Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies

Faculty

Dr. Martin J. Tracey

Department Chair
Professor (philosophy)

History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies

Phone: (630) 829-6259  |  Send Dr. Tracey an Email  |  Office: Kindlon 151

Education

Ph.D. (medieval philosophy), University of Notre Dame | 2000

M.M.S. (medieval studies), University of Notre Dame | 1993

A.M. (religious studies), University of Chicago | 1991

B.A. (theology), University of Notre Dame | 1990


Selected Publications

"Albert's Moral Thought." In Irven M. Resnick, ed., A Companion to Albert the Great: Theology, Philosophy, and the Sciences, pp. 347-379. Brill's Companions to the Christian Tradition, 38. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2012.

"Thomas Aquinas on Stewardship." In Christine M. Fletcher, ed., Faith, Science and Stewardship: Christian Pedagogy on the Environment. Proceedings of the 2011 Regional Conference of the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and Arts. Lisle, IL: Benedictine University, 2011.

"Anselm's De Casu Diaboli and the Deontological Character of his Moral Thought." In Roberto Hofmeister-Pich, ed., Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109): Philosophical Theology and Ethics, pp. 195-218. Textes et Études du Moyen Âge, 60. Porto: Fédération Internationale des Instituts d'Études Médiévales, 2011.

"Prudentia in the Parisian theological summae of William of Auxerre, Philip the Chancellor, and Albert the Great." Via Alberti: Texte – Quellen – Interpretationen. Eds. Ludger Honnefelder, Hannes Möhle, and Susana Bullido del Barrio. Subsidia Albertina Series, 2. Münster: Aschendorff, 2009. 267-293.

"Virtus in the Naples Commentary on the Ethica Nova (MS Naples, Biblioteca Nazionale, VIII G8, ff. 4ra-9vb)." Virtue Ethics in the Middle Ages: Commentaries on Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, 1200-1500. Ed. István Bejczy. Leiden: Brill, 2008. 55-76.

"What Has Aristotle's Virtue to Do with Christian Virtue? Albert the Great versus Philip the Chancellor." Temperance: Aquinas and the Post-Modern World. Ed. Rollen E. Houser. Thomistic Studies Series. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University Press, 2008.

"An Early 13th-Century Commentary on Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics Bk. I, Chs. 4-10: The Lectio cum Questionibus of an Arts-Master at Paris in MS Napoli, Biblioteca Nazionale, VIII G 8, ff. 4r-9v." Documenti e studisulla tradizione filosofica medievale 17 (2006): 23-70.

"Albert on Incontinence, Continence, and Divine Virtue." Das Problem der Willensschwäche in der mittelalterlichen Philosophie / The Problem of Weakness of Will in Medieval Philosophy. Eds. Tobias Hoffmann, Jörn Müller, and Matthias Perkhams. Recherches de Théologie et Philosophie Médiévales - Bibliotheca, 8. Leuven: Peeters, 2006. 195-218.

"Revisiting Albert the Great's 'Abhorrence' for Latin Doctrine on the Intellect." Intellect et imagination dans la philosophie médiévale / Intellect and Imagination in Medieval Philosophy / Intelecto e imaginação na Filosofia Medieval. Eds. José Meirinhos and M.C. Pacheco. Actes du XIe Congrès International de Philosophie Médiévale de la Société Internationale pour l'Étude de la Philosophie Médiévale (S.I.E.P.M.). Rencontres de Philosophie Médiévale, 11. Turnhout: Brepols, 2006. 1191-1200.

Dr. Christine Fletcher

Associate Professor (theology);
Director, Inquiry Curriculum

History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies

Phone: (630) 829-6263  |  Send Dr. Fletcher an Email  |  Office: Kindlon 156

Education

Ph.D., Anglia Ruskin University | 2006

M.A., Oxford University | 1986

B.A., Oxford University (Somerville College) | 1973

B.A., Albright College | 1971


Selected Publications

"An Anglican Middle Axioms reading of Caritas in Veritate." College Theology Society Annual Volume 56 (2010): 236-254.

"Restoring the Sense of Divine Vocation to Work." Crucible: The Christian Journal of Social Ethics (January-March 2011): 25-32.

"Vocation in Work: Dorothy L. Sayers and Economic Issues." VII: An Anglo-American Literary Journal 26 (2009): 53-80.

"Code of Practice or Virtuous Practitioner? Virtue Ethics and Reputational Risk." International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management 8.7 (2008): 31-38.

