Professor Joseph T. Lienhard, S.J., delivered the paper "'Faith of our Fathers': The Fathers of the Church at Vatican II" at the Symposium on Vatican II and the Year of Faith, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, April 13, 2013.
On April 12, Associate Professor George Demacopoulos presented "History, Theory, and 'Eastern' Christian Text: What Postcolonial Critics and Scholars of Later Byzantium Can Learn From One Another" at the Late Antiquity Made New symposium at Duke University honoring the retirement of Elizabeth Clark.
Assistant Professor Charles Camosy recently returned from Australia. On Friday, April 12, he had a public discussion with Peter Singer at the University of Melbourne on his new book Peter Singer and Christian Ethics: Beyond Polarization. On Sunday, April 14, he presented the paper "Should anencephalic infants be organ donors?" at a Perinatal Ethics symposium at the University of Adelaide. Finally, on Monday, April 15, he gave the plenary address to the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand titled "Justice and Health Care Distribution in the NICU." Upon his return, he accepted the Robert Bryn award from Fordham Respect Life on April 18.
Assistant Professor Christiana Peppard published her op-ed "Liberty, Idolatry, and the Culture of Violence" at Milennial Journal on April 21. Read the article here. She will also give a talk on "Fresh Water and Catholic Teaching" at St. Luke Church in Westport, Connecticut on Friday, May 3 at 8:00 PM. The talk is free, and will be preceded by a wine-and-cheese reception at 7:30 PM. This talk will be the last in St. Luke's series of first Friday lectures.
Professor Larry Welborn presented a paper entitled "The Neighbor, The Kairos, The Awakening (Romans 13:8-14) at a conference at Vanderbilt University on "Reading Communities, Reading Scriptures, Reading Responsibly" on April 6, 2013. He also delivered the annual "Last Lecture" for the Undergraduate Honors Program on April 2, 2013 on the topic "Jesus and the Love Command."
Assistant Professor Patrick Hornbeck, with GSRRE Associate Professor Tom Beaudoin, presented "The Third Largest Religion? Catholics Who 'Deconvert' by Staying or Leaving," at the International Association of Practical Theology, Toronto, Canada, on April 13, 2013.
Assistant Professor Christiana Peppard published an op-ed piece entitled "For Catholics, A New Kind of Pro-Creation" in the "On Faith" section of the Washington Post on March 26. She also appeared on the March 31 episode of MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry show as part of a panel on "The Rebirth of Morality." Watch the segment here.
Assistant Professor Patrick Hornbeck, with Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education Associate Professor Tom Beaudoin, has published "Deconversion and Ordinary Theology: A Catholic Study," in Jeff Astley and Leslie J. Francis, eds., Exploring Ordinary Theology: Everyday Christian Believing and the Church (Farnham, Surrey, and Burlington, Vermont: Ashgate, 2013), pp. 33-44.
Associate Professor Ben Dunning delivered a paper entitled "Alain Badiou, Early Christianity, and Anti-Judaism" on April 4 at Yale University, for the panel "Antisemitism in the Ancient Mediterranean? Early Christianity and Anti-Judaism." The event was sponsored by the Yale Program for the Study of Antisemitism, the Yale Department of Religious Studies, the Yale Judaic Studies Program, and the Goldhirsh-Yellin Foundation.
Assistant Professor Patrick Hornbeck delivered a keynote address April 3 at the twentieth annual conference of the Society for Reformation Studies in Cambridge, U.K.: "Reforming Authority, Reforming Obedience: John Calvin, Ignatius of Loyola, and the Modern-Day Devout."
Assistant Professor Michael Peppard published his article "Testing the Boundaries: What It Really Means to Think with the Church" in Commonweal, April 12, 2013. Read the article (requires a Commonweal subscription) here.
Three members of the Fordham Theology Department are featured in the latest issue of the Center for Teaching Excellence's newsletter Enarratio. Associate Professor Maureen O'Connell contributed "Service Learning and Anti-Racist Pedagogy: Undoing Racism in the Classroom" (p. 7); PhD student Jennifer Illig contributed "The Vocation to Teach: The Road from Good Pedagogy to Jesuit Pedagogy" (p. 5); and PhD student Jon Stanfill contributed "Experiencing Byzantium with the Jesuits" (p. 6). Read the newsletter here.
Assistant Professor Christiana Peppard is the recipient of the 2013 Catherine Mowry LaCugna Award from the Catholic Theological Society of America for her essay "Fresh Water and Catholic Social Thought--A Vital Nexus," originally published in 2012 in the Journal of Catholic Social Thought. The Catholic Theological Society of America grants the Catherine Mowry LaCugna Award to new scholars for the best academic essay in the field of theology within the Roman Catholic tradition. The Award will be conferred at the annual convention in June in Miami. She also published an article at CNN.com on March 22 entitled "The Resource Problem You Probably Haven't Heard About." Read the article here.
