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Faculty Lecture Series

April 19, 2012
Location: Mullen Academic Center Little Theater

The Architecture of the Roman Emperor Maxentius, Trauma in Human Existence and Two Contrasting Christian Responses to Evil are the topics that will be highlighted at Ursuline College’s 2012 Faculty Lecture Series held on March 6, March 28 and April 19, 7-8:30 PM. The lectures will be held in the Mullen Academic Center Little Theater (Room 113), 2550 Lander Road, Pepper Pike.

The Tuesday, March 6 lecture, Building Power: The Architecture of the Emperor Maxentius in Rome (306-312 CE) will be given by Elisha Dumser, Ph.D. She will be discussing Maxentius’s prominent building commissions, which included Rome’s largest temple and the world’s most expansive cross-vaulted interior space. The innovative architectural forms testify to the skill and creativity of the late-antique architects working under his command. This presentation takes the audience through his turbulent reign and discusses his skill at manipulation of large-scale public benefactions.
 
Elisha Dumser is assistant professor in the Ursuline Studies Program and the Department of Art at Ursuline College where she received the Teaching Excellence Award in 2011. Her research focuses on ancient Roman architecture and urbanism. She earned her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005. This talk presents material from her forthcoming book on the architecture of Maxentius.

Trauma in Human Existence: Psychotherapy, Healing and the Cartesian Mind is the topic of the Wednesday, March 28 lecture by Ursuline professor Thomas Frazier, Ph.D. Some theorists believe the western mind suffers from the “Cartesian Split,” a fragmentation in which mind is separate from body. This may be interpreted as a split between intellect and feeling. Developmental and relational emotional trauma may further this split and cause unendurable emotional states. When people are most vulnerable they may dissociate from consciousness. This lecture will explore how trauma is more common than we believe and will discuss the psychological and physiological mechanisms that “shut down” as a result and decrease the quality of life. The broad outlines of therapeutic recovery will also be discussed.

Professor of Psychology at Ursuline, Thomas Frazier, Ph.D. has been in private practice in psychotherapy for thirty years. His areas of interest include issues related to anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the impact of early relational trauma on human development. Dr. Frazier has also served as a consultant to clergy and religious throughout his professional career.

On Thursday, April 19, George Matejka, Ph.D., Ursuline professor of philosophy and ministry, will give a lecture entitled, Painting St. Michael and St. George: Two Christian Responses to Evil. St. Michael is spoken of in the Book of Revelation as the defender/protector of heaven from the encroachment of evil (the evil angels).  Michael is typically depicted with a shield and drawn sword, but is usually not portrayed as actively slaying an evil angel. By contrast, St. George is typically depicted with a pike and/or sword actively piercing a dragon to kill it. Are Christians called to “kill” evil, or are Christians to protect themselves from evil? Dr. Matejka will use several paintings of both Michael and George to demonstrate these contrasting positions in the face of evil.

Professor George Matejka, Ph.D., has served as the Chair of the Philosophy Department at Ursuline College since 1999. In addition to his doctorate from Duquesne University, George also holds a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) with a Specialization in Biblical Theology from The Gregorian University, Rome, Italy. He also teaches in the graduate program in ministry at Ursuline.

“The thirteenth annual Faculty Lecture Series showcases the research and expertise of the College’s experienced faculty,” said JoAnne Podis, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs. She added that the variety and scope of this year’s lectures are reflective of the richness and diversity of an Ursuline liberal arts education.

The lectures are free and open to the public and are followed by a reception. For more information call 440 684 6069.

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