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CHRISTIAN WIMAN
in conversation with Anthony Domestico   

April 30, 2018
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CARDINAL BLASE CUPICH 
with Executive Editor
Dominic Preziosi

May 29, 2018
6:30 PM

Loyola University
Kasbeer Hall
25 E Pearson St.
Chicago, IL 60611

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May 11, 2018
6:30 PM

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DOROTHY FORTENBERRY 
& KAYA OAKES

with Associate Editor Matthew Sitman

CHRISTIAN WIMAN

In a 2009 interview with Bookslut editor Jessa Crispin, discussing what he hopes readers might take from his work, Wiman stated, “I have no illusions about adding to sophisticated theological thinking. But I think there are a ton of people out there who are what you might call 'unbelieving believers,' people whose consciousness is completely modern and yet who have this strong spiritual hunger in them. I would like to say something helpful to those people.”

He is the author, editor, or translator of ten books, including Hammer is the Prayer: Selected Poems (FSG, 2016), My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer (FSG, 2013), and Stolen Air: Selected Poems of Osip Mandelstam (HarperCollins/Ecco, 2012).

ANTHONY DOMESTICO

Anthony Domestico is an Assistant Professor of Literature at Purchase College and the books columnist for Commonweal. His research focuses on modernism and its relationship to intellectual and religious history. His book, Poetry and Theology in the Modernist Period, is available from Johns Hopkins University Press, and his essays have appeared in Religion and Literature, Literature and Theology, Christianity & Literature, the Journal of Modern Periodical Studies, and Persuasions.

Of his work as a whole, Marilynne Robinson writes, “His poetry and scholarship have a purifying urgency that is rare in this world.  This puts him at the very source of theology, and enables him to say new things in timeless language, so that the reader’s surprise and assent are one and the same.” Mr. Wiman has been a Jones Lecturer in Poetry at Stanford and a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Northwestern, and for three years he served as Visiting Scholar at Lynchburg College in Virginia. From 2003 until 2013 he was the editor of Poetry magazine, the premiere magazine for poetry in the English-speaking world.  During that time the magazine’s circulation tripled, and it garnered two National Magazine Awards from the American Society of Magazine Editors. For the magazine’s centennial year, Mr. Wiman edited, with Don Share, The Open Door: One Hundred Poems, One Hundred Years of Poetry Magazine (University of Chicago Press, 2012).  Mr. Wiman has written for the New Yorker, the New York Times Book Review, the Atlantic Monthly, and numerous other publications. He is a former Guggenheim Fellow and holds an honorary doctorate of humane letters from North Central College.  His particular interests include modern poetry, the language of faith, “accidental” theology (that is, theology conducted by unexpected means), and what it means to be a Christian intellectual in a secular culture.

CHRISTIAN WIMAN IN CONVERSATION WITH ANTHONY DOMESTICO

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Life is not an error, even when it is. That is to say, whatever faith you emerge with at the end of your life is going to be not simply affected by that life but intimately dependent upon it, for faith in God is, in the deepest sense, faith in life—which means that even the staunchest life of faith is a life of great change."

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Cardinal Cupich obtained his B.A. in Philosophy from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1971.  He attended seminary at the North American College and Gregorian University in Rome, where he received his Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology in 1974, and his M.A. in Theology in 1975.  Cardinal Cupich is a graduate of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he received a Licentiate of Sacred Theology in 1979 and a Doctorate of Sacred Theology in 1987, both in Sacramental Theology, with his dissertation entitled, “Advent in the Roman Tradition:  An Examination and Comparison of the Lectionary Readings as Hermeneutical Units in Three Periods.”

Additionally, Cardinal Cupich was the Secretary at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C. from 1981-1987; and served as Chair for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People from 2008-2011 and for the National Catholic Educational Association from 2013-2015.

In 2016, Pope Francis appointed Cardinal Cupich to the Congregation for Bishops and in 2017, to the Congregation for Catholic Education.  Cardinal Cupich also serves on USCCB committees: Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, and is Co-Chair of the National Dialogue Initiative with Muslims; Subcommittee for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe, Chair; and the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism.  He is an Executive Member of The Catholic Mutual Relief Society and Chancellor of the Catholic Church Extension Society, and the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, Illinois.

Cardinal Cupich was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Omaha on August 16, 1975.  He was pastor of two parishes in Omaha.  He was appointed Bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota, on July 7, 1998, and was ordained and installed on September 21, 1998.  He was appointed the sixth Bishop of Spokane, Washington, on June 30, 2010, and installed September 3, 2010.  Cardinal Cupich was appointed Archbishop of Chicago on September 20, 2014, and installed as the ninth Archbishop of Chicago on November 18, 2014.

On October 9, 2016, Pope Francis named him a Cardinal and he was elevated to the College of Cardinals in a consistory on November 19, 2016 at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. 

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CARDINAL BLASE CUPICH WITH DOMINIC PREZIOSI

CHICAGO, IL

DOROTHY FORTENBERRY & KAYA OAKES WITH MATT SITMAN

BAY AREA, CA

DOROTHY FORTENBERRY

is a playwright and screenwriter. Her play Species Native to California recently received its world premiere at Iama Theatre in LA. Other plays include Partners (Actors’ Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival), Mommune, and Good Egg. She wrote for three seasons on The 100 (CW) and is currently a writer/producer on Hulu's award-winning adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale. Her essays have been featured in Real Simple, Pacific Standard, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, for whom she wrote about going to church. She lives with her family in Burbank where she pays too much attention to politics.

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May 11, 2018 | 6:30 PM

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(Downstairs in the Multiversity Room)
2700 Dwight Way
Berkely, CA 94704

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Kaya Oakes teaches nonfiction writing at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of four books, including Slanted and Enchanted: The Evolution of Indie Culture, Radical Reinvention: An Unlikely Return to the Catholic Church, and The Nones Are Alright: A New Generation of Seekers, Believers, and Those In-Between. She is a senior correspondent at Religion Dispatches, an editor and contributing writer at Killing the Buddha, and a contributing writer at America Magazine. Her writing has also appeared in Foreign Policy, The Guardian, Narratively, Religion News Service, Salon, Cross Currents, Commonweal, National Catholic Reporter, and many other publications. She was born and raised in Oakland, California, where she still lives.

KAYA OAKES

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Church isn’t an escape from the world. It’s a continuation of it. My family and I don’t go to church to deny the existence of the darkness. We go to look so hard at the light that our eyes water."

— DOROTHY FORTENBERRY

— KAYA OAKES

The future of faith remains a mystery. But isn’t faith also a mystery?”

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— from ARCHBISHOP CARDINAL BLASE CUPICH'S INSTALLATION MASS

His coming to be with us, his communion with us is not for the perfect, but is for the salvation of souls, for the lost, the forlorn, and those who are adrift. His communion is not just a quick visit, but he wants to be with us to the point of making our lives the dwelling place, the home where he and the Father abide.”

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Associate Editor Matthew Sitman joined the Commonweal staff in 2015. A native of central Pennsylvania, he was educated at Grove City College and pursued doctoral studies in political theory at Georgetown University. Before joining the magazine, he taught in the Politics Department at the University of Virginia and, most recently, was the literary editor of the popular news and culture website, The Dish. He lives in Manhattan.

MATTHEW SITMAN

Dominic Preziosi joined Commonweal in 2012 as digital editor, implementing and overseeing two redesigns of the magazine’s website while guiding online editorial strategy. A regular contributor to both the print and online editions of Commonweal, Dominic was named executive editor in July 2017.

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This series is made possible by the John Garvey Fund, instituted in 2017 with a generous gift from Thomas Higgins.

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