2003-04 Program

The Reinhold Niebuhr Institute of Religion and Culture Presents

Spring 2004

Thursday March 25th, 4:00 RB 202 (Key Auditorium).
Dr. Larry Rasmussen, "Doing Our First Works Over: Religion's Challenge to Environmental Abuse." 

Tuesday April 13th, 4:00 RB 202 (Key Auditorium)
Dr. David Edwards, "Afghanistan Revisited: Notes on a Place Left Behind."
Dr. Edwards will talk about his work with the Afghani people and also show clips from a film, "Healing Kabul" (working title), based on his time in Afghanistan that  he is working on.   (Co-sponsored with Siena's Peace Studies Program)

Tuesday April 20th, 4:00 RB Sarazen Student Union 243
David Kaczynski and Gary Wright: The Death Penalty and Forgiveness: A Conversation with the Brother of the "Unabomber" and One of the "Unabomber's" Victims.
(Co-sponsored with Siena's Peace Studies Program and Siena's Foundations Program)

Thursday April 29, 7:00 pm West Room of Serra Hall  
Rev. Dr. Mihran Kupeyan "The Armenian Genocide: The First Ethnic Cleansing of the 20th Century"

Fall 2003

September 25th Sarazen Student Union 241   7:30 p.m. 
Paul Elie "Pilgrims in Spite of Ourselves: American Catholics in the New Century"
Co-sponsored with The Center for Franciscan and Catholic Studies. 

October 11th Sarazen Student Union Maloney Great Room, 9:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Walking the Labyrinth.  A canvas replica similar to the labyrinth of Chartres Cathedral will be available for people to walk. It is a time for meditation, contemplation, prayer and fun.  Throughout the time period that the labyrinth is open for use, experienced facilitators will be present to answer questions, offer suggestions for walking the path, and to talk with anyone who may have unexpected emotional responses during their walk.
This is offered in conjunction with Convivium Conference that is taking place that weekend


November 6th Sarazen Student Union 241, 7:00 p.m.
Dr. Thomas Barnett and Dr Stephen Breyman from RPI will have a conversation about "The Pentagon's New Map: The Implications of  Role of the United States in the 21st Century". This will be moderated by Rex Smith of the Times Union and is presented in conjunction with The Interfaith Alliance of New York State. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO A LATER DATE
November 11th Sarazen Student Union 241, 4:00 p.m.

The Rev. Laurenti Magesa: "The Face of Christianity in East Africa".
The Rev. Laurenti Magesa is a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Musoma, Tanzania, presently on sabbatical at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Glenville.  Prior to that he was the pastor of two parishes with 10 out-stations in the Musoma Diocese.  He has a Ph.D. in Moral Theology from St. Paul University in Ottawa, Canada, and taught from 1986-92 at the Catholic University of East Africa, Nairobi, Kenya, where he also served as a lecturer at the Maryknoll Institute of African Studies.  He was a visiting lecturer at the Maryknoll School of  Theology, Maryknoll, New York, in 1994 and at Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1995.  He is the author of several books, including African Religion: The Moral Traditions of Abundant Life (Orbis, 1997), and many articles on African theology, moral theology, and social ethics.