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Mueller Gallery to Present Exhibitions on US-Mexico Border, Historical Crowns

"Panel 1 - Plazas and Parks" by Dionisio Cortes Ortega
 ‘1560’ by Mauricio Cortes

Caldwell, N.J., Aug. 16, 2019 – The Mueller Gallery at Caldwell University will open its 2019-20 season Sept. 4 with exhibitions on historical crowns and the U.S,-Mexico border.  “Mauricio Cortes Ortega: Scin-til-late” and “Dionisio Cortes Ortega: Blurred Boundarieswill be on view Sept. 4 to Oct. 8.  The public is invited to a talk with both artists from 5 to 6 p.m. followed by a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4.  The exhibitions are free and open to the public. 

“Scin-til-late” brings together recent work derived from research on historical crowns such as the Crown of the Andesa 17th century votive crown made in Colombia. The crown, purportedly made from melted down Inca objects and stolen emeralds from the last emperor, was sold to a Chicago jeweler in the 20th century and subsequently paraded at fairs, car shows and fancy dinners and finally acquired by the MET in 2015. Mauricio’s work reimagines history and corrupted splendor, complex and historical objects imbued with untold stories; alternative interpretations emerge from disfigured symbols and the redaction of the decorative.

“Blurred Boundaries” is a photography and video installation that challenges the perceived differences between the United States and Mexico. The work consists of recent images taken in two sets of cities in the USA and Mexico: Chicago, Illinois-Saltilllo, Mexico and Brownsville, Texas-Matamoros, Mexico.  These visuals are juxtaposed and presented on custom-made stereoscopic devices with the intention of mixing and blurring the identity of each photograph. Still and moving imagery are paired by location and feature everyday scenes of life in places such as markets, schools, and parks among many others. Cortes Ortega says that his exhibition draws its foundation from the public discourse on immigration that has emphasized the differences on either side of the border, differences that were rooted at the dawn of colonization and have grown over time and with ongoing political agendas. “Blurred Boundaries” seeks to puzzle the viewer by showing indistinguishable images from either side of the divide. This exercise enables viewers to question how the assumed differences dissipate, exposing the porous nature of physical and metaphysical borders. 

For information on the exhibitions, go to www.caldwell.edu/gallery or call 973-618-3238


Mauricio Cortes Ortega is an artist and educator living and working in New York. His independent and collaborative projects reflect on histories of colonialism in the Americas that have reshaped everyday symbols, religious idols and craft production. Ortega is interested in making objects and images inspired by the dramatic history of colonial America. His paintings, drawings and sculptures depict shrouded objects like crowns, hoods and other bodily adornments. In his paintings and drawings, he uses bingo markers and glitter pens to achieve shimmering and vibrant effects. He often employs line patterns, a visual connection to his hometown’s historical production of the Mexican Saltillo sarape: intricate textiles that trace colonial history through changes in design, material, and function in society. For his sculptures, he glazes the ceramic pieces in a super high gloss black for a deep mirror finish; each sculpture stands as an individual object but when brought together represent a growing still-life collection. 

Dionisio Cortes Ortega holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from The Cooper Union in New York City.  In addition to the numerous life drawing classes, Ortega took film and photography in the art school, all of which influenced his artistic and professional practice. Recently his work has focused on tackling social and political issues including: the series of missing 43 Ayotzinapa students in Mexico; the upheavals along the border between Mexico and the United States; and the current state of the justice system in the United States. Ortega has worked with number of different media. Currently he is shooting photography and creating large scale sculptures. Dionisio is also a registered architect in the State of New York and has a studio in the Bronx.


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Caldwell Student Serves in Puerto Rico with Dominican Young Adults


Caldwell, N.J., Aug. 8, 2019 – Anamika Sharma Paudel knows what it is like when a country is hit by a natural disaster. The Caldwell University international student from Nepal experienced the devastating earthquake that pounded her nation in 2015. It changed her life and she emerged knowing she wanted to pay back the people who had reached out to help her beloved Nepal.

Paudel had the chance to “pay it forward” this summer when she joined other young adults and two Dominican Sisters for a 7-day mission to help the people of Puerto Rico, who are still reeling from category-four Hurricane Maria, which slammed the country in 2017.

Paudel, along with Sister Pat Stringer, O.P., a Sister of St. Dominic of Caldwell, and the other travelers, helped repair and rebuild homes and planted crops. They learned about farming and afforestation, the process of planting trees to create a forest. And they stood with the people of Puerto Rico during the protests against government corruption. Along the way, they met special people who opened their hearts and homes and shared their culture and their struggles. “We heard their stories, prayed together, ate together like a family,” said Paudel, a senior majoring in health care administration and minoring in communication and media studies.

