Ethics

The forum was held on Wednesday, April 27, at 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the Skutt Student Center, room 104.

April 14, 2005

Religious Experience, Theological Argument, and the Relevance of Rhetoric

Professor William Wainwright addressed the contribution that analytic philosophy can make to theology.

William Wainwright is the Distinguished Professor Emertius of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is the author of numerous books, including Reason and the Heart (Cornell University Press, 1995), Philosophy of Religion (Wadsworth Publishers, 1988; second edition, 1998) and Religion and Morality (Ashgate Publishing, forthcoming in 2005). He is the editor of God, Philosophy and Academic Culture (Scholar's Press, 1996), The Oxford Handbook for Philosophy of Religion (Oxford University Press, 2004), and Faith and Philosophy, the premier journal of the philosophy of religion. His current research is on the relationship between ethics and religion and the philosophical theology of Jonathan Edwards.

The lecture, part of the Philosophy-Theology Lecture Series, was given on Thursday, April 14, at 7:00 p.m. in the Skutt Student Center, room 104.

April 12, 2005

The Passion of Women and the Passion of Christ

The story of Christ's Passion is a powerful one that helps Christians make meaning of suffering and death.  But it has also been told in ways that feed cycles of victimization of abused persons, particularly women, who accept any kind of suffering as their way of "carrying the cross" in the footsteps of Jesus. Still, the Passion and Resurrection narratives can also help to galvanize communities of believers toward transformative change. The lecture by Professor Barbara Reid focused on the Johannine Jesus, who goes to calamity's depths for his friends, as one image that offers liberative possibilities.

Barbara E. Reid, O.P. is a Grand Rapids Dominican Sister. She is Professor of New Testament at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. She is the author of Parables for Preachers (3 volumes; The Liturgical Press, 1999, 2000, 2001), Choosing the Better Part? Women in the Gospel of Luke (The Liturgical Press, 1996), and A Retreat With St. Luke (St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2000). Her current research focuses on the Passion and Resurrection Narratives, with a view toward how these narratives can help Christians stop cycles of violence and victimization, particularly toward women. This project incorporates interviews with women from México, Bolivia, and Perú.

The lecture, part of the Women and Religion Lecture Series, was given on Tuesday, April 12, at 7:00 in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom.

April 4, 2005

St. Augustine in Africa: A Critical Review

J. Patout Burns, the Edward A. Malloy Professor of Catholic Studies at Vanderbilt University, exploreed Augustine's use of figurative language for the Catholic Imagination Project.

The author of numerous books and academic papers, Professor Burns is an expert on Christianity in Roman Africa. He is co-editor of the Journal of Early Christian Studies.

The lecture was given on Monday, April 4, at 3:30 p.m. in the Lied Art Gallery. A light reception followed the lecture.

April 3, 2005

Seminar in Art and Architecture in Christian North Africa

Robin Margaret Jensen, the Luce Chancellor's Professor of the History of Christian Worship and Art at Vanderbilt University, addressed how the material evidence (archaeology and art history) inform work on the history and practice of Christianity in North Africa.

Professor Jensen is the author of Understanding Early Christian Art (Routledge, 2000), and most recently, Face to Face: The Portrait of the Divine in Early Christianity (Fortress, 2005). Her current projects include a study of the architectural space and iconography of early Christian baptism and the practice of Christianity in Roman North Africa.

The seminar was given on Sunday, April 3, at 3:30 p.m. in the Lied Educational Center for the Arts, room 104. Her seminar was supported by the Richard and Mary McCormick Endowment Fund for the Fine and Performing Arts.

March 21, 2005

The Holocaust and the Trajectory of the Twentieth Century

Dr. Moishe Postone presented a lecture arguing that Nazi anti-Semitism was a form of anti-capitalism.

Dr. Postone is a professor of modern European history at the University of Chicago. He sits on the Committee on Jewish Studies. He has written Time, Labor, and Social Domination: A Reinterpretation of Marx's Critical Theory (1993), and numerous articles on critical theory, anti-Semitism and National Socialism, and postwar Germany. His recent book, edited with Eric Santner, is entitled, Catastrophe and Meaning: The Holocaust and the Twentieth Century.

The lecture was given on Monday, March 21, at 7:00 p.m. in the Skutt Student Center, room 105.

February 14, 2005

Los rastros de la memoria / Traces of Memory

Pia Barros delivered a lecture on the relationship between the Catholic Church in Chile and the Pinochet dictatorship.

Ms. Barros is a short story writer from Chile and one of the most important intellectuals from that country. She spent the entirety of the Pinochet dictatorship writing clandestinely, and is now world-renowned for the narratives she wrote (and distributed) against the dictatorship, even under the sharp scrutiny of censors, through underground channels. During the dictatorship, she founded of a series of writers' workshops, opened the underground feminist press, Ergo Sum, and led grassroots political and artistic movements to reestablish a democratic government. After Pinochet's official ouster in 1990, she continued her leadership role as a public artist, television personality, publisher, professor, writer and international spokeswoman for her country.

