Lumen Magazine_Winter 2020

Catholic Studies News


It goes without saying that the fall 2020 semester looked and felt very different for students, faculty and staff in the effort to keep everyone healthy. Yet, undeterred by COVID-19 limitations, Catholic Studies found new, creative and safe ways to continue to engage students and the broader community. This past summer the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Social Thought, Law and Public Policy, a College of Arts and Sciences Catholic Studies and School of Law partnership, hosted a Zoom series titled, “The Common Good in Uncommon Times,” that covered a range of timely topics including incarceration during pandemics; taxation and distributive justice; achieving just wages; and religious liberty. Moving into early fall, Rachel Paulose, visiting

law professor, spoke at a virtual event on “The Christian Duty to Create a Beloved Community.” Later in the month, Murphy Institute relaunched “Hot Topics: Cool Talk,” this time online, with a conversation on physician-assisted suicide that was rescheduled from last spring. In November, Professor Emeritus Kenneth Kemp gave a virtual presentation on his recently released book, The War That Never Was: Evolution and Christian Theology . Upcoming event topics for Murphy Institute include J. R. R. Tolkien and current social and political dynamics, government accountability in sexual assault cases, and themes from Obianuju Ekeocha’s book, Target Africa: Ideological Neocolonialism in the Twenty-First Century .

A June 2020 graduate program course sampler hosted by Dr. Erika Kidd on St. Augustine’s Confessions .

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