Paudel recalled meeting a man who joyfully told of his love for the environment and his coffee farms and taught them how to plant coffee samplings. A silver lining from the hurricane was that the ground became more fertile and new plants have arisen where they had never grown before. “I saw such content on this man’s face that it was clear to me how one would feel when he found his purpose in life,” said Paudel.

They learned more about planting from a 16-year-old boy who had turned an abandoned school into an agricultural research center with funding from the United States. Paudel was impressed with his skills, purpose and humility. “At such a young age, he has done so much for his community.” His family hosted the group for lunch; “we sang together and blessed each other,” Paudel said. The encounter taught her “how beautiful a simple life is and that it had purpose.”

Paudel was thankful for the friendships she forged with the young adults from other Dominican institutions. “We all came from different walks of life; we were in different phases of our lives, but we shared the common values of community, service, integrity, compassion and friendship.”

Stringer, promoter of Dominican life and charism for the Caldwell Dominicans, was also grateful to be a part of this “special group of young people” on an adventure during which they received far more than what they gave. “I believe that each of us was changed for the better by this experience and came away appreciating all that we have been given.”

Paudel, vice president of the Student Government Association, says she  has come back “rejuvenated,” knowing “the value of true contentment found in service,” and she hopes other Caldwell students are inspired to take community service opportunities “which will change their lives for better, forever.”

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Summer Institute Encourages Students to Become Leaders in Promoting Public Justice and the Common Good

Sign SLI 2019
SLI group 2019 at Yankees game
SLI group 2019 in Library
SLI group 2019 outdoors

Caldwell, N.J., July 30, 2019 – High school and university students attending the annual Spirituality and Leadership Institute (SLI) at Caldwell University explored some of the deeper questions of life, like how to become a leader or how to develop their talents and gifts to serve others.

“Building Up Communities” was the theme of the institute that was held July 14-19 and included speakers and discussions that focused on topics like digital citizenship, contemplation and servant leadership.

Director of SLI, Kyle Bennett, Ph.D. said the students discussed how to serve their neighbors in their daily activities of talking, thinking and even tweeting. This, he said, will “show others an alternative way of living that promotes public justice and seeks the common good.”

“At SLI, we believe that leaders are those who are deliberate about how they engage in these activities and to what end,” said Bennett who is chair of the Department of Theology and Philosophy at the university.

Several students were moved by the presentation by Edwin from First Friends of NJ/NY, a nonprofit that works on behalf of detained immigrants and asylum seekers. Jeniffer Llivicota of Saint Vincent Academy in Newark said it opened her eyes to the needs of others. Llivicota and Riley Sikorski, a student from DePaul Catholic High School in Wayne, New Jersey, liked Edwin’s suggestion of becoming a pen pal for someone who is being held in a facility or is detained.  “It is easy to make a change. It is not hard to write a letter,” said Sikorski.

Monica Sullivan, a student at Dominican Academy in New York City, appreciated the presentation by artist Brother Mickey McGrath of the Oblates of St. Frances de Sales who spoke about art, imagination and social justice in creating hope.  “A simple drawing can change a world view,” she said.

Dr. Chris Cimorelli, assistant professor of theology and philosophy presented on contemplation and silence; Colleen O’Brien, director of campus ministry, spoke about leadership; and Bennett led a conversation on the importance of responsible digital citizenship.

“I’m confident that the next time they open their mouths or open Instagram on their phone they will think twice about what they’re doing,” said Bennett.

Brooke McPherson, a senior in the fall at Caldwell, worked on the institute as an undergraduate mentor for her second year in a row.  She was enthused that they were able to have deeper conversations about spiritual and social justice issues—a unique opportunity to have true dialogue with peers about important topics.

The group engaged in community service at Restore Native Plants in Oakland, New Jersey and took part in fun activities like taking in a movie, attending a Yankees game and going to a barbeque.

“Making new friends from different areas,” was one of the best parts for Kelly Raftery, also of DePaul Catholic High School.  “I hope the friendships last a lifetime,” said Llivicota. Ruth Amouh of Lacordaire Academy in Montclair also attended.

Caldwell University students Julianna Verso, Kassandra Pardo and Gary Striggles Jr. were also mentors.  Staff members who worked on the program were: Julie Kajouras, Dana McStowe and Allison Johansen.

