“Apocalypse and Salvation” Opens LCE 2021-2022 Fall Series
The 2021-2022 Lectures in Catholic Experience (LCE) fall series, “Fog and Light,” opens on September 24th with “Apocalypse and Salvation: Faith in Catholic Miracles in Twentieth-Century Germany,” featuring Michael E. O’Sullivan, professor of History at Marist College (New York). The series, now in its 39th year at St. Jerome’s University, invites guests to search for truth through the fog of uncertainly and misinformation that the pandemic produced. Topics include the social and political significance of faith in miracles; religion and vaccine hesitancy; and the revitalization of Indigenous land guardianship in the light of climate change.
“We begin this year’s series in Germany during its time of profound social crisis and confusion between World War I and the late 1950s,” noted David Seljak, professor of Religious Studies and LCE coordinator at St. Jerome’s University. “During that time, there were more reports of visions of the Virgin Mary and stigmata than at any time in modern history. Michael O’Sullivan will explain why by looking at the social and political importance of the Catholic minority in Germany as well as how women could accumulate power in the Church.”
Michael E. O’Sullivan is professor of History at Marist College where he teaches courses about Modern Europe. In 2018, he published Disruptive Power: Catholic Women, Miracles, and Politics in Modern Germany, 1918-1965 (University of Toronto Press), which was awarded the Waterloo Centre for German Studies Book Prize in the same year. His LCE lecture is being co-sponsored by the Waterloo Centre for German Studies.
The Lectures in Catholic Experience series continues October 22nd with “Religion and Vaccine Hesitancy in the Age of Anxiety”, featuring Paul Bramadat, director of the Centre for Studies of Religion and Society at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. The final fall term lecture takes place on November 12th and features Professor of Indigenous Sustainability at Arizona State University, Melissa K. Nelson, speaking on “Re-storying the Medicine Line as Indigenous Land Guardianship.” All fall lectures begin at 7:30 p.m., with the scheduled winter lectures being announced at a later date.
Please access the “Apocalypse and Salvation: Faith in Catholic Miracles in Twentieth-Century Germany” lecture here.
Please access the “Religion and Vaccine Hesitancy in the Age of Anxiety” lecture here.
Please access the “Re-Storying the Medicine Line as Indigenous Land Guardianship” lecture here.
To find out more information about the upcoming series or to revisit recorded lectures from the past, please visit the Lectures in Catholic Experience website page.