This lecture has been canceled out of an abundance of caution.
Joel Kaminsky is the Morningstar Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor of Religion at Smith College. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago Divinity School and has been a Visiting Professor at Duke, Harvard, and Yale Divinity School. He is the author of numerous books, edited collections, and articles, including The Hebrew Bible for Beginners: A Jewish and Christian Introduction, Yet I Loved Jacob: Reclaiming the Biblical Concept of Election, “Would you Impugn My Justice?,” “The Theology of Genesis.”
Wilfred McClay holds the G.T. & Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty at the University of Oklahoma. He is a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington and has served as a member of the National Council on the Humanities. His books include The Masterless: Self and Society in Modern America (1994, winner of the Merle Curti Award of the Organization of American Historians), Religion Returns to the Public Square (2003), Figures in the Carpet: Finding the Human Person in the American Past (2007), and most recently, Land of Hope (Amazon #1 best seller in “Historical Study and Teaching”). Professor McClay taught in the Tulane History Department from 1987 to 1999.
The lecture, in the Myra Clare Rogers Memorial Chapel, 1229 Broadway,is open to the University community and public at no charge. For further information call 504-866-8793 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diana Schaub is Professor of Political Science at Loyola University Maryland. After her undergraduate studies at Kenyon College, Schaub received her MA and PhD from the University of Chicago. Her teaching and writing are concerned with issues in political philosophy and American political thought. A past member of the Hoover Institution’s Task Force on the Virtues of a Free Society as well as the President’s Council on Bioethics, Schaub served as the Garwood Teaching Fellow at Princeton in 2011-12 and Visiting Professor of Political Theory in the Government Department at Harvard in 2018. She is a contributing editor of The New Atlantis and on the publication committee of National Affairs. Along with articles and essays in journals, magazines, and book collections, she is the author of Erotic Liberalism: Women and Revolution in Montesquieu’s “Persian Letters” and co-editor of an anthology, What So Proudly We Hail: America’s Soul in Story, Speech, and Song.
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Jonathan Silver is Senior Director at the Tikvah Fund and the Executive Director of the Jewish Leadership Conference. After his undergraduate studies in Classics at Tufts University and Master’s program in Jewish Civilization at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he obtained a PhD in Political Science and Government from Georgetown University, with a dissertation entitled “Unto Thy Children’s Children: Lockean Freedom and the Hebraic Horizons of Society and Self.” Dr. Silver hosts the Tikvah Podcast on "Great Jewish Essays and Ideas" as well as "Kikar: Conversations in the Jewish Public Square." He oversees Tikvah’s library of Online Courses, along with other educational programs and publications.
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Eleanor and Nathaniel P. Phillips, Sr. Memorial Lecture
February 19, 2018
Khalil Habib teaches in the Department of Philosophy and directs the Pells Honors Program at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. After receiving an MA in Political Science at the University of Toronto, he went on to obtain his PhD in Philosophy at Boston University (2006). Professor Habib's teaching interests include classes on Islamic philosophy as well as ancient, medieval, and modern political thought. He is the editor of a collection, Cosmopolitanism in an Age of Globalization: Citizens without States, which includes his own contribution on "Ibn Tufayl's Critique of Cosmopolitanism in Hayy Ibn Yaqzan." Other publications range from essays on the Greek comic poet Aristophanes, to Machiavelli and Tocqueville, and the fourteenth century Arabic thinker Ibn Khaldun.
The Mary Anna and Rabbi Julian B. Feibelman Memorial Public Lecture
March 14, 2017
Jon D. Levenson, Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies at Harvard University, received his PhD at Harvard in 1975 and has been teaching there since 1988. Professor Levenson’s work centers on the interpretation of the Hebrew Bible and the ways in which it has been understood over the centuries. He brings to his studies a particular interest in philosophical and theological issues and in the relationship of Judaism and Christianity. His book Resurrection and the Restoration of Israel: The Ultimate Victory of the God of Life (Yale 2006) won a National Jewish Book Award and an award from the Biblical Archaeology Society. Inheriting Abraham: The Legacy of the Patriarch in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (Princeton 2012) was listed by Choice as one of the Outstanding Academic Titles for 2013. His most recent book is The Love of God: Divine Gift, Human Gratitude, and Mutual Faithfulness in Judaism (Princeton University Press, 2015).