Assistant Professor Michael Peppard is giving a talk on "Views of the Earliest Christian Home Churches" at St. Luke Church in Westport, Connecticut on Friday, April 5 at 8 PM. The talk is free, and will be preceded by a wine-and-cheese reception at 7:30 PM. This talk will be the fourth in St. Luke's series of five first Friday lectures.
Post-doctoral Fellow Kevin Wilkinson has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Later Roman History in the Classics Department at the University of Toronto. During his time here at Fordham, Dr. Wilkinson published his book New Epigrams of Palladas: A Fragmentary Papyrus Codex (PCtYBR inv. 4000), American Studies in Papyrology, vol. 52 (2012). He also published the articles "The Elder Melania's Missing Decade," Journal of Late Antiquity 5 (2012): 166-184; "Dedicated Widows in Codex Theodosianus 9.25?," Journal of Early Christian Studies 20 (2012): 141-166; "The Sarmatian and the Indians: A New Satirical Epigram on the Victory Titles of Galerius," Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 183 (2012): 39-52; and "Aurelius Gaius (AE 1981.777) and Imperial Campaigns, 293-299," Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 183 (2012): 53-58.
Fordham Theology faculty members have been active in commenting for members of the print, broadcast, and electronic media concerning the resignationof Pope Benedict XVI. The following members of the faculty have given interviews, written commentaries, or been featured in the press since the pope's resignation was announced February 11:
George E. Demacopoulos, Ph.D.
Wrote a guest blog post for University of Pennsylvania Press, February 18
Interviewed on PIX11 News, February 12
Interviewed on ABC World News Now, February 27
James Fisher, Ph.D.
Interviewed by German public broadcaster ARD, February 13
Jeannine Hill Fletcher, Th.D.
Interviewed by USA Today, February 21
Interviewed by Reuters, February 21
J. Patrick Hornbeck, II, D.Phil.
Interviewed by Uptown Radio, March 1
Michael E. Lee, Ph.D.
Interviewed for ABC New York program Tiempo, hosted by Joe Torres, broadcast February 17
Interviewed by NY 1 en español, February 11
Interviewed by Bronx 12 en español, February 11
Joseph T. Lienhard, S.J., Dr. theol. habil.
Interviewed by Salt Lake Tribune, February 20
Interviewed on WNYC radio, February 11
Quoted in Meredith Galante, “Cardinal Dolan Reacts to Pope’s Resignation,” A.M. New York, February 11
Quoted in Kristen Moulton, “Remembering Benedict - the teacher, the traditionalist,” Salt Lake Tribune, March 1; reprinted in The Mercury, march 1
James McCartin, Ph.D.
Interviewed: “Interview: Papacy in Transition,” Council on Foreign Relations, February 11
Michael L. Peppard, Ph.D.
Authored “Terra incognita: What are the known unknowns?” dotCommonweal, February 11
Maureen A. Tilley, Ph.D.
Interviewed on WABC News, February 25
Interviewed by Vasili Sushkov, Voice of Russia Radio, February 22
Interviewed on 1010 WINS, February 11
Appearances on PIX11 News, February 11, February 17, February 21
Provided background to Jeane Macintosh, “Chaos behind the last such case—in 1415,” New York Post, February 11
Quoted in James Ford, “The Next Pope? He may currently be working south of the equator”, PIX11.com, February 11
Interviewed by CBS 2, February 11
Quoted in Stephen Rex Brown, “Pope Benedict's signet ring will be destroyed using special silver papal hammer to ensure documents it was used to sign will not be forged,” New York Daily News, February 27
Terrence W. Tilley, Ph.D.
Interviewed by ABC 7, February 23
Appearance on CrossTalk (program of Russia Today TV channel), February 14
Interviewed by Mundo Fox (English), February 12
Appearance by telephone on Good Morning Westchester, February 12
Two interviews by NY 1, February 11
Interviewed by Fox 5, February 11
Interviewed by New York Post, February 11
Appearance on CBS Up to the Minute news service, February 11
Appearance on News 12 The Bronx, February 11
Quoted in Stacy Meichtry and Liam Moloney, “Pope Resigns in Historic Move,” Wall Street Journal, February 11
Quoted in “U.S. Catholics Surprised by Pope’s Resignation,” Wall Street Journal, February 11
Quoted in David Gibson, “Pope Benedict XVI Recasts World’s View on Papacy”, Religion News Service, February 11 (carried) in Newark Star-Ledger, February 11
Quoted in Palash R. Ghosh, International Business Times, “Pope Benedict XVI Resigns: Do Western Catholics Really Even Care?” February 11
Quoted in Cathy Grossman, “ANALYSIS: Vatican intrigue is age-old part of papal politics,” Religion News Service, February 27; printed in the Washington Post On Faith blog, February 27
Quoted in Eric J. Lyman and Cathy Grossman, “Pope Benedict leaves amid a holy mess at the Vatican,” USA Today, February 27
Assistant Professor Christiana Peppard, with animator Jeremy Collins, has created two videos about access to clean water for TED-Ed: Lessons Worth Sharing, a website devoted to educational videos. Follow the links to see her videos, "Where We Get Our Fresh Water" and "Fresh Water Scarcity: An Introduction to the Problem."
