Conference Schedule

Below is the proposed schedule for the Notre Dame Theology Graduate Student Conference, February 14-15, 2014.

Friday, February 14th—McKenna Hall, Rm. 100-104.

Stories of Genocide and Hope in Guatemala

6:30-7:30 p.m. - Viewing of Discovering Dominga film

7:30- 8:30 p.m. - Remarks from Dominga and Q&A

Reception will follow.


Saturday, February 15—McKenna Hall, Rm. 210-214

8:30-9:00 Continental Breakfast

Panel 1 (9-10:15 a.m.): Panel Moderator—Jimmy Haring

1) Finney Premkumar (Azusa Pacific University): “Reevaluating Methodologies: How Human Suffering reveals our Epistemological Inadequacies.”

2) Najeeb Haddad (Loyola University of Chicago): “ ‘Curse God and Die!’ The Problem of Suffering in the Book of Job.”

3) Erik Lenhart (Boston College): “Humor and Theodicy: Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.”

Panel 2 (10:30-11:45 a.m.): Panel Moderator—Raul Zegarra

1) Michael Altenburger (University of Notre Dame): “Response to Suffering through Institution and Prayer.”

2) Eric Martin (Fordham): “The Liberating God: Interdisciplinary Theology and American Drone Bombs.”

3) Andrew Krinks (Vanderbilt): “No Solidarity, No Truth: Can Theology Become Truly Dangerous?”

Lunch Break: 12-1:30 p.m, Hesburgh Room, Morris Inn

Panel 3 (1:30-2:45 p.m.)—Rachel Chow

1) Lorraine Cuddeback (University of Notre Dame): “Both Inside and Out: The Role of the Academic Theologian Understood through Liberation Theology and Standpoint Theory.”

2) Sarah Spieldenner (Fordham University): “Undoing Our Idolatry of Medicine; Teaching the Skill of Suffering.”

3) Sara Misgen (Yale): “Suffering Beyond Explanation: Trauma’s Challenge to Theodicy.”

Panel 4 (3-4:15 p.m.): Panel Moderator—Mourad Takawi

1) Matthew Beers (Yale/Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg): “Measuring Spiritual Suffering: Using Pargament’s RCOPE Measurement Tool to Assess Surgical Patients with Co-Existing Mental Health Diagnoses, a Qualitative Study.”

2) Michael Finocchiaro (Boston College): “A Critique Beyond Words: Ethical Inquiry and Impetus in Mark Doty’s Poetry.”

3) Zachary Minuto (Yale Divinity School): “Solidarity With the Suffering Earth: A Catholic Quest for Grounded Eco-Theology.”

Common Good Initiative and Interdisciplinary Panel (4:30-5:30 p.m.)

Afternoon Break: 5:30-6 p.m.

Second Keynote Speaker: 6-7 p.m.

Todd Whitmore, Theology Professor at Notre Dame University: "Jesus, Zacchaeus, and the Soul of the Academic: A Biblical Lens on Scholarly Solidarity with the Poor."

Closing Refreshment Hour: 7-8 p.m.