Martin M. Kelly Memorial Public Lecture
October 19, 2016
George Weigel is a Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington DC, where he holds the William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies. He is the recipient of eighteen honorary doctorates, in fields including divinity, philosophy, law, and social science. As President of the Ethics Center, he led a wide-ranging research program (1989-1996). After that, as a Senior Fellow, he began publishing his major study of Pope John Paul II, which appeared in two volumes, Witness to Hope (Harper 1999) and The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul II--The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy (Doubleday 2010). Mr. Weigel is the author of numerous other influential works, including Letters to a Young Catholic (Basic 2015), Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church (Basic 2013), and The Cube and the Cathedral: Europe, America, and Politics Without God (Basic 2006). He is the Senior Vatican Analyst for NBC News and his weekly column, "The Catholic Difference," is syndicated to sixty newspapers.
September 9, 2016
James Stoner is Hermann Moyse, Jr. Professor and Director of the Eric Voegelin Institute in the Political Science Department at LSU. He began teaching there in 1988, after receiving his PhD from Harvard. Prof. Stoner is the author of Common-Law Liberty: Rethinking American Constitutionalism (Kansas, 2003) and Common Law and Liberal Theory: Coke, Hobbes, and the Origins of American Constitutionalism (Kansas, 1992) and the co-editor of three volumes published by the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, where he was a Senior Fellow in 2009. Professor Stoner has been a member of the National Council on the Humanities (2002 - 2005) as well as a Visiting Fellow and later a Visiting Professor in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton (2002-03, 2013-14).
(On file in the Chair of Judeo-Christian Studies Office-Chapel are the brochures and details of all these Public Lectures)
"Dante's Inferno: Biblical Tradition and Greek Philosophy"
with discussion leader Michael Golluber, St. John’s College, Santa Fe
"Prophet, King, and Philosopher in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Thought"
"The Transcendent God of Goodness"
"What's So Divine about Divine Law"
"In the Court of an Oriental Despot: the Book of Esther"
"Spinoza's Response to Christian Scholasticism"
"Will Not the Judge of All the World Act Justly? Abraham's Plea to God on Behalf of Sodom"
"Kierkegaard on Theodicy, Law, and Love"
"Kant on Obedience and Resistance to Authority"
"Divine Irony: Pascal on Faith and Reason"
"The Strange Persistence of Guilt in a Post-Religious Age"
"Judging Joseph in Light of Biblical Law (Gen 37-44; Lev 6:1-7 [5:20-26], 19:18)"
"Private Faith, Public Religion: Tensions in Modern Jewish Thought"
"The Great American Outdoors from Theodore Roosevelt to Barack Obama: An Environmental History"
"Christology and Anti-Semitism"
"Early Christians and Gentile Religion: A New Approach"
"Spiritual Hungers of Young Adults; How Hungry Are They?"
"Balancing Authority and Autonomy: Issues for a New Generation of Believers"
"Can They Do That? The Historical Justification for Women's Ordinations"
"Sustainability, Tradition and Harmony: Building Beautifully and for the Long Term"
"Leadership in a Time of Conflict: What does the Future Hold for the Episcopal Church in the U.S.?"
"The Philosophical and Theologian Relevance of Professor Edward Schillebeeckx, O.P., for the 21st Century"
"The Myth of Hitler's Pope - A Jewish Response to the Integrity of Pope Pius XII's Dealings with the Nazis"
"The Lady and the General" - Questions of Religious Freedom and Democracy in Myanmar (Burma)
"Rethinking the Church and the Churches"
"The Future of the Church in Africa - Tribalism and Racism - The Challenge to Church Unity"
"Evolution and Faith - A Proposal for the Future - The 200th Anniversary of Darwin's Birth"
"Climatic Changes: Challenges to Scientists, Politicians, and Religionists Alike"
"The Enduring Challenge of Faith - What the Church Brings to Today's Youth"
"Why a New Translation of the Bible? - 'The Bible in Its Traditions Project'"
"On the Road to Reconciling the Israeli-Palestinian Conflicts in the Light of Recent Historical Developments"
"What does St. Paul have to say to the Church Today?"
