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FAU Lecture Addresses the Vatican and Recent Popes

            BOCA RATON, FL (October  2, 2009) – Florida Atlantic University will present the lecture “The Vatican and the ‘Final Solution’: Have Recent Popes ‘Owned’ Catholic Guilt?” on Sunday, November 1 at 2 p.m. in the Senate Chambers of the Student Union Building on FAU’s Boca Raton campus. The lecture, which will be presented by Kevin Madigan of Harvard Divinity School, is free and open to the public. Following the keynote address, there will be a discussion with Alan Brill of Seton Hall University and Kevin Spicer of Stonehill College.

Madigan, professor of the history of Christianity, is a historian of medieval Christian religious practice and thought. He began teaching at the Harvard Divinity School in 2000. Madigan specializes in high-medieval scholastic theology. His books include “Olivi and the Interpretation of Matthew in the High Middle Ages” and “The Passions of Christ in High-Medieval Thought: An Essay on Christological Development.” With Carolyn Osiek, Madigan co-authored “Ordained Women in the Early Church: A Documentary History.” He also co-authored “Resurrection: The Power of God for Christians and Jews,” a project partly written during 2006-07 when Madigan was winner of a Luce Theological Fellowship.

Brill is in the graduate department of Jewish-Christian studies at Seton Hall. He is a specialist in interfaith relations, Eastern European Jewish thought, modern orthodoxy and Jewish intellectual history. Brill has lectured throughout the country, and published two books, and numerous articles and papers.        

            Spicer is associate professor of history at Stonehill College. He chairs the college's Catholic-Jewish Dialogue Committee that promotes understanding and discussion between members of both traditions in the college and surrounding communities.

The lecture is presented by FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, and Alan L. Berger, Raddock Family Eminent Scholar Chair in Holocaust Studies and director of the Center for the Study of Values and Violence after Auschwitz. No reservations are required for the lecture. For further information, call 561-297-2979.

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