Assistant Professor Kathryn Reklis gave the paper "X-Reality and the Incarnation" at the conference "Digital Church: Theology and New Media" at Union Theological Seminary as part of her work as a Research Fellow for the New Media Project.
On Friday, February 1, the Arts and Sciences Deans presented the annual award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching to Associate Professor Benjamin Dunning, commenting especially on his groundbreaking work on the assessment of doctoral dissertations in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The Department of Theology warmly congratulates Prof. Dunning on his achievement. He joins Professors Firer Hinze, Johnson, Nasuti, and Papanikolaou as Theology Department recipients of the deans' annual teaching awards.
Assistant Professor J. Patrick Hornbeck II, in cooperation with an international and interdisciplinary cohort of colleagues, has inaugurated a new online review of scholarly books in history, theology, and religious studies, The Marginalia Review of Books (www.themarginaliareview.com). The publication seeks to publish the highest quality reviews of new books in a range of fields. Among the first books reviewed is Assistant Professor Charlie Camosy's Peter Singer and Christian Ethics. Faculty members may contact Dr. Hornbeck if they are interested in submitting a book review.
Assistant Professor Michael Peppard published "Early Christians Were Rich?," a review of Peter Brown's Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD, in America magazine, February 11, 2013, pp. 30-32.
Assistant Professor Charles Camosy has published "Which Newborns Are Too Expensive to Treat?--A Response to Dominic Wilkinson" in the Journal of Medical Ethics 39 (2013). This piece was an invited response to a major review essay of Dr. Camosy's book Too Expensive to Treat?--Finitude, Tragedy and the Neonatal ICU in the same issue.
Distinguished Professor Elizabeth Johnson's book Quest for the Living God has just been published in Italian translation as Alla ricerca del Dio vivente (Rome: Fazi Editore, 2012).
Assistant Professor Brenna Moore's book, Sacred Dread: Raïssa Maritain, the Allure of Suffering, and the French Catholic Revival (1905–1944), was recently published by the University of Notre Dame Press. In the press release about the book, Dr. Robert Orsi (Northwestern University) writes, "In this book, Moore examines the life and writings of Raïssa Maritain (1883-1960), one of the few women to contribute to the French Catholic revival...Brenna Moore brings together in this beautifully written book deep theological learning with a fine historical sensibility to give us a stunning portrait of one of the most interesting women of the twentieth century. Sacred Dread is at the same time an inner history of twentieth-century Catholicism. Brilliantly illuminating Maritain's intellectual milieu, Moore shows how courageously Maritain faced the horrors of her times and at what cost, offering a theology of suffering for a deeply wounded age. In Brenna Moore this great thinker has found her perfect reader at last."
Assistant Professor Brenna Moore presented a paper on Michel de Certeau, Henri de Lubac, and Ressourcement at the American Catholic Historical Association in New Orleans in early January. This was part of a panel, "French Jesuit Peripeties: Turning Points of Louis Billot, Jean Daniélou, Henri de Lubac, Michel de Certeau."
Assistant Professor Patrick Hornbeck's article "'Counting Catholics in the United States" was recently published in American Catholic Studies 123.4 (2012): 1-21.
Professor Larry Welborn's article "'That There May Be Equality': The Contexts and Consequences of a Pauline Ideal" was recently published in New Testament Studies 59.1 (2013): 73-90.
The National Endowment for the Humanities challenge grant that was awarded last month to the Orthodox Christian Studies Center was recently featured in a Fordham news article. The article notes that this is the first NEH challenge grant ever awarded to Fordham University. In the words of President Joseph McShane, “In this, much credit is due to George Demacopoulos and Telly Papanikolaou, who have brought tremendous energy and new scholarship to Orthodox Studies at Fordham.” Read more here.
Assistant Professor Michael Peppard's article, “Illuminating the Dura-Europos Baptistery: Comparanda for the Female Figures,” has been published in Journal of Early Christian Studies 20 (2012): 543-74.
Assistant Professor Brenna Moore's article, "How to Awaken the Dead: Michel de Certau, Henri de Lubac, and the Instabilities Between the Past and Present," was published in the Fall 2012 issue of Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality.
