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Professor Gary Macy has an article in a new book. "Fake Fathers: Pseudonynous Sources and Forgeries as the Foundation for Canonical Teaching on Women in the Middle Ages" appears in the book, Mind Matters: Studies of Medieval and Early Modern Intellectual History in Honour of Marcia L. Colish, from editors E. Ann Matter, Cary J. Nederman, and Nancy Van Deusen.




Professor Kristin Heyer is among six experts weighing in on the first social encyclical from Pope Benedict XVI, “Caritas in Veritate,” in the new issue of America Magazine. To read the article, click here.




Professor David DeCosse has a new article published by the National Catholic Reporter. "Conscience issue separates Catholic moral camps" can be found here.




Sister Ana Maria Pineda is the recipient of the Archbishop Oscar Romero Award by the Catholic Theological Union.




Professor David DeCosse has a new article published by the National Catholic Reporter. "Will Benedict Keep Open New Space For Reason?" can be found here.




Professor Gary Macy has a new article published by the National Catholic Reporter. "Visitors in the Past" can be found here.




Professor Gary Macy recently gave a talk titled "The Role of Women in the Catholic Church.

To listen, click here.




Professor David Gray's essay "The Influence of the Kalacakra: Vajrapani on Consort Meditation" was published in the edited volume As Long as Space Endures: Essays on the Kalacakra Tantra in Honor of H.H. The Dalai Lama, ed. Edward Arnold, 193-203 (Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion Publications, 2009).




Professor Jason Smick has been appointed the Executive Secretary of the Western Commission on the Study of Religion.




An essay by Keith Warner, OFM will appear in the first 2009 issue of Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality, "The Farm Workers and the Franciscans: Reverse Evangelization as Social Prompt for Conversion."


Professor Fred Parrella has a chapter in a new book: The Cambridge Companion to Paul Tillich. Professor Parrella's chapter is "Tillich's theology of the concrete spirit."


Professor Gary Macy has a chapter in a new book: Women and the Shaping of Catholicism. Professor Macy's chapter is "Women of the Middle Ages."




Professor David Pinault has a new book: Notes from the Fortune-Telling Parrot:  Islam and the Struggle for Religious Pluralism in Pakistan. This is professor Pinault's fourth book.




Professor Gary Macy was recently interviewed for a BBC program on the topic of Celibacy.




Alumna, Lisa Sowle Cahill, was given the John Courtney Murray Award for life-long achievement in theology. Lisa will be giving a lecture next year in the Presidential Lecture series.


On May 29, The Ignatian Center's Bannan Institute approved five Bannan Grants totaling $19,920. Two of these grants were awarded to religious studies professors.

An award for $5,000 went to James Reites, S.J., for his joint grant proposal, Faces and Voices of Ignatian Spirituality.

Sarita Tamayo-Moraga received a $3,920 Dialog and Design grant for her joint proposal, Contemplatives in Action Network.

To review copies of the approved grant proposals and for more information about Bannan Grants check here.




Professor Gary Macy was interviewed on the BBC Today Show on July 12. Click here to listen.




RS department visiting professor, the Venerable Anil Sakya, was in Vietnam organizing United Nations Day of Vesak (Buddha's birthday) with the government of Vietnam. The over 4,000 participants are from 60 countries.

The week of May 12, RS department visiting professor, the Venerable Anil Sakya, was in Vietnam organizing United Nations Day of Vesak (Buddha's birthday) with the government of Vietnam. The over 4,000 participants are from 60 countries.

On May 19, Professor Sakya flew to Manila, to organize another Vesak Day and give a keynote speech.

On May 20, he flew back to Bangkok and resumed his work there as a Buddhist monk. Before he left Bangkok, he was running a campaign to raise fund for Nagris victims of Myanmar. On May 22, he handed over donations to Myanmar Buddhist Clergy in order to deliver directly to victims, as he got reports from Myanmar that the Military are exploiting the Nargis victims by denying them all aid sent by international bodies.

During 3rd week of June, he will be in Atlanta, GA to present a paper to the International Association of Buddhist Studies at Emory University.


In their May 14th edition, the newspaper for the city of Santa Clara, The Santa Clara, featured an article about Gary Macy and his recent book, The Hidden History of Women's Ordination: Female Clergy in the Medieval West.




Michael Buckley's article, "The Madman and the Crowd [on the new atheists]," was published in the May 5th issue of America.




David Pinault's article, "Creatures Great and Small: Viewing Animal Suffering with Interfaith Eyes," was published in the Apr 28th issue of America.




