Xavier welcomes the public to the last lecture of the spring semester in the Ethics/Religion and Society Lecture Series, which takes place today, Tuesday, April 23, at 7:00 p.m. in Kennedy Auditorium, Room 412, in the Conaton Learning Commons. Peter Huff is speaking on diversity and the Catholic Church in his lecture, "Dignum et Justum: Justice, Diversity, and the Mystery of Catholicity."
Huff holds the Besl Chair, an endowed chair of the Ethics/Religion and Society program, at Xavier. He is currently on leave from Centenary College of Louisiana, where he holds the T.L. James chair in religious studies. He studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Mercer University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Indiana University, and he received his PhD in historical theology from Saint Louis University. Huff has been a significant contributor toward dialogue between Christians and Buddhists and between Christians and Mormons.
The series this year, titled “Justice, Tolerance and Diversity,” debates the meanings of the issues as well as their interrelationships. All lectures are free and open to the public
The last lecture on April 16 featured Camille Paglia, a well known writer on sex, art and religion. Paglia teaches at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She is a co-founding contributor to Salon and is also on the editorial board of Arion. Her books include Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson (Yale University Press, 1990); Sex, Art, and American Culture (Vintage Books, 1992); Vamps & Tramps: New Essays (Vintage Books, 1994); and Break, Blow, Burn: Camille Paglia Reads Forty-Three of the World's Best Poems (Pantheon, 2005). Most recently she is the author of Glittering Images: A Journey through Art from Egypt to Star Wars (Pantheon Books, 2012).
The first lecture on Feb. 20 was presented by Fred Evans on “The Dilemma of Diversity: Democracy, Justice and the Primacy of Voices.” Evans is a professor of philosophy and is coordinator of the Center for Interpretive and Qualitative Research at Duquesne University. He received his BA and MA in philosophy from Indiana University, his PhD in philosophy from the State University of New York at StonyBrook and an MA in Psychology from the University of Regina in Canada. He worked for a non-governmental organization in Laos during the 1970s.
The second lecture March 22 featured Paul Gavrilyuk speaking on Eastern Orthodoxy and diversity. He is a professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas who received a BS from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, and an MTS and PhD in theology from Southern Methodist University. As an Eastern Orthodox historian and theologian, he offers courses in the history of Christian doctrine, Christianity in late antiquity, liturgical studies and Russian religious thought. He has lectured in Italy, France, Belgium, Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan and has been a visiting professor at Harvard Divinity School.
Susannah Heschel, a writer on Jewish-Christian relations, the history of biblical scholarship and the history of anti-Semitism, spoke on April 8. Heschel teaches Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College and has held visiting professorships at Princeton, Tufts, the University of Frankfurt, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Cape Town.
Learn more about the lecture series at the series' website.