Professor Larry Welborn's article "Paul's Spectacle Metaphor in 1 Cor. 15:30-32" was published in The Bible and Critical Theory 8 (2012): 11-20. Two books published in series edited by Professor Welborn have also appeared: Guy Maclean Rogers, The Mysteries of Artemis of Ephesos, Synkresis: Comparative Approaches to Early Christianity in Greco-Roman Culture, ed. L. L. Welborn and Dale Martin (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012), and F. Stanley Jones, The Rediscovery of Jewish Christianity, History of Biblical Studies 5, ed. L. L. Welborn (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2012).
Fordham's Orthodox Christian Studies Center, founded and directed by Professor Aristotle Papanikolaou and Associate Professor George Demacopoulos, has received a grant of $500,000, the maximum award from the National Endowment for the Humanities' Challenge Grant program. This funding will be used to create an annual faculty-in-residence fellowship and an annual dissertation-completion fellowship in Orthodox Christian Studies. This grant represents Fordham's first-ever NEH Challenge Grant. Many congratulations to all involved!
Professor Aristotle Papanikolaou's book The Mystical as Political: Democracy and Non-Radical Orthodoxy has been published by the University of Notre Dame Press. William Schweiker (University of Chicago) writes, "The Mystical as Political rewards its reader with fresh insight into the complex relation between faith and politics. Papanikolaou is a rising star on the theological scene. This book deserves wide readership as a crucial theological contribution to debates about our political and personal lives." Read more or purchase the book at the press's website.
The following Fordham theology faculty members participated in this year's joint annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature in Chicago, Illinois, on November 17-20:
Associate Professor Benjamin Dunning presented "Gender and Animality in John Chrysostom’s Genesis Homilies" to the Gender, Sexuality, and the Bible Group (SBL)
Associate Professor Jeannine Hill Fletcher participated in the panel "Is Comparative Theology Catholic?" sponsored by the Roman Catholic Studies Group (AAR); she also presented "Interreligious Spirituality for Catholic Feminist Survival" to the Christian Spirituality Group (AAR)
Professor Bradford Hinze presided over the panel "The Social Gospel in a Time of Economic Crisis: The Church and Capitalism Today," sponsored by the Ecclesiological Investigations Group (AAR)
Professor Christine Firer Hinze responded to the panel "The Social Gospel in a Time of Economic Crisis: The Church and Capitalism Today," sponsored by the Ecclesiological Investigations Group (AAR)
Associate Professor Karina Martin Hogan responded to the panel "Paideia and 'Internalized Apocalypticism'," sponsored by the Wisdom and Apocalypticism in Early Judaism and Early Christianity Section (SBL); she also participated as a panelist in a review session for Matthias Henze's Jewish Apocalypticism in Late First Century Israel: Reading Second Baruch in Context (SBL)
Associate Professor Kathryn Kueny presented "God as M/Other, Midwife, and Erotic Partner in the Engendering of Life" to the Qur'an Group (AAR)
Assistant Professor Brenna Moore presented "'Into the Catacombs of the Past': Women, French Catholic Medievalism, and the Status of Difference in an Idealized Religious Past" to the Cultural History of the Study of Religion Group (AAR)
Assistant Professor Michael Peppard presented "Roman Controversiae About Inheritance Disputes and 1 Corinthians 6" to the Polis and Ekklesia: Investigations of Urban Christianity Consultation (SBL)
Assistant Professor Kathryn Reklis presided over the panel "The Blog that Dares Not Speak Its Name: New Media and Collaborative Scholarship" (AAR)
Professor Laurence Welborn presented "Voluntary Exile as the Solution to Discord in 1 Clement" to the Inventing Christianity Consultation (SBL); he presided over a session of the Polis and Ekklesia: Investigations of Urban Christianity Consultation (SBL); and he responded to the panel "Wisdom and Apocalypticism in Paul," sponsored by the Wisdom and Apocalypticism in Early Judaism and Early Christianity Section / Pauline Epistles Section (SBL)
Associate Professor Aristotle Papanikolaou was featured in the Faculty and Research section of the November 8 edition of Inside Fordham, where they discuss his recently published book The Mystical as Political: Democracy and Non-Radical Orthodoxy. Read the article here.
Assistant Professor Michael Peppard has been chosen as one of the ten recipients worldwide of the Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise, an award administered by the University of Heidelberg that annually recognizes junior scholars of theology and religion from around the world. The $10,000 award also includes an invitation for Prof. Peppard to take part in a colloquium with his fellow award winners this May and June in Heidelberg. Prof. Peppard's fellow award winners come from the U.S., U.K., Germany, Australia, and Israel.
