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Upcoming Events: Fall 2014

Saturday, December 6: Conference on Women & Diaconal Ministry in the Orthodox Church: Past, Present, & Future. 9 AM to 5 PM at Union Theological Seminary. Speakers include Sister Rebecca of New Skete Monastery; Susan Ashbrook Harvey, PhD; Valerie A. Karras, ThD., PhD; AnnMarie Mecera; Clio Pavlantos, MDiv; Teva Regule, PhD (candidate); Caren Stayer, PhD; Rev. Fr. Steven Tsichlis; and Phyllis Zagano, PhD. For more information email the St. Phoebe Center.

Department News

Distinguished Professor Elizabeth Johnson published an essay entitled “Ecological Theology in Women’s Voices,” in Faith+Feminism: Ecumenical Essays, ed. B. Diane Lipsett and Phyllis Trible (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2014): 189-202.

Professor Maureen Tilley
just had her work published in the book Christianity in Roman Africa. She is specifically credited with the work on Chapter 2: The Imperial Period: Diocletian to the Vandals, and the initial (research) bibliography.

Professor Terrence W. Tilley, Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., Chair in Catholic Theology
, presented a paper, "Academic Freedom, Divine Revelation, and the Catholic University," to a symposium on Fidelity and Freedom celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Ex Corde Ecclesiae on 14 November 2014 at Franciscan University, Steubenville, OH. The four presentations from this first of three planned conferences can be viewed here.

Professor Richard Viladesau
presented a paper on "the Crucifixion without Christ" at a conference on "Christianity and Culture and Criticism" at Villanova University on Nov. 14.

Professor Karina Martin Hogan
presented a lecture on October 28 at Yale Divinity School (co-sponsored by Yale Judaic Studies) entitled "Mother Zion in Baruch and 2 Baruch: Different Models of Intertextuality." She also gave a talk at the Church of the Epiphany (Episcopal) on November 9 entitled "Was Jesus an Apocalyptic Prophet?"

Distinguished Professor Elizabeth A. Johnson, C.S.J.,
delivered the closing keynote address and received the 2014 Leadership Award at the annual convention of Call To Action, which met November 7-9 in Memphis, Tennessee. Professor Johnson also delivered the 56th annual Bellarmine Lecture at St. Louis University with the title "Is God's Charity Broad Enough for Bears?"

Ward Blanton, who is one of the world's most prominent New Testament scholars, recently gave an interview in which he reflected on developments in his field. He named in his interview only two other living New Testament scholars -- and BOTH of them work here at Fordham, Professor Larry Welborn and Professor Michael Peppard.

Professor Aristotle Papanikolaou
gave the 2014 Florovsky Lecture for the Orthodox Theological Society of America on 24 October 2014, “Tradition as Reason and Practice.”

Professor George Demacopoulos presented "The Exotic and Erotic in Gunther of Pairis' Historiana Constantinopolitana" at the Orthodox Theological Society of America on October 24.

Professor Elizabeth Johnson, Distinguished Professor of Theology, delivered the 56th annual Bellarmine Lecture at St. Louis University, with the title "Is God's Charity Broad Enoughfor Bears?"

Professor Terrence Tilley was interviewed by CBS news on the Vatican Synod:

Professor Michael Lee
has published the essay, "New Eyes and a New Home: Oscar Romero's Conversion as a Response to Social Sin," in Witnessing: Prophecy, Politics, and Wisdom, eds. Maria Clara Bingemer & Peter Casarella (Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2014).

The latest issue of American Catholic Studies (Fall 2014) includes a piece entitled "Forum: The Future of Catholic Studies." Professor John Seitz guest edited the forum and wrote an introduction. The forum also includes a piece by Professor Jeannine Hill-Fletcher (co-authored with Amy Koehlinger of Oregon State) entitled "Pursuing a Field of Critical Catholic Studies." Catherine Osborne (Fordham Theology PhD 2013) also published an article in this volume entitled, "Renovating for the New Liturgy: The Boston College Students' Chapel."

