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October, 2019


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Nelson H. Minnich, professor of theology and religious studies, takes over as editor of the Catholic Historical Review in August 2005.


Timothy Noone, professor of philosophy, was elected president of the American Catholic Philosophical Association.  Noone will serve as vice president for 2006 and as president the following year. 


Rev. Kurt Pritzl, O.P., dean of philosophy, was elected to serve on the executive council of the American Catholic Philosophical Association for a three-year term.

Monsignor John Wippel, professor of philosophy, was elected president of the Metaphysical Society of America.


Awards and Honors

Andrew Simpson, associate professor of music, was awarded a grant from the Loeb Classical Library Foundation to mount the fully-staged chamber music production of his new one-act opera "The Furies," to take place in Ward Recital Hall, Feb. 9-12, 2006.  "The Furies," based on Aeschylus' ancient Greek tragedy "The Eumenides," is the third and final installment of Simpson’s "Oresteia" Project, a multi-year artistic and scholarly enterprise created in conjunction with the Department of Greek and Latin.


On the Road

Therese-Anne Druart, professor of philosophy and director of the Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies, gave a seminar on “Avicenna's Metaphysics”  (Avicenna or Ibn Sina, 980-1037, Islamic philosopher) from May 24 to 28, 2005, at the Universidad de los Andes in Santiago, Chile.  She also gave a public lecture on the Conception of God in Islam and Christianity on May 25. The lecture was sponsored by the Universidad de los Andes and the Center for Arabic Studies of the School of Philosophy and Humanities of the Universidad de Chile.

Nelson H. Minnich, professor of theology and religious studies, delivered a lecture on the Fifth Lateran Council's decree on the liceity (i.e. legality) of the montes pietatis (credit organizations/pawn shops for the poor that sought to avoid a prohibition of usury) at the North Carolina Colloquium in Medieval and Renaissance Studies held at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill on April 14, 2005.

He gave a May 1 talk on the Inquisition as part of the Faith and Culture series sponsored by the St. Thomas More Church in Chapel Hill, N.C.

He also will present a paper on the ceremonies of the Fifth Lateran Council at the conference “Liturgie und Zeremoniell am Papsthof der Renaissance” to be held at the University of Münster (Germany) on Sept. 19-21, 2005.

Donald E. Purcell, lecturer of law and chairman of CUA’s Center for Global Standards Analysis, was invited to speak at the Beijing Information Technology Standard International Forum held May 19, 2005.  In addition, he set up meetings with the U.S. Embassy in China to discuss the IT standards conference and its potential implications for the software industry and international trade. Purcell also met with several engineering professors from universities in Beijing to discuss standards education programs at their respective universities.

Jane Pesci-Townsend, chair of musical theater, directed “The Last Five Years,” by Jason Robert Brown, at MetroStage in Alexandria, Va. The production ran from July 15 to 24 and featured a cast and crew that included a number of CUA students and alumni.

Andrew Simpson, associate professor of music, attended the world premiere of his “American Gothic Suite,” for flute, viola and guitar, performed by the Red Cedar Trio June 4, 2005, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The 15-minute work, commissioned for trio by a Cedar Rapids family, celebrates the art of Grant Wood, who painted "American Gothic" in 1930 while living in Cedar Rapids. The trio gave several preview performances of "American Gothic Suite" in May and June, including one in the refurbished studio in which Wood painted his masterpiece. Simpson was named composer-in-residence for the Red Cedar Trio, which will be recording a CD of four of Simpson's chamber works on the Fleur de Son Classics label for release in 2007.

Simpson also was named composer-in-residence and keyboard artist for the Cantate Chamber Singers of Washington, D.C.  Simpson composed two works for Cantate and Thomas Pyle Middle School (Bethesda, Md.). The first of these two works, "The Sparrow Song" for treble chorus, piano and percussion, premiered at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda with a performance by the Thomas Pyle Sixth Grade Choir on June 1, 2005. His second work, a 45-minute cantate for chorus, soloists and chamber orchestra, will premier in June 2006 with a performance by the Cantate chamber singers. 



Christopher Kauffman, professor of theology and religious studies, wrote the article, "Protests and Programs:  The Catholic Relief Services in Vietnam, 1954-1975," for the April 2005 issue of the Catholic Historical Review.

Leopold May, professor emeritus of chemistry, co-wrote with Xueqing Song, Aleajandra Zapata and George Eng a paper titled “Effects of pH on the Speciation of Several Triorganotin Compounds in Anacostia River Sediments Using Mössbauer Spectroscopy” that was published in Main Group Chemistry (2005).

Nelson H. Minnich, professor of theology and religious studies, edited Controversies with Alberto Pio: Responsio ad epistolam paraeneticam Alberti Pii, Apologia adversus rhapsodias Alberti Pii, Brevissima scholia. The book, translated by Daniel Sheerin and annotated by Minnich and Sheerin, is part of The Collected Works of Erasmus, (volume 84) and was published by the University of Toronto Press in April 2005.

Minnich wrote the article "The Role of Schools of Theology in the Councils of the Late Medieval and Renaissance Period: Konstanz to Lateran V," for the latest volume of Annuarium Historiae Conciliorum 35, released in June 2005. The article is based on a paper he gave at a 2003 conference in Rome.

He wrote "The Catholic Church and the pastoral care of black Africans in Renaissance Italy," a chapter published in the book Black Africans in Renaissance Europe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005). The chapter is based on a talk he gave for a conference at the University of Oxford in 2000.

He also wrote “The Official Edition of the Fifth Lateran Council (1512-17),” a summary of a talk he delivered last year, for Proceedings of the Twelfth International Congress of Medieval Canon Law (forthcoming from the Vatican Library Press). The chapter is one of several he has completed recently, as part of his work on a book about the Fifth Lateran Council.

Rev. Francis Moloney, Katharine Drexel Professor of Religious Studies, wrote a book titled The Gospel of John: Text and Context, published by Brill in 2005.

James Youniss, professor of psychology, co-wrote an article with Edward C. Metz, Ph.D. 2003, that appeared in Political Psychology (Malden, Mass.). The article is titled “Longitudinal Gains in Civic Development through School-Based Required Service.”

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