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IGNITE Talks welcomes four scholars thinking on “What the World Needs”

The 2016 edition of Creighton University’s annual IGNITE Talks takes place next month. At 7 p.m., Oct. 6, in the Hixson-Lied Auditorium of the Harper Center on Creighton’s campus, four scholars have been invited to address this year’s IGNITE Talks theme: “What the World Needs,” meditating on forgiveness, faith, humility, spirituality, storytelling and cooperation. This year’s speakers and the titles of their talks are as follows:

Anna Floerke Scheid, PhD, associate professor of theology at Duquesne University, specializes in ethics related to violent conflict and building peace, and also in critical race theory and African theologies of enculturation. Scheid is the author of Just Revolution: A Christian Ethic of Political Resistance and Social Transformation. Her talk is titled “A Spirituality of Forgiveness.”

William T. Cavanaugh, PhD, is director of the Center for World Catholicism and intercultural theory and professor of Catholic studies at DePaul University. His most recent book is Field Hospital: The Church’s Engagement with a Wounded World. The title of Cavanaugh’s talk is “The World Does Not Need Me: On Politics and Humility.”

Natalia Imperatori-Lee, PhD, associate professor of religious studies at Manhattan College, teaches contemporary Catholicism, U.S. Latino/a theology, and gender studies. Her recent publications include articles in Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion and Learning from All the Faithful. Imperatori-Lee will deliver a talk titled “Making Sense of the Faithful: Why We Need More Storytellers.”

Nathan Schneider, MA, is a scholar-in-residence at the University of Colorado-Boulder and a journalist writing about economics, technology and religion. He is the author of two books, God in Proof: The Story of a Search from the Ancients to the Internet and Thank You, Anarchy: Notes from the Occupy Apocalypse. His work has appeared in Vice, The Chronicle of Higher Education, America, and The Nation. Schneider’s talk is titled “Social Worship: Cooperative Economics from the Book of Acts to Pope Francis.”

Sponsored by the Creighton College of Arts and Sciences, the IGNITE Talks are free and open to the public.

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