Two speakers featured on campus today

David Gangolfo talks about slain Jesuit’s vision, Sarah Melcher speaks on passages in Genesis | November 21, 2002

The ideas of slain Jesuit Ignacio Ellacuría are being brought to life again in a lecture presented by David Gangolfo of Drexel University. He’s talking about "Ellacuría's Vision of What a Jesuit University Should Be" tonight, Nov. 21, at 7:00 p.m. in Kelley Auditorium in Alter Hall. Gangolfo is at Drexel working on his dissertation on Ellacuría's philosophy. Next semester he'll be teaching this philosophy in El Salvador. His talk is part of the commemoration of the anniversary of the murders of six Jesuit priest in 1989 at the University of Central America in San Salvador. Ellacuría, who taught philosophy and served as president at the university, was one of the murdered priests. The Jesuits were targeted because they spoke out against political repression in El Salvador. This event is sponsored by Voices of Solidarity and the peace and justice programs. For more information call Chris Ortman at 513 281-2065. Also, Sarah Melcher, assistant professor of theology, is talking about "In the Service of Kinship: Reproduction and Sexuality in Genesis" at the final fall lecture in the junior faculty research forum. The event takes place at 3:30 in Logan Hall, Room 100. Melcher’s paper highlights discoveries made about the influence of kinship on sexual practices. Her research looks at how passages in Genesis shaped the sexual practices of its readers and how the passages are concerned with providing sons of clear descent to inherit their fathers’ status and property. Each semester, assistant professors at the University share their work with others through the junior faculty research forum. Once a week for several consecutive weeks, an assistant professor holds a lecture based on the research he or she is doing. Discussion and refreshments follow each lecture. There are at least eight lectures being planned for the spring 2003 semester. For more information about the junior faculty research forum, contact Marco Fatuzzo at 513 745-3621.