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Upcoming Events: Fall 2014

Tuesday, September 16: "A Crisis of Conscience: What do we owe immigrant youth and families?" 6:00 PM, Pope Auditorium, Lincoln Center. Please join us for the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture's upcoming forum, co-sponsored with the Center for Ethics Education. The event will feature Ken Salazar, retired US Senator (D-CO) and former Secretary of the Interior; Gabriel Salguero, President of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition; Sarah Burr, retired Assistant Chief Immigration Judge, US Justice Department; and David Ushery of WNBC. Please RSVP
Friday, September 19: Translation Studies Research Symposium10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, ABS Board/Community Room (1865 Broadway at 61st Street). Two well-known scholars will be presenting their ideas along with two respected respondents. “Translating Biblical Poetry: Ancient Hebrew Verse,” Robert Alter, with a response by Professor Adriane Leveen; and “World Literature, National Markets,” Professor David Damrosch, with a response by Professor Lydia Liu. The registration fee is $25.00 and graduate students are free. Included is a light lunch. Please register by September 10, 2014. Further description, registration, contact information may be found here.
Monday, September 22: Open House and pizza lunch for students interested in majoring or minoring in Theology.1:00 PM, Duane 140.

Tuesday, September 23: American Muslim Civil Rights after 9/11. 2:30 pm, Third Floor, Room 02, Fordham Law, Lincoln Center Campus. Speaker: Faiza Patel, Esq., co-director, Brennan Center National Security Program.  Pizza will be served. RSVP Click here for more info.

Wednesday, September 24: Evolution and Creation: A Dialogue Towards Ethics. 6:30 PM, 12th Floor Lounge, Lincoln Center Campus. Considered to be one of the world's foremost feminist theologians, Elizabeth Johnson discusses the implications of theology for environmental ethics. Part of the Walton Lecture Series. RSVP here.

Wednesday, September 24: Father Greg Boyle is doing a presentation and a Q&A about his book, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion. 8:00 PM, Keating 1st Auditorium. Refreshments to follow. To read more about the transforming work that Fr. Greg does, check out this link.

Friday and Saturday, September 26-27: Conference: Poverty & Development - a Catholic Perspective. Corrigan Conference Center, 12th Floor, Lincoln Center Campus. CAPP-USA and Fordham University's Graduate Program in International Political Economy and Development jointly sponsor a conference on Poverty and Development which will bring together international authorities and professionals who will highlight poverty and development issues raised by His Holiness, Pope Francis; address their implications; and suggest specific responses and remedies. View more information.

Monday, September 29: Latino/a Spiritualiities: New Perspectives on Catholic Practice, Politics, and Experience. Fordham College Lincoln Center, 12th Floor Lounge. Part of the Curran Center's U.S. Catholic Cultures Lecture Series; Free and open to the public. This will be a Panel Discussion featuring: Ana María Díaz Stevens, Professor Emerita of Church and Society, Union Theological Seminary; Anthony M. Stevens Arroyo, Professor Emeritus of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies and Distinguished Scholar
, Brooklyn College; Kristy Nabhan-Warren, the V.O. and Elizabeth Kahl Figge Fellow in Catholic Studies, University of Iowa; Rev. Jean-Pierre Ruiz, Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow of Theology and Religious Studies, St. John’s University; And the Moderator, Natalia Imperatori-Lee, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Manhattan College.
Tuesday, September 30: Rowan Williams, 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, will offer this year's Orthodoxy in America lecture and receive an Honorary Degree, 6:30 pm, University Church. The title of his lecture is: "Liturgical Humanism: Orthodoxy and the Transformation of Culture." To register, click here.
Friday, October 31: Call for papers due for the Catholic University of America’s graduate student conference, “Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea.” to explore the influence of the Virgin Mary and her image through time.  The conference seeks to attract papers that draw on various approaches to the subject, including art history, history, music, literature, theater, and theology. For further information, please contact: Vanessa Corcoran at
Tuesday, November 4: "Where Can Theology Take Me?" 6:00 PM, Hear from a panel of distinguished alums fromFordham's Theology department, who have gone on to have successful and meaningful careers in law, medicine, journalism and the nonprofit sector. 
Tuesday, November 4: The Orthodox Christian Studies Center will sponsor a panel session, "Putin, Religion, and Ukraine," 6:30-8:00 pm, 12th Floor Lounge, Lincoln Center. To register, click here.