"Dorothy L. Sayers: An Exemplar for Lay Theology." Inklings Forever, Vol VI: A Collection of Essays Presented at the Sixth Frances White Ewbank Colloquium on C.S. Lewis & Friends. Upland, IN: Taylor University, 2008.

"Sayers the Management Guru." Proceedings of the 2007 Dorothy L. Sayers Convention. Ed. Geraldine Perriam. Hurstpierpoint, UK: Dorothy L. Sayers Society, 2007.


Selected Presentations

"Wisdom in a Culture of techne: Teaching Business Ethics." 2011 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture: "Educating for Wisdom in the 21st Century University," Baylor University, Waco, TX (October 2011).

"Grounding Business Ethics." ACCA Pedagogy Symposium (October 2011).

"Drama and Religion or Religious Drama? Reading Antigone." 16th Annual Conference of the Association for Core Texts and Courses, New Brunswick, NJ (April 15-18, 2010).

"Atonement Theology in Dorothy L Sayers' The Just Vengeance." American Academy of Religion Midwest Region meeting: "Religion, Sex, and the Body," Rock Island, IL (March 2010).

"Teaching Social Justice Using Biography." ACCA Pedagogy Symposium (October 2009).

"Gender and the Family." 9th Annual Fall Conference – Notre Dame Center for Ethics & Culture: "The Family: Searching for Fairest Love," University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN (November 6-8, 2008).

"‘Who do you say that I am?’: Teaching the Gospels using Dorothy L. Sayers’ The Man Born to be King." 14th Annual Conference of the Association for Core Texts and Courses, Plymouth, MA (April 2008).

"Evangelization – Who Me?" Keynote presentation at Diocese of Scranton Catechists Conference (October 2007).

"CST, CSR and the Purpose Driven Company." Sixth International Conference on Catholic Social Thought and Management Education: "The Good Company,' Pontifical University of St Thomas, Rome, Italy (October 5-7, 2006).

Dr. Patrick Flynn

Professor (philosophy)

History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies

Phone: (630) 829-6261  |  Send Dr. Flynn an Email  |  Office: Kindlon 155

Education

Ph.D. (Philosophy of Science), University of Western Ontario | 1989

M.A. (Philosophy), McMaster University | 1978

B.A. (Philosophy), University of Notre Dame | 1975

 

Selected Publications

Co-editor, Substance, Judgment, and Evaluation: Seeking the Worth of a Liberal Arts, Core Text Education – Selected Papers from the Twelfth Annual Conference of the Association for Core Texts and Courses, Chicago, Illinois, April 6-9, 2006. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2010.

“Copenhagen, Bohr, and Heisenberg: How Did We Learn to Love the Bomb?” Substance, Judgment, and Evaluation: Seeking the Worth of a Liberal Arts, Core Text Education – Selected Papers from the Twelfth Annual Conference of the Association for Core Texts and Courses, Chicago, Illinois, April 6-9, 2006. Eds. Patrick T. Flynn, Jean-Marie Kauth, John Kevin Doyle, and J. Scott Lee. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2010. 153-160.

“Introduction.” With Jean-Marie Kauth, John Kevin Doyle, and J. Scott Lee. Substance, Judgment, and Evaluation: Seeking the Worth of a Liberal Arts, Core Text Education – Selected Papers from the Twelfth Annual Conference of the Association for Core Texts and Courses, Chicago, Illinois, April 6-9, 2006. Ed. Patrick T. Flynn. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2010. vii-xiii.

"Exposing New and Transfer Students to the Benedictine Tradition: Core and Writing Programs.” With Jean-Marie Kauth. Third Annual Benedictine Pedagogy Conference Proceedings: Orienting New Members to Our Benedictine Learning Communities. 2010. 13-15.

“Whose Proof? Whose Rationality?” The International Journal of the Humanities 5.1 (2007): 163-168.

“Review of Deane-Drummod’s The Ethics of Nature.The Journal of Ecotheology 11.2 (2006): 237-239.

“The Renewal of Catholic Natural Theology: Some Philosophical Reflections as to Do's and Don’ts.” Published online at the University of Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture website. 2003.

 

Selected Recent Presentations

“Can we know that the Universe is Fine-Tuned, and if we can, is such Knowledge part of the Physical Sciences? A Philosophical Reflection.” 5th Annual Spring Benedictine University Faith & Reason Symposium: “In the Beginning God . . . Faith, Science, the Cosmos and Humanity Humanity.” Benedictine University, Lisle, IL (April 13, 2012).

