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Lisa Lerman, professor, law, was appointed to the Equal Justice Works National Advisory Committee for a two-year term.

Awards and Honors

Claes G. Ryn, professor, politics, was elected a member of the Board of Directors of the Academy of Philosophy and Letters at the academy’s national meeting in Baltimore Oct. 6-7.

He was selected as an honorary member of Heimdal, the student society of Uppsala University in Sweden, at the society’s annual executive meeting on Oct. 14. Founded in 1891, the society is the university’s oldest and largest for social and political discussion.


Christopher Wheatley, professor, English, spent November on a Thornton Wilder Fellowship that enabled him to study the papers of playwright and novelist Thornton Wilder at Yale University’s Beinecke Library.

On the Road

Jeff Andrews
, adjunct professor of ceramics in the art department, was invited to display his ceramic sculptures at two group shows: the exhibition titled “On the Verge” at the American Center for Physics in College Park, Md., from Nov. 7, 2006, to April 13, 2007; and the Brookside Gardens 2007 Sculpture Show in Wheaton, Md., from Jan. 20 to April 15.

Uta-Renate Blumenthal
, professor, history, and Nelson Minnich, professor, theology and religious studies, traveled to China Oct. 8-22 for a lecture tour. Blumenthal presented a paper titled “Investiture Controversy and Gregory VII.” Minnich presented a paper on the “Challenges Faced by the Renaissance Popes and Leo X.”  Stops on the tour included the history departments of Peking University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. [Professors Blumenthal (second from left) and Minnich (fourth from left) are shown with professors at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.]

Rev. Phillip J. Brown, assistant professor, canon law, gave a presentation at the Sept. 8 meeting of the Western Diocesan Attorneys Association, titled “Canon Law and Civil Law Considerations in Diocesan Restructuring,” in Orange, Calif. Father Brown, who holds degrees in canon and civil law, spoke on the structure of Church entities under civil law as related to property ownership, Church finances and administration.

Adnan Morshed, assistant professor of architecture and planning, will present a lecture titled “The Conveyor-Belt Vernacular: The Hyper-Tradition of the Grameen Bank Housing Program in Bangladesh” at the Conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments, to be held Dec. 15 to 18 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Claes G. Ryn, professor, politics, presented a paper titled “Moral Realism: A Historicist Response to Machiavelli” at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association in Philadelphia on Sept. 2.

Ryn presented a paper titled “Cosmopolitan Patriotism: Containing the Will to Power in the Age of Globalization” at the Second World Forum on China Studies, sponsored by the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences in Shanghai, People’s Republic of China, Sept. 21-22. He also chaired a panel on “Cultural Communications and Harmonious Development” at the same conference.

He gave a plenary address on “The Arts and Humanities as Sources of Power” Oct. 7 at a national meeting of the Academy of Philosophy and Letters held in Baltimore.

He gave an invited lecture on “The Ideology of American Empire” Oct. 28 at a conference on “America and the Idea of Ordered Liberty” sponsored by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute at Tufts University.

He gave a lecture titled “The Political Thought of Peter Viereck” Nov. 3 at a conference on “The Legacy of Peter Viereck” sponsored by Mount Holyoke College.

Martha Cruz Zuniga, assistant professor, business and economics, presented two papers, “Monetary Policy and Stock Market: An International Analysis” and “Money and Workers’ Remittances: Empirical Evidence,” at the Southern Economic Conference in Charleston, N.C., Nov. 18-21.

Several CUA professors took part in the 31st International PMR (Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Studies) Conference held Oct. 13-15 at Villanova University. Angela McKay, assistant professor, philosophy, presented a paper titled “The Virtues of the Purged Soul: Moral Virtue and the Passions in the Disputed Questions on Virtue” in a panel titled “The Form and Content of Aquinas’s Disputed Questions.” Gregory Doolan, assistant professor, philosophy; Tobias Hoffmann, assistant professor, philosophy; and Timothy Noone, professor, philosophy, organized a panel titled “The Angels and Medieval Philosophy” in which they all presented papers. Doolan presented “Aquinas and the Demonstrability of the Existence of Angels.” Hoffmann presented “Duns Scotus on Angelic Sin.” Noone presented “The Angels and Us: Giles of Rome’s De cognitione angelorum and its Influence.”

Several CUA philosophy professors participated in the American Catholic Philosophical Association’s 80th annual meeting at Denison University, Granville, Ohio, Oct. 27-29. The theme for the conference was “Intelligence and the Philosophy of Mind.”  Rev. Kurt Pritzl, O.P., dean and associate professor, gave a plenary address titled “The Place of the Intellect in Aristotle.” He was also invited to preach at the main Mass for the conference. Thérèse-Anne Druart, professor, was a commentator for a contributed paper on Avicenna’s theory of abstraction. Jean De Groot, associate dean and associate professor, contributed a paper, “A Husserlian Perspective on Empirical Mathematics in Aristotle.” Tobias Hoffmann gave a speech titled “Magnanimity According to Albert, Aquinas and Dante” at one of the conference’s satellite programs. Timothy Noone became president of the ACPA at the meeting. Kevin White, associate professor, was a commentator for a contributed paper on Themistius. Holger Zaborowski, assistant professor, gave a speech on “The Religious Heidegger” at one of the conference’s satellite programs.

