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Davis Visiting Professorship to Bring Two Lecturers to Ursinus in Spring 2019

Joanne M. Braxton will discuss moral injury and Eboo Patel will talk about religious diversity during two separate Davis Visiting Professorship of Judeo-Christian Values lectures during the spring semester.

The professorship was established in 1988 through the generosity of Thomas G. and Nancy B. Davis. Both visiting professors will meet with students and faculty during their visit in addition to delivering their lectures.

Braxton’s talk, “Moral Injury, Spiritual Repair: Towards a Transdisciplinary Praxis of Care,” is Thursday, February 14, at 7 p.m. in the Lenfest Theater in the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center.

She an ordained minister, Frances L. and Edwin L. Cummings Professor Emerita of English and the Humanities at the College of William and Mary, and community faculty in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

The lecture will extend understandings of how “moral distress” and “moral injury” are intersecting yet distinct in relation to their disciplinary origins in nursing and military psychology, furthering the application of these theories to education, ministry and other helping professions.

Patel will present “Out of Many Faiths: religious Diversity and the American Promise” on Tuesday, April 2, at 7 p.m. in the Lenfest Theater in the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center.

Patel is a leading voice in the movement for interfaith cooperation and the founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a national nonprofit working to make interfaith cooperation a social norm. He founded IFYC on the idea that religion should be a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. He was also a member of President Barack Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships.

Patel’s talk will explore how America’s promise is the guarantee of equal rights and dignity for all, and how that promise is the foundation of America’s unrivalled strength as a nation.

The Davis Visiting Professors of Judeo-Christian Values are selected by the arts and lectures committee through an open nomination process and approved by the dean of the college.