Rachel Bundang gave a workshop on April 29, 2008 to participants of the Cultural Orientation Program for International Ministers (COPIM), introducing them to feminist theologies and their practical applications in ministry. COPIM is a series of three 3-day workshops designed to support the ministry of priests and religious sisters and brothers whose native culture is not that of the United States.

Professor Bundang was also the "ethicist on call" for the February 21 episode of the Busted Halo show, addressing questions about ethical choices in shopping and socially responsible consumption.




Religious Studies Chair, Paul Crowley, S.J., discussed Pope Benedict XVI’s first visit to the United States and what his recent statements mean for Catholic theology in a U.S. News & World Report article published on April 17th. Read the article.




Gary Macy learned in late April 2008 that an Italian journal published his article, “Medieval Theology of the Eucharist and the Chapel of the Miracle Corporal,” Vivens homo, vol 18, no. 1 (Summer, 2007), pp. 59-77.

On April 26th, Macy was one of two participants, along with Alastair Minnis of Yale University, in the 2007-8 Mellon Symposium at Notre Dame University.

From May 8th to 11th, Professor Macy will be attending the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo. He has organized a session of four papers there on The Eucharist: Theology, Liturgy and Art. He will be giving a paper, "Fake Fathers: Pseudonymous Sources and Forgeries as the Foundations for Canonical Teaching on Women in the Middle Ages," in a session in honor of Marcia Colish.

Professor Macy has been recently nominated as a candidate for membership on the governing board of the Medieval Academy.





Aquiline Tarimo, S.J., Visiting Associate Professor from Hekima Jesuit College in Nairobi, lectured at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley on April 8th on the topic of "Human Rights and Option for the Poor." He also represented SCU at a talk at UC Davis in April, entitled "The Future of the International Human Rights Debate."




Jean Molesky-Poz received an award from the Western Region AAR for the best paper written and presented by an adjunct or independent scholar. Jean's paper, "Dancing on the Brink: Native Californians Recuperating their Center(s) in Land, Song and Ceremony," was delivered at the AAR/WR meeting in Pasadena. Jean has just returned April 1st from ten days of field research in Guatemala.




Frederick J. Parrella was interviewed about “Marriage and Today’s Catholic Young People” on the program, “Just Love,” Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, Wednesdays, 1-2 PM, hosted by Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Sirius Satellite Radio, March 26th.




Teresia Hinga has just published a new book: Women, Religion and HIV/AIDS in Africa.




Congrats go to James Bennett  for inclusion of his piece, "The Future of New Orleans," in a special issue of Criterion, marking the tenth anniversary of the Martin Marty Center at the University of Chicago. Jim's piece is included along with several by Marty himself. Quite an honor!




Obama's pastor's words ring uncomfortably true - By James B. Bennett (http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_8635235?source=email) The scrutiny of Sen. Barack Obama's relationship to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the recently retired pastor of Obama's Chicago church, highlights the complex intersections of religion and race in the United States.  The article was published March 20th.




We are pleased to announce that Margaret McLean has accepted a new and enhanced role in Religious Studies and the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. Margaret has received a newly created joint appointment in the Religious Studies Department and in the Ethics Center. Margaret's new faculty appointment is as Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies which honors her excellent teaching and research record during her years at the University, but will also allow her to be a bridge between Religious Studies and the Ethics Center. At the Ethics Center, she will serve as Associate Director. Among her other responsibilities, Margaret will coordinate the Center's involvement in the University's new core curriculum. She will also continue her role as the Center's Director of Biotechnology and Health Care Ethics, a program she started 14 years ago. Margaret holds a doctorate in clinical pathology from the Medical College of Wisconsin and a doctorate in ethics from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. She first came to Santa Clara University in 1989 to teach in Religious Studies and joined the staff of the Ethics Center in 1994.




Religious Compass has published a new set of articles, including  "The Cakrasamvara Tantra: Its History, Interpretation, and Practice in India and Tibet" by David Gray.




Gary Macy gave a talk, "Mind the Gap: Franciscan Theology of Symbol," on February 29th, at the Claremont Graduate University as part of the conference, Seeing is Believing? Representation, Identity, Illusion sponsored by the Claremont Consortium in Medieval and Early Modern Studies.




Faculty Bulletin February 2008


Cynthia Baker published an article: “The Queen, the Apostate, and the Women Between: (Dis)Placement of Women in Tosefta Sukkah,” in A Feminist Commentary on the Babylonian Talmud: Introduction and Studies, ed. Tal Ilan, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2007. She also received a DISCOVER curriculum development grant from SCU for my project "Living Love: Discerning One's Life's Work." Two of our RS majors are working with her in developing this new course.


