Wilhelmus (“Pim”) Valkenberg, the 2017-18 Cardin Chair in the Humanities, is originally from the Netherlands, and taught for two decades at the Catholic University of Nijmegen, and for five years (2006-2011) here at Loyola University Maryland. He is now a Professor Religion and Culture at the Catholic University of America. His recent publications include a World Religions textbook (conceived at Loyola, published 2013; new edition 2017), a Christian view of Fethullah Gülen and the Hizmet Movement (2015) and a book about Nostra Aetate (2016). For a more complete bio you may visit http://trs.cua.edu/faculty/valkenberg/index.cfm He is now finishing a Christian commentary on texts about the "People of Scripture" in the Qur'an.
The Cardin Chair and Jerome S. Cardin Lecture were established in 1984 by Jerome S. Cardin, Esq. The chair, a professorship dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the Judeo-Christian tradition across the humanities, was the first endowed chair in the humanities at Loyola College. The chair is filled bi-annually, on a rotating basis, by a department in the humanities.
Fall 2017 Cardin Chair Faculty Seminar on "Qur'ānic Perceptions of Jews and Christians"
LCAS faculty are invited to participate in seminar discussions on "Qur'ānic Perceptions of Jews and Christians," hosted by Dr. Pim Valkenberg, 2017-18 Cardin Chair in the Humanities (Theology Department).
Under Dr. Valkenberg’s guidance, seminar participants will read and discuss passages from the Qur'ān that refer to or address Jews or Jews and Christians together,
as well as passages that refer to events in Jewish history. The approach will be to discuss the Qur'ān as a rhetorical text.
Attendance is open to all faculty members, and little or no preparation is required.
Texts will be distributed beforehand or at the seminar. The following is a list of the dates and times we will meet throughout the Fall. Times for the Spring
semester will be determined later.
*All sessions will be held in the Theology Dept. Seminar Room, HU-042-R.
Mon 9/18, 12 pm -1 pm
Friday 10/20, 12 pm -1 pm
Monday 11/6, 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm
Monday 11/27, 12 pm - 1 pm
Monday 12/11, 12 pm - 1 pm
If you hope to attend the first session on September 18th, please kindly indicate so
by emailing the Theology Administrative Assistant, Bess Garrett, (email@example.com)
so that she knows how many copies of the relevant texts to prepare for that session.
Spring 2018 Undergraduate Course "Encounters Between Christianity, Judaism, and Islam"
TH 383/TH668 Encounters Between Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.
Discusses some of the most important theological topics in the encounters between adherents of the three “Abrahamic” religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, with particular attention to how Jewish theology views the Christian and Islamic claims to Abrahamic parentage. Encounters examined include those in the Medieval and contemporary periods. Topics include dialogues and polemics about the nature and the properties of God; creation; the status and role of human beings; revelation and the Word of God; role and function of prophets; and the limits of human language about God.
The course is scheduled on TTH 3:05-4:20.
Apart from that he will teach a faculty seminar and do a Scripture reading circle (with Scott Adams in Campus Ministry).
Sponsored by the Theology Department & the Center for the Humanities
Previous Cardin Chair Holders
- Patricia L. Bizzell, Writing 2015-2016
- Carole Fink, History, 1987-1988
Merrold Westphal, Philosophy, 1989-1990
Reed Way Dosenbrock, English, 1992-1993
Theodore Perry, Modern Languages, 1994-1995
Donald Lazere, Writing and Media, 1996-1997
Bruce Marshall, Theology, 1998-1999
Mark Thistlewaite and Louis Fantasia, Fine Arts, 2000-01
Frank Romer, Classics, 2002-2003
No Chair Holder, History, 2004-2005
Balazs Mezei, Philosophy, 2006-2007
Tod Linafelt, English, 2008-2009
Nicholas Martin, Modern Languages, 2011-2012