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Awards and Honors

Jon Klein, head of the M.F.A. Playwriting Program, drama, won a 2015 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award, which included a prize of $6,000. A celebration to honor Maryland’s 2015 Individual Artist awardees will be held on June 8 at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore.

 

Grants

Maria Mazzenga, education archivist, received a $17,300 grant from the Our Sunday Visitor Foundation to fund an October 2015 on-campus conference titled Catholic Archives in the Digital Age: A Conference for Teachers and Archivists.

 

On the Road

William D. Dinges, professor, theology and religious studies, presented a talk on “Catholics and Creation: Why We Should Care” to a gathering of Washington archdiocesan high school science teachers and students in conjunction with the Archdiocesan Environmental Outreach Committee’s “Meeting the Challenge of the Environmental Encyclical” retreat held Feb. 7 at St. Camillus Parish in Silver Spring, Md.

John S. Grabowski, associate professor, theology and religious studies, presented a Feb. 20 talk titled “Experiencing the Universal Call to Holiness in Daily Life: Marital Spirituality and Sexuality” at St. Thomas More Church in Lynchburg, Va.

Charles B. Jones, associate professor, theology and religious studies, presented two lectures for the Smithsonian Associates in Washington, D.C. He spoke on Buddhism on Jan. 29 and Taoism and Confucianism on Feb. 12.

Rev. Nicholas Lombardo, O.P., assistant professor, theology and religious studies, gave the annual St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture at Providence College on March 16. The title of his talk was “What was Jesus intending? Reconstructing Jesus’ historical attitude toward his death.”

Angela McRae, assistant professor, education, presented a talk on “Supporting Undergraduate Students in Reading Comprehension and Motivation” at the University of Pretoria in South Africa on Feb. 17 and 18.

Monsignor Stephen J. Rossetti, clinical associate professor, theology and religious studies, delivered a keynote address to more than 200 bishops, priests, sisters, and lay delegates at the first national conference on safeguarding children. The event, which was held Feb. 27 in Athlone, Ireland, was sponsored by Ireland's National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church.

Rev. Dominic Serra, associate professor, theology and religious studies, presented the paper “Hermas and Justin Martyr on Baptism in Second-Century Rome” at the annual meeting of the North American Academy of Liturgy held Jan. 1 to 4 in Minneapolis.

Rev. Michael Witczak, associate professor, theology and religious studies, presented the paper “S. Gall Mass Orders: Concluding Reflections on the ‘Search for the Origins of the Rhenish Mass Order’” to the Issues in Medieval Liturgy seminar at the annual meeting of the North American Academy of Liturgy held Jan. 1 to 4 in Minneapolis.

 

Publications

Rev. John T. Ford, C.S.C., professor, theology and religious studies, wrote an article titled “Fr. Paul of Graymoor: Prophet of At-one-ment,” which was published in the March issue of Ecumenical Trends. He wrote two essays, “Newman's Reasonable Approach to Faith” and “Newman's Personalist Argument for Belief in God,” which were published in The Newman-Scotus Reader: Contexts and Commonalities.

Aquinas and the Nicomachean Ethics, a book co-edited by Tobias Hoffmann, associate professor, philosophy, was the subject of a positive review in the winter issue of the Claremont Review of Books.

W. J. Shepherd, associate archivist, wrote two recent book reviews. He reviewed Stephen Cooper’s Agincourt: Myth and Reality, 1415-2015, published in the May issue of Military History. He also reviewed James C. Humes’s Churchill: The Prophetic Statesman, published in the spring issue of The Historian.

 

Students

Catalina Pérez, doctoral student, psychology, was awarded the American Psychological Foundation’s Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Child Psychology Graduate Student Fellowship, which is awarded to three to six students nationally to support graduate student research in child psychology. The award will be used to support Catalina's dissertation, titled “The role of home visitor and maternal depression on parenting practices: The case of an early childhood stimulation program in rural Colombia.”