Tom Beaudoin: published “Popular Culture Scholarship as a Spiritual Exercise: Thinking Ethically with(out) Christianity,” in Between Sacred and Profane: Researching Religion and Popular Culture, ed. Gordon Lynch (London/NY: I.B. Tauris, 2008), 94-110 . Tom also gave two lectures on 19 January in Reno, at the Catholic Diocese of Reno Annual Conference: “Courage for Truth in the Catholic Church Today,” and “Christian Spirituality and Economic Choices.” He recently submitted a chapter, “The Ethics of Research in Faith and Culture,” for Religion and the Sacred in a Media Age , edited by Christopher Deacy and Elisabeth Arweck (Ashgate, 2008). The final galleys for his next book, Witness to Dispossession: The Vocation of a Postmodern Theologian (Orbis, 2008) , will be reviewed next month. He has begun blogging for America magazine at www.americamagazine.org, on the “In All Things” blog. He is a Faculty Fellow for Loyola RLC this year and will be giving a presentation in Sobrato Commons at 7pm on 29 January on “Sexuality and Spirituality in College Life Today: Recent Research and Implications for SCU.” And, he is currently preparing a paper on secularization and theology for the College Theology Society this summer, and an article on Foucault in Jesuit philosophy.


As part of his ongoing religion in the American West project, Jim Bennett had a new program unit accepted for the AAR: “Seminar on Religion in the American West.”


Robert Brancatelli’s article on Jungian theory has been accepted for publication by Horizons .


Rachel Bundang in November gave a paper “The Uses of Womanist Theology and the Limits of Context in Liberation Ethics” at the annual meeting of the Pacific Coast Theological Society, which met at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. In November she gave a lecture and workshop “Reclaiming Paradise” based on the recent theological work and political activism of Rita Nakashima Brock. This talk at First Presbyterian Church in Palo Alto was the adult education portion of their 2007 Robert McAfee Brown lectureship. And, also in November, she gave two papers at AAR: “The Uses of Womanist Theology and the Limits of Context in Liberation Ethics,” in the Womanist Approaches to Religion and Society Group; and “Asian Pacific American Feminist Ethics 2.0,” in the Women and Religion Section. In January she gave a lecture and workshop on “Spirituality and Sexuality” at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Livermore as part of their L.I.F.E. ("Lessons in Faith Experience") series. Rachel was selected to participate in a Wabash Center consultation “Teaching into the Difficult: Racial Ethnic Women Professors-White University - Race, Religion, and Gender in the Classroom.” The consultation will begin at Texas Christian University this May.


Paul Crowley published “Art of the Sixties and Spirituality: Exploring a Conundrum,” in Eye on the Sixties: Vision, Body and Soul. Selections from the Collection of Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson, the catalog published in conjunction with the current exhibition at the de Saisset Museum. He also recently published “Sexual Pleasure in Early Christianity” in The Encyclopedia of Love in World Religions, ed. Judith Greenberg (ABC- Clio, Inc., 2008) . At the AAR in San Diego, he was appointed convener of the Jesuit Departments of Theology and Religious Studies for the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, which meets annually at the AAR and SBL.


David DeCosse published “Freedom of the Press and Catholic Social Thought: Reflections on the Sexual Abuse Scandal in the U.S. Church" in the December 2007 issue of Theological Studies . In January he presented a paper entitled “The Danish Cartoons Revisited: Catholic Social Thought and Freedom of Speech” at the Society of Christian Ethics meeting in Atlanta.


David Gray published "Compassionate Violence?: On the Ethical Implications of Tantric Buddhist Ritual" in the online Journal of Buddhist Ethics . See http://www.buddhistethics.org/current.html . More recently, he won a Graves Award to help fund his research project, “Tibetan Buddhism on the Move: The Global Translocation of the Gyuto Tantric Monastery.” He was also awarded the 2006-7 Bruce Mansfield Prize, given to the author of the best article published in the Journal of Religious History over a two-year period. And he was asked to serve on the editorial board of the same journal. In the department, David is now the Director of the Local Religion Project.


Gary Macy had his book entitled The Hidden History of the Ordination of Women: Female Clergy in the Medieval West (New York: Oxford University Press, October, 2007) reviewed 1/21/08 in the Ottawa Citizen in an article by Jennifer Green entitled “The Lost History of Women as Priests.”


