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Classical, Medieval & Renaissance Studies (CMRS) presents

Medieval Poster Reception

April 4, 2018
STM Atrium

Lectures - 2018 (Recent)

St. Thomas More College and the Saskatchewan Center for Science and Religion present:
"Religion, Science, and World-Making: From Whole Earth to Astrobiology"
Presented by guest lecturer Lisa H. Sideris (Department of Religious Studies, Indiana University)  
March 26, 2018
STM - Room 140

Leslie and Irene Dubé Catholic Studies Lecture
Featuring Sr. Ilia Delio, OSF, Villanova University 
“Integral Ecology and the Search for Wholeness: Are We Looking at the Wrong Universe?”
March 22, 2018 
Fr. O’Donnell Auditorium, St. Thomas More College
Reception to follow

STM Religion and Culture Department and the UofS College of Arts and Science present:
Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS) Colloquium Series
 "Textual Communities: or, Everyone an Editor"
This talk will introduce the new Textual Communities system for online collaborative editing, and illustrate its use with examples from the Canterbury Tales Project. Textual Communities is now in pre-release 'sandbox' mode, and you are invited to try out the new system. The talk will discuss what earlier stages of the Canterbury Tales Project were able to discover using earlier systems, and how this new system might enable this project (and others) to achieve more.
Presenter:  Peter Robinson, Department of English (College of Arts and Science) 
March 15, 2018
Reception at 4:00 pm and talk at 4:30 pm
STM room 200

STM Religion and Culture Department and the U of S College of Arts and Science present:
Religion and Culture Colloquium Series VI
“Configuring Catholicism in contemporary Timor Leste”
After the Phillipines, Timor Leste (East Timor) has the highest population of Roman Catholics in Southeast Asia. Today around 90% of East Timorese identify as Roman Catholic, however, despite over 500 years of missionising activity this level of identification with Roman Catholicism is relatively recent and is tied to histories of Portuguese colonisation and Indonesian military occupation (Durand 2004). Since the restoration of independence, the revival of customary beliefs and practices and an intensification of missionary activity on behalf of Protestant evangelical churches has generated a degree of anxiety among agents of the Catholic Church concerning the sincerity of religious practice (see Silva 2017). This anxiety often manifests itself in a desire for purification and monopolisation of faith particularly in relation to beliefs and practices embedded in local ‘spiritual ecologies’ (Palmer 2015, see also Silva 2017, Barnes 2017). In this talk I draw on ethnographic research to explore the relationship between Catholicism and customary beliefs and practices in Timor Leste by focusing on the tension between continuity and rupture, and the co-existence moral traditions and social spaces. 
Presenter: Susana Barnes, PhD Anthropology, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Saskatchewan, Research Associate in the School of Geography, University of Melbourne, Australia
March 15, 2018
STM - Room 260

STM Religion and Culture Department and the U of S College of Arts and Science present:
Religion and Culture Colloquium Series V
“Written in Stone: Archaeological Evidence of Biblical Events from the Holy Land?”
From the biblical story of Noah and the Flood to the destruction of the Kingdoms of Israel by the Assyrians, archaeologists and the general public have been fascinated by the history of ancient Israel. The discipline of ‘Biblical Archaeology’ since the 1980’s has been fraught with those trying to ‘prove’ actual events of the bible through archaeological evidence versus those who simply investigate the ancient cultures described in biblical sources. This talk will investigate the different perspectives with regards to artifacts uncovered from archaeological sites in the Holy Land and ancient Mesopotamia.
Presenter: Tina Greenfield, PhD in Near Eastern Archaeology, University of Cambridge, UK. Lecturer (Archaeology) in the Department of Religion and Culture at St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan.
March 8, 2018
STM - Room 260

"A Victory for One is a Victory for All: Labour and Socialist Women Campaign for the Right to Vote"
GUEST LECTURER:  Dr. Joan I. Sangster, FRSC
Vanier Professor, Trent University
Director, Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies
March 7, 2018
STM -Auditorium

STM Religion and Culture Department presents:
Religion and Culture Colloquium Series IV
“Swords into Ploughshares: Building Partnership and Peace Education between Jewish and Palestinian Arab Citizens of Israel”
Come meet and hear Lee Gordon, founder of Hand in Hand: Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel, which has established a growing network of integrated bilingual schools in Israel that bring together thousands of Jewish and Arab children, youth, families and the wider community. In the context of the ongoing conflict between Arabs and Jews, Israelis and Palestinians, Hand in Hand has created a viable new model of integrated education and “shared society” and its impact is growing. For more information on Hand in Hand - Please view this link
March 1, 2018
STM - Room 1002

St. Thomas More College Students' Union (STMSU) presents the annual John Thompson Lecture
"Preparing Future Leaders In the Age of Technology: Leadership Formation on the Frontiers of Quantum Computing: A Conversation with Dr. Terry Downey on the Role of Catholic Higher Education"
STM President Dr. Terrence Downey in conversation with students
February 27, 2018
STM Student Lounge
Created by STMSU in 2005, the annual John Thompson Lecture series provides opportunities for students and STM scholars to engage in meaning discussions.

