Thanks to a donor who wishes to remain anonymous, the Religion Studies department has received a grant of $50,000. This grant will be used to fund a three-day annual residency for a visiting scholar every fall semester, the Alice Eckardt Scholar-in-Residence program. The residency is named in honor of Alice Eckardt, who taught in our department from 1972 to 1987, and who still attends some of the department's programs.
The first Alice Eckardt Scholar-in-Residence was Prof. William Hart, of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, with his public lecture Dead Black Man, Just Walking: The Travon Martin Case with a Note on Obama, on November 5, 2012.
The second Eckardt Scholar-in Residence will be Prof. Jeffrey J. Kripal, from Rice University. Prof. Kripal will deliver a public lecture Authors of the Impossible: Reading the Paranormal Writing Us on Monday, October 21st, at 4:10 PM, in the STEPS building, room 101. This lecture is free and open to the public.
Members of the department and other interested faculty will have a chance to read selections from Prof. Kripal's work in advance of the visit, and meet with him for seminar discussions. He will also visit classes as appropriate to his field and have informal interactions with students and faculty over lunch or dinner.
Jeffrey J. Kripal is the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University. He is the author of Comparing Religions(Wiley-Blackwell, 2013); Mutants and Mystics: Science Fiction, Superhero Comics, and the Paranormal (Chicago, 2011); Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred (Chicago, 2010); and Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion (Chicago, 2007). His present areas of interest include the re-visioning and renewal of the comparative method in the study of religion, the comparative erotics of mystical literature, American countercultural translations of Asian religious traditions, and the history of Western esotericism from ancient Gnosticism to the New Age. He thinks he may be Spider-Man.
Alice L. Eckardt, B.A., M.A., L.H.D., is Professor Emerita, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, where she taught in the Religion Studies Department. She is a member of the Board, Executive Comittee, and Program Committee of the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding (IJCU) at Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA. She was a Senior Associate Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and a Visiting Scholar and Visiting Professor for several years. She has been a member of the Christian Scholars Group on Jewish-Christian Relations since 1974.
Her publications include:
Long Night's Journey Into Day: A Revised Retrospective on the Holocaust (1988) co-author with A. Roy Eckardt, and its predecessor Long Night's Journey Into Day: Life and Faith After the Holocaust (1982); now an e-book of Wayne State University Press
Burning Memory: Times of Teesting and Reckoning, editor and contributor, 1993
One of the editors and contributors to the 3-volume Remembering for the Future: A Challenge to Conscience (1989)
Essays and Articles:
"A Protestant Perspective," Bridges: Documents of the Christian-Jewish Dialogue (1986-2012), ed. Franklinb Sherman, forthcoming
"The Road to Reconciliation: The Protestant Perspective," Bridges: The Road to Reconciliation (1945-1985), 2011
"Has the Holocaust Been a Turning Point in Christian Theology About Judaism?," Continuity and Change, Steven T. Katz and Steven Bayme, eds., 2010
"Founding Father of Jewish-Christian Relations: The Rev. James Parkes (1896-1981)," Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations, http://escholarship.bc.edu/scjr), vol.3, Issue 1, 2008, article 21
"Revising Christian Teaching: The Work of the Christian Scholars Group on Christian Jewish Relations," Seeing Judaism Anew: Christianity's Sacred Obligation, ed. Mary C. Boys, 2005
"Growing into a Daring and Questioning Faith," Faith Transformed: Christian Encounters with Jews and Judaism, ed. John C. Merkle, 2003
Entries in A Dictionary of Jewish-Christian Relations, eds. Edward Kessler and Neil Wenborn, 2005
"The Dilemma of Forgiveness," The Holocaust and the Christian World, eds. Carol Rittner, Stephen D. Smith, and Irena Steinfeldt, 2000
"Suffering: Challenge to God, Challenge to Faith," published in German translation as "Leiden: Herausforderung des Glaubens - Herausforderung Gottes," Kultur ist nicht genug, eds. Reinhold Boschki and Dagmar Mensink, 1998. (Presented orally in Stuttgart, Germany in 1995.) Also published in slightly revised form online at www.jcrelations.net
"Suffering, Theology and the Shoah," The Holocaust Now: Contemporary Christian and Jewish Thought, ed. Stephen Jacobs, 1997. (Previously published as Contemporary Christian Religious Responses to the Shoah, 1993
"The Shoah-Road to a Revised/Revived Christianity," From the Unthinkable to the Unavoidable, eds. Carol Rittner and John K. Roth, 1997
"Creating Yom HaShoah Liturgies," Liturgies on the Holocaust: An Interfaith Anthology, eds. Marcia Sachs Littel and Sharon Weissmann Gutman, 1996. (this article appeared in an earlier edition of this volume in 1986, after first being published in Shoah, 1,4, 1979 as "In Consideration of Christian Yom Hashoah Liturgies")
"The Reformation and the Jews," Interwoven Destinies, ed. Eugene Fisher, 1993. (Originally presented at the 1986 National Workshop on Christian-Jewish Relations held in Baltimore, MD. First published Shofar, 7, 4, 1989)
"The Place of the Jewish State in Christian Relations," European Judaism, 15, 1, 1992, co-author A. Roy Eckardt
"Why Teach About Genocide?" Ararat, XXXII, 1991
"The Holocaust: Christian and Jewish Responses," Essential Papers on Jewish-Christian Relations in the United States, ed. Naomi W. Cohen, 1990. (Reprinted from Journal of the American Academy of Religion, XLII, 3, 1974)
"Forgiveness and Repentance; Some Contemporary Considerations and Questions," Remembering for the Future, eds. Yehuda Bauer, Alice L. Eckardt, et at, 1989
"Approaches to Auschwitz," review article, Encounter, 50, 1, 1989
"The Kristallnacht Pogrom: Christian Perspectives Then and Now," Mosaic, 5, 1989
"The Holocaust, the Church Struggle, and Some Christian Reflections," Faith and Freedom, ed. Richar Libowitz, 1987
"Post-Holocaust Theology: A Journey Out of the 'Kingdom of Night'," Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1, 2, 1986
"A Christian Problem: Protestants Documents," More Stepping Stones to Jewish-Christian Relations, ed. Helga Croner, 1985
"Power and Powerlessness," Toward the Understanding and Prevention of Genocide, ed. Israel Charney, 1984
"After the Holocaust: Some Christian Considerations," The Future of Jewish-Christian Relations, eds. Norma Thompson and Bruce Cole, 1982
"Bystanders? Resisters? Killers?...Biomedical Issues after the Holocaust," Human Responses to the Holocaust, ed. Michael D. Ryan, 1981
"Children's Voices From Out of the Holocaust," Christians Confront the Holocaust: A Collection of Sermons, ed. Donald W. McEvoy, 1980
"Rebel Against God," [re Elie Wiesel] Face to Face, VI, 1979
"Israel and Shalom," Mizrach: The American Woman, LI, 6, 1979
"How German Thinkers View the Holocaust," co-author A. Roy Eckardt, 1976
"The Holocaust: Christian and Jewish Responses," Journal of the American Academy of Religion, XLII, 3, 1974
"The Unnecessary Christian Predicament," CCI Notebook, 13, 1973
"The Enigma of Christian Hostility to Israel," Women's League Outlook, 42, 3, 1972
"Again, Silence in the Churches," The Christian Century, LXXXIV, 31, 1967. Co-author A. Roy Eckardt