Several professors of the School of Philosophy also attended the 30th annual convention of the American Maritain Association held in Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 2-5. Jean De Groot contributed a paper titled “Is Aristotelian Science Possible? A Commentary on MacIntyre and McMullin.” Jude P. Dougherty, dean emeritus, contributed a paper titled “The Use and Abuse of Metaphor.” Rev. William A. Wallace, O.P., professor emeritus, gave a plenary speech titled “Maritain and Philosophy of Nature.”


James Litzelman
, director of graduate piano pedagogy, music, performed at the Oct. 25 inaugural concert celebrating a new Steinway concert grand piano at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. He performed Gabriel Faure’s “Nocturne No. 6,” Cesar Franck’s “Prelude, Fugue and Variation” and Manuel Ponce’s “Gavotte and Ballada Mexicana.”

Litzelman performed the same solo selections at a Nov. 3 concert at the Rachmaninoff Hall of the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory. At the concert, he also played Mozart’s “Sonata in F major,” “K. 297 for Piano” and “4 Hands.” He also performed Rachmaninoff’s “Suite No. 1 for Two Pianos” with Irina Koulikova, professor of piano at the Moscow State Conservatory.

Gary Sloan, associate professor, performed a public reading of "Haunted Prince: The Ghosts of Edwin Booth," a one-man show he co-wrote, at the Harford County Courthouse in Bel Air, Md., Nov. 18. The play uncovers the tragic events in the life of Booth, who was the nation’s leading Shakespearean actor and the brother of Abraham Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth. Sloan, who plays the role of Edwin Booth, also will perform the play March 19 to April 16 at Washington, D.C.’s National Portrait Gallery as part of the Shakespeare in Washington festival.


Jon W. Anderson
, professor, anthropology, along with colleagues Jodi Dean and Geert Lovink, edited a book titled Reformatting Politics: Information Technology and Global Civil Society published by Routledge in May 2006.

Rob Barnard, a lecturer in the art department, wrote a review of the Sculptural Objects and Functional Art 2006 art exposition in New York for the November/December issue of the British journal Ceramic Review.

Diane Bunce, associate professor, chemistry, edited two articles that appeared in the Nov. 1 Journal of Chemical Education. The articles were titled “Identifying Students’ Misconceptions about Nuclear Chemistry: A Study of Turkish High School Students” and “Effectiveness of a Conceptual Change-Oriented Teaching Strategy to Improve Students’ Understanding of Galvanic Cells.”

John T. Ford, professor, theology and religious studies, wrote a book, Glossary of Theological Terms, which was published by St. Mary’s Press in September 2006.

Monsignor Ronny E. Jenkins, associate professor, canon law, along with German canonist Klaus Ludicke, published Dignitas Connubii’: Norms and Commentary in October. The handbook is the first English-language commentary on norms the Vatican issued last year for the Church’s marriage annulment process. Monsignor Jenkins translated Ludicke’s German commentary and added to it in certain areas.

Claes G. Ryn, professor, politics, published the article “Unleashing the Will to Power: Neo-Jacobin Exceptionalism as a Justification for American Global Supremacy” in the University of St. Thomas Law Journal, vol. 3, no. 2. He also published the article “Leo Strauss and History: The Philosopher as Conspirator,” in Humanitas, vol. VXIII, nos. 1 & 2.

Michael V. Smith, associate professor, music, and Ashton Conklin, B.M., co-wrote an article titled “First Things First for First-Year Teachers,” which ran in the October 2006 issue of Collegiate Newslink, an online publication of the National Association for Music Education.


Geoffrey Batchelder
, a doctoral student in philosophy, presented a paper titled “Psychology and Reform in the Phaedrus” at the 24th International Conference on Ancient and Medieval Philosophy held at Fordham University Oct. 20-22.

Atria Larson, Nathan Lefler and Louis J. Rouleau presented papers at the 31st International PMR (Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Studies) Conference held Oct. 13-15 at Villanova University. Larson, a graduate student at the Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies, presented “The Exegesis of Crusade in Thirteenth Century Crusade Sermons” in a panel titled “The Perils of Exegesis.” Lefler, a graduate student of theology, presented “Lectio Divinia in St. Bonaventure’s Incendium Amoris” in a panel titled “St. Bonaventure: Mystical Theologian, Shepherd of Souls.” Rouleau, a graduate student of theology, presented “The Symbolic Significance of the Mercy Seat in St. Bonaventure’s Itinerarium mentis in Deum” in the same panel.

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