Assistant Professor Charles Camosy recently participated in two public debates with Dr. Julian Savulescu (University of Oxford) sponsored by the University of Oxford's Centre for Practical Ethics. The theme of the debates was "The Possibility of Religious-Secular Ethical Engagement." The first debate on October 18 addressed abortion, and the second debate on October 19 addressed euthanasia. Listen to the debates at http://www.practicalethics.ox.ac.uk/latest_news/2012/public_debates_the_possibility_of_religious-secular_ethical_engagement.
Prof. Camosy also recently published his article "Intellectual Strangers No More? Peter Singer and Roman Catholicism on Ecological Concern" in the peer-reviewed journal Claritas 1:2 (Oct. 2012): 45-70. Read the article at http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/claritas/vol1/iss2/7/.
Fordham alumnus, Rhodes Scholar, and former Loyola Chair Fr. Brian Daley, S.J., was awarded the annual Ratzinger Prize for Theology by Pope Benedict XVI on October 20. The pope commended Fr. Daley for "the transmission of knowledge that unites science and wisdom, scientific rigor and passion for man, so that man might discover the true 'art of living.'" Read more at http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/american-priest-celebrates-receiving-ratzinger-award-in-rome/.
Professor Harry Nasuti contributed the article "From School to University: Forming Character, Seeking Truth, and Teaching Humanities in Jesuit Institutions" to the latest issue of Enarratio, the bulletin from the Center for Teaching Excellence. Read this edition of the bulletin here.
Assistant Professor Michael Peppard published "Paul Ryan, Catholic Dissident" in The New York Times, October 16, 2012, page A31 (online edition). Professor Peppard is responding to the controversy that this opinion piece has generated on his blog at Commonweal.
Associate Professor Jeannine Hill Fletcher was recently recognized in The Ram for her contributions to efforts to redevelop the Kingsbridge Armory. The article recognizes her commitment to a healthy Bronx community and the contribution of the students in her service-learning classes to the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, which is pursuing the redevelopment. Read more at here.
Associate Professor Judith Kubicki, C.S.S.F., was cited in the National Catholic Reporter article "Vatican, US bishops mandate changes to 'Lamb of God'" on October 11. Read the article at http://ncronline.org/news/faith-parish/vatican-us-bishops-mandate-changes-lamb-god.
Professor Aristotle Papanikolaou's book, The Mystical as Political: Democracy and Non-Radical Orthodoxy, will be published by the University of Notre Dame Press on October 25. Read a summary at http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/17166.
Assistant Professor Kathryn Reklis gave a plenary address on Social Media and Religious Communities at the Lilly Website Consultation at Duke Divinity School on Monday, Oct. 8 as part of her work as a Research Fellow with the New Media Project.
Professor Aristotle Papanikolaou presented "The Politics of Theosis" at the annual meeting of the Orthodox Theological Society of America, held at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary on September 22.
Assistant Professor J. Patrick Hornbeck II received a $3,000 course development grant from the Centerfor Teaching Excellence to create a study abroad version of his Reformation Texts course. With Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education Associate Professor Tom Beaudoin, Hornbeck delivered a paper, "Roman Catholic Deconversion as Ordinary Ecclesiology", at the Ordinary Ecclesiology conference at the University of Durham, U.K., September 11-13.
Assistant Professor Michael Peppard has had a busy week. He published a blog entry on standardized testing, "Schools Aren't Factories," with the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-peppard/chicago-teachers-strike_b_1890208.html?utm_hp_ref=education. He also published the essay "Powerful Sons Were Adopted Sons: A Roman Imperial Perspective" at http://www.bibleinterp.com/articles/pep368014.shtml. Finally, his comments on a recently found Coptic papyrus fragment appeared in several news sources, including the Catholic News Service (http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1203924.htm) and CBS New York (http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/09/19/scholar-claims-ancient-document-shows-jesus-discussed-wife/), and he published a blog entry about the fragment with the Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/guest-voices/post/jesus-wife-nothing-to-fear-something-to-learn/2012/09/21/4a629938-0408-11e2-8102-ebee9c66e190_blog.html).
Patrick Ryan, S.J., Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society, also appeared in the CBS New York news story about the recently found Coptic papyrus fragment: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/09/19/scholar-claims-ancient-document-shows-jesus-discussed-wife/.
Professor Maureen A. Tilley participated in the St. Augustine Institute "Reconsiderations" conference at Villanova University September 13-16. Her address was "Family and Financial Conflict in the Donatist Controversy: Augustine's Pastoral Problem." The program is available at http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/mission/augustinianinstitute/conferences/reconsiderations/program.html. It occurs once every three years and is open to faculty, students and interested members of the community.
Former Associate Professor Christophe Chalamet is delivering his inaugural lecture September 24 at Université de Genève: "LaSubversion de l'Evangile: Plaidoyer pour une théologie critique."
