1997-98 was 'good year' financially for University Gallery director considers "Photography in the Modern Age" at the Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery at Fairfield University Jewish Orthodox feminist author to deliver lecture at Fairfield University Opera Verdi Europa's stunning "La Traviata" comes to Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Fairfield University School of Nursing wins $25,000 federal grant to train graduate student nurses at community health centers "Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping & Other Stories" comes to Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Dance Brazil brings dazzling Capoeira and modern dance to Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Three-Day Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at Fairfield University "Live! Lit" offers short fiction masters at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Fairfield University professor receives $10,000 grant to take geriatric nursing certificate program to the web Religion scholar awarded Lilly Grant
University administrators presented members of the Board of Trustees with the 28th consecutive financially successful year-end report at the Board's meeting Oct. 1 and 2 at the General Electric headquarters in Fairfield.
According to Financial Vice President William Lucas, the University enjoyed a "good year" that resulted in an increase in operating net assets of $2.7 million and an increase in non-operating net assets of $10.5 million.
"The increase in net assets from operations reflects substantially all of the revenues and expenses which support the current operations of the University's educational and research activities - the operating budget," said Lucas. "Activities which reflect transactions of a longer-term investment of capital nature and which are expected to support Fairfield's future operations are classified as non-operating activities."
Recent Federal Accounting Standards Board regulations for financial reporting require a breakdown of operating and non-operating activity, he said.
Lucas noted that non-operating activities consist primarily of gifts for the acquisition of capital assets, realized gains and losses on investments, endowment investment income in excess of the University's established spending policy, and any other extraordinary transactions.
For the year just ended, Lucas said University operating revenues were $81.4 million. Of that total, $51.3 million was net tuition and fees (total tuition and fees minus financial aid), and room and board revenue was $14.9 million. The combined total represents 81 percent of all revenues, with the balance consisting primarily of government grants, contributions and investment return for operations.
Total expenditures for the period were $78.7 million, which included $66.6 million for educational and general activities and $12.1 million for auxiliary services - primarily room and board. Of the $66.6 million, 60 percent was expended for instruction, research and academic support, 21 percent for institutional support and 18 percent for student service activities.
According to Lucas, the $2.7 million increase in unrestricted net assets from operations was primarily the result of overall student enrollment being higher than budgeted.
Consistent with past practices, a Board of Trustees resolution directed that $1.5 million of the increase be utilized for plant reserves and the remaining $1.2 million be designated for quasi endowment.
Regarding the $10.5 million increase in non-operating net assets, Lucas said $1.7 million of it was the gain as the result of the sale of 13 acres of land north of the Townhouses. That money has been designated by the Board for future, anticipated capital campaign expenses. Two million dollars is a combination of investment income on plant reserves as well as realized and unrealized gains on investments. This non-operating revenue represents investment return in excess of amounts designated for current operations. The $2 million will be reinvested in plant reserves and quasi endowment funds.
The remaining $6.8 million represents the release of temporarily restricted gifts for the purchase of the former Center for Financial Studies for the School of Business and toward the cost of the new athletic center.
Posted on November 1, 1998
Diana Mille, Ph.D., director of the Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery at Fairfield University, will present "Photography in the Modern Age, 1880-1918" on Wednesday, Feb. 2, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the gallery, located in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Dr. Mille, who is focusing on photography in this season's Director's Choice lecture series, will consider how the modern age pushed the artist to reflect on his own status and tools of expression better suited to the period as American and European photographers began the passage from pictorialism to straight photography.
The talk is the third of four Director's Choice lectures on selected topics in modern and contemporary art scheduled for the 2004-05 season.
Those attending can view the gallery's current exhibit, "Ethiopia: Religious Pageantry and Tribal Traditions," a collection of stunning photos depicting the daily life and intriguing customs across this African country, which will be on display through Sunday, March 20, at the Walsh Art Gallery.
Admission to the Director's Choice lecture is $5. For more information, call (203) 254-4000, ext. 2969.
