Madeleva Lecture Series

The Next Madeleva Lecture 

Thursday April 13, 2023

Cristina L. H. Traina, PhD  
"Feminism, Finitude, and Flourishing: On 'Being Mortal, Like Everyone Else' (Wis 7:1)"
7:00 PM ET, Carroll Auditorium, Madeleva Hall
Free and open to the public — In person and Online
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Professor Cristina L. H. Traina, PhD, is the Avery Cardinal Dulles SJ Chair in Catholic Studies at Fordham University in New York. Originally from Berkeley, California, Cristina Traina grew up in central Indiana and eastern Pennsylvania. She attended Princeton University, where she majored in Religion. She earned her M.A. in Religion and her Ph.D. in theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School, where she studied with Anne Carr, David Tracy, Robin Lovin, James Gustafson, and William Schweiker.

Traina came to Fordham in 2020 from Northwestern University, where she taught for nearly 30 years in the Department of Religious Studies. She has been active in the Society of Christian Ethics throughout her career, serving as Board member, as President, as member of the 21st Century Committee, and as co-chair of the 2018-2020 taskforce that conducted a nation-wide survey of tenure-line and contingent faculty in religious studies and theology. She has served on the editorial boards of various journals. She is an active member of the Catholic Theological Society of America, the America Academy of Religion, and Societas Ethica. A member of the advisory board for New Ways Ministry, she also writes occasionally for its blog, Bondings 2.0.

Professor Traina’s research focuses on critical and constructive Christian feminist ethics, with a specialty in Catholic ethics. Areas of special expertise include sexuality, ethics of relationship, methodological questions, and moral agency, in particular children’s moral agency. She has additional interests in bioethics, migration, intersectionality, and economic and political justice.


About the Madeleva Lecture Series

Download the Madeleva ManifestoThe Madeleva Lecture is named for Sister Madeleva Wolff, CSC, who served as president of the College from 1934-1961. Her many accomplishments include the establishment in 1943 of the School of Sacred Theology, the first institution in the United States to provide graduate education in theology to women. Although the school closed in 1969, the lecture series named in her honor has for over three decades given voice to women scholars in the discipline of theology. In 2000, the sixteen past Madeleva lecturers created the Madeleva Manifesto, a document of hope and courage to women in the church. The document is just as timely today as when it was originally written.

Past Madeleva Lecturers 

Monika K. Hellwig, 1985
Sandra M. Schneiders, IHM, 1986
Mary Collins, OSB, 1987
Maria Harris, 1988
Elizabeth Dreyer, 1989
Joan Chittister, OSB, 1990
Dolores Leckey, 1991
Lisa Sowle Cahill, 1992
Elizabeth A. Johnson, CSJ, 1993
Gail Porter Mandell, 1994
Diana L. Hayes, 1995
Jeanette Rodriguez, 1996
Mary C. Boys, SNJM, 1997
Kathleen Norris, 1998
Denise Lardner Carmody, 1999
Sandra M. Schneiders, IHM, 2000
Mary Catherine Hilkert, OP, 2001
Margaret Farley, RSM, 2002
Sidney Callahan, 2003
Mary Ann Hinsdale, IHM, 2004
Past Madeleva Lecturers on the 40th Anniversary of Vatican II, 2005
Susan A. Ross, 2006
M. Shawn Copeland, 2007
Barbara Fiand, SNDdeN, 2008
Anne E. Patrick, SNJM, 2009
Wendy M. Wright, 2010
Kwok Pui-Lan, 2011
Kathleen Hughes, RSCJ, 2012
Catherine E. Clifford, 2013
Christine Firer Hinze, 2014
Voices of Young Catholic Women, A Panel Discussion, 2015
Marianne Farina, CSC, 2016
Ilia Delio, OSF, 2017
Mercy Amba Oduyoye, 2018
Nancy Pineda-Madrid, 2019
Lecture Postponed, 2020
Barbara Reid, OP, 2021
Lecture Canceled, 2022.
Cristina L. H. Traina, 2023

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