Department News

Assistant Professor Michael Peppard appeared on MSNBC Saturday, March 22nd to discuss the president’s visit to the Vatican. The segments can be found here, here, and here.

Ph.D. Student Robert Cortegiano presented a paper at Boston University School of Theology's Graduate Student Conference,"Theological Research and the Church," March 21-23, 2014.  The title of the paper was  “The People’s Pope & The People of God:  The Ecclesiology of Pope Francis & The U.S. Catholic Church Reform Movements.”

Ph.D. alumna Mara Brecht (assistant professor of religious studies at St. Norbert's College in Wisconsin) published Virtue in Dialogue: Belief, Religious Diversity, and Women's Interreligious Encounter in the Princeton Theological Monograph Series, Pickwick Press, 2014 (with a foreword by Professor Terrence Tilley).

Professor Terrence Tilley discussed Pope Francis's first year as pope on the CBS National News Program "Up to the Minute" on March 13. Watch the video here.

Professor Maureen A. Tilley delivered the annual Saint Augustine lecture on "Saint Augustine: Managing Families, Managing Finances" at the Institute of Catholic Studies at John Carroll University in Ohio on March 20, 2014.

Assistant Professor Michael Peppard published his essay "Mosaics From a Church in the Diocese of Apamea, Syria (463 CE)" in Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 190 (2014): 168-72.

Professor Elizabeth Johnson delivered the annual Mary Milligan lecture on March 20 at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. The university press printed an expanded version of the lecture as a small paperback, Creation: Is God's Charity Broad Enough for Bears?  (2014). On March 29 she also delivered a paper on the natural world and Christ at the annual meeting of the American Theological Society in Princeton.

Theology (Rose Hill) undergraduate Taylor Jacob has won a four year Fulbright award to obtain a PhD in Divinity from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Her research will explore conscientious objection and Christian obligation in women's healthcare.

Congratulations Theology majors and minors (and other students working with Theology faculty), whose research has been accepted for presentation at the Seventh Annual Fordham Undergraduate Research Symposium: Alyssa Ammazzaloroso, Chris Awad, Hannah Besl, Rachel Dougherty, Matthew Lejeune, Michael McMenamin, Brittany Roll, Stephen Ross, Caitlin Romero, Siam Tooran, and John Tracy.  These students will be presenting not only in Theology but in several disciplines throughout the Arts and Sciences. Symposium will be held Wednesday April 9, 12-5 at the McGinley Center.  Thank you Theology faculty mentors: Assistant Professor Brenna Moore, Assistant Professor Christiana Peppard, and Professor Larry Welborn.

Associate Professor Kathryn Kueny presented a paper entitled " 'I know it when I see it': Dis/similarity in Medieval Muslim Determinations of Paternity" for Fordham University's Spring 2014 Mellon Faculty Seminar on the History of Science, Technology, Environment, and Medicine.

Theology (Rose Hill) undergraduate Kenneth Ochs has recently published articles in the new online journals at Fordham Ethics and Society and the Fordham Political Review. See his recent essay on Pope Francis and the economy here.

Assistant Professor Michael Peppard appeared on the Melissa Harris-Perry show on MSNBC on March 15 to discuss Pope Francis I. Watch the first segment, "Will Pope Francis break silence on sex abuse scandal?" here. Watch the second segment, "Will Congress listen to Obama, Pope Francis," here.

Professor Maureen A. Tilley presented a paper, "Bedside Manners: Anointing in Merovingian Gaul (and Beyond),” at the Ninth Annual Pearl Kimbre Medieval Study Interdisciplinary Student Conference, CUNY Graduate Center, New York, February 28, 2014.

Master's student Sarah Spieldenner presented the paper "Undoing the Idolatry of Medicine, Teaching the Skill of Suffering" at the Notre Dame Theology Graduate Student Conference on February 15.

