Prophetic Rhetoric in the Public Square
M. Cathleen Kaveny
Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Time: 12:00-1:15 PM
Location: Boisi Center, 24 Quincy Road
Abstract: BC theologian Cathleen Kaveny will speak about prophetic rhetoric in the public square at this Boisi Center lunch event. The topic is part of her larger book project, Prophecy without Contempt: An Ethics of Religious Discourse in the Public Square. She will aim to shed light on the culture wars by analyzing its characteristic rhetoric, both in terms of historical roots and logical structure. Many scholars have discussed the appropriate structure of deliberative rhetoric in the public square. Kaveny argues that we need to pay equal attention to the language of prophetic indictment, which has been used by social reformers of all types and political programs.
M. Cathleen Kaveny is the Darald and Juliet Libby Professor of Boston College, a position that includes appointments in the department of theology and law school. She previously held the position of John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law and Theology at Notre Dame Law School. Kaveny has published over forty articles and essays in journals and books specializing in law, ethics, and medical ethics. She has served on several editor boards, including the American Journal of Jurisprudence, the Journal of Religious Ethics, the Journal of Law and Religion, and the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics. Her accomplishments include combining research and religion into the curriculum of her ethics seminars, speaking at a Vatican conference in 2001 and meeting with Cardinal Rratzinger in 2005. On March 1, 2012, Kaveny was the guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, where she discussed the legal and theological issues surrounding the Catholic Church's position on contraception. She is a blogger and columnist for Commonweal magazine, an online journal that publishes editorials, columns, essays and poetry as well as both film and book reviews. She earned an A.B. from Princeton University and an M.A., M. Phil., J.D. and Ph.D. from Yale University.