Join hosts Ryan McDermott (Faculty Director), John Buchmann (Executive Director), and Elise Ryan (Faculty Fellow), for conversations from Beatrice Institute, an ecumenical learning and research community that supports advanced inquiry in the Christian intellectual and cultural traditions. Animated by intellectual friendship inside and outside the academy, Beatrice Institute serves all who pursue the Beautiful, the True, and the Good.
Transmitting the Faith with Amy Adamczyk
Amy Adamczyk joins Grant to discuss some of the most contentious topics in American culture. Why are Catholics, mainline Protestants, and Jews so bad at transmitting their faith to their children? Why have attitudes on abortion not liberalized over time the way views on homosexuality and marijuana use have? What can we learn from comparing Chinese and American attitudes toward abortion? Amy is a professor of sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Programs of Doctoral Study in Sociology and Criminal Justice at City University of New York. In addition to her award-winning Cross-National Public Opinion about Homosexuality and her co-authored Handing Down the Faith, Amy is currently completing a book that examines cross-national opinions on abortion.
How can a modern Christian honor tradition without unreflectively clinging to the past?
Anne Carpenter joins Ryan to discuss the intersection of history, tradition, art, and theology. What is the difference between ressourcement and genealogy? Are art and theology the same thing? What can video games teach us about theology? How can everyday Christians contribute to renewing the theological tradition? Anne is associate professor of theology at St. Mary's College of California and has recently completed Nothing Gained Is Eternal: A Theology of Tradition, forthcoming from Fortress Press.
Physician as the Modern Priest with Dan Hall
Dr. Dan Hall is a surgeon and an Episcopal priest who, in addition to teaching at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the Center for Bioethics and Health Law, performs surgeries and conducts research at the VA health system. Dan joins Grant for a provocative exploration of the intersections of physical and spiritual health, the advantages and limitations of incorporating artificial intelligence into medicine, and the phenomenon of excluding clergy from hospitals during the recent pandemic. Together, they ask, “If doctors are modern-day priests, what is their obligation to the religious well-being of their patients?”
Nursing, Immortality, and Two Kinds of Apocalypse with Ryan McDermott and Grant Martsolf
Get to know the Beatrice Institute podcast hosts, Ryan McDermott and Grant Martsolf, as they take turns interviewing each other. In this wide-ranging conversation, Ryan and Grant explore utilitarian tendencies in higher education, what religious institutes can offer a university community, and the relationship between immortality and incorruptibility. Ryan plays “would you rather” with Grant, and they meditate on two differing apocalyptic views of history
The Art and Science of Apologies with Karina Schumann
Dr. Karina Schumann is an assistant professor and the social program chair in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on identifying factors that help people successfully manage their conflicts and respond to challenging social interactions in prosocial ways. She leads the Conflict Resolution (CORE) Lab at the University of Pittsburgh. Karina joins Grant for an in-depth exploration of apologies, forgiveness, and intellectual humility. Together they discuss why public apologies seem fake, what elements are necessary for an effective apology, and why women apologize more than men.
On Friendship with Kerilyn Harkaway-Krieger and Corey Sparks
Kerilyn Harkaway-Krieger is assistant professor of English and the director of The Great Conversation program at Gordon College. Corey Sparks is assistant professor of English at California State University at Chico, where he teaches courses on medieval literature, literary theory, poetry, and the digital humanities. Kerilyn and Corey join Elise to reflect upon their decade-long friendship, which took root amid the shared anxieties of graduate studies and has flourished despite their physical separation. Drawing upon ancient, medieval, and modern texts, the three friends meditate on tenderness, vulnerability, and viewing oneself through the eyes of one’s friends.