Posted on January 4, 2005
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The Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies of the College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University is proud to present Blu Greenberg, author and lecturer on Jewish Orthodoxy and contemporary issues in feminism, on Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. Greenberg's presentation, which is free and open to the general public, is entitled "Women in Traditional Judaism: Rights, Roles, and Obligations," and will be held in the Charles F. Dolan School of Business.
Greenberg is the author of many publications dealing with Judaism, such as "On Women and Judaism: A View From Tradition;" "How To Run A Traditional Jewish Household;" "Black Bread, Poems after the Holocaust;" and "King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba," a children's book. Greenberg has been active in the movement to bridge feminism and Orthodox Judaism since 1973. She chaired the first International Conference on Feminism and Orthodoxy in 1997 and the second in 1998.
Greenberg has also belonged to many organizations and religious groups. She is the founding president of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance and the co-founder of One Voice: Jewish Women for Israel, a coalition of the major Jewish women's organizations in America. She has served on the boards of EDAH, an organization dedicated to giving voice to the ideology and values of modern Orthodoxy; the Covenant Foundation; Project Kesher; U.S. Israel Women to Women; and many more. She received her master's from Yeshiva University Revel Graduate School for Jewish history.
"A self-described 'mild mannered yeshivah girl,' Blu Greenberg continues to write passionately and convincingly about the need for greater rights and roles for women within modern Orthodoxy," said Ellen Umansky, Ph.D., Carl and Dorothy Bennett Professor of Judaic Studies at Fairfield University. "Through her words and actions, she has helped change the face of traditional Judaism in America."
There is no charge for admission to the public lecture; however, space is limited, and reservations are requested. For information and to register, please contact Judaic Studies at Fairfield University at (203) 254-4000, ext 2066.
Posted on January 5, 2005
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Opera Verdi Europa, a young Bulgarian company fast gaining an impressive international reputation, will take the stage in Verdi's classic "La Traviata" on Friday, Feb. 4, at 8 p.m. at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. A pre-concert Art to Heart discussion with Howard Kissel, the New York Daily News chief drama critic, will take place from 7 to 7:40 p.m.
A tragic tale of star-crossed lovers Violetta and Alfredo, "La Traviata" is one of the world's most famous and beloved operas. With soaring arias, precise choreography and exquisite costumes, Opera Verdi Europa will whisk audience members back to the regal salons and ballrooms of 18th-century Paris in this full-staged production. The performance will take place in the original Italian with supertitles on a screen above the stage.
Established in 1996 by Ivan Kyurkchiev, Opera Verdi is based on the great traditions of the art of opera in Bulgaria and presents unique productions combining the best of the opera worlds of its homeland and all of Europe. Performances have been co-produced by the major opera houses of Bulgaria, including the Sofia National Opera, Sofia Radio Orchestra and Mixed Choir, Plovdiv Opera and Philharmonic Society and the Stara Zagora Opera Theater, all of which have launched world-renowned opera singers. Opera Verdi has also brought its lavish productions to top venues in Bucharest, Romania; Budapest, Hungary; Chisinau, Moldavia; and Kiev, Ukraine.
A long list of distinguished conductors and choreographers - from Metodi Matakiev and Luciano di Martino and Krzyzstof Pastor and Craig Revel Horwood - is credited with the rapid artistic and professional development of the company. Its principal singers, choir, ballet and orchestra have quickly attained an interpretive maturity in many different styles.
Kyurkchiev, who directs the company through about 70 international performances a year, studied at the Teatro alla Scalla, Milan, under the legendary Giulieta Simeonato and Giuseppe di Stefano. In 1984, he became a laureate of the International Tenor Competition "Enrico Caruso" in Milan, and he has performed in such stellar venues as the Arena di Verona, the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Carnegie Hall in New York City and Teatro La Fenice in Venice.
Opera Verdi's varied repertoire reflects its excellence and versatility. Its current works feature "Otello," "Aida," "Tosca," "Rigoletto," "La Boheme" and productions of the Mozart and Verdi requiems. The company has wowed audiences with its dazzling "super-production" of "La Traviata" at the Munich Olympiahalle and a memorable open-air production of "Aida" at the unique natural stage at Castelgrande in Bellinzona, Switzerland.
