The Fr. Henry W. Casper, S.J. Professorship in History
The Casper professorship was established by Dr. Wayne and Mrs. Eileen Ryan to memorialize Father Casper's accomplishments over a long career as a scholar, history professor, and moral advisor that included many years at Creighton University where he was one of Dr. Ryan's favorite Jesuit professors. Father Casper's signature work was a multi-volume study of small Nebraska parishes titled The History of the Catholic Church in Nebraska.
Current Holder of the Casper Professorship
Andrew J. Hogan, PhD (2022-present)
The focus of Hogan's Casper Professorship is strongly influenced by our society's present moment of increased attention to longstanding racial injustices. He will be examining the history of diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in the clinical professions since the 1960s, with a specific focus on occupational therapy, physical therapy, medicine, and dentistry. Despite these ongoing initiatives, the representation of racial, ethnic, and disabled minority groups in most clinical professions has remained consistently low to the present day. Hogan will invite scholars and activists to campus who will speak to the history of racial injustice in medicine, as well as various efforts that have sought to address inequities in health and professional opportunities for underrepresented minority populations. He will also develop programming to bring students and faculty in the humanities together with our colleagues in the clinical professional schools at Creighton to discuss representational inequities in the health professions and ways to address these issues going forward by rethinking some of the core values and ambitions of our disciplines.
Former Holders of the Casper Professorship
Dr. Heather Fryer (2014-2021)
Dr. John Calvert (2007-2014)
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Dr. Michael Hawkins
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