Conversations in Christ

Joseph J. Naples Conversations in Christ & Culture Lecture and Performance Series

This is an ongoing lecture workshop and conference series within the Buffalo/Niagara Region. It is designed to foster conversations about important issues involving the relationship between Christianity and culture. It promotes cooperation and understanding across religious, gender and ethnic lines.

All lectures are free and open to the public. For more information contact Philip Reed, Associate Professor of Philosophy.

Upcoming Events

“The Gospel Accordinng to Melpomene: Theology and Tragedy”

A lecture by David Bentley Hart

Wednesday, March 21

Grupp Fireside Lounge, Student Center, Canisius College 
7:30 p.m.

David Bentley Hart (b. 1965) received his doctorate from the University of Virginia and his M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge. He has held positions at The University of Virginia, Duke University, Providence College, and St Louis University. His specialties are classics, philosophical theology, systematics, patristics, classical and continental philosophy, and Asian religion. His most recent work has concerned the genealogy of classical and Christian metaphysics, ontology, the metaphysics of the soul, and the philosophy of mind. Hart’s principal scholarly books are The Beauty of the Infinite (2003); The Doors of the Sea (2005); In the Aftermath (2007); Atheist Delusions (2009); The Experience of God (2013); A Splendid Wickedness (2016); The Dream-Child’s Progress (2017); and The Hidden and the Manifest (2017). He has also published a popular history of Christianity (2007), a volume of short stories, and over 350 articles in such scholarly journals as Modern TheologyThe Scottish Journal of Theology, and Pro Ecclesia, as well as in such trade publications as The Times Literary SupplementThe Wall Street JournalFirst ThingsCommonweal, The Christian Century, and The New York Times. His most recent publication is The New Testament: A Translation (2017) from Yale University Press. Forthcoming in 2018 are a book on the question of universalism and two volumes of fiction. He is the winner of the 2011 Michael Ramsey Prize of the Church of England, and he has served as a visiting chair both at Providence College and at St. Louis University. 


This event is free and open to the public, for more information contact Philip Reed 716-888-2609

“What Have We Learned About War?”

A lecture by Margaret O’Brien Steinfels 

Tuesday, April 10 

Grupp Fireside Lounge, Student Center, Canisius College 
7:30 p.m.

Margaret O’Brien Steinfels is a writer and editor. She has edited a number of magazines and journals including Commonweal, Church, Christianity & Crisis, and The Hastings Center Report. She is the author of Who’s Minding the Children: The History and Politics of Day Care in America and editor of American Catholics and Civic Engagement: A Distinctive Voice, (Sheed and Ward, 2003) and American Catholics and American Culture: Tradition and Resistance, (Sheed and Ward, 2004). Those volumes were the result of “American Catholics in the Public Square,” a three-year Commonweal Foundation project funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Her reviews and essays have appeared in America, Dissent, the Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald, TheNew Republic, The New York Times, Slate and the Washington Post Book Review. She retired as co-director of the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture in 2012, and currently writes a column for Commonweal.


This event is free and open to the public, for more information contact Philip Reed 716-888-2609

Conversations in Christ & Culture: Past Speakers
  • John F. Haught, PhD, Georgetown University’s Woodstock Theological Center
  • Peter C. Phan, PhD, Georgetown University
  • T. Frank Kennedy, SJ, Canisius Professor at Boston College
  • Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist and networker among innovative Christian leaders.
  • Fr. Dean Brackley, S.J., University of Central America in El Salvador
  • Lisa Sowle Cahill, Boston College
  • Rev. Francis Clooney, S.J, Harvard University
  • Dr. James Cone, Union Theological Seminary, NYC
  • Dr. Martin Cook, Air Force Academy, Boulder, CO
  • Dr. John Dominic Crossan, Depal University
  • Dr. Lawrence Cunningham, Notre Dame University
  • Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., Fordham University
  • Rabbi Elyse Goldstein, Kolel Center in Toronto
  • Joseph Grieboski, Institute on Religion and Public Policy
  • Dolores C. Huerta, Co-founder and Vice President Emeritus
  • Elizabeth Johnson, Fordham University
  • Gustav Niebuhr, Syracuse University
  • Rabbi David Novak, University of Toronto
  • Rev. Mitch Pacwa, S.J., Ignatius Productions
  • Rev. John Pawlikowski, University of Chicago
  • David Robinson, National Director Pax Christi
  • Dr. Ronald Sider, Palmer Theological Seminary
  • Linda E. Thomas, Lutheran School of Theology
  • George Weigel, Ethics and Policy Center Washington D.C.
  • Robert Wuthnow, Princeton University