The conference is made possible by a grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc.


Share your service experiences with the Caldwell University Archives!

Have you participated in a mission trip or service-related activity at Caldwell University? Submit your photos, reflection essays, and short videos to the Caldwell University Archives!

Our “Living the Mission” project seeks to document and preserve student experiences in service activities at Caldwell University. This includes the annual immersion trip to Belize, Midnight Runs to aid the homeless in New York City, spring break trips to Philadelphia, Caldwell Day, Service Saturday, and other local volunteer opportunities. Your contributions will help to create a permanent record of participation in service activities and allow us to preserve the content for future research.

We welcome contributions from Caldwell University students, faculty, and staff. To submit an item, visit the “Living the Mission” website: https://livingthemission.omeka.net/

Email archives@caldwell.edu for further information.

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“Human Not So Kind” Art Exhibition Focuses on Natural World, Beauty and Destruction


Caldwell, N.J., May 20, 2019 – The Mueller Gallery at Caldwell University is featuring an exhibition focusing on the natural world and its beauty and raising awareness of how humanity is disrupting that beauty. “Human Not So Kind” was created by student Phoebe Schepacarter for her senior art project.

Schepacarter, who received her Bachelor Fine Arts degree on May 19, said the exhibition gave her a way to highlight issues that many people are not talking about related to nature and the environment.

The front room of the gallery features 14 different pieces representing the natural world. “These works feature seven different biome areas that focus on the natural beauty of each area. Contrasting the beauty of each of these landscapes, are multiple ways that humanity has negatively affected the natural world,” said Schepacarter of Franklinville, New Jersey. Each landscape piece has an informational panel that has five facts about the biome and a statement about the ways humanity is destroying the world.

The back room of the gallery focuses on the positives of what humanity is doing for the earth. “There is a nine foot tall mural that is a map of the world indicating how well each country is taking care of the world and there are 24 panels highlighting specific places where people are taking care of the world. The panels also provide recommendations on how people can alter their lifestyles to be more earth friendly,” explained Schepacarter.

“I hope to make people feel responsible and to create a wave of change, even if it is just small daily changes to improve the world we live in, as it is the only one we have and we are all responsible for the condition it is in,” said Schepacarter.

Schepacarter’s artist statement is:

It is human nature to believe we are not at fault. To believe that we are doing the right thing because it directly benefits us. Contrary to this belief not everything we do is right or just, but everything we do has a cause and effect. The world around us is constantly changing and we are all the cause. These pieces were created to show the beauty of the natural world and how we are all at fault for the destruction of this world around us. To inform people of all the destruction we are causing just by living. However, there is hope. Around the world there are countries changing their way of life to protect the world they have and to improve it for those to come. Everyone is at fault. But this also means that everyone can be the positive change we need to see in the world. Even if the change is only small steps, it is still something and will make a difference. We need to be more human-kind and less human not-so kind.

“Human Not So Kind” will be on display in the Mueller Gallery through the summer. To make an appointment to see the exhibition, contact Professor Suzanne Baron at sbaron@caldwell.edu.

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Caldwell University Celebrates 77th Commencement

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Caldwell University celebrates 77th commencement

Former secretary of higher education Rochelle Hendricks receives honorary degree

Caldwell, N.J., May 19, 2019 – Caldwell University celebrated its 77th annual commencement Sunday, May 19 awarding degrees to 467 graduates.

Marisa Castronova of Nutley, New Jersey, delivered the student address at the graduate commencement ceremony. She advised her fellow graduates to consider the person who earned the degree and to remember that he or she is the driving force behind the degree. “A degree is not a living entity…It can’t walk, it can’t talk.” Castronova, who received her doctorate in educational leadership in December, said, “Consider you, the person who earned it. Consider you, the person who decided to embark on an educational trek requiring hard work, dedication and sacrifice.”  She encouraged graduates to take time to reflect on what they have learned about themselves. “For knowing who you are and what you are capable of will enable you to transform knowledge into something great.” Castronova is a science educator at Robert L. Lazar Middle School in Montville, New Jersey.