Ph.D. student Joshua Salés presented the paper "A Byzantine Critique of Enlightenment-Modernity and Postmodernity Constructions of 'Rationality': Case Studies in Saint Maximos the Confessor's Pistemology and Axiology" at the 10th Annual Archbishop Iakovos Graduate Student Conference in Patristics.

Assistant Professor Michael Peppard published his article “Brother Against Brother: Controversiae About Inheritance Disputes and 1 Corinthians 6:1-11” in the Journal of Biblical Literature 133 (2014): 179-92.

Professor Aristotle Papanikolaou and Assistant Professor Brenna Moore each presented at the "Theorizing Religion in Modern Europe" conference at Harvard University on March 8. Dr. Papanikolaou presented the paper "Lessons from Russia: Theological Literacy in Theorizing Religion and Democracy," and Dr. Moore presented comments at the "Modern Theologies/Theological Modernities" panel.

Professor Elizabeth Johnson was recently profiled by Jamie L. Manson in the Buzzfeed article "Feminism in Faith: Sister Elizabeth Johnson's Challenge to the Vatican." Read the article here.

Ph.D. student Joshua Salés has been contracted to publish a book-length translation of Saint Maximos the Confessor's Two Hundred Chapters on Theology with Saint Vladimir's Seminary Press in the Popular Patristics Series. He also presented "Deification according to Maximos the Confessor and the Transcendence of Aristotelian Metaphysics" at the Mary Jaharis Byzantine Studies Conference on Friday, February 28th.

Professor Elizabeth Johnson's forthcoming book, Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love, was recently featured in an article in the National Catholic Reporter, "With book on God and Darwin, Elizabeth Johnson gets her voice back" (Feb. 13). Read the article here.

Professor Richard Viladesau will soon publish his latest book, The Pathos of the Cross: The Passion of Christ in Theology and the Arts--The Baroque Era (Oxford University Press, Mar 14, 2014).

Ph.D. student John Penniman had an article accepted for publication at the Journal of Early Christian Studies. It is titled "The Health-Giving Cup: Cyprian's Ep. 63 and the Medicinal Power ofEucharistic Wine." It will be published in the Summer 2015 issue of the journal.

Ph.D. student Lisa Radakovich Holsberg published "Understanding Artistic Creativity through the Aesthetics of Jacques Maritain" in the November 2013 issue of Cithara, vol. 53, No. 1.

Ph.D. student Andy Ballard has had two articles accepted for publication: "Tongue-tied and Taunted: Paul, Poor Rhetoric, and Paltry Leadership in 2 Corinthians 5:13" has been accepted to the Journal for the Study of the New Testament; and "The Mysteries of Paideia: Models of Mystery Teaching in Plato's Symposium, 4QInstruction, and 1 Corinthians" will be published later this year in Biblical Research 58 (2013).

Ph.D. students Sara Spieldenner and Eric Martin presented papers at the Graduate Student Conference at Notre Dame, Indiana entitled, "The Mission of Academics in the Context of Suffering" on February 15, 2014. Sarah’s paper was entitled "Undoing the Idolatry of Medicine, Teaching the Skill of Suffering." Eric’s was "The Liberating God: Interdisciplinary Theology and American Drone Bombs".

Assistant Professor Charles Camosy published "Intellectual Solidarity and Transcending Polarized Discourse," Political Theology, Jan 2014, Vol. 15 Issue 1.

Associate Professor Michael Lee
 appeared on NPR's Morning Edition on Thursday, January 23 in the segment "A Different Kind of Catholicism Grows in Latino Communities" (written by Maria Hinojosa and Marlon Bishop), in which he discussed the growing charismatic movement. Listen to the story or read the transcript here.

Assistant Professor Christiana Peppard's book Just Water: Theology, Ethics, and the Global Water Crisis was published in January 2014 by Orbis Books.

At the annual meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics (January 9-12 in Seattle), Assistant Professor Charlie Camosy's book Peter Singer and Christian Ethics was featured at one of the "breakfast with an author" sessions. He was also on the Health Care Ethics interest group panel discussing a newly-released edition of On Moral Medicine, a textbook in theological bioethics.