"Pope Benedict XVI, What Impact Might his Augustinian Philosophy Have?"
"Immigration and Globalization: The New Face of Christianity"
"A Case for an American Catholic Church"
"Challenges of Science and Religion in the New Millennium"
"Fundamentalisms and World Religions - What They Have in Common and How They All Demonize 'the Other'"
(No Fall 2005 Lectures due to Hurricane Katrina)
"In Today's Secularized World, Is it Possible to Believe in God?"
"Patenting Human Life: Clones, Chimera, and Biological Artifacts"
"Judaism and Christianity: New Perspectives in the New Millennium"
"A Review and Critique of the 'Divine Action Project' - A dialogue among Scientists and Theologians", sponsored by Pope John Paul II
"Renewing the Hope and the Trust of the Faithful in the Institutional Church"
"A Jewish Perspective on the Recent Pontifical Biblical Document, 'On the Jewish People and Their Scriptures in the New Testament'"
"The New Movement in Christian-Jewish Relations"
"Contemporary Moral and Spiritual Formation through the Eucharistic Liturgy"
"Moral Leadership and World Politics in the 21st Century"
"Religion and Violence: The Case of Islam"
"Timeless Healing: The Power and Biology of Belief"
"Evolving Thoughts on Taking Science and Religion Seriously"
"What We Can Now See: Ecclesial Reflections on the Current Crisis in the American Catholic Church"
"Corporate Ethics and Responsibility - Enron and Beyond: Ethical Lessons for American Society"
"God the Spirit and Natural Science"
"Reading the Past, Projecting the Future - Science and Theology on the Emergence of Spirit"
"Judaism and Christianity: New Perspectives After the Holy Year"
"Women Deacons? Past, Present and Future - An Exploration of the Tradition and History of Diaconal Ordination"
"Reputed Burial Cloths of Jesus Christ - How to Determine their Authenticity or Fraud?"
"Technology, Theology and New Images of Being Human"
"Resistance and Reconciliation - The Church's Ecumenical Role in Ending Apartheid"
"Where Are We Going? Christian Faith in the Face of an Unknown Future"
"The Promise and Perils of Evolutionary Ethics"
"Possibilities of a New Papal Primacy"
"Strengthening Jewish-Christian Relations - A Jewish Perspective on the Recent Papal Visit to Israel"
"The Church in the Middle Ages"
"Images of God and Religious Imagination"
"Images of God in the Writings of Pope John Paul II; A Spirituality for the New Millennium"
"Gender Images and the Mystery of God"
"Jewish Images of God in the Post-Holocaust Era"
"Images of God from the Earth and its People: An Environmental Theology"
"Images of God and the Unconscious - Origins and Transformations"
"Images of God and Contemporary Literature - Impact and Significance"
"Re-Imaging God in Light of Today's Evolutionary/Ecological Consciousness"
"Images of God in Space and Time"
"Post-Modern Concepts of God - The Problem of Worshipping the One God Today"
"Transcending the Divisive - Removing Obstacles to Ecumenical Dialogue"
"Jesus as Messiah: Christian Yes; Jewish No - Messianic Expectations Today"
Participants: Rabbi Edward P. Cohn, Temple Sinai
Rev. Dr. Val A. Mclnnes, OP, Tulane University
Ms. Jean A. Meade, St. Andrew's Episcopal School
Rev. Steven Meriwether, St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church
Professor Frank T. Birtel, Tulane University, Moderator
"Science and Technology in Cloning, from Sheep to Humans - What are the Real Possibilities of Human Cloning?"
"What are the Ethical and Religious Implications of Human Cloning? - A Judeo-Christian Perspective"
"The Impact of Cloning on Family Values - Making Sexual Reproduction Obsolete?"
"Messianic Expectations - A Jewish and Christian Point of View"
"Truth and Pluralism in Religion and Science Today - The Post-Modern Challenge"
"The God Question in Our Post-Modern Age"
"New Testament Treatment of the Jews"
"Veritatis Splendor - Roman Catholic and Lutheran Perspectives in Dialogue"
"Religion and Moral Decline in Contemporary American Society - Disintegration or Rejuvenation?"
