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Appointments

John Grabowski, associate professor of theology and religious studies, has been appointed by Pope Francis as an expert for the Synod of Bishops to be held Oct. 4 to 25 in Rome. The synod will focus on the theme "The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and the Contemporary World." Grabowski will collaborate with the special secretary of the synod in the preparation of synodal documents and assist the general relator in the drafting of his reports.

 

On the Road

David Bosworth, associate professor of theology and religious studies, gave a presentation titled “Did King David Read Machiavelli?” at the Catholic Biblical Association annual meeting held Aug. 1 to 4 at Xavier University in New Orleans.

William Dinges, professor of theology and religious studies, participated in an April 19 panel discussion at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Chestertown, Md., on the theme “This Fragile Earth Our Island Home: Stewardship of the Environment and Communities of Faith.”

Rev. John Ford, C.S.C., professor of theology and religious studies, gave a presentation titled “John Henry Newman: Little Known Facts of his Roman Catholic Years” at a conference of the Newman Association of America held July 30 to Aug. 1 at Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J.

John Grabowski, associate professor of theology and religious studies, gave a lecture titled “Pope Francis’ Call to Mission and the Role of the Family” on April 21 as part of the Archbishop’s Lecture Series for the Archdiocese of Denver.

Bradley Gregory, assistant professor of theology and religious studies, delivered the paper “Vice and Virtue in the Moral Vision of the Latin of Ben Sira (Ecclesiasticus)” at the Catholic Biblical Association annual meeting held Aug. 1 to 4 at Xavier University in New Orleans.

Charles B. Jones, associate professor of theology and religious studies, presented the paper “Is a Dazangjing a Canon? On the Use of ‘Canon’ with Regard to Chinese Buddhist Anthologies” at the conference Study of Block-printed Edition of Tripitaka, Past, Present and Future, Centering around Jiaxing Sutra held May 10 at Zhejiang Gongshang University in Hangzhou, China. He presented the paper “Self-Power and Other-Power in Late Imperial Chinese Pure Land Buddhism: Negotiating the Boundary of Self and Buddha” at the 17th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies held Aug. 7 to 9 in Berkeley, Calif.

Vadim D. Knyazev, professor of chemistry, gave a June 17 presentation titled “Kinetics of the Pyrolysis of Polyethylene” at the Institute of Chemical Physics at the Russian Academy of Science in Moscow. He also gave a presentation on “Initial Stages of the Pyrolysis of Polyethylene” at the Ninth International Conference on Chemical Kinetics held June 28 to July 2 in Ghent, Belgium.

V. Bradley Lewis, associate professor of philosophy, presented the paper “’Wine with Plato and Hemlock with Socrates’: Charles McCoy’s Dialogue with Leo Strauss and the Character of Thomistic Political Philosophy” at a conference on Leo Strauss and His Catholic Readers held June 4 to 6 at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass.

Maryann Cusimano Love, associate professor of politics, participated in a May 7 discussion on “From Nuclear Deterrence to Disarmament: Evolving Catholic Perspectives” at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in New York, N.Y.

William C. Mattison III, acting dean and associate professor of theology and religious studies, spoke on “Pope Francis, Marriage, and the Family” on April 13 at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md.

Monsignor Paul McPartlan, Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism, gave a lecture on “The International Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue: Achievements and Issues” on April 29 at Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J.

Jim Quirk, lecturer of politics, was selected by the U.S. Embassy Speaker Series in Serbia to lead discussions April 14 to 16 about online learning at embassy outreach centers and universities in Novi Sad and Niš. On April 15, he also led a discussion about American politics and foreign policy at the University of Belgrade’s Center for the Study of the USA.

David Walsh, professor of politics, gave a keynote address on “What is Political Theory, and Why Should We Care” at the conference Order and Liberty held May 1 and 2 at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

 

Publications

The Catholic University of America Press won three awards for its books, two of which were written by CUA faculty. Transcending Architecture: Contemporary Views on Sacred Space, written by Julio Bermudez, associate professor of architecture, won first prize for Illustrated Jacket or Cover in the Small-to-Medium-Size Nonprofit Publisher category. Early Syriac Theology with Special Reference to the Maronite Tradition, by Chorbishop Seely Beggiani, adjunct associate professor of theology and religious studies, won first place for Typographic Text in the same category. The Personalism of John Henry Newman, by John Crosby, professor of philosophy at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, won second place in the Typography Text category.

Ian Boxall, associate professor of theology and religious studies, wrote the chapter “Tracing Patmos Through the Centuries” for the book Reception History and Biblical Studies: Theory and Practice (Bloomsbury T&T Clark). He also contributed “Riding White Horses: An Intertextual Study of Rev. 6:1-2 in the Light of its Reception History” to the book Poetik und Intertextualität in der Apokalypse (Mohr Siebeck).

John J. Convey, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Professor of Education, wrote the chapter “Catholic schools and the common good” for the book Gravissimum Educationis: Golden opportunities in American Catholic education 50 years after Vatican II, published by Rowman & Littlefield.

Elizabeth Foxwell, staff editor of The Catholic Historical Review, edited In Their Own Words: American Women in World War I, published by Oconee Spirit Press.

John Grabowski, associate professor of theology and religious studies, and his wife, Claire, wrote commentary for a reprint of Pope John Paul II’s 1981 apostolic exhortation The Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World (Pauline Books & Media).

Vadim D. Knyazev, professor of chemistry, cowrote “Kinetics of the Self-Reaction of Cyclopentadienyl Radicals,” published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry A (Vol. 119).

Trevor Lipscombe, director of The Catholic University of America Press, and Daniela Petchik, prospect researcher in University Advancement, wrote “Publishing Virtuously: Morals Matter in Building Better Books” in the July issue of the Journal of Scholarly Publishing.

Robert Miller, O.F.S., associate professor of theology and religious studies, wrote “Myth as Revelation,” published in Laval théologique et philosophique (Vol. 70).

W. J. Shepherd, associate archivist, wrote the article “Robert Bald: Forgotten Coal Mining Reformer” for The Highlander: Magazine of Scottish Heritage (Vol. 53, No. 3). He also wrote two book reviews for the spring issue of The Churchill Center’s Finest Hour magazine: one on Bradley P. Tolppanen’s Churchill in North America, 1929: A Three Month Tour of Canada and the United States and one on Timothy Heppell’s The Tories From Winston Churchill to David Cameron.

Julia Young, assistant professor of history, wrote Mexican Exodus: Emigrants, Exiles, and Refugees of the Cristero War (Oxford University Press).

 

Students

Karen Carducci, doctoral candidate in Greek and Latin, was awarded a Professional Development Grant by the Classical Association of the Atlantic States to present her paper “Implicit Stipulations in the Testamentum of Gregory of Nazianzos vis à vis the Testamenta of Remigius of Rheims, Caesarius of Arles, and Aurelianus of Ravenna” at the 17th International Conference on Patristic Studies held Aug. 10 to 14 in Oxford, England.