Kathryn Marano, also of Nutley, delivered the undergraduate commencement ceremony address. She suggested to graduates that they are all “rocket scientists” who have been building rocket ships that will lift off when they leave the auditorium. Utilizing the image of the rocket ship, Marano said the classes they took were the framework of the ship, while the attributes they learned at Caldwell including kindness, resilience, integrity and respect would help  them navigate the rocket ship “through tough and uncharted territory.” The most important components of the rocket ship are the team of professors, classmates and staff whose guidance students will take with them after graduation, she said. “With the rocket ship complete, we are ready to take on the world, and I am confident that we will be the pioneers of the future and successful in whatever paths we choose.” Marano will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with minors in small business entrepreneurship and marketing in August.

An honorary degree was awarded to Rochelle Hendricks who served as the first secretary of higher education for the state of New Jersey from 2011 to 2018. She encouraged the graduates to imagine the world the way they would like it to be and to let the light of God shine through them as they strive to make the world a better and brighter place.   “As you make a living, be sure to make a life,” and remember the values that are timeless and transcendent, she said.

Members of Caldwell’s class of 1969, marking their 50th anniversary, were recognized.

President Nancy H. Blattner, Ph.D., presented doctoral students with their Ph.D.s and Ed.D.s, graduate students with their Master of Arts, Master of Business Administration or Master of Science degrees and undergraduates with their Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Science in nursing degrees.   A Master of Science in Accounting degree was awarded posthumously to Kelly Marilly Gonzalez. Her brother accepted the degree from Dr. Blattner.

President Blattner told the graduates that it was a day of great joy and pride for them, their family members and loved ones who supported them. She said the university was “sending you forward, not just as graduates, but as people who we expect to make a difference.” She advised them to stay connected to their alma mater that has “not only been your learning community but also your family for four years.” Each student, she said, “has made an indelible impression on me.”

Laurita Warner, chair of the Board of Trustees and alumna, said some things at Caldwell never change like a welcoming environment, dedicated and caring faculty, “an administration who work tirelessly to provide a campus where students can thrive and learn, and the mission inspired by Saint Dominic and our Catholic tradition to prepare students to think critically, pursue truth and contribute to a just society. And friendships that last a lifetime.” She extended two wishes to each of the graduates, “the gift of memories of Caldwell University as fond as mine are and the very best future life has to offer.”

Undergraduate and master’s students wore gowns made from 100 percent post-recycled plastic bottles.


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A TRAILBLAZER and “the Only Girl in the Room”

Charlene Hamrah

Pictured is Charlene Hamrah and the “boys’ club” in the 1980s.

Charlene Hamraah

Charlene Hamrah on a recent trip to the Grand Canyon.

Charlene Hamrah, Class of 1969

As a shy high school student in the 1960s, Charlene Hamrah had not given much thought to the idea of attending college. She was interested in the business world and planned to apply to a secretarial school. However, she took a different path, becoming a trailblazer in what was then the male-dominated field of business, at a time when men referred to women as “girls.”

Her mother’s influence and encouragement convinced Hamrah to have a bolder vision for her life. “She insisted that I go to college,” recalls Hamrah. At Caldwell College for Women, she majored in business and minored in education. “There were only five business majors in my graduating class, but the campus was close-knit and very social; I made many friendships I’ve maintained to this day.” She blossomed in the nurturing environment at Caldwell and began to think seriously about her future.

After graduating, Hamrah found a position as a business teacher. Although she asked to teach bookkeeping and more advanced business courses, she was assigned the typing and shorthand classes on the theory that she was “a better role model for girls.” Hamrah found teaching skill subjects dull and uninspiring, and this provided the impetus for her to make a career change. In her second year of teaching, and for more than three years while working full time, she commuted to Rutgers-Newark for evening classes, earning an MBA with a concentration in finance in 1975. It was, she says, an exercise in endurance—and a bit lonely since she was the only woman in many of her classes. At the time, women averaged 10 percent of MBA enrollments nationally. Today, women represent more than 40 percent of MBA students, thanks to pioneers like Hamrah.

She landed a job in New York City as secretary to the financial officer of a small commercial insurance company and continued to travel to Newark for evening classes. When Hamrah completed her MBA, she moved into a supervisory position and eventually became the vice president for financial planning and analysis at that company. This once-shy young woman had found her voice and had secured her place as a leader. In 1989, while in her early 40s, she took on a new challenge: the role of motherhood, when she adopted her son, Damon. After the premature death of her husband, Hamrah became the single working mother of a young child.

As her confidence grew, Hamrah was undaunted by the challenge of being the only woman in “the boys’ club.” Her male counterparts acknowledged her intellect, work ethic, and determination; she earned promotions, although not as quickly as the men, and was frustrated by the inequity in her compensation. Her advice for today’s students: “Stay focused and get the job done, go the extra mile, do not be afraid to ask questions, and ask for help when you need it. If you want more responsibility, ask for it—and for the salary that goes with the job.”

