Call and Response: How American Catholic Sisters Shaped the Church Since Vatican II
December 11, 2012
Catholic sisters have exercised a dramatic influence for generations, building a vast parochial school system, pioneering higher education for women, and founding hospitals and social services that allow the Church to reach millions each year. Responding to Vatican II's call for renewal in the 1960s, they expanded beyond these ministries - embracing social activism and missionary work, exploring fresh currents in spirituality and theology, and championing human dignity and rights.
How has sisters' ministry changed the face of the Church in recent decades? Where are they called today?
My Generation: Muslim Millennials on the Future of Islam
October 17, 2012
Young Muslims of today are forging the Islam of tomorrow. This forum gathers the voices and stories of a new Muslim generation and asks them to define their vision of Islam in the twenty-first century.
Apocalypse Now: America’s Fascination with Doomsday and Why It Matters
September 12, 2012
Today’s politicians and Hollywood producers join religious prophets in speculating on catastrophic scenarios. Melting polar ice caps, economic decline, instability in the Middle East, the global surge of conflicts over scarce natural resources and biblical prophecy have all fueled a sense of impending cataclysm. Why are Americans today so fixated on apocalyptic scenarios? A panel explores how America's fascination with doomsday pervades both the sacred and secular imagination of modern life. Featuring: Elaine Pagels, J. Hoberman, Andrew Delbanco, and Kurt Andersen
Taking Offense: When Art and the Sacred Collide
April 25, 2012
Should sacred images be exempt from critical, negative or even novel portrayal? Do defenders of transgressive art test their judgment against what they themselves hold sacred? Are there issues beyond free expression and purely aesthetic standards? Camille Paglia & Dana Gioia discuss what happens when artists treat images and ideas that many hold sacred in a deliberately shocking way.