Associate Professor and Chair Patrick Hornbeck has just published "Deconversion: What, Who, Why, How?" in Horizons, The Journal of the College Theology Society 40:2 (2013), pp. 262-74.  His article is part of a "Theological Roundtable" section of the journal that also features the work of Fordham GSRRE faculty member Tom Beaudoin.

Professor Elizabeth Johnson has just received the Korean translation of her book Quest for the Living God, published in Seoul, South Korea (Book in the Gap, Goyang-si: 2013).

Professor Fr. Joseph T. Lienhard, S.J., published "Sacramentum and the Eucharist in St. Augustine," The Thomist 77 (2013): 173-92.

Assistant Professor Michael Peppard provided his expertise for the recent acquisition of 5th century church mosaics by the Fordham Museum of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Art, located in Walsh Library. Read the press release here.

Assistant Professor Kathryn Reklis was an invited speaker on the keynote panel "Religion & Digital Media: Scholarship, Journalism, and The Spaces In Between" at the conference Media and Religion: The Global View sponsored by the Center for Media and Religion and the University of Colorado, Boulder. The panel was sponsored by the Henry Luce Foundation and the Social Science Research Council. She also recently published a reflection on shifting ideas of American masculinity in the persona of Christian Bale for The Christian Century. You can read the piece here.

At the American Catholic Historical Association meeting on January 2-4, Assistant Professor Brenna Moore presented at the Presidential Roundtable, "The Place of Gender in Catholic Studies." Assistant Professor John Seitz was a commentator on the panels, "Post-Institutional Catholicism: Reconceptualizing American Catholicism in the Postwar Era" and "Liturgical Imagination and Social Justice: Four Cases in Postconciliar U.S. Catholic Activism."

Assistant Professor Charles Camosy was featured in a New York Times cover article, "Scholars Explore Christian Perspectives on Animal Rights," on December 6. Read the article here.

Professor Christine Hinze was quoted in a December 9 Catholic Sun article on living wages. The piece can be found here.

Professor Judith Kubicki presented her paper "Finding the Theological Pulse of a Hymn Text" in the Liturgical Theology Seminar during the annual meeting of the North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL) on January 4.

Assistant Professor Michael Peppard appeared on a panel on the Melissa Harris-Perry show on MSNBC to discuss Pope Francis's gifts to the poor; read a summary of the panel here. He later appeared on the show again to discuss Pope Francis's recent comments on capitalism; watch the video here. Meanwhile, he published "Once Upon a Time," a review of Geza Vermes's Christian Beginnings, in the December 20 edition of Commonweal, p. 28-30.

Post-Doctoral Fellow Joshua Schapiro published seven short essays introducing Buddhist writings for the new anthology Mysticism and the Spiritual Quest, edited by Phyllis Zagano (Paulist Press, 2013).

Professor Richard Viladesau published the chapter on "Aesthetics and Religion" in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the Arts (February 2014).

Professor Larry Welborn published his essay "Jacob Taubes--Paulinist, Messianist" in Paul in the Grip of the Philosophers:  The Apostle and Contemporary Continental Philosophy, ed. Peter Frick (Minneapolis:  Fortress Press, 2013), 69-90.

Associate Professor Patrick Hornbeck appeared on Al Jazeera America on November 27 to discuss Pope Francis' recent statements on capitalism. Watch the video here.

Fr. Joseph T. Lienhard, S.J. published his article "From Gwatkin Onwards: A Guide through a Century and a Quarter of Studies on Arianism" in Augustinian Studies 44 (2013): 265-85.

Professor Larry Welborn published his essay "The Culture of Crucifixion and the Resurrection of the Dispossessed: The Interpellation of the Subject in the Roman Empire and Paul's Gospel as 'Truth Event'" in Paul and the Philosophers, edited by Ward Blanton & Hent de Vries (New York: Fordham University Press, 2013), 127-142.

PhD student Joshua Sales presented the paper "Maximos and Neurobiology: A Neurotheological Investigation of Asceticism as Erosion of the Passions and the Gnomic Will" at the Sophia Institute Conference at Union Theological Seminary on Friday, December 6.