Tickets are $50, $45, $40. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. For more information, visit www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on January 8, 2005
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Local community health centers often represent society's safety net of care for underserved populations. The Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded Fairfield University's School of Nursing $25,000 for a project to prepare advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) candidates to work at those centers.
Fairfield has teamed with Sacred Heart University's Nursing School and the two federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) located in Bridgeport - Southwest Community Health Center and Bridgeport Community Health Center - for the project.
The one-year grant will provide funding to allow advanced practice nursing students to train at local health centers and work with doctors and nurses there, in order to familiarize them with working in those settings and help them to develop culturally appropriate, community-based primary care interventions that consider the values and beliefs of the diverse, underserved population served by local community health centers.
The ultimate goal of the project is to encourage more nurses to take jobs at federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and to provide them with the skill sets and experience they will need to be successful there, said Jean Lange, Ph.D., R.N., associate professor of nursing.
The grant will also provide money to integrate information on FQHCs into the nursing school curriculum at both Fairfield and Sacred Heart.
"The program will increase the students' awareness of cultural diversity and they will have the opportunity to practice in a true primary care setting," said Susan DeNisco, M.S., S.N.P., A.P.R.N., B.C., assistant clinical professor of nursing and coordinator of the family nurse practitioner program at Sacred Heart University. "It's a wonderful opportunity to work collaboratively with Fairfield University and for the two large neighborhood health centers in Bridgeport to work together to increase patient access for underserved populations."
Students in the project will: examine the impact of patients' assets, lifestyles, and home and community environments on patients' ability to actively participate in their care; learn about the mission and role of FQHCs in meeting the health care needs of underserved groups; incorporate national, evidence-based practice guidelines in care management; participate in governance and quality improvement mechanisms of FQHCs; and explore the role of state and national associations in advocating for funding of FQHC services.
The chief executives at both health centers cited the project as an opportunity to recruit new nurses.
"I think this is a very exciting opportunity," said Katherine S. Yacavone, president/CEO of Southwest Community Health Center, which is located at 361 Bird Street in Bridgeport. "Not only does it give the students the real-life experience of what happens in a health center, it's also an excellent recruitment opportunity for the health center."
Educating future nurses to work at FQHCs is crucial. For many rural areas, FQHCs are the primary deliverers of healthcare services, said Ludwig M. Spinelli, CEO of Bridgeport Community Health Center, located at 471 Barnum Avenue.
"Mid-level providers play an integral role at federally qualified health centers," Spinelli said. "We hope that this experience may lead to employment opportunities either here or at federally qualified health centers where those nurses intend to practice."
Posted on January 10, 2005
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Everyone's favorite literal-minded maid takes the stage in "Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping & Other Stories" on Sunday, Feb. 6, at 1 and 3 p.m. at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. A third performance, part of the Quick Center's ArtsBound Schoolday Series, will take place on Monday, Feb. 7, at 10 a.m.
The title piece in this Story Salad Productions program is based on the beloved book by Peggy Parish, which finds our hapless heroine leaving behind the Rodgers' home for a tent. The program also features a story for fans of the absent-minded, "Abe Lincoln's Hat," a funny tale by Martha Brennan revolving around the 16th president's memorable tall topper.
In addition, children will enjoy an adaptation of Dayle Ann Dodds' "Sing, Sophie!" and the Aesop's Fables-based story "Scaredy-Cat," as well as "Jackie & the Rocket Ship" and "Jambo Means Hello," a sing-along based on a Swahili alphabet song.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for children, for the Sunday performances. The Monday show is geared to school groups and study guides are available. Tickets for that performance are $7. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. For more information, visit www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on January 10, 2005
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Dance Brazil, which blends the fire of Afro-Brazilian martial arts with modern dance aesthetics, will bring a soul-stirring evening of dance to Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on Friday, Feb. 11, at 8 p.m. A post-show Art to Heart Q&A session with the company follows the performance.
A morning performance, part of the Quick Center's ArtsBound Schoolday Series, will take place at 10 a.m. on Feb. 11. This program is suitable for children in grades 4 and up.