Professor Ben Dunning
gave an invited lecture and book-signing at Harvard Divinity School for his new book, Christ without Adam: Subjectivity and Sexuality Difference in the Philosophers' Paul (Columbia University Press, 2014).

Professor Terrence W. Tilley, Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., Chair in Catholic Theology,
has just published "Practicing the Faith: Tradition in a Practical Theology," Invitation to Practical Theology: Catholic Voices and Visions, ed. Claire E. Wolfteich (Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2014) 89-106.

Assistant Professor Charles Camosy
served as a co-editor of the June issue of the Journal of Moral Theology, the first issue of a major Catholic academic journal devoted totally to moral concern for non-human animals. He also teamed with a professor of veterinary medicine inco-authoring an article for the issue titled "The Use of Non-Human Animals in Biomedical Research: Can Moral Theology Fill the Gap?" He also did a plenary debate with Peter Singer to open a conference on end of life issues in Brisbane, Australia.
Professor George Demacopoulos published a book review of Averil Cameron's Byzantine Matters (Princeton, 2014) in the Bryn Mawr Classical Review.
Associate Professor Karina Martin Hogan
presented a paper entitled "Mother Zion in Baruch 4:5-5:9 and 2 Baruch 1-12: A Study in Different Models of Intertextuality" at the annual meeting of the Catholic Biblical Association.
Associate Professor Kathryn Kueny
had the article “Marking the Body: Resemblance and Medieval Muslim Constructions of Paternity.” published in The Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 30.1 (Spring 2014).
Fr. Joseph Lienhard and Fr. Frederic Curnier-Laroche were awarded First Place for 2014 in the category Coffee Table Book, for Splendors of the Creed (Magnificat) by The Catholic Press Association.
Associate Professor Brenna Moore published "A Courage Too Rare," in the July issue of America Magazine
Professors AristotlePapanikolaou and George Demacopoulos co-authored a blog, "Putin's Unorthodox Orthodoxy," published on the website of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in June.  In July, Martin Marty (of the University of Chicago) hailed the essay and promoted it in his Sightings.
Assistant Professor Christiana Peppard
was interviewed for a segment of NPR’s Living on Earth, “The Pope and the Sin of Environmental Degradation.” She gave a talk, “Just Water” at the Maryknoll Speaker Series in May, and another talk, “Water, Wellness, and the Terroir of Tap” at the Mind Body Green Revitalize conference in Arizona. She was also an invited panelist for "Beyond the Water Wars," at the Society of Environmental Journalists conference, New Orleans, on Sept 6, 2014.
Assistant Professor Michael Peppard received the Catherine Mowry LaCugna Award, given annually to a junior scholar for "the best academic essay in the field of theology within the Roman Catholic tradition," at the annual meeting of the Catholic Theological Society of America. The article, "Paul Would Be Proud: The New Testament and Jewish-Gentile Respect," is forthcoming in Theological Studies. He presented the paper, "Rebirth Without Death: Ritual Texts, The Gospel of Philip, and the Incarnation," at the conference "Coming Back to Life," in May. He was the invited workshop leader on "The Bible in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition" at the Presidential Faculty Seminar on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition at Sacred Heart University, also in May; and he helped to oversee installation of the mosaics acquired last year in Fordham's Museum of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Art.
Assistant Professor Kathryn Reklis had her book, Theology and the Kinesthetic Imagination: Jonathan Edwards and the Making of Modernity published with Oxford University Press in June 2014; and the chapter "Art and Sensory Contention in a Christian Sensory" was published in the volume Sensational Religion: Sensory Cultures in Material Practice, by Yale University Press.
Professor Terrence W. Tilley, Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., Chair in Catholic Theology
, presented "A Trajectory of Positions [on the ‘problem of evil’]," at the Conference on the Problem of Evil, Catholic University of Australia, Melbourne, on 14-15 July 2014. He also lectured at the Catholic University sites in Brisbane (on "Faith" and "On Thinking with the Church") and Adelaide (on "Catholic Theology and Religious Diversity" and on "Faith") during his trip.

