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Dr. Brian Clites Will Give a Public Lecture on “Women’s Leadership in the Twentieth-Century Church,” at the Community of St. Peter on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 7pm

Tuesday, September 11 at 7:00pm

The Community of Saint Peter
7100 Euclid Avenue, Suite 125
Cleveland, OH 44103-4038

Women’s Leadership in the Twentieth-Century Church
We often think of women’s ordination as a progressive, “new” debate. But women have been asking for a greater role in the liturgy and eucharist for centuries. And American women were never closer to achieving that goal than in the 1940s – 1950s, when a cadre of exceptional young friends led ministries of social justice that gained the support of leading priests and bishops. Those three women were Dorothy Day, Patricia Crowley, and Nina Polcyn. Each of these women is well-known for the organizations they founded. (Dorothy founded the Catholic Worker movement. Patty founded the Christian Family Movement and, later, Call to Action. Nina founded the Catholic library movement.) Although less-frequently remembered for it, Day, Polcyn, and Crowley were also at the forefront of the debate over whether women could one day become deacons or priests. This lecture will explore the relationship between social justice and women’s ministry, using these three exemplars as case studies in the potential of and obstacles to increasing women’s leadership in the Church.

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Dr. Deepak Sarma Will Lead the Ethics Noon Conference “The Karma and Dharma of Hindu Bioethics” at Cedars-Sinai on Wednesday, September 12, 2018

“The Karma and Dharma of Hindu Bioethics”

Identify principles of Hindu bioethics in order to improve physician- patient, physician-family, physician-nurse, and/or physician- physician communication and interaction.

Describe different strategies and techniques for identifying and responding to Hindu bioethical issues.

Noon-1:00 p.m.
Lunch will be available at 11:30 a.m.

Harvey Morse Auditorium
South Tower, Plaza Level

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Dr. Joy R. Bostic will present as part of the 2018-2019 Social Justice Research Lunch Series, Tuesday, September 11, 2018

“God Complexes” and “Complex Gods”: Emancipatory Practices in
Religion and Hip Hop

Dr. Joy Bostic, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, will explore the use of “divine grammars” by Black hip hop and contemporary pop artists to address complex issues of race, gender, sexuality, power and divinity.  A discussion will follow.

Tuesday, September 11 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Crawford Hall, 10900 Euclid Avenue, Room A13 (Ground Floor)


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Dr. Joy R. Bostic selected to receive the 201​8 Faculty Diversity​ Award

Dr. Joy R. Bostic, and the other award winners, will be recognized at the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity Annual Diversity Achievement Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, April 18, 2018​ at 11:30 a.m. in the Tinkham Veale University Center, Ballroom A.  During the luncheon, members of the CWRU community will be recognized for their​ ​contributions to enhancing and promoting diversity and inclusion on campus.  The luncheon is free and open to the CWRU community.

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Dr. Joy R. Bostic presenting papers at Kent State University on Friday, April 13 and Harvard University on Saturday, April 14th

Dr. Joy R. Bostic will present the paper, “The Lemonade Class, Kendrick Lamar, and Afrofuturism from P-Funk to Get Out: Emancipatory Pedagogies and Black Cultural Production” at the Africa and Global Atlantic World Conference at Kent State University, Friday, April 13. She has also been invited to present the paper “Hip Hop, God Complexes, and Complex Gods” at the Spiritual but not Religious: Past, Present, Future(s) Conference at Harvard Divinity School’s’ Center for the Study of World Religions Center on Saturday, April 14th.

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Dr. Timothy Beal to present at Cyberinfrastructure Day 2018: Innovative Technology on Friday, April 13

Timothy Beal, Florence Harkness Professor of Religion, will be presenting at Cyberinfrastructure Day 2018 on “Neural Machine Translation of Classic Texts, And Other Adventures of a HPC Newb from the Humanities” at 9:00 am on Friday, April 13, in the Wolstein Research Building auditorium.

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SPRING 2018 RATNER FAMILY LECTURE IN RELIGION, Wednesday, April 11 at 4:30 pm


Distinguished Lecturer: Albert J. Raboteau
Emeritus Professor of Religion, Princeton University

“Balm in Gilead: Memory, Mourning, and Healing in African American Autobiography”

Wednesday, April 11 at 4:30 pm
Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom C
Reception to Follow

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