Assistant Professor Charles Camosy was recently invited to be a part of a three-year international working group called "Contending Modernities," a group of scholars attempting to think about how the traditions of Islam, Catholicism, and secular liberalism can and should interact with each other in a contemporary context. Organized by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, meetings are currently scheduled for Georgetown, Notre Dame, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Singapore. Outcomes will include publications, conferences, and broad engagement in public discourse via various media.
Aristotle Papanikolaou published "The Doctrine of the Trinity: Its History and Meaning," in The Orthodox Christian World, ed. Augustine Casiday (Routledge, 2012): 398-410; and, "Creation as Dynamic Intentionality: Vladimir Lossky's Metaphysics of Love," in Creation and Salvation, Vol 2: A Companion on Recent Theological Movements, ed. Ernst M. Conradie (LIT: 2012): 35-40.
Professor Bradford Hinze delivered the presidential address at the annual meeting of the College Theology Society at St. Mary's University held in San Antonio on June 2nd.
Associate Professor Kathryn Kueny published her essay, "Reproducing Power: Qur'ânic anthropogonies in comparison," in The Lineaments of Islam: Studies in honor of Fred McGraw Donner, edited by Paul M. Cobb (Leiden, Brill: 2012).
NAPS: The following presentations were given by faculty at the annual meeting of the North American Patristic Society in May:
• Associate Professor George Demacopoulos, "Every Holy Man Needs a Barbarian: Goths and Lombards in Gregory'sDialogues"
• Professor Joseph Lienhard, SJ, "Locutio and sensus, and Augustine's Hermeneutics"
• Professor Maureen Tilley, panelist for the teaching workshop "Thinking Outside the Text: Incorporating Visual Culture in the Classroom"
Professor Jim Fisher and Dr. Margaret McGuinness (La Salle University) won first place in their category in the Catholic Press Association's annual book awards for their edited volume A Catholic Studies Reader (New York: Fordham University, 2011).
Associate Professor Jeannine Hill Fletcher participated in the Odyssey Networks interview "US Nuns and the Vatican Clash," released on July 6. Watch the video at http://www.odysseynetworks.org/video/us-nuns-and-the-vatican-clash.
Assistant Professor Patrick Hornbeck was awarded second place in the category "Best Feature Article - Scholarly Magazines" by the Catholic Press Association for his American Catholic Studies article "Deconversion from Roman Catholicism: Mapping a Fertile Field", which was published in summer 2011.
Assistant Professor Christiana Peppard was cited as an expert in "US drought: how it could impact food, water needs around the world" in the July 19 edition of the Christian Science Monitor. Read the article at http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2012/0719/US-drought-how-it-could-impact-food-water-needs-around-the-world.
Dr. Christiana Peppard was also featured in the Faculty and Research section of Inside Fordham on June 11. Read "Theology Professor Examines the Meanings of Water in a Global Economy" at http://www.fordham.edu/campus_resources/enewsroom/inside_fordham/june_11_2012/in_focus_faculty_and/theology_professor_e_82967.asp.
In June, Assistant Professor Michael Peppard participated in "A Theological Exchange between Catholics and Jews" along with Jewish scholar Adam Gregerman at Providence College. The topic of the exchange was why Jews should read the New Testament, a question prompted by the recent publication of the Jewish Annotated New Testament. http://www.providence.edu/news/headlines/Pages/theological-exchange-2012.aspx
A flattering review of Dr. Michael Peppard's book The Son of God in the Roman World appeared in the August 13th edition of America: The National Catholic Weekly. http://www.americamagazine.org/content/article.cfm?article_id=13520
Professor Maureen Tilley was the keynote speaker for the first international conference on Donatism, May 17-18 at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium). The paper was "African Asceticism: The Donatist Heritage." She was also a panelist at the annual meeting of the North American Patristics Society. The panel was entitled "Thinking Outside the Text: Incorporating Visual Culture in the Classroom." A symposium anthology will be forthcoming in 2013.
Associate Professor Kathryn Kueny published an essay, "Reproducing Power: Qur'ânic anthropogonies in comparison," in The Lineaments of Islam: Studies in honor of Fred McGraw Donner, edited by Paul. M. Cobb (Leiden, Brill: 2012).
Cardinal Dolan, Stephen Colbert, and James Martin will present an evening focused on the relationship between faith and humor here at Fordham on September 14th. Click here for more information.
Congratulations to James T. Fisher and Margaret McGuinness, who won first place in their category from the Catholic Press Association for The Catholic Studies Reader.
The Rev. Richard J. Dillon, Professor Emeritus of theology, was elected vice president of the CBA during thegroup’s annual meeting in June of 2011. Following his term as vice president, Father Dillon will assume his role as president during the 75th International Meeting of the CBA, which will be held July 28 through 31 at the University of Notre Dame. Click here for more information.