Associate Professor Karina Martin Hogan contributed the introduction and commentary on 4 Ezra to Outside the Bible: Ancient Jewish Writings Related to Scripture, a 3-volume work edited by Louis Feldman, James Kugel and Lawrence Schiffman, published jointly by the Jewish Publication Society and University of Nebraska Press. For more information on this invaluable new resource for the study of Second Temple Judaism, click here.

Associate Professor Patrick Hornbeck published "Love and Marriage in the Norwich Heresy Trials, 1428-1431," Viator 44:3 (2013), 237-56.

Assistant Professor Brenna Moore published her online essay “Beyond the Protestant-Catholic Divide,” which reviews Brad Gregory’s The Unintended Reformation, in The Immanent Frame. Read it here.

Assistant Professor Christiana Peppard appeared on Bloomberg News on November 27 to discuss Pope Francis's recent statements about capitalism. Watch the video here.

Professor Larry Welborn published his essay "The Corinthian Correspondence" in All Things to All Cultures, ed. Mark Harding and Alanna Nobbs (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013), 205-42.

Professor Aristotle Papanikolaou was named the Archbishop Demetrios Chair in Orthodox Theology and Culture on Monday, November 18th.  Read about the installation here.

A series of short videos by Assistant Professor Charles Camosy
will be appearing over the next couple weeks on Andrew Sullivan's blog The Dish. Watch the first video, "The Sin of Factory Farming," here.

Assistant Professor Kathryn Reklis published a reflection based on her forthcoming book on the value of reading old-fashioned, hierarchical, "hellfire" Puritans as a feminist theologian in Duke Divinity School's journal Faith and Leadership. You can read the piece here.

Associate Professor Maureen O’Connell published “After Ecstasy” in America Magazine, an in-depth review of three new novels that imaginatively recreate the lives of three female saints. In the same issue, Assistant Professor Brenna Moore’s review essay “Jewish Martyr” considers J. Palmisano’s recent book, Beyond the Walls: Abraham Heschel and Edith Stein on the Significance of Empathy for Jewish-Christian Dialogue.

Professor Jim Fisher has been awarded the 2013 American Catholic Historical Association’s Distinguished Achievement Award. This annual award is bestowed on a scholar who has during a long career made a significant impact on the understanding of Catholic history. The award is not for one book or any single piece of scholarship, but for a sustained series of contributions which have fundamentally animated the research of others besides being significant in their own right.

Professor Maureen Tilley was interviewed on October 31 by Fox News' (WNYW) Good Day New York on the origins of Halloween. Watch the interview--with co-host and Fordham alumnus Greg Kelly--here.

Assistant Professor Charles Camosy's book For Love of Animals: Christian Ethics, Consistent Action (Franciscan Media, 2013) was just released. His recent op-ed in the Seattle Times, available here, summarizes the book's main points; Mary Eberstadt's foreword to the book is also available here through the National Review Online. In addition, Dr. Camosy and a group of moral theologians associated with the blog collaborated to contribute an amicus brief in the case of Juana Villegas, an undocumented Mexican immigrant who was shackled to her bed while in labor, which they found to be a blatant violation of Catholic teaching. Last week the New York Times reported that Villegas had finally received vindication and a settlement. Here is the reaction to the decision, which includes a link to the amicus brief.

PhD student Malik Muhammed presented the paper "Anguish and Memory: RitualPerformances of Grief" at the LEST XI junior scholars conference at the University of Leuven last week. He was also invited by the Center for Liberation Theologies at Leuven to deliver the lecture "Across the River: Space, Hermeneutics, and Urban Theology" for their 25th anniversary forum.

Professor Bradford Hinze published his essay, "Talking Back, Acting Up: Wrestling with Spirits in Social Bodies," in Interdisciplinary and Religio-Cultural Discourses on a Spirit-Filled World: Loosing the Spirits, eds. Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, Kirsteen Kim, and Amos Yong (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), 155-170.

Assistant Professor Kathryn Reklis published her essay, "Apocalypse Redux," on the disappointing crop of summer "end of the world" movies and what we can learn from our apocalyptic obsessions in Sojourners. The full essay can be found here.