Professor Ben Dunning
organized and moderated the panel "Contemporary Legacies of Anti-Judaism" with Ward Blanton (University of Kent), Sarah Hammerschlag (University of Chicago) and J. Kameron Carter (Duke Divinity School) for the conference "Troubling Legacies: Anti-Judaism in Antiquity and Its Aftermath" at the Yale Program for the Study of Antisemitism, Yale University.

Distinguished Professor Elizabeth Johnson
published a chapter in the Festschrift (festival volume) for the 80th birthday of Walter Kasper:  “Pneumatology and Beyond: Wherever”, in The Theology of Cardinal Walter Kasper: Speaking Truth in Love, eds. Kristin Colberg and Robert Krieg. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical press, 2014: 98-109.
Archbishop Demetrios Professor in Orthodox Theology and Culture Aristotle Papanikolaou
presented, “Overcoming Political Nestorianism: Lessons from Chalcedon,” at the Edward Schillebeeckx Centenary Conference, “Grace, Governance and Globalization: Theology and Public Life,” Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands, 27 -30 August 2014; and, “Toward an Anthropology of Peace,” at the 22nd Congress on Orthodox Spirituality, Bose Monastery, Italy, 3 September 2014.
Professor Larry Welborn published "Voluntary Exile as a Solution to Discord in First Clement" in Zeitschrift fur Antikes Christentum 16 (2014) 6-21.

Professors George Demacopoulos and Aristotle Papanikolaou
had their editorial, “Putin’s Unorthodox Orthodoxy” republished in Bulgaria.
Professor George Demacopoulos also published a book review in TheologicalStudies 75 (2014), 697-98: Thomas Bremmer, The Kremlin and the Cross: A Brief History of the Orthodox Church in Russia.
Professor Richard Viladesau, priest in the diocese of Rockville Center, New York, had the special opportunity to deliver the sermon at the Jewish Rosh Hashanah services at Fair Harbor, Fire Island, on Sept. 25.

Professor Kathryn Kueny
was named a finalist in the 2014 American Academy of Religion Book Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion, in the textual studies category, for Conceiving Identities: Maternity in Medieval Muslim Discourse and Practice.
Professor Michael Lee
gave a keynote address at a conference on Archbishop Óscar Romero on Sept. 27. The conference was sponsored by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Lee, one of three keynote speakers along with Gustavo Gutiérrez and Ricardo Urioste, gave an address entitled, “Monseñor Romero: Martyr of Solidarity.”
Professor Larry Welborn presented a paper entitled "Inequality at Roman Corinth and Paul's Rejuvenation of the isotes Ideal" at the 69th General Meeting of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas in Szeged, Hungary in August.
Ph.D. Student Phil Abrahamson participated in The Human Rights Campaign Foundation Summer Institute for Religious and Theological Study which seeks to encourage and promote the dialogue on LGBT issues and religion in seminaries.
Ph.D. Student Matt Briel presented his paper "Freedom, Necessity and the Laws of Nature in the Thought of Gennadios Scholarios." at the Conference, Understanding Persons: Ancient, Medieval and Modern Perspectives fromthe Christian East in May 2014 at Aristotle University, Thessaloniki.
Ph.D. Student Brianne Jacobs was accepted as a visiting scholar at the Research Institute for Philosophy at Hanover (Forschungsinstitut für Philosophie Hannover) for two weeks, where she did research, participated in the International Political Theology Seminar, gave a talk: "Embodying Discipleship: Subjectivity and Solidarity in a Political Ecclesiology," and had the opportunity to interview Johann Baptist Metz for her dissertation.