“Reading Darwin in the Real World: Human Descent v. Human Ascent.” 18th Annual Conference of the Association for Core Texts and Courses: "Liberal Arts Education for the Real World: Inquiring Into, Preparing For, and Living In The Real World Through Core Texts," Milwaukee, WI (March 29-April 1, 2012).

“Responding to the Secularist New Atheism, and Its Challenges to the New Evangelization.” Benedictine College Institute for Missionary Activity: Inaugural Symposium for Advancing the New Evangelization, Benedictine College, Atchinson, KS (March 23-24, 2012).

“Reexamining In Vitro Fertilization and Other Life-Beginning Biomedical Issues.” American Philosophical Association Annual Central Division Conference (ADOPT Group), Chicago, IL (February 16-17, 2012).

“God, Skepticism, Culture, and the New Atheism.” 12th Annual Fall Conference – Notre Dame Center for Ethics & Culture: “Radical Emancipation: Confronting the Challenge of Secularism,” University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN (November 10-12, 2011).

“Reflections on Benedictine Hospitality (or Haustus) in the Classroom.” Fifth Annual Benedictine Pedagogy Conference: “Haustus: The Challenge of Hospitality,” St. Anselm College, Manchester, NH (June 2-4, 2011).

“Is Virtue or Excellence Teachable? Reflections on Plato's Meno.” 17th Annual Conference of the Association for Core Texts and Courses: “The Quest for Excellence, Liberal Arts and Core Texts,” Yale University, New Haven, CT (April 14-17, 2011).

“Sins against Reproductive Simplicity: The Cycle of IVF and its Abortive and Contraceptive Co-Conspirators.” 11th Annual Fall Conference – Notre Dame Center for Ethics & Culture: “Younger Than Sin: Retrieving Simplicity through the Virtues of Humility, Wonder & Joy,” University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN (November 18-20, 2010).

“Cartesian Worlds.” 16th Annual Conference of the Association for Core Texts and Courses, New Brunswick, NJ (April 15-18, 2010).

“Socrates for Juveniles – Including Delinquents: A Case For Teaching Philosophy At The Pre-College, Pre-University Level.” 107th Annual American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting, Chicago, IL (February 20, 2010).

“Exposing New and Transfer Students to the Benedictine Tradition: Core and Writing Programs.” With Jean-Marie Kauth. Third Annual Benedictine Pedagogy Conference: “Orienting New Members to Our Benedictine Learning Communities,” St. Vincent College, La Trobe, PA (May 28-30, 2009).

“Rawls, the Difference Principle, and the Future of Liberal Education.” 15th Annual Conference of the Association for Core Texts and Courses, Memphis, TN (April 16-19, 2009).

“Neo-Darwinian Evolution & Human Descent v. Human Ascent: A Case for Both.” 106th Annual American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting, Chicago, IL (February 20, 2009).

“Darwin & Human Descent v. Human Ascent” 14th Annual Conference of the Association for Core Texts and Courses, Plymouth, MA (April 5, 2008).

“Benedict XVI ’s Regensburg Address: Principles.” 8th Annual Fall Conference – Notre Dame Center for Ethics & Culture: “The Dialogue of Cultures,” University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN (December 1, 2007).

“The Pedagogy of Teaching Values and Natural Law.” 104th Annual American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting, Chicago, IL (April 19, 2007).

“Odyssey into Ghostly Shadows: A Plea for Cartesian Inclusion in the Core.” 13th Annual Conference of the Association for Core Texts and Courses, Williamsburg, VA (March 29-April 1, 2007).

“Whose Proof? Whose Rationality?” International Symposium on New Directions in the Humanities, Columbia University, New York, NY (February 23-26, 2007).

Dr. Vincent Gaddis

Professor (history)

History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies

Phone: (630) 829-6262  |  Send Dr. Gaddis an Email  |  Office: Kindlon 148

Education

Ph.D., Northern Illinois University | 2000

M.A., Northern Illinois University | 1992

B.A., Rutgers University | 1985


Selected Publications and Presentations

Book Review of The Life of Herbert Hoover: Imperfect Visionary, by Kendrick A. Clements. Journal of American History 98.1 (2011): 235-236.