Professor Terrence Tilley., the Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., Chair in Catholic Theology and chair of the Theology Department, was awarded the John Courtney Murray Award from the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA), the society’s highest honor, on June 9. For more information, visit http://www.fordham.edu/Campus_Resources/eNewsroom/topstories_2453.asp. To read a copy of the citation given at the ceremony, click here.
Professor Brad Hinze gave a plenary address at the Assisi 2012 conference entitled "Precarious Life, Laments, and the Promise of Prophetic Ecumenical and Interfaith Communities."
Assistant Professor Franklin T. Harkins recently published a co-edited volume entitled Interpretation of Scripture: Theory, edited by Franklin T. Harkins and Frans van Liere, Victorine Texts in Translation 3 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2012). The volume includes his new translation of the Didascalicon of Hughof St. Victor.
Professor Richard Viladesau recently appeared in the Channel 4 (UK) documentary Crucifixion, which traces the representation and interpretation of the crucifix from illustrations on fourth century tombs through centuries of church-sanctioned depictions to contemporary portrayals. In addition to interviews with art critics and theologians, the documentary features an attempt by anatomist Gunther von Hagens to create a crucifix from casts of human bone and blood vessels. Read more here.
Associate Professor Jeannine Hill Fletcher participated in aPBS News Hour conversation on April 19, "Vatican Rebuke: Are U.S. Nuns Promoting 'Radical Feminist Themes?'" View the video here.
Assistant Professors Michael Peppardand Charlie Camosy were cited in an April 29th Our Sunday Visitor article about issues that will be of particular concern for Catholics in the upcoming presidential election. Read the article here.
Professor Larry Welborn and Assistant Professor Michael Peppard were recently listed by Vicki Spicer (FCRH '12), an undergraduate theology major recently featured in The Ram, ad her two favorite professors. Read her comments here.
Professor Maureen Tilley's research on North African Christianity was featured in the March 19th Faculty and Research section of Inside Fordham. Read the article here.
Assistant Professor Charlie Camosy's book, Peter Singer and Christian Ethics: Beyond Polarization, has been published by Cambridge University Press.
Postdoctoral Fellow Kevin W. Wilkinson has published "Dedicated Widows in Codex Theodosianus 9.25?" in Journal of Early Christian Studies 20 (2012): 141-66.
Professor Terrence W. Tilley, Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., Professor of Catholic Theology and Chair of the Theology Department, gave the presidential address to the Society for Philosophy of Religion on February 24th in Savannah, Georgia, "David Letterman's Top 10 List of Reminders for Philosophers of Religion", and a lecture to a faculty seminar on March 1st at Iona College, "Catholic Identity, Catholic Colleges, and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition."
Assistant Professor Christiana Peppard gave an invited lecture, entitled "Water, vital need and Global Justice: theological perspective" at the "Eau, besoin vital et Justice Globale" conference in Geneva. Read more about the conference here.
Assistant Professor Michael Peppard's blog post at Commonweal, titled "Letting a Ritual Do," was linked to by Andrew Sullivan's blog, The Dish, which is one of the most widely-read blogs on the World Wide Web. Read the blog entry here.
Associate Professor Maureen O'Connell's article "Catholics and Racism: From Examination of Conscience to Examination of Culture" has been published online by the National Catholic Reporter. Read the article here.
Distinguished Professor of Theology Elizabeth Johnson recently gave a suite of lectures on "Theology in Women's Voices: A Global Perspective" at Universidad Iberoamericana, the Jesuit university of Mexico City.
Professor Joseph Lienhard participated in the Symposium on the Charism of Priestly Celibacy sponsored by the Institute for Church Life and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops at Notre Dame University on February 15-17. Read about it at here.
Assistant Professor Charlie Camosy delivered his final McDonald Lecture as a visiting fellow of the Centre for Theology, Ethics and Public Life at Oxford University. The theme of the series was "Peter Singer & Christian Ethics: Beyond Polarisation."
Dr. Aristotle Papanikolaou has been promoted, effective in academic year 2012-13, from Associate Professor to Professor.
Professor Emeritus José Pereira, who taught in Fordham's Theology Department from 1970 to 2000, has been named by the President of India as one of the 2012 recipients of the Padma Bushan Award for his contributions toliterature and education. The Padma Bushan Award is the second highest civilian award given by the State of India.
Assistant Professor Michael Peppard was featured in the Faculty and Research section of the February 6th issue of Inside Fordham. Read the article, "Theology Professor Seeks Deeper Understanding of Earliest Christians," here.
Assistant Professor John Seitz's book No Closure: Catholic Practice and Boston's Parish Shutdowns is currently a recommended read by the National Catholic Reporter's book club. Read the NCR's review of his book.
