Religious Studies professor presents at two conferences
July 26, 2018
Dr. Carolyn Chau of the Department of Religious Studies gave two conference presentations in early June 2018. The first was for the annual conference of the Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology, which took place at Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland from June 4-6, 2018. The theme of the conference was 'Hope Today’ with the purpose of exploring the grounds of hope, what it means in today’s world and what it means to the Church. Dr. Chau was invited to speak on the practice of hope. In her talk, Dr. Chau stated, “Hope involves seeing ourselves in light of God at work in our lives ‑ in our relationships, our history, where we have been and where we are going, ‑ and not as beings whose value is contingent on our work or relationship status, for example.”
The second conference was the annual convention of the Catholic Theological Society of America. Dr. Chau gave an invited response to the ethics plenary address on the topic of freedom of conscience and the 2020 U.S. federal election. The convention focused this year on ‘Grace at Work in the World’ and took place in Indianapolis, Indiana from June 7-10, 2018.
Dr. Chau teaches courses on ethics, Catholicism, and secular culture. She is currently working on a second book, on Pope Francis and Catholic morality. Dr. Chau’s first book is titled Solidarity With the World: Charles Taylor and Hans Urs von Balthasar on Faith, Modernity, and Catholic Mission.