"Black Face--White Utopia: Reflections on African-Americans, Utopia, and Advertising" in Utopian Images and Narratives in Advertising: Dreams for Sale. Eds. Luigi Manca, Alessandra Manca, and Gail W. Pieper. New York: Lexington Books, 2012. 193-212.

Herbert Hoover, Unemployment, and the Public Sphere: A Conceptual History, 1919-1933. Lanham: University Press of America, 2005.

"Albert Camus' The Plague: Finding Meaning in a Post-Modern World" in Substance, Judgment and Evaluation: Seeking the Worth of a Liberal Arts, Core Text Education.  Eds. Patrick T. Flynn, Jean-Marie Kauth, John Kevin Doyle, and J. Scott Lee. Lanham: University Press of America, 2010. 69-74.

"Mothership Connection: Love, Soul, Music and Revolution." Plenary speaker, Midwest Culturally Inclusive Conference, University of Wisconsin-Platteville (September 2011).

"The Nihilistic Threat and the Political Economy of the Prison Industrial Complex." Association for the Study of African American Life and History Convention, Raleigh, NC (2010).

"Power, Place and the Preacher: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Power of Redemptive Suffering; Birmingham 1963." Phi Alpha Theta Biannual Conference, San Diego, CA (January 2010).

"Reading Race, Reading Community; Martin Luther King Jr. 'Why We Can't Wait' as Core Text." The Association for Core Texts and Courses 15th Annual Conference, Memphis, TN (April 2009).

Dr. Rita George-Tvrtković

Associate Professor (theology)

History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies

Phone: (630) 829-6266  |  Send Dr. George-Tvrtković an Email  |  Office: Kindlon 156

Education

Ph.D. (theology), University of Notre Dame | 2007

M.T.S. (theological studies), Weston Jesuit School of Theology | 1997

B.A. (anthropology), University of Tulsa | 1994

 

Research Interests

Dr. Tvrtković is a historical theologian specializing in the medieval period. Research interests include medieval Christian-Muslim-Jewish relations, pilgrimage literature, medieval women “vernacular” theologians, contemporary Catholic interreligious dialogue, and comparative theology (Islam).


Recent and Forthcoming Publications

Books

Christians, Muslims, and Mary: A History. (New York: Paulist Press, forthcoming).

Nicholas of Cusa and Islam: Polemic and Dialogue in the Late Middle Ages. Eds. Ian C. Levy, Rita George-Tvrtković, and Donald F. Duclow (Leiden: Brill, 2014).

A Christian Pilgrim in Medieval Iraq: Riccoldo da Montecroce's Encounter with Islam. Medieval Voyaging Series (Turnhout: Brepols Publishing, 2012). Monograph plus translations.


Articles

"Bridge or Barrier? Mary and Islam in William of Tripoli and Nicholas of Cusa." Medieval Encounters (in press).

"Towards a Theology of Islam" in The Cambridge History of Later Medieval Theology, 1050-1500. Eds. Joseph Wawrykow and Thomas Prügl (Cambridge University Press, in press).

"What Muslims Can Teach Catholics about Christianity" in Comparative Theology in the Millennial Classroom: Hybrid Identities, Negotiated Boundaries. Eds. Reid Locklin and Mara Brecht (Routledge, 2016), pp. 153-163.

"The Ties that Bind: Interfaith Friend, Interfaith Kin" in Interreligious Friendship after Nostra Aetate. Eds. James Fredericks and Tracy Sayuki Tiemeier (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), pp. 75-84.

"Deficient Sacraments or Unifying Rites? Alan of Lille, Nicholas of Cusa, and Riccoldo da Montecroce on Muslim and Jewish Praxis" in Nicholas of Cusa and Islam: Polemic and Dialogue in the Late Middle Ages. Eds. Ian C. Levy, Rita George-Tvrtković, and Donald F. Duclow (Leiden: Brill, 2014), pp. 105-22.

Book Review: Can Only One Religion be True? by Paul Knitter and Harold Netland. Horizons: The Journal of the College Theology Society 41.1 (June 2014): 198-200.

"Riccoldo da Montecroce on bismillah and salawat" in Ritus infidelium: Miradas interconfesionales sobre las prácticas religiosas en la Edad Media. Eds. José Martínez Gázquez and John Tolan (Madrid: Collection de la Casa de Velázquez, 2013), pp. 85-98.

"Hildegard's Hexaemeron: Biblical Exegesis in Light of the Rule." American Benedictine Review 64:3 (December 2013): 412-427.

