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Dr. Debra Erickson

Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Education:

Ph.D., The University of Chicago Divinity School

Areas of Expertise:

Social and Political Ethics, Medical Ethics, Environmental Ethics, Christian Ethics

Office Hours, Spring 2014

102 Clare Center
518-783-4248

Mondays 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00-2:00 p.m.
and by appointment

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Meet Dr. Erickson

Debra Erickson received her Ph.D. in Religious Ethics from the University of Chicago Divinity School in 2010. Her dissertation research argued for the use of casuistry, or case-based ethical reasoning, in environmental decision-making. She also holds a master's degree in Christian Studies with a concentration in Systematic Theology from Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. Dr. Erickson has presented her work at conferences in the U.S. and the U.K. and is in the process of adapting for publication her dissertation research on the ethics of nuclear power generation.

Before coming to Siena, Dr. Erickson taught at DePaul University, the Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago, and Catholic Theological Union, Chicago. For three years, she edited the Religion and Culture Web Forum, published by the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, and served as a member of the Marty Center's Advisory Board. She has also contributed to Sightings, the Marty Center's biweekly column on religion in the public sphere. Prior to commencing her academic career, Dr. Erickson worked as a political aide in her hometown of Portland, Oregon, work that shaped her ongoing scholarly interests in political theory and ethics. She has particular interests in design, planning, and the built environment, and for many years gave tours at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Robie House in Hyde Park, Chicago, where she was routinely mistaken for an architect.

COMING events

    On Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in Sarazen Student Union 243, Sr. Nancy Kehoe, RSCJ, Ph.D., will lecture on the topic "Wrestling with our Inner Angels: Spirituality and Mental Illness." The event is co-sponsored by the Consultation Center of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany and Siena College’s Social Work Department, Psychology Department, Franciscan Center for Catholic Studies and Office of the Chaplain. All are welcome. For more information, contact Dr. Carla Sofka of Siena's Social Work Department. - See more at: http://webdev.siena.edu/academics/schools-departments/departments/religious-studies/religious-studies-department-coming-events/#sthash.NILM7Ok9.dpuf
    On Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in Sarazen Student Union 243, Sr. Nancy Kehoe, RSCJ, Ph.D., will lecture on the topic "Wrestling with our Inner Angels: Spirituality and Mental Illness." The event is co-sponsored by the Consultation Center of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany and Siena College’s Social Work Department, Psychology Department, Franciscan Center for Catholic Studies and Office of the Chaplain. All are welcome. For more information, contact Dr. Carla Sofka of Siena's Social Work Department. - See more at: http://webdev.siena.edu/academics/schools-departments/departments/religious-studies/religious-studies-department-coming-events/#sthash.NILM7Ok9.dpuf
  • On Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 7:00 p.m., the Franciscan Center for Catholic Studies is co-sponsoring a lecture by Greg Barrett, author of The Gospel of Father Joe: Revolutions and Revelations in the Slums of Bangkok, and The Gospel of Rutba: War, Peace, and the Good Samaritan Story in Iraq. The latter book won a 2013 Catholic Press Book Award. Place: Boland Room, Fr. Benjamin Kuhn Alumni House. For more information, please contact Dr. Tom Dickens.

  • On Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.., the Hayyim and Esther Kieval Institute for Jewish-Christian Studies will sponsor the Eighth Annual Town of Colonie Jewish Association Lecture. Fr. Dennis Tamburello, O.F.M., Professor of Religious Studies at Siena College, will speak on the topic "Adventures in Interfaith Dialogue."

    On Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in Sarazen Student Union 243, Sr. Nancy Kehoe, RSCJ, Ph.D., will lecture on the topic "Wrestling with our Inner Angels: Spirituality and Mental Illness." The event is co-sponsored by the Consultation Center of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany and Siena College’s Social Work Department, Psychology Department, Franciscan Center for Catholic Studies and Office of the Chaplain. All are welcome. For more information, contact Dr. Carla Sofka of Siena's Social Work Department. - See more at: http://webdev.siena.edu/academics/schools-departments/departments/religious-studies/religious-studies-department-coming-events/#sthash.NILM7Ok9.dpuf

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