Under the artistic direction of Jelon Vieira, Dance Brazil captivates audiences around the country with the vibrant movements of Capoeira, a unique art form Time Magazine has called "martial art with an African beat." The company's stirring performances have also captured the attention of critics.
"There can't be much anywhere to match the strength, flexibility, speed and idiomatic allure of the dozen dancers and musicians of Dance Brazil," wrote a reviewer for The Washington Post.
Dance Brazil's company features eight dancers, seven musicians and six capoeiristas, who are skilled in the rhythmic leaps, high kicks and balancing poses of the martial art form. In dance after dance, the choreography and music blend in a pulse-pounding spectacle.
In 1977, Vieira founded Dance Brazil, which evolved from grassroots workshops at the Clark Center for the Arts in New York City. Recognizing its potential, legendary choreographer Alvin Ailey joined the board of directors and helped give the company focus, emphasizing its ability to speak to a broad North American community. Within a few years, Dance Brazil premiered at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall.
It was in 1985 that the company truly solidified its voice with the premiere of "Orfeo Negro," a piece that established its unique fusing of Afro-Brazilian and modern dance. Since then the company has performed for appreciative audiences throughout Europe, Asia and Brazil, as well as in respected venues across the United States.
Vieira has worked with many major American dance companies and cultural institutions, including the Caribbean Cultural Center in New York and the Carver Community Cultural Center in San Antonio. CityLore, a New York City community organization, honored him for his lifetime contribution to New York culture, and he received an award from the Brazilian Cultural Center in New York for being the "pioneer of Capoeira in the U.S."
Vieira, who has taught Capoeira to film stars Wesley Snipes and Eddie Murphy, has been a guest master teacher at Yale, Columbia, Princeton and Stanford universities and lists the films "Brenda Starr," "Rooftops" and "Boomerang" among his choreography credits. When at home in Brazil, he teaches children and young adults in Boca do Rio, using Capoeira to build discipline and self-esteem and help young people become a vital part of society.
He also works to spread Capoeira to U.S. cities, a venture that included a program with Dance Connecticut that provided year-round dance and Capoeira instruction for schoolchildren in Hartford.
"The urban neighborhoods are so critical throughout the world," Vieira said. "I feel it's my responsibility to work within these communities for the good of one and all."
Tickets for the evening performance are $40, $35 and $30. Tickets for the morning performance, which is geared the school groups, are $7 and study guides are available. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. For more information, visit www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on January 12, 2005
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Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J., to give Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation Address
The Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J., president of Fairfield University, will be the speaker at the university's Martin Luther King Jr. Human Relations Convocation on Thursday, Jan. 27, at 3 p.m., in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. His talk will focus on the history of Jesuits and multiculturalism and the importance of diversity in a Jesuit vision of education. Also on the program will be student reflections on peace and justice in today's world and the announcement of this year's Martin Luther King Jr. Vision Award winners. A reception follows in the lobby.
Fr. von Arx will present his views on why a diverse campus is integral to the education and socialization of all members of the university community. That diversity, he says, should include members of various racial and ethnic communities as well as those from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds. Beyond increasing the diversity statistics on campus, Fr. von Arx will stress the importance of creating a welcoming and fully integrated community where people have the opportunity to learn from one another. The program is free and open to the public.
The convocation is the highlight of a three-day celebration that begins on Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 6 p.m., with an Interfaith Service and Multicultural Festival for the university community. Students, faculty and staff will offer prayers and words of peace and inspiration, followed by a "Taste of the World" food and cultural festival, accompanied by entertainment.
On Thursday, the traditional Multicultural Marketplace will be held in the John A. Barone Campus Center Lower Lobby from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with ethnic vendors, food, music and performances. The Marketplace moves to the Quick Center from 3:30 to 6 p.m. for the convocation. As part of the event, a pamphlet is being produced of selected speeches by Dr. King, accompanied by reflections from faculty and other university members.
Thursday evening the Martin Luther King Jr. Vision Awards Dinner will be held in the Charles F. Dolan School of Business Dining Room at 6 p.m. The dinner honors recipients of the Martin Luther King Jr. Vision Awards and the winners of the Connecticut Post-Fairfield University essay contest for 6th, 7th and 8th graders from Bridgeport. The Vision Awards, first presented in 2001, recognize community members who have worked "to instill and inspire the teachings and ideals of Martin Luther King Jr. in today's youth." The essay contest, begun last year, gives students the opportunity to write on the subject of "What Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy Means to Me and My Community."