Margaret McLean wrote an article entitled “Thinking Ethically: We Need Guidelines as We Support Those Facing Infertilit,” in the January 2008 issue of The Lutheran . The Marrkula Center for Applied has received a $610,000 grant from the Honzel Family Foundation in support of the health care ethics research and programming under Margaret’s direction.


Kitty Murphy was appointed to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Biblical Literature . Her book, The Historical Jesus for Dummies (Wiley, 2008) has just been published as well.


Jim Reites has been appointed to the National Advisory Board of Amor Ministries. As far as we know he is the first Catholic on the board. Jim is also the California Province Representative for the United States Jesuit Assistancy Interreligious Dialogue Board. And, as many of know, he was a major part of the Solar Decathlon 2009 SCU Team, which took third place in the international competition in Washington, DC.


Jason Smick co-authored a paper with Rocco Gangle (Endicott College) that will be published later this year the journal Political Theology a special issue on the theme “Theology and Democratic Futures.” Jason’s contribution is entitled “Phenomenology and Radical Democracy.”




Faculty Bulletin October 2007



Cynthia Baker writes: My sabbatical began in June 2006 with a five week NEH Institute in Venice, Italy devoted to exploring “Venice, the Jews, and Italian Culture.” I spent five wonderful weeks in the ancient Ghetto of Venice learning and teaching with about two dozen colleagues from around the world – including scholars of history and literature, theatre and Jewish studies; essayists, poets, actors, playwrights, novelists, and more. My own writing project during the Institute was a play based on the character Jessica, daughter of Shylock, from Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice. The title character is a converso – a Jew converted to Christianity in a time and place when the Inquisition and other powerful institutions made such an identity extremely precarious. Two scenes from the play were given a public dramatic reading at a conference at the end of the Institute. It’s still a work in process – stay tuned! I presented two papers at the AAR/SBL Annual Meeting in Washington DC in November and another at the Association for Jewish Studies Conference in San Diego in December. The latter has just come out as an article entitled “The Queen, the Apostate, and the Women Between: (Dis)placement of Women in Tosefta Sukkah” in the inaugural volume of an international series devoted to feminist commentary on the Talmud. In March I set off on a seven-week research trip throughout the Mediterranean, funded, in large part, through an SCU Presidential research grant and an SCU curriculum development stipend. My travels took me from Maimonides synagogue in Cordoba, Spain, through the ruins of one of the earliest (c. first century CE) synagogues unearthed in Ostia, the ancient port of Rome, to another, equally early synagogue discovered on the ancient Greek sanctuary island of Delos, to the magnificent and well-preserved ancient synagogue at Sardis in present-day Turkey. Along the way I examined countless other ancient ruins, small finds, mosaics, and inscriptions that I had studied since my early years as a baby scholar, and now had the thrill of encountering in person. The remainder of my time was devoted to family, fun, and writing. My writing projects included two encyclopedia entries for the newly published Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender (Macmillan, 2007): one on “Hair,” the other on “Veiling.” The great bulk of my writing time was devoted to a long-standing book project entitled Rabbis, Jews, and Others, which I hope to complete soon and two new book projects: The Wisdom of Apostasy and A Consuming Passion; the former is a collection of essays on the talmudic stories about Elisha ben Abuya (the great rabbinic “apostate’) while the latter is a collection of essays on environmental ethics and spirituality.

Tom Beaudoin has a chapter entitled “Popular Culture Scholarship as a Spiritual Exercise: Thinking Ethically With(out) Christianity,” in Between Sacred and Profane: Researching Religion and Popular Culture, ed. Gordon Lynch (IB Tauris, 2007), which will be published in time for AAR. He is working on another chapter entitled “The Fandoms of the Scholars: The Ethical Placement of the Researcher of Religion and Culture,” for Religion and the Sacred in a Media Age, ed. Christopher Deacy (Ashgate, 2008), to be published next fall. He is finishing up his next book, Witness to Dispossession: The Vocation of a Postmodern Theologian (Orbis, 2008), to be published next fall. He is co-directing and co-editing a research project with Kathleen Cahalan of St John’s University, on Catholic practical theology. Funded in part by Lilly, this project will bring scholars together for the next two years to compose a book on the topic. He is directing and editing a project with Liturgical Press on theology and contemporary music, which will gather Catholic theologians who are also practicing rock musicians for academic and musical work together.

