Monsignor Kevin Irwin, dean of theology and religious studies and Walter J. Schmitz Chair of Liturgical Studies, has been nominated to serve another term as a consultor to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Divine Worship. He held this position in the mid 1990s and again from 2004 to the present.
Awards and Honors
Virgil Nemoianu, William J. Byron Distinguished Professor of Literature and professor of philosophy, has been awarded the Opera Omnia prize for his work by the monthly literary journal Convorbiri literare (Iasi, Romania). He also joined the journal's editorial committee.
On the Road
Maria Sophia Aguirre, associate professor, business and economics, presented a paper titled “Achieving Sustainable Development: An Integral Approach to an Economic Perspective” at the Seventh Annual Ethics Conference: The Ethics of Sustainable Development held at Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya, Oct. 28-29.
Marshall Breger, professor, law, participated in a panel discussion titled “Sharing the Message of Auschwitz: Muslims Bear Witness to the Holocaust” at Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J., on Nov. 14.
Thomas Cohen, associate professor of history and curator of the Oliveira Lima Library, gave a talk titled “As fontes primárias para o estudo do Brasil e o acervo de livros raros na Biblioteca Oliveira Lima Library da Catholic University of America” at “Fórum: Obras Raras” at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas in Brazil on Oct. 6, 2010. Cohen presented a paper on “Judaism and Islam in António Possevino’s Bibloteca Selecta” at the Sixteenth Century Studies Society Conference held Oct. 14-17 in Montreal. During that conference, he also served as a commentator and chair of a panel on Spanish Cardinal Francisco de Borja. He gave a paper on “Jesuits, Jews, and Disputes over Ancestry” at the Eighteenth Annual Nostra Aetate Forum at the Archbishop Hughes Institute for Religion and Culture at Fordham University Law School in New York, N.Y., on Oct. 27.
Jennifer Davis, assistant professor, history, gave a lecture titled “Charlemagne’s Practice of Empire” at the Freie Universität in Berlin on Nov. 11.
Duilia de Mello, associate professor, physics, gave a presentation titled "The Role of Dwarf Galaxies in Galaxy Evolution" at the XIII Latin American regional meeting of the International Astronomical Union held in Morelia, Mexico, Nov. 7-11.
Matthew Green, Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies fellow and assistant professor of politics, participated in a Nov. 15 panel discussion titled “The Role of Minority Parties in Congress” at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. The discussion was aired live by C-SPAN.
Tobias Hoffmann, associate professor, philosophy, delivered two lectures at the Midwest Seminar in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy held Oct. 28 and 29 at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. The titles of his lectures were “Duns Scotus on Why Ethical Knowledge is Untainted by Bad Habits” and “Peter Auriol on Free Decision.”
Tanja Horn, assistant professor, physics, delivered a Nov. 12 talk titled “Imaging in Exclusive Reactions” at the Institute for Nuclear Theory’s Workshop on Gluons and the Quark Sea at High Energies held at the University of Washington, Seattle. She gave another talk titled “Electron-Ion Collider (EIC) Detectors” at the same workshop on Nov. 16.
Monsignor Kevin Irwin, dean, theology and religious studies, and Walter J. Schmitz Chair of Liturgical Studies, gave a lecture titled “Liturgy and Ecumenism — Practical, Profound and Prophetic” at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond on Nov. 3.
Michael Kimmage, associate professor, history, presented a paper on “Alexandr Solzhenitsyn and the Emptiness of American Conservatism” at the U.S. Intellectual History Conference at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center in New York, N.Y., on Oct. 22. Kimmage also participated in a panel discussion on “Cold War Politics: Melvin Lasky: London, Berlin, New York” at the Lasky Center for Transatlantic Studies in Munich on Oct. 27.
Laura E. Nym Mayhall, associate professor, history, participated in a roundtable discussion on “Twentieth-Century Britain: Teaching and Research” at the North American Conference on British Studies in Baltimore on Nov. 13.
Robert Miller, associate professor, theology and religious studies, presented a paper titled “Both Written and Oral: the Dual Nature of Israelite Tradition” at the Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting held Nov. 20-23 in Atlanta. Angela Rasmussen, a doctoral candidate in theology and religious studies, presented a paper titled “Versions of Esther: Hebrew Satire and Greek Drama” at the same meeting.
Jerry Muller, chair and professor, history, participated in an Oct. 25 panel discussion on Samuel Moyn’s book The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, D.C. Muller discussed his book Capitalism and the Jews at the Center for Jewish History in New York, N.Y., on Oct. 13, at the University of Connecticut at Stamford on Oct. 19, and at Jewish book festivals in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 25, in San Diego on Nov. 4, and in Boulder, Colo., on Nov. 10.
Virgil Nemoianu, William J. Byron Distinguished Professor of Literature and professor of philosophy, gave two lectures on global humanism at the University of Iasi in Romania and at the Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Roman Exile in Bucharest, Romania, on Oct. 26 and 27.
Travis Price, adjunct professor, architecture and planning, gave a Nov. 18 keynote address on “The Archaeology of Tomorrow — Architecture and the Spirit of Place” at the International Forum on Cultural Heritage and Landscape in Florence, Italy.
David Shumaker, clinical associate professor, library and information science, delivered a keynote address titled “At the Edge of Opportunity: Embedded Librarianship Today and Tomorrow” at the Centennial Conference of the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa held in Dunedin, New Zealand, Nov. 28-Dec. 1.
John Kenneth White, professor, politics, gave a lecture titled “The 2010 Midterms and the Future of the Obama Presidency” to a gathering of the American Politics Group at the Embassy of the United States in London on Nov. 12. He delivered the talk via satellite from the U.S. Department of State.
Joseph White, associate professor, theology and religious studies, presented a weekend course on the history of the U.S. Catholic Church to the 18 permanent deacon candidates of the Diocese of Cheyenne at St. Anthony Parish Center in Casper, Wyo., Nov. 5-7.
Rev. James Wiseman, O.S.B., professor, theology and religious studies, gave a lecture Oct. 30 on the topic of miracles at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Gaithersburg, Md. It was part of that parish’s series of lectures on topics relating to issues in science and religion.