The celebration comes to a close on Friday morning with the Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Leadership Workshop for middle and high school students, which will be held in the Barone Campus Center Oak Room.
Posted on January 13, 2005
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Three beloved writers will be showcased in "Masters of the Genre," the next "Live! Lit," an afternoon of readings of some of the world's best short fiction, on Sunday, Feb. 13, at 3 p.m. at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Following a 2 p.m. tea, professional actors will read three stories in this ongoing Quick Center series.
Katie Sparer of Stratford will direct the readings. Weston actress Barbara Rhoades will read Anton Chekhov's "The Bet," while Ridgefield resident Lee Shephard will present "Rus in Urbe" by O. Henry. The final story is Katherine Mansfield's "Marriage a la Mode" read by Sarah Saltus of Bethel.
Tess Link, an actress, writer and member of the Westport-based Theatre Artists Workshop, is the series creator.
"Live! Lit" concludes its season with a final program, "On Parenting," which takes place March 13 and features Damon Runyon, Robyn Joy Leff and Gish Jen.
Tickets are $10. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. For more information, visit www.quickcenter.com
Posted on January 13, 2005
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The success of a geriatric nursing certificate program launched by Fairfield University's School of Nursing this fall has enabled Meredith Wallace, Ph.D., R.N., assistant professor of nursing at Fairfield and the Elizabeth DeCamp McInerny Endowed Chair in Health Sciences, to garner a second $10,000 grant from The Daphne Seybolt Culpeper Memorial Foundation, this time to develop an online version of the program.
The Daphne Seybolt Culpeper Memorial Foundation, Inc. last year awarded the Fairfield University School of Nursing $10,000 to develop a Geriatric Nursing Certificate Program for nurses who are seeking to increase their skills in working with older adults. The course ran last fall and graduated 18 students. The Culpeper Foundation has now awarded the School of Nursing an additional $10,000 to design an online version of the program that will allow Fairfield University to disseminate the course more widely.
The Daphne Seybolt Culpeper Foundation was established in 1983 and focuses its giving on education, health care, and human services.
The School of Nursing hopes to begin offering the online course in the fall semester of 2005.
"We had extraordinary interest in the fall," said Dr. Wallace, a resident of New Haven. "Now we will be able to offer the program to a much broader population."
Advances in medical care have resulted in much longer lifespans and thus increased need for nurses who are familiar with caring for older adults, Dr. Wallace said. U.S. citizens are living on average to the age of 83, 18 years more than they did 100 years ago, according to the U.S. Administration on Aging.
However, many misconceptions persist among healthcare workers about the care of older adults, Dr. Wallace said, such as that they are difficult to deal with and ungrateful for the care they receive.
Measures of nurses before and after the Geriatric Certificate Program indicated that they had improved their knowledge and attitudes about working with older adults, Dr. Wallace said.
The certificate program provides students with 24 contact hours of work. With six more hours, registered nurses with two years of experience working with older adults can then sit for the Gerontological Specialty Nursing Certification examination provided by the American Nurse Credentialing Center. The credential provided by the center is a nationally recognized benchmark for excellence in geriatric nursing care, Dr. Wallace said.
Kathleen Lovanio, R.N., B.S.N., a graduate student in the School of Nursing, was serving a clinical rotation with a geriatric nurse practitioner at Bridgeport Hospital and took the certificate course to increase her knowledge and augment her experience in working with the nurse practitioner.
"It was a very comprehensive course," said Lovanio, an Orange resident who is studying to become an adult nurse practitioner. "It enhanced my personal knowledge of that general population." Lovanio said she enjoys working with the geriatric population, and may pursue it as a nursing specialty.
"We are grateful to the Culpeper Foundation for its continued support Fairfield University's efforts to address the need for nurses who specialize in geriatric healthcare," said Jeanne Novotny, Ph.D., FAAN, dean of the School of Nursing at Fairfield. "The School of Nursing has made educating nurses to work with this population a priority in its curriculum advancement, and the Geriatric Nurse Certificate Program is a significant initiative for furthering that aim."