The next chapter of her career took Hamrah to Wall Street when she joined AIG, a global giant in the insurance and financial services industry. Promoted through the ranks, she took on numerous roles in finance and accounting, eventually leading the investor relations department. She later became one of the few female officers at the firm, reaching the pinnacle of her career as vice president and director of investor relations. “It was both an internal and external relations position. I guess I wasn’t shy any longer,” Hamrah says with a laugh. As the key contact for institutional investors, she was responsible for reporting financial results, explaining and answering questions about those results, and meeting with investors to explain the company’s operations and opportunities. It was not a job for the faint of heart.

Was there a point at which she finally felt acknowledged by the men with whom she worked? “When the then-CEO of AIG named me corporate vice president,” she says. “On one hand, I felt I deserved it long before that day; on the other hand, I was thrilled. Perhaps most important to me is that the CEO was known as one of the toughest bosses in corporate America, yet he liked and respected me.”

Over the years, Hamrah has remained connected to Caldwell and is “very impressed by what has been accomplished in the past decade and by the students I have met… The campus has changed and enrollment is increasing, but it still has the close community spirit that I loved as a student. The Sisters of St. Dominic deserve credit for taking the bold step of admitting men and expanding the academic programs,” she adds, “and Dr. Nancy Blattner’s vision and leadership have brought Caldwell into an exciting new era.”

Caldwell remains a touchstone in Hamrah’s life. She has made a generous leadership gift to the Campaign for Caldwell and serves as co-chair of the campaign steering committee alongside Elaine Tweedus ’66. In anticipation of her 50th class reunion in the fall of 2019, Hamrah is working with a group of her classmates to conduct outreach and hopes for a great turnout.

“As I look back on my life’s journey,” she says, “I am most struck by my transformation from a shy, quiet girl with a narrow worldview to a confident business executive who embraced opportunities and traveled the world, making many friends along the way. I will be forever grateful to Caldwell for helping me develop a foundation for success—in my career and in many other areas of my life.”

—-Christina Hall

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Family Ties Lead to Heartfelt Chapel Commitment

Jon and Stephanie Hauge made a gift to underwrite the crucifix for the new chapel.

Stephanie and Jon Hauge were never students at Caldwell University. Their daughter, Greta, did not study at Caldwell either. So what inspired this generous couple to contribute $25,000 to the Campaign for Caldwell?

Their involvement with Caldwell began more than 20 years ago. Stephanie’s brother-in-law, Tim Manning, served as Caldwell’s vice president of institutional advancement from 1995 to 2000, when they lost him to cancer.

“I was financial vice president at AT&T when Tim joined Caldwell,” Stephanie recalls. “Sister Patrice was president, and there were very few lay people on the board of trustees at that time. Tim saw the value of bringing business leaders onto the board. He knew I had financial expertise and recruited me to become a trustee.”

Stephanie served on the board for nine years, until 2006. Six of those years were spent on the executive board, first as chair of the finance committee and later as chair of the audit committee. She worked closely with her brother-in-law to bring corporate grants to the institution, including funding from the AT&T Foundation.

During this time, Stephanie and Jon developed a high regard for the institution and its Catholic mission. They became, and have remained, loyal donors and can be counted on to give at the President’s Society level each year. Stephanie continues to champion the university in other ways as well. Through her involvement with the Financial Women’s Association of New Jersey, an organization that promotes and supports women leaders, she organized an
event on campus that featured a panel of distinguished women executives—including Dr. Nancy Blattner—who spoke about the challenges of balancing demanding careers with
full lives.

The Hauges’ fondness for Caldwell is, in many ways, tied to their memories of Tim. In 2002, the couple honored Tim’s memory with a major donation that was recognized through the naming of the Manning Campus Bookstore. It was their way of honoring their brother-in-law’s deeply felt commitment to this institution.

They were thrilled to learn about Caldwell’s plans to relocate the university’s chapel, formerly in the Mother Joseph Residence Hall, to the first floor of the Newman Center. “I was especially happy to hear that the beautiful stained-glass windows are going to be incorporated into the design for the new space,” Stephanie notes.

The university’s plans for the new chapel meant the Manning Campus Bookstore would have to be moved. When a new location was chosen, a re-inauguration event was held, complete with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and luncheon. “It was a lovely family celebration. There is a new plaque outside the bookstore that tells visitors about Tim,” Stephanie notes.