Professor George Demacopoulos published his essay, "Gregory's Model of Spiritual Direction in the Liber Regulae Pastoralis," in A Companion to Gregory the Great, edited by B. Neil and M. Dal Santo (Leiden: Brill, 2013), pp. 205-224.

Distinguished Professor of Theology Elizabeth Johnson, reports that her book, Consider Jesus: Waves of Renewal in Theology, has just been published in Korean translation (Seoul, Republic of Korea: rMaeng2 Pub., 2013).

Ph.D. student Matthew Baker gave a paper entitled "Offenbarung, Philosophie und Theologie: the Dialogue between Georges Florovsky and Karl Barth" at the conference, "Karl Barth in Dialogue: Encounters with Major Figures," co-sponsored by the Karl Barth Society of North America and the Barth Studies Centre at Princeton Theological Seminary, June 16–19, 2013. The paper will be included in the volume of conference papers forthcoming from Eerdmans. He also just published in Russian, together with Paul Gavrilyuk of the University of St Thomas: "Devyatnadtsat' Tezisov Dissertatsii Protoiereya Georgiya Florovskogo. 'Istoricheskaya Filosofii Gertsena," in the journal of the St Tikhon's Orthodox Humanitarian University in Moscow, Vestnik Pravoslavnogo Svyato-Tikhonovskogo Gumanitarnogo Universiteta 3 (52), 2013, 126-132.

Associate Professor Michael Lee was recently interviewed by the National Catholic Reporter for the article "Pope meets with liberation theology pioneer," about Pope Francis' recent meeting with Fr. Gustavo Gutiérrez. Read the article here.

Assistant Professor Michael Peppard published the op-ed piece "Is Pope Francis a Liberal?" in the On Faith section of the Washington Post on September 23. Read the article here.

Professors George Demacopoulos and Aristotle Papanikolaou published their edited volume Orthodox Constructions of the West in the Orthodox Christianity and Contemporary Thought Series (Fordham University Press). In addition to editing the volume, Demacopoulos and Papanikolaou co-authored the essay "Orthodox Naming of the Other: A Postcolonial Approach," 1-22.

Professor Maureen Tilley and Associate Professor J. Patrick Hornbeck both made media appearances last week to discuss Pope Francis' interview published last week in America magazine. On September 20, Professor Tilley appeared on PIX 11 morning news with Sukanya Krishnan; watch the video here. She also appeared on FiOS 1 News (New Jersey) in an interview with Samantha Liebman; watch that video here. On September 19, Professor Hornbeck was interviewed by Lou Young of CBS-2 New York; read his comments here. He was also interviewed by the Christian Science Monitor; read his comments on the second and third pages of this article. On September 20, he appeared on camera for Al Jazeera America; watch the video here.

Professor George Demacopoulos offered a lecture, "The Papacy in Transition and the Future of Orthodox-Catholic Relations," at the Museum of the City of New York on Thursday, September 19.

Associate Professor Michael Lee published an essay, "Ignacio Ellacuria: Historical Reality, Liberation, and the Role of the University," in A Critical Pedagogy of Resistance: 34 Pedagogues We Need to Know, ed. James D. Kirylo (Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 2013).

Assistant Professor Michael Peppard recently appeared on the Melissa Harris-Perry show on MSNBC to discuss potential changes to the policy of mandatory clerical celibacy in the Catholic Church. Watch the clip here.

Professor Terrence Tilley published “Has Salvation a History?” in Tradition and the Normativity of History, ed.Lieven Boeve and Terrence Merrigan (Leuven: Peeters, 2013), 99-121.

Alumnus Jack Downey is now Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion at La Salle University, having been promoted from Visiting Professor. Congratulations to Dr. Downey!

Fordham Theology faculty Terrence Tilley, Christine Firer Hinze, Michael Lee, and Michael Peppard, along with Rachel Zoll of the Associated Press, participated in the panel discussion "Six Months of Pope Francis" at the Lincoln Center campus. Read about it here.