Ph.D. Student Ian Kinman presented a paper on "Cocktails in the Synoptic Gospels" at the International Society of Biblical Literature conference in Vienna in July.
Ph.D. Student Scott MacDougall edited his dissertation for publication in Bloomsbury–T&T Clark's Ecclesiological Investigations series under the title More Than Communion: Imagining an Eschatological Ecclesiology.
Ph.D. Student Eric Meyer had a chapter published in an edited volumethat came out over the summer, The Bible and Posthumanism, published through the SBL's Semeia Studies series. The essay is titled "Gregory of Nyssa and Jacques Derrida on the Human-Animal Distinction in the Song of Songs." Professor Benjamin Dunning has an essay in the same volume titled, "Tripartite Anthropologies and the Limits of the Human."

Ph.D. Student Andy Ballard had his article “Tongue-tied and Taunted: Paul, Poor Rhetoric and Paltry Leadership in 2 Corinthians 5.13” published in the latest issue of Journal For The Study of The New Testament.
Ph.D. Student Lisa Holsberg co-chaired the joint Fordham-Heythrop College international conference Shaped By Beauty: Art, Religion, and Ethics in Conversation in June at Heythrop College, University of London. Lisa delivered a plenary address Creating Form Out of Chaos: Race for the Sky and 9/11 and short paper Artistic Creativity and Holiness: Étienne Gilson and Nikolai Berdyaev on the Artist and the Saint. She also presented the keynote concert Chants and Hymns: Simple Songs of Faith together with Dr. Ollie Watts Davis and members of the Black Chorus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The Fordham community was further represented at the Shaped by Beauty conference by short papers given by Ph.D. Students Eric Martin, The Catholic Worker's "Holy Trinity" of Artists and the Religious Ethic of Mercy, Malik Muhammed, New Orleans Jazz Funerals: Ritual Performances of Grief and Resistance, and Jason Steidl, And We'll All Sing Hallelujah: The Eschatological Form of Sacred Harp Singing, as well as by plenary addresses Facilitating Life: An Ethic for Finding Music Theologically Significant by Dr. Thomas Beaudoin and Seeking a Joy Ever New: The Arts in Pope Francis' New Evangelization by Dr. Maureen O'Connell.

Robert Lewis (Ph.D. 2013) has received the good news that his Fordham dissertation "The Spirit of Adoption in Romans 8 in Roman Imperial Context" has been accepted for publication in the Library of New Testament Studies series of T & T Clark (Continuum).

Eileen P. Flynn, PhD Fordham, 1983, had her sixteenth book, Ethical Lessons of the Financial Crisis published by Routledge.

Masters Student Mike Kelly's latest book, "The Bus on Jaffa Road: A Story of Middle East Terrorism and the Search for Justice," will be published by Lyons Press on Oct. 7.  The book is an account of a suicide bombing in Jerusalem and how the families of several American victims tried to hold the bombers accountable but encountered an unexpected opponent -- the U.S. government. For information, including other reviews, an excerpt and a video, see Mike's web site:

Undergraduate Theology Major Kenneth Ochs
(FCRH 2015) published a lengthy interview with the Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Dolan, on Ethics and Society in June 2014.
Undergraduate Theology Major Andrew Steffan (FCRH 2013), who is now at Yale Divinity School, received the Two Brothers Fellowship.
Lincoln Center Theology Major Louise Lingat has been accepted into the DivEx Program at HDS, a fully-funded three day program to explore graduate opportunities at Harvard Divinity School.

Theology major Kaitlyn Flanagan (FCRH 2015) was awarded a FCRH Undergraduate Research grant to complete her project, "'So Old It Looks Like New: Catholic Worker Uses of Scripture as a Model for Activism" during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Congratulations to our Theology majors and minors who have been named to the Dean's list for their outstanding work during the 2013-2014 academic year! Alyssa Ammazzalorso, Doreen Bentum, Patrick Cahill, Courtney Code, Molly Crawford, Thomas D'Agustino, Kaitlyn Flanagan, Bryan Galligan, William Luft, Casey McCann, Brandon Mogrovejo, Ailie Posillico, and John Tracey.

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