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SXU’s Theology South lecture series continues

Professors to discuss the relationship between Christianity and pop culture

Chicago (Jan. 17, 2008) Michael O'Keeffe, Ph.D. and Kathleen Waller, Ph.D. will discuss the relationship between Christianity and pop culture as part of Saint Xavier University’s Theology South lecture series at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7. in SXU’s Butler Reception Room, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago, IL.  

In their lecture, “The Role of Hollywood in Shaping a Post-Vatican II Church before Vatican II,” O’Keeffe and Waller will examine how pop culture influences, and is influenced, by Christianity.

“Hollywood is seen as not very theologically sophisticated and overly critical, and that's not necessarily true,” O’Keeffe said.

The lecture will include scenes from “The Sopranos,” “The Cardinal” and “Boys Town.” A question and answer session will follow.

O’Keeffe is an associate professor of religious studies. He teaches courses on the American Catholic experience, Christology, sacraments, religion and film, and Catholic perspectives from systematic theology.

Waller is an associate professor of religious studies. She teaches courses on Christian ethics, Christianity and contemporary culture, systematic theology and spiritual autobiography.

The program begins at 9:30 a.m. and runs until 11 a.m. It is open to the public; admission is $6. Coffee will be available beginning at 9 a.m. For more information, please contact Donatta Yates at (708) 422-1635.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact: Rick Ducat
773-298-3325 or ducat@sxu.edu