"Religion, Politics and the American Family Debate"
"The Work of the Jesus Seminar: What is Its Purpose and Does it Matter?"
"A Major Diplomatic Accomplishment - The Fundamental Agreement Between the Holy See and the State of Israel - A Catholic Perspective/An Israeli Perspective"
"Satan and the New Testament, A Social History of Satan"
"Russian Roots in the American Spirit"
"The Doctrine of Church and State - Should Religion be Involved in Politics?"
"Government and the Poor - Who Should be Providing Care for the Poor?"
"Interrelation of Faith and Culture"
"The Holocaust as Paradigm of the 20th Century"
"God and Some American Philosophers"
"The Tulane-Archdiocese of New Orleans Bicentennial Lecture - The Church in the United States - 200 Years of Growth - Baltimore and New Orleans"
"Feminists and Patriarchs in the Catholic Church: Dysfunctional Discourse or a Common Language?"
"Is Business Ethical? Case Discussions on Ethical Decisions in Business Practice"
"A Theology of Intellectual Life"
"The Gospels as Examples of Jewish Midrash"
"The Split between Private and Public Life - Religion as Culprit and Solution"
"New Trends of French Theology Today"
"Sexuality Issues in the American Church"
"Columbus and the Age of Discovery"
"Bartolomeo de Las Casas - the Theology of Las Casas, Father of Human Rights and International Law"
"Las Casas- The Untold Story"
"Twenty-five Years of Progress - An Evaluation"
"Expectations for the Judeo-Christian Dialogue - The Year 2000"
"Power Shift: Changes In and Around American Protestantism"
"Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People"
"The Future of Catholicism in the Unites States"
"This I Believe: In the Catholic Tradition"
"This I Believe: In Two Different Views of Christianity - Fundamentalism and Catholicism"
"This I Believe: The Lord and Giver of Life"
"The Apocalyptic Days of the Church"
"The Christian Intellectual Tradition"
"Forty Years of Falsification"
"This I Believe - Choosing God and Choosing Man: A Post-Modern Challenge"
"This I Believe - The Redemption of the Body"
"This I Believe - Crossing New Terrain"
"This I Believe: Choices in the Modern World"
"This I Believe: From DNA to DEAN"
"This I Believe: Politics and Religion, Theory and Practice"
"A Rabbi Looks at the Lord's Prayer"
"Christology in the Christian-Jewish Dialogue"
"The Reality of God and the Future of the Human Project"
"The Early Christian Church and Authority"
"The United States and Central America Today"
"A Christian Materialism? Some Reflections on the Relation to Cognitive Sciences"
"The Love of God and the Pursuit of Virtue: Early Christian Ethics"
"First Century Christians in a Jewish World"
"The Age of Constantine and Beyond: Jesus in a Christian World"
"The Law and Religious Conflicts Today"
"The Language of Love in Christian and Jewish Mysticism"
"Religion in Politics Today"
A Symposium on the Painted Word in conjunction with the Vatican Pavilion and the New Orleans Museum of Art
"The Inter-Relationship between Creationism and Evolution Today"
"The Nietzschean Challenge to the Judeo-Christian Tradition"
"Science and Human Values: The Uneasy Connection"
"Religion and Public Policy"
"Sons of God and Ecclesia: An Intertestamental Analysis"
"The Hermeneutic Circle - Uses and Abuses in Translating the Bible"
"The Gospel of Jesus the Jew: An Historical Approach"
"Jesus and Christianity"
"The Judeo-Christian Interpretation: An Historical and Critical Approach"
"The Judeo-Christian Interpretation: An Hermeneutical Approach"
"The Old Testament in the New: A Jewish Perspective"
"Towards a Jewish Theology of Christianity"
"Interactions of Natural Sciences and Religion Today"
"The Struggle between Christianity and Judaism"
"Science, Technology and Religion"
"Jewish Tradition and New Testament Interpretation"
"The Greek Bible: Hidden Treasure for Jews and Christians"
"Jewish Territorial Doctrine and A Christian Response"
"The Idea of a People of God"
"Heidegger's Philosophy of Religion"
"Paul and Judaism"
"Jesus and Judaism"