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Matthew Conradt and Lizbeth Mitty: Valley of Ashes

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Matthew Conradt and Lizbeth Mitty: Valley of Ashes

Oct. 24 – Nov. 27, 2018

Artist’s Talk: Wed. Oct. 24, 5-6pm

Opening Reception: Wed. Oct. 24, 6-8pm

“This is a valley of ashes – a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens; where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke and, finally, with a transcendent effort, of ash-grey men, who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air. Occasionally a line of grey cars crawls along an invisible track, gives out a ghastly creak, and comes to rest, and immediately the ash-grey men swarm up with leaden spades and stir up an impenetrable cloud, which screens their obscure operations from your sight.”

– F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

The Mueller Gallery at Caldwell University is pleased to present Valley of Ashes, a two-person exhibition featuring the work of Matthew Conradt and Lizbeth Mitty.  Conrad and Mitty create images which embody decay, entropy and dislocation.  While their creations are not overtly political, the work can serve as a metaphor for the most pressing and profound issues faced by our contemporary culture – issues of class and the distribution of wealth, the degradation of natural resources and wildlife and the threat of global warming.  The work calls into question our values as individuals and as a society.

This is poetic, soulful work – arrived at through very different means.  Lizbeth Mitty creates painterly encrusted surfaces using the motif of antique chandeliers, which serve as mordant symbols of better times.  Matthew Conradt conjures disorienting photo-transfer collages that depict images of deserted and decaying interior spaces and ghost-like human forms.

“The State of American Politics and the 2018 Midterm Elections” with correspondent Steve Kornacki

NBC News and MSNBC national political correspondent Steve Kornacki

Steve Kornacki: Photo by Anthony J Scutro

“The State of American Politics and the 2018 Midterm Elections” with NBC News and MSNBC national political correspondent Steve Kornacki will be the topic of a forum 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at Caldwell University.

The program will be presented by Caldwell University’s Faculty Commission on World Concerns in the Alumni Theatre on campus. It will be moderated by Domenic Maffei, Ph.D., professor of political science, and John Yurko, professor of communication and media studies.

Kornacki’s work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Roll Call, the New York Times and other news outlets. His book “The Red and the Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism” will be available beginning Oct. 2.

Admission to the event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. For more information, contact Alison Self at aself@caldwell.edu.

 

“How to Save the World: A Global League of Democracies”

“How to Save the World: A Global League of Democracies” will be the theme of a presentation, 4:30 p.m., Thursday. Sept. 20, in the Caldwell University Alumni Theater.

John Davenport, Ph.D., professor of philosophy at Fordham University, will give the talk as part of the Caldwell University Department of Theology/Philosophy’s Sister Maura Campbell lecture series.

The event is free and open to the public.

Davenport teaches and writes on ethics and political philosophy including human rights, democratic theory and global governance, moral psychology and agency, the nature of the self, and the philosophy of religion. In addition to two monographs on topics in moral psychology and two co-edited collections on philosopher Soren Kierkegaard and virtue ethics, Davenport has published several essays on just war theory, the responsibility to protect, the idea of democratic federation, and other topics in democratic theory.

In his forthcoming book, “A League of Democracies” (Routledge, 2018), he argues that the UN Security Council must be replaced with a new security organization founded by the world’s democratic nations that can protect against terrorism, weapons proliferation and new arms races, prevent mass atrocities that destabilize whole regions and resist rising threats from dictatorships such as Russia and China, which he contends aim to divide and destroy democratic societies.
He is preparing new books on a Habermasian argument for a universal right to democracy, justice as stewardship of public capital, the errors of political libertarianism and the need for a new constitutional convention to fix the United States.

For further information, call 973-618-3931.

Faith with Benefits:  Hooking Up, Hanging Out and Finding Relationships on Catholic Campuses

Faith with Benefits:  Hooking Up, Hanging Out and Finding Relationships on Catholic Campuses

Book cover for Faith with Benefits book written by Jason King.

“Faith with Benefits:  Hooking Up, Hanging Out, and Finding Relationships on Catholic Campuses” will be the theme of a talk at Caldwell University 4:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 5, in the Alumni Theatre. Jason King, professor of theology at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, will share how he investigates the effects of Catholic identity on the hookup culture.

The Caldwell University Department of Theology/Philosophy will present the talk as part of the Sister Maura Campbell lecture series. It is free and open to the public.

Dr. King has authored the book “Faith with Benefits:  Hookup Culture on Catholic Campuses” (Oxford University Press, 2017), is editor of the Journal of Moral Theology and writes for the blog CatholicMoralTheology.com. He is working on an edited collection of essays titled “Love, Sex, and Families: Catholic Perspectives” (Liturgical Press) and a book project about the environment, children and Mr. Rogers.

The lecture series is named after Sister Maura Campbell, O.P., a Sister of St. Dominic of Caldwell. She was a theologian, philosopher, professor, researcher and national leader in education whose scholarship and teaching spanned 50 years.

For further information, call 973-618-3931.