Posted on January 15, 2005
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Has the Holy Spirit gotten short shrift in comparison with the Father and the Son? Elizabeth A. Dreyer, Ph.D., professor of Religious Studies at Fairfield University, will explore that question in a new book and with the help of 12 pastoral leaders from the greater New Haven area, thanks to a $20,000 Lilly Endowment grant awarded to her by the Louisville Institute. The grant will fund a projected volume entitled, "The Holy Spirit is Not Cinderella: Narratives of the Spirit in the Western Christian Medieval Tradition."
The Louisville Institute is a Lilly Endowment program for the study of American religion based at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary. The fundamental mission of the Institute is to enrich the religious life of American Christians and to encourage the revitalization of their institutions by bringing together those who lead religious institutions with those who study them, so that the work of each might stimulate and inform the other.
Dr. Dreyer, a resident of Hamden, has gathered a group of local religious leaders from several Christian faiths: Anglican, Methodist, Quaker, Lutheran, Roman Catholic and the United Church of Christ. The group will meet and discuss "Pneumatology: The Holy Spirit in Ecumenical, International, and Contextual Perspective" by Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen (Baker 2002), then read Dr. Dreyer's manuscript on the topic.
Many scholars contend that the western theological tradition has been remiss in its treatment of the Holy Spirit of Christianity, neglecting it in favor of greater emphasis on God the Father and the Son, who may seem more accessible, perhaps simply because people can relate better to persons than to spirits, Dr. Dreyer said.
"Descriptors of the Spirit include 'personally amorphous,' 'faceless,' 'forgotten,' 'upstaged,' 'ethereal and vacant,' 'unclear,' and 'invisible,'" Dr. Dreyer notes in her proposal.
But Dr. Dreyer's research on the Holy Spirit has uncovered a robust tradition of references in mystical texts, prayers, sermons, Bible commentaries and other sources.
The grant will enable Dr. Dreyer to expand her research to publish a book on the topic, enhanced with insights from the group of religious leaders. The collaboration will enable the ministers to articulate their own theologies of the Holy Spirit, and ascertain how the Holy Spirit functions in their ministries and their personal spiritualities, Dr. Dreyer said.
"As a UCC pastor interested in ecumenical conversation and as someone who knows Dr. Dreyer's previous work, I am excited to be part of her new project," said Rev. Louise Higginbotham, Senior Pastor of United Church on the Green in New Haven. "Too often, the links between academic theology and the life of local communities of faith are neglected and undernourished. This initiative will bring together fine scholarship and the experience of clergy from a variety of Christians traditions, relying upon the Holy Spirit to guide our study."
The Louisville Institute has awarded grants to Dr. Dreyer twice before, once in support of her work on the book "Passionate Spirituality: Hildegard of Bingen and Hadewijch of Brabant," which will be published in March by Paulist Press.
Dr. Dreyer holds a bachelor's in French from the Dominican University in Chicago, a master's in theology from Xavier University in Chicago, and a doctorate in historical theology from Marquette University. She also studied at the Harvard Divinity School and the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies at Regis College, and the University of St. Michael's. Dr. Dreyer is the author of numerous articles on Christian Theology and the role of women in Christianity, as well as several books, including "Earth Crammed With Heaven: A Spirituality of Everyday Life" and "Passionate Women: Two Medieval Mystics."
Last year she was awarded the 2004 St. Elizabeth Seton Medal, an annual theological award for distinguished women theologians given by the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati.
"The arc of religious practice moves slowly, relative to the lengths of our lives," said Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University. "Professor Dreyer's work allows us to look deeply into our current practices, and then re-view them in light of seminal documents from the Middle Ages. This kind of work helps us understand not just how our religions might have emerged, but where we might be able to go with them, as well. Professor Dreyer's expertise in medieval religious text, and especially with associated issues related to gender, promise an exciting investigation into the role and place of the Holy Spirit relative to lives gone, here, and to come."
Posted on January 15, 2005
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