Paul Crowley recently completed an article, “Art of the Sixties and Spirituality: Exploring a Conundrum,” which will appear in January under the auspices of the DeSaisset museum in conjunction with an exhibition of part of the Anderson collection here at Santa Clara. He has also completed “Sobrino on Suffering: A Note on ‘Taking the Crucified Down from the Cross’,” a chapter for Festschrift for Jon Sobrino to be published later this year. And he is currently working on an article on Rahner’s transcendental method and religious pluralism, the start of a new project on theological method which he will offer at the AAR “Roman Catholic Studies” session in November. This project will explore the crisis facing systematic theology as a discipline, and methodological considerations that may contribute to its resurgence.

David Gray recently published “The Cakrasamvara Tantra: Its History, Interpretation, and Practice in India and Tibet,” in the journal Religion Compass. He was also recently appointed associate editor of Religious Studies News. And, as we know, he and Diana recently welcomed their second child, a daughter, Clara.

Margaret McLean recently gave the keynote address on ethical decision making in the face of disaster, specifically flu pandemic, at the 8th annual bioethics conference at El Camino Hospital. She also published an article on access to health care and health care reform in the October 16th edition of the Valley Catholic.

Fred Parrella expects the following soon to appear in print: “Spirit,” a 7,000 word entry, in The Cambridge Companion to Tillich, edited by Russell Manning. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 2008. “Paul Tillich’s Concept of Essentialization and the Catholic Tradition of Purgatory,” in Les Peurs, La Mort, L’Espérance autour de Paul Tillich, eds. Mireille Hébert, Lucie Kaenel, et al. XVIIe Colloque International de l’Association Paul Tillich d’Epression Française, 3-5 May, 2007, Fribourg, Switzerland. Münster and London: LIT Verlag, 2008.

Aquiline Tarimo writes: Lecturing at the Department of Religious Studies this Fall has given me an opportunity to meet most of the faculty and staff. With regard to the future of the Religious Department, the ongoing conversation about the possibility of affiliating Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley to Santa Clara University appears to be interesting to me. This initiative, from my viewpoint, is positive and useful for the faculty, university, and the church. The following are the advantages: (a) affiliation of this sort will open the door to begin graduate studies (master and doctoral programs) in theology and religious studies at Santa Clara; (b) academic capability of the faculty will be exercised and enhanced to the fullest’ (c) serious academic research and reflection at the highest level will be possible because of the graduate programs; (d) Santa Clara University will be the strongest university in theology and religious studies in the part of the United States; and (e) the Jesuit identity, Catholic theology tradition, and strong religious studies will find a home at Santa Clara University. After talking to a number of faculty members over the issue of affiliation I am convinced that you are on the right path. Another thing that has impressed me is that most of the faculty and staff in the are open-minded and generous people. They have helped me to settle down quickly. Concerning my teaching I would say that my students are gradually becoming active and interested in my course. Thank you.

Cynthia Baker will be chairing two sessions: one on “Constructions of Masculinity in Christian and Jewish Antiquity” and the second a panel she convened to explore how scholars can respond to rising and powerful religious fundamentalisms around the world. That panel is entitled “Critical Religious Literacy: Strategies for Engaging Global Fundamentalisms.”

Tom Beaudoin will be hosting meetings on these research projects, as well as joining the steering committee of the Practical Theology Group and planning the direction of practical theology sessions at AAR for the next few years. He will also be helping facilitate the AAR attendance of two of our current majors, and one recent graduate.

Paul Crowley is newly elected chair of Jesuit departments of theology and religious studies for the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, and will be chairing the annual meeting this year. The topic is evaluation of Jesuit university programs. Earlier he will serve as a panelist for the Lilly-funded Teagle grant program recently awarded the department. And he will be delivering a paper for the Roman Catholic Studies group on Rahner’s transcendental method in the face of religious pluralism.

Margaret McLean is presenting at paper at the Bioethics and Religion Group (Sunday morning) entitled “Bioethics without Borders: Ethical Responsibility in the Time of Pandemic.” She will also attend the Bioethics and Religion Group Steering Committee meeting (from which she is “retiring”) and the RSR Editorial Board meeting (from which she is also “retiring”). She will also be attending the Lutheran Women in Theological Studies meeting prior to the AAR.

Fred Parrella will be busy as Secretary Treasurer of the North American Paul Tillich Society as usual. In addition to their meeting all day Friday, they have three sessions of the AAR Group: Tillich: Issues in Theology, Religion, and Culture. Of special interest this year is a joint meeting with the AAR Consultation, The Theology of Martin Luther King, Jr., where the theme will be “Paul Tillich and Martin Luther King Jr. on Issues of Global Economic Justice.”

