Academic Events


(All Staff and Faculty are invited to attend)


November 12, 2015  Room 128 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Andrew Zidel  "Ecclesia (Church) and Synagoga (Synagogue) in Our Time"
Director of Career Services, and life-long learner of Jewish studies and religious topics.
MA in Jewish Studies (Cum Laude) from Gratz College, 2005.  Graduate Certificate in Jewish Education from Gratz College, 2005.
Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Gratz College, 2005.  BA in Communication Studies (Honors Program) from The University of Kansas, 2001. 
Honors Thesis: Research study on how "Jewish messaging and communication" influenced community involvement/engagement within Jewish Freshman on the college campus

During the Pope's recent visit to Philadelphia, he dedicated a new statue on the campus of St. Joseph's' University called "Synagoga and Ecclesia in Our Time."
Without context, the statue sends a nice message symbolizing peaceful Judeo-Christian relations, open dialogue, mutual respect, and the exchange of faith-based values / scholarship. However, when considering the context of lesser-known church art sponsored by the Vatican, Synagoga and Ecclesia in Our Time takes on profound meaning and significance. There are many statues and paintings in the US that represent interfaith peace and understanding, but none that are a blatant alteration (improvement!) of the Ecclesia (Church) and Synagoga (Synagogue) theme developed during the middle-ages. During this session, I will resurrect a research paper I completed in graduate school on the topic of anti-Jewish art sponsored by the church. This presentation/discussion might appeal to anyone interested in interfaith dialogue/relations, art history, anti-Semitism, European Judeo-Christian history, etc.

December 8, 2015  Room 128 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Dr. Edward Carvalho "Conversation with a 'Native Son': Demythologizing 'Immaculate Genocide' in Dinesh D'Souza's America : An Interview with Ward Churchill"


Presentation focuses on interview conducted for Works and Days journal (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) on the subject of 'Scholactivism.' Interview is divided across three core areas of discussion: 1) Definition of the term; scholactivist commitments and responsibilities; and intersections between academic work and activism; 2) Academic freedom after 9/11 and updates on case; and 3) Analysis of and response to D'Souza's claims on colonization and Indigenous genocide in the film.


January 19, 2016  Room 128 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Dr. Beverly Gordon "Work, Stress, and Health"

February 9, 2016  Room 128 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Professor Jonathan Agresta "For profit colleges and the HELP committee investigation"

March 8, 2016  Room 128 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Professor Jim Schneider "Recognizing stereotype threat in marginalized students"

April 12, 2016  Room 128 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Olivia Martinez TBA

May 10, 2016  Room 128 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Matthew Williams "Video editing"

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