Professor George Demacopoulos
published an op-ed piece, "Will U.S. action in Syria hasten the extinction of Christianity in the Middle East?" in the On Faith section of the Washington Post on September 9. Read it here.

Professor Aristotle Papanikolaou
published “Toward a Godly Mode of Being: Virtue as Embodied Deification” in Modes of Godly Being: Reflections on the Virtues in Eastern Orthodox Christianity, for which he was also co-editor; “Creation as Communion in Contemporary Orthodox Theology” in Toward an Ecology of Transfiguration: Orthodox Christian Perspectives on Environment, Nature, and Creation (Fordham University Press, 2013); “Learning How to Love: St. Maximus on Virtue” in Knowing the Purpose of Creation Through the Resurrection: Proceedings of the Symposium on St. Maximus the Confessor;“Le Rôle de la Raison Dans la Formation de la Doctrine de la Trinité” in Contacts 65 (Janvier-Mars 2013); and “Eastern Orthodox Theology” in The Routledge Companion to Modern Christian Thought (Routledge, 2012).

In June 2013, PhD student Lisa Radakovich Holsberg
presented "A Simple Tune: Contemporary Chant Settings of Byzantine Poetry" at the 5th International Society of Orthodox Church Music conference at the University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland. In July, Lisa presented workshops (with her harp) on music, theology and artistic response in contexts of violence with Dr. Maureen O'Connell at the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary Festival of Learning in Sag Harbor, Long Island. Lisa was also a featured artist on the July 2013 Music in the Mountains series at the Rocky Ridge Music Center high above Estes Park, Colorado, performing Curtis Institute composer David Ludwig's setting of Katie Ford's poem "Our Long War," for voice, violin, and piano.

Assistant Professor Michael Peppard
published an op-ed piece, "On War, Pope Francis Says, 'Never Again'," in the On Faith section of the Washington Post on September 4. Read it here.

Assistant Professor Charlie Camosy published his essay "Other Animals as Persons? - A Roman Catholic Inquiry" in Animals As Religious Subjects, edited by Celia Deane-Drummond, Rebecca Artinian-Kaiser and David Clough (New York: Bloomsbury, 2013

Assistant Professor Christiana Peppard published her article "Troubling waters: the Jordan River between religious imagination and environmental degradation" in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Science 3 (2013): 109-19. This essay has been adopted by the non-governmental organization Friends of the Earth Middle East as a resource to be distributed in their toolkit on the Jordan River. She also published her article "Democracy, the Verb: Pauli Murray's Poetry as a Resource for Ongoing Freedom Struggles" in the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 29 (2013): 148-55. Finally, she received the Catherine Mowry LaCugna Award from the Catholic Theological Society of America for the best essay in theology by a young scholar; the award-winning essay was "Fresh Water and Catholic Social Teaching: A Vital Nexus," Journal of Catholic Social Thought 9 (2012): 325-52.

Assistant Professor John Seitz published his essay, "Placeholders: Catholic Tradition and Faith to the Parish,” in the current [September 3, 2013] issue of Commonweal.

PhD student Eric Meyer published his essay "'Marvel at the Intelligence of Unthinking Creatures!': Contemplative Animals in Gregory of Nazianzus and Evagrius of Pontus" in Animals As Religious Subjects, edited by Celia Deane-Drummond, Rebecca Artinian-Kaiser and David Clough (New York: Bloomsbury, 2013).

Fordham Theology faculty members have been active in commenting for members of the print, broadcast, and electronic media concerning the resignation of 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 theequator”,, 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

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 ofArts and Sciences. The Department of Theology warmly congratulates Prof. Dunning on his achievement. He joins Professors Johnson, Nasuti, and Papanikolaou as Theology Department recipients of the deans' annual teaching awards.

Orthodox Christian Studies Center Earns NEH Challenge Grant
Professors George Demacopoulos and Aristotle Papanikolaou, co-founding directors of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center, receive NEH grant. Read the Inside Fordham story here.

Orthodoxy Lecture Chronicles the Philokalia
Very Rev. John Anthony McGuckin discusses the spiritual tradition of the Philokalia in the Orthodoxy in AmericaLecture Series.  Read the story here.

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