The lecture was presented on February 14 at 4:30 p.m. in the Skutt Student Center, room 104. The lecture was given in Spanish with a simultaneous translation in English.

January 23, 2005

Successes and Challenges of Jewish-Christian Relations: Forty Years after Nostra Aetate

Fr. John T. Pawlikowski and Rabbi Leon Klenicki spoke on the occasion of the dedication of the Kripke Center and addressed the significance of Nostra Aetate for Jewish-Christian relations.

Reception after the dedication of the Kripke Center

Fr. John T. Pawlikowski, a priest of the Servite Order, is the author or editor of more than fifteen books. Father Pawlikowski has participated in worldwide interfaith activities at the highest level. Among his honors has been service on the US Holocaust Memorial Council, membership on a number of Vatican delegations related to Jewish-Catholic dialogue, and top leadership posts in the International Council of Christians and Jews.

Rabbi Leon Klenicki, is widely known as the former interfaith affairs director of ADL. A pioneer in Catholic Jewish relations, Rabbi Klenicki was one of several major leaders asked to implement the vision of Vatican II as it related to improved relations between Catholics and Jews. A native of Argentina, Rabbi Klenicki has written or authored numerous works, including a Passover Haggadah for use in interfaith services.

The lectures was given in the Theatre of the Jewish Community Center at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 23.

January 24, 2005

Seminar in Jewish-Christian Relations

Fr. John Pawlikowski and Rabbi Leon Klenicki conducted an academic seminar on issues in Jewish-Christian relations for faculty and interested laity.

The seminar took place on Monday, January 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Skutt Student Center, room 105.

November 11, 2004

Is Curiosity a Vice?

Prof. Paul J. Griffiths addressed the question of whether curiosity is a vice as part of the Philosophy - Theology Lecture Series.

Paul J. Griffiths has held the Schmitt Chair of Catholic Studies at the University of Illinois in Chicago since 2000. Before that, he taught at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago's Divinity School. He has published on Indian Buddhist thought, Augustine and early Latin Christianity, and various topics in philosophical theology. His most recent book is Lying: An Augustinian Theology of Duplicity (Brazos, 2004).

The lecture was given on Tuesday, November 11 at 7:00 pm. in the Reinert Alumni Library, room LL02 (near the Union Pacific Room). The lecture was co-sponsored by the Philosophy and Theology Departments of Creighton University.

November 1, 2004

What are we learning from Iraq?

The Critical Issues Forum hosted a light lunch and teach-in on what we are learning form the current war and ongoing conflict in Iraq. Jeanne Schuler, of the Philosophy Department, moderated a panel consisting of:

Roger Bergman, Justice and Peace Studies
John Calvert, History Department
Mike Kelly, Law School

The forum took place on Monday, November 1, at 12:30 in the Skutt Student Center, room 104. The doors opened at 12:15 for lunch. The forum was free and open to the public.

October 24-25, 2004

350 Years of American Judaism in Popular Culture

The Seventeenth Annual Klutznick-Harris Symposium explored American Judaism in popular culture. The two day symposium, drawing speakers from around the United States were held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on Sunday, October 24. A keynote address was given at the Jewish Community Center on Sunday evening. On Monday, October 25, the sessions were held at Creighton University in the 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 4, 2004

Ezekiel Saw the Wheel: The Black Imagination and the Formation of the Self

Fr. Joseph Brown presented a public lecture as part of the Catholic Imagination Project.

Poet and preacher, Father Brown is professor and director, Black American Studies Program, University of Southern Illinois at Carbondale.

The lecture was given in the main theatre of Lied Education Center for the Arts, Creighton Univesity, at 3:30 pm.

September 2, 2004

A Church Adrift? The Crisis of Roman Catholicism in the United States

Dr. Peter Steinfels presented a public lecture on the state of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States.

Dr. Steinfels is the author most recently of A People Adrift: The Crisis of the Roman Catholic Church in America, published in 2003 by Simon & Schuster. From 1988 to 1997 he was the senior religion correspondent of The New York Times, where he continues to write "Beliefs," a biweekly column on religion and ethics.

Dr. Steinfels earned a Ph.D. in European history at Columbia University. He has been a visiting professor of history (1997-2001) at Georgetown University and of American studies (1994-95) at the University of Notre Dame. He co-directed a major three-year research project on American Catholics in the Public Square, funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Dr. Steinfels he has served as an editor of Commonweal magazine, the independent journal published by Catholic lay people, and The Hastings Center Report, the leading journal of medical and scientific ethics. In 2003 he and his wife (Margaret O’Brien Steinfels, long-time editor of Commonweal) were the recipients of the Laetare Medal, the University of Notre Dame's highest award for service to the church and society.

The lecture was given on Thursday, September 2 at 5:30 pm in the Skutt Student Center, room 104.