Professor Joseph Lienhard, S.J., presented a paper on the ecclesiology of St. Augustine at at the second annual symposium in honor of Georges Florovsky, which took place February 10th-11h at Princeton theological Seminary. The symposium title this year was The Body of the Living Christ: The Patristic Doctrine ofthe Church.
Associate Professor Karina Martin Hogan published an essay, “The Mortal Body and the Earth in Ben Sira and the Book of the Watchers,” in Christian Body, Christian Self: Concepts of Early Christian Personhood, edited by Clare K. Rothschild and Trevor W. Thompson.
Associate Professor Aristotle Papanikolaou was named the winner of this year's Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in the Humanities. Prof. Papanikolaou was selected for a Louisville Institute Sabbatical Grant for Researchers.
Professor Joseph Lienhard, S.J., spoke at Kennedy High School in Somers, NY, on January 30th in honor of Catholic Schools Week. Read about it at here.
Assistant Professor John Seitz has been selected to participate in a three year international research endeavor called "The Lived History of Vatican II." Dr. Seitz, along with 14 other scholars from around the world, will explore the question of "how Catholics living in radically different social, political, and cultural contexts around the world took up the Council's challenges and mandates." Seitz'scontribution will be a study of Catholics in the Archdiocese of Boston.
Assistant Professor Patrick Hornbeck has recently published a co-edited collection of essays on heresy and dissent in late medieval England: Wycliffite Controversies, ed. Mishtooni Bose and J. Patrick Hornbeck II(Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2011). The collection also includes Hornbeck's own essay, "Wycklyffes Wycket and Eucharistic Theology: Cases from Sixteenth-Century Winchester," pp. 279-94.
Assistant Professor Charles Camosy's medical ethics expertise was cited once again in an ABC News article, "Amelia Rivera, Mentally Disabled, May Get Kidney Transplant After All." Read the article here.
Three Fordham faculty members--Jeannine Hill Fletcher, Michael Lee and Terrence Tilley--were among initial signatories of a public statement released on Friday, January 19th, encouraging “fellow Catholics Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum to stop perpetuating ugly racial stereotypes on the campaign trail.” Read the full statement here.
Associate Professor Maureen O'Connell published "Can You Sin When You Vote?" and Professor Terrence Tilley published "How Would Jesus Vote? or the Politics of God's Reign" in Voting and Holiness: Catholic Perspectives on Political Participation, edited by Nicholas P. Carfardi and just released by Paulist Press.
Professor Maureen Tilley appears in a recent Fox News story, "Forgotten Religious Relic Discovered in New York." Not only is she quoted in the article, she also makes an appearance in the video! Read the article and view the video at http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/01/25/forgotten-religious-relic-rediscovered-in-new-york/.
Associate Professor George Demacopoulos delivered the keynote address at the Catholic-Orthodox Ecumenical Gathering hosted jointly by Wilton Gregory, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Atlanta, and Archbishop Alexios, the Greek Orthodox metropolitan of Atlanta, on January 24 at Holy Spirit Church in Atlanta. The theme of the gathering was "Pilgrims of Peace and Messengers of Hope."
Professor James Fisher will give this year's annual Candlemas lecture at Boston College on February 8 at 7:00 pm. This lecture is part of the Lowell Humanities Series, which invites distinguished writers, artists, performers, and scholars to Boston College. For more information, visit http://www.bc.edu/offices/lowellhs/.
Associate Professor Maureen O'Connell presented "Peacemaking in the Midst of a War Time Presidency" as part of a panel that addressed "Continuity and Change: The Obama Administration on War and Peacemaking" at the Society of Christian Ethics meeting on January 6th.
Associate Professor Aristotle Papanikolaou presented the paper "The Ascetics of War: The Undoing and Redoing of Virtue" at the Society of Christian Ethics meeting on January 6th.
Many congratulations to Distinguished Professor Elizabeth A. Johnson, CSJ, on being named Person of the Year for 2011 by theNational Catholic Reporter, which describes her as a "faith-filled and meticulous scholar" who is a "theologian and signpost of the wider Catholic theological community." Read more here.
Assistant Professor Brenna Moore has been nominated to participate in the week-long Kandersteg Seminar, an international seminar hosted by New York University's Remarque Institute, founded by Tony Judt. This year's seminar will be held in Switzerland in March and will include 20 international scholarswho have been invited to discussthe topic "Religion in Modern Europe."
Associate Professor George Demacopoulos has published an essay on Gregory the Great in a recent volume edited by Paul Gavrilyuk and Sarah Coakley, The Spiritual Senses: Perceiving God in Western Christianity (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2012), 71-85. Essays in this volume were subjected to peer review. In addition, his essay "Gregory the Great and a Post-Imperial Discourse" was recently published in Power and Authority in the Eastern Christian Experience, edited by N. Soumakis (New York: Theotokos Press, 2011), 120-37.
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