David Pleins will offer “Darwin on Genesis: Rethinking Darwin's Impact on the Interpretation of the Creation Story” at the SBL.


Past Faculty News



David DeCossewrote an article, "Freedom of the Press and Catholic Social Thought: Reflections on the Sexual Abuse Scandal in the Catholic Church in the United States," published in the December 2007 Theological Studies journal.  " 

Gary Macy was the speaker at the Santa Clara Lecture Series.  He discussed "Diversity as Tradition: Why the Future of Christianity is Looking More Like Its Past," and he published “Christian Sign Language” in the Fall, 2007 issue of Church, the journal of the National Pastoral Life Center. He gave the Cone Lecture at the University of Wyoming on October 10 on the “Ordination of Women in the Medieval West.” His latest book, The Hidden History of Women's Ordination, is due to appear in this month from Oxford University Press. He also wrote around 270 of the articles contained in the Dictionary of Theology and Religious Studies, eds. Orlando Espín and James Nickoloff, due to appear this month from Liturgical Press. And he will be giving a paper, “The Ordination Rites for Deaconesses and Abbesses,” at the January, 2008 meeting of the North American Academy of Liturgy in Savannah.

Gary Macy is our recently appointed John Nobili, S.J. endowed chair. He specializes in medieval theology and the theology of the sacraments. His new book, The Hidden History of Women’s Ordination will appear from Oxford University Press in October. This year he is teaching four different courses: Christian Symbol and Ritual; The Christian Tradition; Christian Marriage; and Popes, Peasants and Prophetesses. Dr. Macy will also be continuing his research on the episcopal power of medieval abbesses and the medieval theology of the Eucharist. He can to Santa Clara from the University of San Diego where he taught for twenty-nine years.

Ana Maria Pineda attended the Religious Studies Review Editors Meeting in November; she is a Board member of that group.  In September, she attended the Annual Meeting of Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians in Berkeley, CA.  In July and August, she was the Capstone Speaker: "The Movement of the Spirit: Challenges and Reasons for Hope" Working in the Vineyard of the Lord: A National Symposium on Lay Ecclesial Ministry, Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary, Collegeville, Minnesota. Also in July, she was Presenter and facilitator at the first conference on the Role of Abuelitas in Gangs, Salinas, CA At the request of Bishop of the Diocese of Monterey and Salinas Mayor.  We are proud to announce that in June, she was honored as one of the 100 Most Influential Latin@s in Silicon Valley, selected as one of the ten in the category of educators (along with Francisco Jimenez) Red Carpet Gala at Mexican-American Heritage Plaza, San Jose.  In addition, in June, she attended the Conference on Our Lady of Guadalupe, 50th Anniversary of Casa de Los Pobres, Tijuana.



Diane Jonte-Pace's forthcoming co-edited volume, Mourning Religion, will be the subject matter of a conference at the University of Chicago Div School in October. Here's the weblink:
http://marty-center.uchicago.edu/conferences/mourning/. We are proud to claim Diane as one of our own in the RS Department. Congratulations, Diane!

Professor David Gray has been appointed "review essay editor" for Religious Studies Review. This title is the result of a reconfiguration of the present job. Apparently, it was decided that the old position of editor was too much work for one person, so they divided this role into two, review essay editor and short review (booknote) editor. David will be assuming this role after the AAR annual meeting, when the current editor, Rick DeMaris, will step down. Congratulations, David, and thanks for bring more credit to our department!

Jason Smick has been invited by the University of Virginia's Department of Religious Studies to give a guest lecture entitled "Jan Patocka's Phenomenology of Religion and Philosophy" and to lead a private seminar on the contemporary state of the phenomenological study of religion on Nov 07. He will also be delivering a paper at this year's Philosophy of Religion section at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in San Diego. The paper is entitled "Badiou, Vattimo, and the Philosophical Form of Life in Postmodernity."

Sally Vance-Trembath had this article publishes this year. "Theologies in Dialogue: The Place of Religion in the 21st Century University," Consensus: A Canadian Lutheran Journal of Theology

Ana Maria Pineda, RSM, who received tenure this Spring, participated in a meeting of the newly-founded Christian Churches Together Steering Committee as an appointee of the United States Catholic Bishops. In May, she was commencement speaker and recipient of an honorary degree from St. Xavier University in Chicago, which is Chicago’s oldest Catholic college. And she was recently named one of ten Latino educators (along with Francisco Jiminez) among the 100 most influential Latinos in the Silicon Valley.

 

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