Craige Champion, associate professor of history at Syracuse University, will give a lecture, “To Believe or Not to Believe: Roman Senators and the State Religion,” on Monday, February 17, at 7 p.m., in Shiley Hall room 319. Champion will present the findings of his recently completed manuscript on ancient Roman religion (Pax Deorum: Elite Religious Practices in the Middle Roman Republic, Yale University Press). Countering an embedded, widely-held interpretation over two thousand years old, he argues that Roman governing elites did indeed believe in their gods, rather than being the skeptical and incredulous manipulators still perceived by most scholars on Roman religion. The argument should be of interest to anyone who is concerned with questions of the intersections between politics and religion, and elite/non-elite social relations in any historical society.
The lecture is sponsored by the history department with the support of the Distinguished Historian Fund, founded by Fr. James Connelly, C.S.C. For more information contact Brad Franco, history, at 7192 or email@example.com.
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Fr. David Guffey, director of the Film, Television, and Video Department with Family Theater Productions in Hollywood, Calif., will present “Grace and Cinema,” a free talk on Thursday, February 6, at 7:30 p.m., in Shiley Hall room 301. His lecture is free and open to faculty, staff, students, and the public. Movie snacks will be provided. Listen to his live interview with Dina Marie that morning on KBVM Radio (FM 88.3). For ADA accommodations or other questions, contact Jamie Powell, Garaventa Center, at 7702 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Elaine Park, who directs the University’s masters program in pastoral ministry, will present the final Theology Thursday lecture on Thursday, December 6, at 7:30 p.m., in Buckley Center room 163. She will present “Vatican II: A Retrospective (part one),” exploring the document’s continuing importance and challenges for biblical studies, liturgy, ministry, and the life of the Church.
For more information contact the theology department at ext. 7274 or email@example.com.
Vanderbilt University’s Amy-Jill Levine will present “How Jews and Christians Read Scripture Differently” on Thursday, November 29, at 7:30 p.m., in Buckley Center room 163. The presentation is free and open to faculty, staff students, and the public.
Levine is the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt University and a Professor of Jewish Studies in the Vanderbilt Divinity School. Her work includes the upcoming book Parables: Hearing the Stories of Jesus Again for the First Time (December, 2012).
For more information, contact Jamie Powell, Garaventa Center, at ext. 7702 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Catholic studies minor is a university wide, interdisciplinary minor sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences. Through this minor, students will seek to understand the mutual influences of Catholic Christianity and world cultures over the course of 2,000 years. Drawing on the resources of many departments at the University of Portland, students will study how faith and reason have shaped Catholic texts, systems of thought, institutions, and devotional practices and how Catholic Christianity has contributed to world cultures through works of charity, justice, and peace up to the present day. At the same time, students will engage in rigorous assessment of the Church’s contributions to intellectual, cultural, spiritual, and social developments, in order to achieve a mature understanding of the Church’s role.
Besides providing opportunities to explore the dynamic and mutual interaction between the Church and cultures, the minor challenges students to add their own transformative contributions to the rich and living tradition of Catholic Christianity.
The Catholic studies minor provides opportunities for students to engage in sustained reflection on the Catholic tradition and to experience its many facets – intellectual, spiritual, liturgical, artistic, and service. Because it is necessarily interdisciplinary and promotes the study of faith and service, the Catholic studies minor clearly manifests the mission of the University of Portland.