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Awards and Honors

Jennifer Paxton, clinical assistant professor, history, was elected to the Haskins Society Council (a scholarly organization dedicated to Anglo-Saxon, Anglo-Norman, Angevin, and Viking history), with special responsibility for educational outreach.


On the Road

Rev. Stefanos Alexopoulos, assistant professor, theology and religious studies, presented the paper “The Offices of the Minor Hours and the Royal Hours: History and Theology” at the 15th Liturgical Conference of the Special Synodical Committee of Liturgical Renewal of the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece, held Sept. 23 in Athens.

Monsignor Michael Clay, clinical assistant professor, theology and religious studies, gave two presentations to initiation catechists in the Diocese of Raleigh, N.C., on Oct. 18 during its annual Catholic Convocation. His presentations focused on factors that may be contributing to the high recidivism of those initiated through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and what might be done to ameliorate this situation.

Jennifer Davis, assistant professor, history, and Lilla Kopár, associate professor, English, and director, Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies, gave a presentation on “Preparing Competitive Grant Proposals” at the Classical Association of the Atlantic States annual meeting held Oct. 9 to 11 in Washington, D.C.

Monsignor Kevin W. Irwin, Monsignor Walter J. Schmitz, S. S. Professor of Liturgical Studies, participated in a daylong meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Divine Worship in Baltimore on Nov. 9. Monsignor Irwin in an adviser to the committee.

Katherine L. Jansen, professor, history, gave an Oct. 20 lecture on “Preaching, Penance, and Peacemaking in Late Medieval Italy” at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. The next day she led a workshop on “Comparative Dimensions of Medieval Peacemaking” for Harvard medieval studies graduate students.

Michael Kimmage, associate professor, history, spoke Nov. 2 on “The Decline of the West: An American Story” at the Council of European Studies at Duke University in Durham, N.C.

Timothy Meagher, associate professor, history, and University archivist, gave the keynote address “The Massachusetts Irish and Irish America” for the conference Irish in Massachusetts: Historical Significance, Lasting Legacy held Sept. 24 to 26 at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. On Oct. 17, he participated as a member of the Historians Advisory Committee for the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation in a meeting on the creation of a new museum on the Statue of Liberty and the meaning of liberty.

Nelson H. Minnich, professor of history and of theology and religious studies, presented the paper “The Regulation of Theology in the Reformation Era” at the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference held Oct. 16 to 19 in New Orleans. He also chaired a panel on “The Intersections of Theological Discourse and Moral/Social Reform” at the same conference.

Jerry Muller, chair and professor, history, delivered the 2014 Annual Lefkowitz Jewish Studies Lecture on Oct. 27 at Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y. He spoke on “Capitalism and the Jews.”

Chad Pecknold, associate professor, theology and religious studies, spoke Nov. 3 on “Sacrifice and the City of God” and “Augustine on the Powers” at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio.

Andrew H. Weaver, associate professor and assistant dean, music, presented the paper “Memories Spoken and Unspoken: Hearing the Narrative Voice in Robert Schumann’s Dichterliebe” at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society held Nov. 6 to 9 in Milwaukee.

Andreas Widmer, director of entrepreneurship, business and economics, spoke Nov. 6 of his experience working in the Swiss Guard for Pope John Paul II at a gala to benefit the Dominican nuns of the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary in Summit, N.J.



Rev. Stefanos Alexopoulos, assistant professor, theology and religious studies, wrote the article “When Art, Canon Law and Liturgy Meet: The Case of the Liturgical Pyxides,” published in Rites and Rituals of the Christian East. Proceedings of the Fourth International Congress of the Society of Oriental Liturgy, Lebanon 10-15 July, 2012.

W. J. Shepherd, associate archivist, wrote two recent book reviews on American history. He reviewed Smithsonian Civil War: Inside the National Collection for the fall issue of Washington History. He also reviewed Dark Invasion, 1915: Germany’s Secret War and the Hunt for the First Terror Cell in America for the January 2015 issue of Military History.

Andrew H. Weaver, associate professor and assistant dean, music, wrote the article “Towards a Narratological Analysis of the Romantic Lied: Events, Voice, and Focalization in Nineteenth-Century German Poetry and Music,” published in the journal Music & Letters (vol. 95, no. 3).

Susan Wessel, associate professor, theology and religious studies, wrote “Religious Doctrine and Ecclesiastical Change in the Time of Leo the Great," published in the book The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Attila.



Indira Henard, a graduate student in the National Catholic School of Social Service and director of advocacy at the D.C. Rape Crisis Center, testified at a D.C. council hearing on Nov. 6. Henard, speaking on behalf of victims, argued for the criminalization of revenge porn — the dissemination of sexually explicit materials against the will of those depicted.