The Prairie Centre for the Study of Ukrainian Heritage presents the 2018 Mohyla Lecture
"One Hundred Years of Ukrainian Modern Statehood"
A century ago the Ukrainian People's Republic (UNR) declared independence thus breaking ties with Russia while establishing a modern democratic Ukrainian state. Was this viewed as a continuation of the longer Ukrainian historical tradition of statehood? In what way did the proclamation and defeat of the UNR influence twentieth-century struggles for a free and independent Ukraine, which emerged in 1991? Is the current conflict with Russia a replay of the "hybrid war" the Bolsheviks conducted against the UNR in 1918? What are the lessons to be learned?
These and other questions are explored by
Prof. Serhy Yekelchyk, University of Victoria
February 15, 2018
STM - Shannon Library

St. Thomas More College and the UofS College of Arts and Science present:
Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS) Colloquium Series
"Yes Preaching to the Birds! Clare and Francis of Assisi as Wellsprings of Socio-Ecological Wisdom"
Presented by Dr. Christopher Hrynkow
February 15, 2018
STM - Room 200

STM Religion and Culture Department presents:
Religion and Culture Colloquium Series III
“Imagining Identity: Enshrining the Hermeneutics of Dialogue and Reflexivity within the Practices of Catholic Higher Education”
This presentation explores how people experience the religious identity of their workplaces, in this case Catholic higher education institutions in Canada. Using a critical realist lens, and applying critical grounded theory within the domain of higher education, it seeks to understand how the experience of an explicitly religious institutional identity shapes individual capacity to exercise agency in its regard. In doing so, the presenter proposes a way of conceptualizing Catholic institutional identity that is dialogical and capable of both respecting the Catholic intellectual tradition and responding to current needs, characterizing this negotiated identity as a ‘balancing-act’. This presentation also maps the evolution of ‘identity-carriers’ within these institutions. Finally, the presenter argues for the creation of reflexive spaces, which allow individuals to discern how their own personal life-projects/identities relate to the Catholic institutional identity of their workplaces. While focusing on the context of Canadian Catholic higher education, this presentation will also contribute to the wider discourse on Catholic identity, institutional identity, and, critical realist social theory.
This session will be given by Gertrude Rompré who is a doctoral student in the Centre for Higher Education Studies at the University of Liverpool. She also serves as the Director of Mission and Ministry at St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan

STM Religion and Culture Department presents:
Religion and Culture Colloquium Series
“Nothing but a False Sense of Security”: Mapping and Critically Assessing Papal Support for a World Free from Nuclear Weapons
Presented by Dr. Chris Hrynkow
January 11, 2018
4:30 - 6pm
STM - Room 260

STM Religion and Culture Department and the UofS College of Arts and Science present:
Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS) Colloquium Series
"Dining with the Assyrians: cuisine, consumption, and sacrifice at Ziyaret Tepe"
Presented by Dr. Tina Greenfield
January 18, 2018
STM - Room 200

STM Philosophy Department presents:
"A Study and Critical Analysis of Acuinas's Arguments for the Existence of God"
with Special Guest Lecturer Professor Jack MacIntosh (University of Calgary)
January 19, 2018
3:30 - 5pm
STM - Room 1001

STM Religion and Culture Department presents:
Religion and Culture Colloquium Series II
“Mission and Migration: Korean/Canadians in The United Church of Canada”
There are a growing number of Korean/Canadian congregations in The United Church and a growing number of Korean/Canadian clergy serving largely Caucasian congregations in the same. This presentation will situate this growth within the current phenomenon of international migration. It will examine typical aspects of Korean/Canadian experiences of migration, theological resources that speak to this, and the mission for Korean/Canadians in the United Church that arises out of it.
Jointly presented by Donald Schweitzer (PhD; McDougald Professor of Theology at St. Andrews College) and HyeRan Kim-Cragg (ThD; Lydia Gruchy Professor of Pastoral Studies at St. Andrews College)
January 25, 2018
STM - Room 260

De Margerie Ecumenical Lecture
"Surprised by Unity - finding openess in ways we hadn't planned"
Guest Speaker Rev. Dr. Susan Durber
January 25, 2018
STM - Father O'Donnell Auditorium