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Babette E Babich, Ph.D., A&S,
professor of philosophy, received a Senior Scholar Fulbright Grant to study in Berlin and Weimar, Germany, this fall. In addition, she recently published an essay, “The Will to Power, War, and Irrationality” in Habermas, Nietzsche, and Critical Theory (Humanity Books, 2004), which she also edited. Her essay, “Nietzsche’s Critique of Scientific Reason and Scientific Culture,” was included in Nietzsche and Science (Ashgate Press, 2004), and she published “Die Wahrheit des Kunstwerks: Gadamers Hermeneutik zwischen Martin Heidegger und Meyer Shapiro,” in Internationales Jahrbuch für Hermeneutik, Bd. 3. (Mohr, 2004).

Everette E. Dennis, Ph.D., BUS,
Distinguished Felix E. Larkin Professor and chair of the Communication and Department of Media Management, published “Out of Sight and Out of Mind—The Media Literacy Needs of Grown-ups,” in the American Behavioral Scientist (Oct. 2004).

Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., A&S,
Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society, received the University of Dayton’s highest honor, the Marianist Award, on Sept. 8. He delivered a lecture, “The Faith of a Theologian,” after receiving the award. He published the article, “Catholic Teaching on the Death Penalty: Has It Changed?” in Religion and the Death Penalty: A Call for Reckoning (Eerdmans, 2004). He also published “Faith and Civility,” in the Josephinum Journal of Theology (11:216-25); “Mary Since Vatican II, Decline and Recovery,” in The Marian Dimension of the Christian Life II: The Middle Period (Marian Studies 53:9-22); and “The Radicalism of the Gospel: The Evangelical Counsels in the Teaching of Pope John Paul II,” in Religious Life (29:3-10).

Celia B. Fisher, Ph.D., A&S,
Marie Ward Doty Professor of Psychology and director of the Center for Ethics Education, received the Graduate Faculty New School University Distinguished Alumni Award last June. She also gave a presentation on recommendations for interpreting federal guidelines for research involving children at the Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 26. In addition, she delivered the keynote address, “Legal and Ethical Issues in Non-Intervention Studies of Suicide, Child Abuse and Violence,” at the National Institute of Drug and Alcohol Abuse meeting in Bethesda, Md., on Sept. 8.

Amir Idris, Ph.D., A&S,
assistant professor of African and African American studies, wrote a book, Conflict and Identity Politics in the Sudan, which is scheduled to be published in 2005 by Palgrave Macmillan. He also delivered a lecture titled, “The Crisis in Darfur and North-South Peace Process,” during a conference at the Columbia University School of Law on Sept. 22. In addition, he published a book chapter, “The Racialized and Islamicized Sudanese State and the Question of Southern Sudan,” in State Crises, Globalization and National Movements in North-East Africa: The Horn’s Dilemma (Routledge, 2004).

Elizabeth A. Johnson, C.S.J., A&S,
Distinguished Professor of Theology, delivered a lecture, “‘The Folly’ of Being a Catholic College,” at the College of New Rochelle’s Alumnae Convocation, where she received an honorary doctorate of humane letters. In addition, she delivered the keynote address, “Horizons of Theology: New Voices in a Living Tradition,” at the College Theology Society’s 50th anniversary convention. Her book, Truly Our Sister: A Theology of Mary in the Communion of Saints (Continuum, 2003), received the 2004 Outstanding Book Award from the College Theology Society, and an academic book award from the Catholic Press Association.

Anne-Marie Kirmse, O.P., Ph.D.,
executive assistant to Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., presented a lecture, “Church Authority as Reflected in Magisterial Documents,” for the Diocese of Brooklyn on Sept. 19.

German Martinez, S.T.D., GSRRE,
associate professor of theology and liturgy, received the 2004 Catholic Press Association award for his book, Signs of Freedom: Theology of the Christian Sacraments (Paulist Press New York, 2004).

Philip M. Napoli, Ph.D., BUS,
associate professor of communications and media management and director of the Donald McGannon Communications Research Center, received the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Robert Picard Award honoring the year’s best book in media management and economics for his book, Audience Economics: Media Institutions and the Audience Marketplace (Columbia University Press, 2003). The award was presented at the annual AEJMC convention in Toronto last August. He also delivered a paper, “Market Structure, Station Ownership and Local Public Affairs Programming on Local Broadcast Television,” at the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference at George Mason University in Virginia.

Robert J. Penella, Ph.D., A&S,
professor of classic languages and literature, delivered a lecture, “From the Muses to Eros: Choricius of Gaza’s Epithalamia for Student Bridegrooms,” at the Gaza in Late Antiquity conference at the University of Poitiers, France, in May. The papers presented at the conference will be published in Switzerland as a series of monographs.

Merold Westphal, Ph.D., A&S,
professor of philosophy, published the book, Transcendence and Self-Transcendence: On God and the Soul (Indiana University Press, 2004). He also was elected to a three-year term on the executive committee of the eastern division of the American Philosophical Association (APA).

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