O'Keefe Named First Kingfisher Honoree

O’Keefe Named First Kingfisher Honoree

In accepting Creighton’s inaugural Kingfisher Award at a campus town hall in September, theology professor and documentary filmmaker John O’Keefe, PhD, expressed his deep gratitude — not only for being selected for the award, but for having a job that’s been so interesting and fulfilling.

“Where else does (a theologian) learn about the beauty of chemistry from a chemist ... in the back of a microbus ... in the Dominican Republic ... while sipping rum ... purchased on the streets of Dajabon just hours before?” O’Keefe said.  

The Kingfisher Award recognizes outstanding faculty and staff who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the enduring values, principles and practices of the humanities. This presidential award is given in partnership with the University’s Kingfisher Institute for the Liberal Arts and Professions.

O’Keefe is a scholar of patristic theology whose commitment to environmental justice has inspired his research in the area of ecotheology. He has expanded the impact of his research through the medium of documentary film, in partnership with colleagues and students across departments.