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Upcoming Events: Fall 2014


Wednesday, October 22: Fordham Serving the Church on the Margins of America. 6:00 PM, Tognino Hall, Duane Library, Rose Hill Campus. Join for a panel discussion with three Fordham graduates who will share compelling stories about their work transforming the lives of people in some of America’s poorest communities. Free and open to the public. Register here.

Wednesday, October 22, and Thursday, October 23: Information Sessions on the Study Tour: Medieval Spain (walking the Camino de Santiago, 20 May-5 June 2015), Spring Course 2015 (MVST 4998, Interdisciplinary Capstone). Six times already, Fordham students, including numerous theology majors, have walked along the medieval Camino de Santiago as part of a study tour. The Camino is the medieval pilgrimage route from France to the shrine of the apostle James at Santiago de Compostela. This year, Professor David Myers of History will be conducting the class as a spring course 2015. The course is also an Interdisciplinary Capstone Course. For more information, see the Medieval Studies website. There will be two information sessions to introduce the course and with past participants to answer questions: Wednesday, October 22, 4:30-5:30 in LL419, Lincoln Center, and Thursday, October 23, 7:30-8:30 in Dealy 110, Rose Hill.

Sunday, October 26: The 2014 Julio Burunat, Ph.D., Memorial Lecture, 5:15 p.m. in the Twelfth-Floor Lounge at Lincoln Center. This is the eighth in a series that was established by Dr. Burunat's widow, Dr. Silvia Burunat, in his memory. This year's lecturer will be Dr. Judith Kubicki, C.S.S.F., who will speak on the topic "The Song of the Singing Assembly: Finding the Theological Pulse of a Hymn Text." A buffet dinner is provided after the lecture for all who attend.

Monday, October 27: Living Together: Our Future, An Interreligious Meeting. 6:00 PM, Rose Hill O’Keefe Commons. Panel Discussion and Candlelight Vigil. A reflection on the possibilities and challenges of living together from the viewpoints of the three Abrahamic faiths on the occasion of the 28th Anniversary of the Prayer for Peace in Assisi.

Monday, October 27: Celebrate the 90th anniversary of Commonweal magazine at Commonweal Conversations 2014. Enjoy an evening of conversation and laughter with more than 300 contributors and readers. Each table will be hosted by a different Commonweal editor or contributor. All the proceeds support Commonweal's investments in new writers, new readers, educational programs, and new technology. Tickets normally start at $600, but there is a special rate for under-30 readers for only $75. You can order tickets here.

Tuesday, October 28: Vigil for Victims of Police Brutality. 5:30 P.M. McGinley Lawn. Come honor the lives of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and all those who have died at the hands of law enforcement through prayer, song, spoken word, and a moment of silence.

Tuesday, November 4: "Where Can Theology Take Me?" 6:00 PM, Butler Common. Hear from a panel of distinguished alums from Fordham'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.

Wednesday, November 5: Theology Department Colloquia 2. 12:30 – 2:15 PM, Duane 140 (Rose Hill Campus). In this, the second of two Colloquia this semester, Professors Terrence Tilley and Judith Kubicki will share with us their recent work.

Tuesday, November 11 and Wednesday, November 12: Rev. Patrick J. Ryan, S.J., the Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society at Fordham, will deliver the annual Fall McGinley Lecture, “Interfaith Marriage: A Concern for Jews, Christians and Muslims”. Tuesday at 6:00 PM, 12th-floor Lounge, E. Gerald Corrigan Conference Center, on the Lincoln Center Campus. The lecture will be repeated on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 6:00 PM, Flom Auditorium, Walsh Family Library on the Rose Hill Campus. The lecture will be followed by responses from Rabbi Daniel Polish, Ph.D., of Shir Chadash in Poughkeepsie and Professor Jerusha Tanner Lamptey, Ph.D. of Union Theological Seminary in New York City. The lecture is free and open to the public. For further information please call 718-817-4745; e-mail mcgchair@fordham.edu; or check the website.

Monday, November 17: Preaching to the Choir or Reaching for the “Nones”? 6:00 PM, Tognino Hall, Duane Library, Rose Hill Campus. A discussion on Pope Francis, Worship, and Engagement with Disaffiliated Catholics, presented by Edward Foley, Capuchin, Duns Scotus Professor of Spirituality and Professor of Liturgy and Music, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago.

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

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 in co-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 Aristotle Papanikolaou 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 Theological Studies 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 from the 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 volume that 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: www.mikekellywriter.com.

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.

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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