Dr. Michael Andregg, Justice and Peace Studies program, College of Arts and Sciences, will present a paper April 3 titled “Do Intelligence Bureaucracies Fear Ethics, and If So Why?” at a conference of the International Studies Association in San Diego.  The short answer is, “Yes,” but “Why?” takes longer. His panel at ISA, including members of our National Intelligence University, FBI and scholars from Great Britain and Israel, will form the core of a special edition of the International Journal of Intelligence Ethics on “Ethicsphobia” that Andregg will edit.

Sister M. Christine Athans, BVM, Ph.D., professor emerita, St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, presented a lecture to the Chicago chapter of the International Thomas Merton Society on “Thomas Merton and Abraham Joshua Heschel: Partners in Peace, Prayer and the Interfaith Dialogue” March 18.  On March 12 she was a participant in the Perlmuter Conference on “Christ Jesus and the Jewish People,” and March 13 in the dialogue group “In Good Faith: Jews, Christians and Muslims Sharing Perspectives,” both at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. On March 25 she discussed “Mary and the Saints” with RCIA candidates and their sponsors at Loyola University Chicago.

Dr. Massimo Faggioli, Theology Department, College of Arts and Sciences, was “Bean Distinguished Lecturer” March 20, at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire. He also was an invited speaker March 22 at the Institute of Catholic Studies, John Carroll University, in Cleveland, Ohio, at which he presented “Vatican II: The Battle for Meaning.” Faggioli presented the paper “Post-Vatican II and the New Catholic Movements in Italy: A Bridge Between Church and Modern World,” at the spring meeting of the “American Catholic Historical Association,” held March 23 to 24 in New Orleans, La.

T. Dean Maines, president of the Veritas Institute of the Opus College of Business, and Michael Naughton, director of the John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought of the Center for Catholic Studies, presented “Identifying Essential Principles of Catholic Health Care” March 26 at “Is For-Profit Catholic Health Care a Viable Alternative for Ministry?” a symposium held at Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, N.J. Maines and Robert Kennedy, co-director emeritus of the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy, participated in a panel presentation, “Animating a Catholic Health Care System, Managerial Organizations and Communion With the Church,” March 27, also at the symposium.  The Center for Religiously Affiliated Nonprofit Corporations and the Center for Health and Pharmaceutical Law and Policy of Seton Hall University School of Law hosted the symposium in collaboration with St. Thomas’ John A. Ryan Institute, the Terrence J. Murphy Institute and the Veritas Institute.

Larry McDonough, School of Law, and his musical group, the Larry McDonough Quartet, will play at the DVD release party for Live at Music Connection (DVD for TV, PC and Itunes) from 7 to 11 p.m. tomorrow, April 5, at the Dakota Jazz Club in downtown Minneapolis. LMQ will perform poetry and odd-metered jazz based on melodies from children with disabilities, Beethoven, Brubeck, Bill Evans, Spinal Tap, Led Zeppelin and others. Cover is $5 but will be waived with $20 food purchase per person as part of the Minnesota Monthly Foodie Nights Series, which also will feature a $10 bottle of wine. McDonough plays piano and performs vocals; the other members of LMQ include Richard Terrill on saxes and poems, bassist Craig Matarrese and drummer Chaz Draper. View a full press release here.

Talia Nadir and Jan Orf, UST Libraries, attended an anthropology workshop in Rochester, N.Y. They were selected by the Council on Library and Information Resources and the Council of Independent Colleges to participate in a workshop on “Understanding Students Through the Lens of Anthropology.” The workshop took place at St. John Fisher College from March 20 to March 21. Scholarships for workshop participants were made possible through the support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Mike Rowan, Development, and Eric Kallas, UST Libraries, completed the Mini Master of Information Technology program, held March 19 to 23, in the Anderson Student Center. The program was offered by UST Graduate Programs in Software.

Sister Katarina Schuth, St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, presented an analysis of the findings of an extensive survey of graduates done by the Sacred Heart School of Theology to the Board of Directors of Hales Corners, Wis., March 7.  She also addressed the Formation Faculty on topics related to priestly ministry. On Jan. 31, Schuth addressed a large gathering of seminary rectors in San Antonio, Texas, at a meeting sponsored by the NCEA Seminary Department . Her topic was related to her work on preparing study guides for seminaries on “The Background on Sexual Abuse and Changes in Seminary Formation Related to Celibacy and Sexuality.” On Feb.  3, she presented a paper at the 36th annual meeting of members of FADICA (Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities) in Bonita Springs, Fla.  She spoke on FADICA’s achievements under the retiring executive director, Dr. Frank Butler.  Schuth also is the author of an article, “A Change in Formation:  How the Sexual Abuse Crisis Has Reshaped Priestly Training,” which appeared in the Jan. 2 issue of America Magazine .

Dr. Daniel Tight, Modern and Classical Languages Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is the author of “The First Noun Principle and Ambitransitive Verbs,” published in Hispania, 95, 103-115.

Dr. Lisa Waldner, Sociology and Criminal Justice Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is the author of an article with Dr. Betty Dobratz (Iowa State University) titled “Repertoires of Contention: White Separatist Views on the Use of Violence and Leaderless Resistance,” published in the journal Mobilization, vol. 17(1): 49-66.

Dr. Bob Werner, Geography Department, College of Arts and Sciences, presented an electronic poster, “A Geography of the Dakota Diaspora after 1862,” at the 2012 Great Plains Symposium in Lincoln, Neb.  It is the first comprehensive mapping of the movements of Dakota people after the U.S.-Dakota War in Minnesota.