“Muslim-Christian Relations, Past & Present.” Hong Kong Journal of Catholic Studies 4 (2013): 57-77.

"Islam," chapter (co-authored with Zeki Saritoprak) in World Religions - A Comparative Theological Approach, ed. Wilhelmus Valkenberg (Winona, Minn.: Anselm Academic, 2013).

"After the Fall: Riccoldo da Montecroce and Nicholas of Cusa on Religious Diversity." Theological Studies 73.3 (September 2012): 641-662.

Dr. Kaveh Hemmat

Instructor (history, global studies)

History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies

Phone: (630) 829-6250  |  Send Dr. Hemmat an Email  |  Office: Kindlon 158

Education

Ph.D., University of Chicago | 2014

M.A., University of Chicago | 2006

B.A., University of Chicago | 2001

Dr. John Kloos

Professor (religious studies)

History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies

Phone: (630) 829-6265  |  Send Dr. Kloos an Email  |  Office: Kindlon 152

Education

Ph.D., The University of Chicago Divinity School | 1984

M.A., Miami University | 1978

B.A., Miami University | 1972

 

Selected Publications and Presentations

"Constructionism and Its Critics." The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Emotion. Ed. John Corrigan. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. 474-489.

"Religion in Chicago." The American Midwest: An Interpretive Encyclopedia. Eds. Richard Sisson, Christian Zacher, Andrew Cayton. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2007.

"Religion & Emotion: Garfield's Monument & the Franklin Building." DuPage Arts Life. Sping 2005.

"Benjamin Rush." Notable American Philanthropists: A Biographical Encyclopedia. Ed. Robert T. Grimm, Jr. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press/Oryx, 2002. 280-284.

Co-editor, Religion and Emotion: A Critical Assessment and Annotated Bibliography. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2000.

"Jonathan Mayhew." A Companion to American Thought. Eds. Richard Wightman Fox and James T. Kloppen­berg. Oxford and Cambridge, MA: Blackwell Publish­ers, 1995.

"Upper Room." Popular Religious Magazines of the United States. Eds. P. Mark Fackler and Charles H. Lippy. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1995.

Dr. Susan M. Mikula

Acting Dean, College of Liberal Arts
Professor (history)

History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies

Phone: (630) 829-6255  |  Send Dr. Mikula an Email  |  Office:  Kindlon 150

Education

Ph.D., Syracuse University | 1974

B.A. University of Detroit | 1965


Selected Publications and Presentations

“Institutionalizing Party Systems in Multi-ethnic States: Integration and Ethnic Segmentation in Czechoslovakia, 1919-1992.” With Carol Skalnik Leff. Slavic Review 61.2 (2002): 292-314.

“Slovakia.” Academic American Encyclopedia. Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia Online, 1997.

“The Relations Between Czechs and Slovaks in the First Republic.” Slovakia 35.64-65 (1994): 78-96.

“Dr. Milan Hodza so svetle archivnych dokumentov z archivov USA.” Milan Hodza: Stanik a politik. Bratislava: SAV, 1992.

“The Politics of Frustration: The Slovak Political Experience 1918-1938.” Reflections on Slovak History. Eds. Stanislas J. Kirschbaum and Anne C. Roman. Toronto: Slovak World Congress, 1987. 73-88.

“Milan Hodza and the Politics of Power, 1907-1914.” Slovak Politics: Essays on Slovak History in Honour of Joseph M. Kirschbaum. Ed. Stanislas J. Kirschbaum. Toronto: Slavic Institute Press, 1983. 42-63.

Dr. Fannie Theresa Rushing

Professor (history)

History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies

Phone: (630) 829-6248  |  Send Dr. Rushing an Email  |  Office: Kindlon 153

Education

Ph.D., University of Chicago | 1992

M.Ed., Chicago State University | 1986

B.A., Roosevelt University | 1974

 

Adjunct and Emeritus Faculty

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Name Title Department Phone Email Office Location
Fr. Philip Timko, OSB Professor Emeritus (religious studies) History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies
(630) 829-6030
ptimko@ben.edu Kindlon 414
Sr. Karen Nykiel, OSB Adjunct professor (religious studies) History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies
(630) 829-6250
knykiel@ben.edu
Fr. Julian VonDuerbeck, OSB Adjunct professor (core/humanities) History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies
(630) 829-9225
jvonduerbeck@ben.edu