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Angela Alaimo O'Donnell, Associate Director of the Curran Center, completed a book-length study, Radical Ambivalence: Race in Flannery O'Connor, which will be published by Fordham University Press in Spring 2020. Her collection of poems channeling the voice of Flannery O’Connor, Andalusian Hours, will be published by Paraclete Press in 2020. O’Donnell also published poems in Alabama Literary ReviewAmericaChristian Century, Flannery O'Connor Review, The Other Journal, and Peacock Journal; her poem "Mercy by the Sea" won the New York Encounter Poetry Prize, and her poem "Flannery & Poetry" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her articles "The Epistles of Flannery O’Connor," “The Catholic Art of Frida Kahlo,” and "Five Quintets: An Epic for Our Era" appeared in America magazine, and her essay "Louise Erdrich: Poetry, Fiction, & the Art of Mythmaking" was published in Mezzo Cammin. O'Donnell was artist in residence at John Brown University’s Giving Voice Festival last fall and gave a number of lectures and readings. She received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Misericordia University on May 11, 2019, delivering a poem she wrote for the Class of 2019 at the graduate commencement exercises.  O’Donnell was awarded a summer writing residency at the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical & Cultural Research at St. John’s University, Minnesota.

John Seitz, Associate Professor of Theology and Associate Director for Lincoln Center, has been putting the final touches on two scholarly projects, an edited volume entitled Working Alternatives: Studies of Economic Experiment and the Human Person (Fordham University Press, 2020) and "Altars of Ammo: Catholic Materiality and the Second World War" (Material Religion, Summer 2019). Working Alternatives includes essays from 10 scholars across a variety of disciplines, and was a direct outgrowth of the Curran Center's conference on Catholic Social Teaching. Seitz has also been conducting research travel for a book project about the Roman Catholic priesthood in the U.S. He continues to edit the Catholic Practice in North America book series for Fordham University Press.

Michael Peppard, Associate Professor of Theology and Associate Director for Prestigious Fellowships, taught courses in the history of early Christianity and ancient Greek, while also leading over 40 new concentrators (!) through the Discernment Seminar. He published scholarly articles in New Testament Christology and early Christian art, and a study of contemporary debates in northern Europe about the legality of religiously-based circumcision. His forthcoming essay about early Christian initiation rituals, “The Photisterion in Late Antiquity: Reconsidering Terminology for Sites and Rites of Initiation,” received the 2018 Eusebius Prize by the Journal of Ecclesiastical History (UK). He wrote a cover story for Commonweal, “Household Names: Junia, Phoebe, and Prisca in Early Christian Rome,” which demonstrated how old-fashioned exegetical methods can be wedded with research questions and sensibilities drawn from feminist criticism to shed light on some lesser-known early Christian leaders. He presented research on artistic depictions of the female figures of the Passion narrative as part of a two-week traveling seminar in Italy, the Colloquium on Material Culture and Religion, supplementing it with long hours of research in the Pio Cristiano and Pinacoteca of the Vatican Museums, the Terme museum, and the Epigraphical collection of the museum of Naples. In March 2019, he traveled to Israel for a research colloquium about the reception history of the women of the Bible in Jewish and Christian traditions.