The Hauges’ gift is a testament to Caldwell University’s strong Catholic mission. Stephanie and Jon are very committed to ecumenical causes near and far. “Jon and I love to visit churches when we travel. We were drawn by the idea of making the chapel more central to the lives of the students by putting it in the Newman Center. The new chapel will be a wonderful expression of the university’s Dominican roots.”

Stephanie has a master’s in theology and has dedicated countless hours to serving as an RCIA director and in the music and lector ministries at her home parish, Resurrection Church, in Randolph, New Jersey. There is no doubt the Hauges’ gift in support of the new chapel at Caldwell University reflects their confidence in the university’s commitment to its Catholic identity.

Smart gift planning enabled the Hauges to maximize their support. Stephanie explains, “At our age and given the current tax laws and minimum distribution requirements, it makes more sense for us to direct our charitable giving from our IRAs. Doing so reduces our ordinary income and produces additional tax benefits. It’s a better way to give.” Jon’s retirement benefits made it possible to secure additional corporate matching funds from Pfizer.

The Hauges’ newest gift is being made in memory of their parents—Olaf and Gladys Hauge and Edward and Mary Jordan. In recognition of their support, Stephanie and Jon will be listed on the donor wall as benefactors to help underwrite the crucifix. “Our parents were very faith-filled people,” Stephanie says. “They knew the importance of education. And they felt, as we do, that is a beautiful thing to have a church at the center of a community. This is a fitting tribute to them.”

The new chapel will be a wonderful expression of the university’s Dominican roots.

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Healthy screen time for kids – Dr. Sitnick is guest on One-on-One with Steve Adubato

Stephanie Sitnick

Caldwell, N.J., April 15, 2019 – Stephanie Sitnick Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Psychology and Counseling at Caldwell University, is a guest on One-on-One with Steve Adubato to talk about healthy screen time habits for kids and teens.

With many media choices and the development of digital devices, screen time is a concern for parents who want to decide how much, if any, time their children should spend on media and digital devices. Dr. Sitnick provides information from the American Academy of Pediatrics on guidelines for children’s media use.

Dr. Sitnick and Adubato discuss issues such as appropriate time limits according to a child’s age and how parents need to model good screen time habits for their children.

The broadcast schedule is:

Wednesday, April 17 – 7p.m. on NJTV

Thursday, April 18 – 12:30 a.m. on Thirteen/WNET.

Watch the segment here.


“O Happy Fault: The Human Element in the Creation of The Saint John’s Bible” Lecture

Sower and the Seed

Sower and the Seed, Aidan Hart with contributions from Donald Jackson and Sally Mae Joseph, Copyright 2002, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

“O Happy Fault: The Human Element in the Creation of The Saint John’s Bible” will be the focus of a lecture, 4:30 p.m., Monday April 8 at Caldwell University.  The speakers will be Robert Miller, Ph.D., chair of the Division of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Mount St. Mary College, and Stephanie Pietros, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, College of Mount Saint Vincent.  The lecture is being presented by the Department of Theology and Philosophy at Caldwell as part of its Sister Maura Campbell, O.P. lecture series.

Dr. Pietros will discuss the illustrations of medieval manuscripts and the materials used in their creation, as well as instructions left behind by scribes.

Dr. Miller will speak about biblical text criticism and the causes for errors in ancient illuminated manuscripts. He will demonstrate how the contemporary calligraphers of The Saint John’s Bible made the same errors that were common in the copying of texts prior to the invention of the printing press.

Dr. Pietros’s research interests include medieval and early modern literature, especially lyric poetry; the history of the book, and interdisciplinary studies in literature and music. She has published articles and reviews in the journals Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Shakespeare Bulletin, and Early Modern Culture. Her current projects include an essay on song in Shakespeare’s Othello and a co-edited special issue of the journal Early Modern Culture on the topic of teaching Shakespeare to first-generation college students.

Dr. Miller is a Senior Fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and a board member for the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary – USA. He has taught both graduate and undergraduate classes in scripture and theology at Caldwell and Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology at Seton Hall University. Dr. Miller’s research spans a wide area of theology and biblical studies, including biblical theology and typology, John’s Gospel, and Mariology.

The Sister Maura Campbell, O.P. Lecture Series is named for Sister Maura, who was a Sister of St. Dominic of Caldwell, a theologian, philosopher, professor, researcher and national leader in education whose scholarship and teaching spanned 50 years.

For further information, call 973-618-3931.