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 
Christian Women in a Troubled World

Sandra M. Schneiders, IHM, 1986
Women and the Word: The Gender of God in the New Testament and the Spirituality of Women 

Mary Collins, OSB, 1987
Women at Prayer

Maria Harris, 1988
Women and Teaching: Themes for a Spirituality of Pedagogy

Elizabeth Dreyer, 1989
Passionate Women: Two Medieval Mystics

Joan Chittister, OSB, 1990
Job's Daughters: Women and Power

Dolores Leckey, 1991
Women and Creativity

Lisa Sowle Cahill, 1992
Women and Sexuality

Elizabeth A. Johnson, CSJ, 1993
Women, Earth, and Creator Spirit

Gail Porter Mandell, 1994
Madeleva: One Woman's Life

Diana L. Hayes, 1995
Hagar's Daughters: Womanist Ways of Being in the World

Jeanette Rodriguez, 1996
Stores We Live (Cuentos Que Vivimos): Hispanic Women's Spirituality

Mary C. Boys, SNJM, 1997
Jewish-Christian Dialogue: One Woman's Experience

Kathleen Norris, 1998
The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy, and 'Women's Work'

Denise Lardner Carmody, 1999
An Ideal Church: A Meditation

Sandra M. Schneiders, IHM, 2000
With Oil in their Lamps: Faith, Feminism, and the Future

Mary Catherine Hilkert, OP, 2001
Speaking with Authority: Catherine of Siena and the Voices of Women Today

Margaret Farley, RSM, 2002
Compassionate Respect: A Feminist Approach to Medical Ethics and other Questions

Sidney Callahan, 2003
Women Who Hear Voices: The Challenges of Religious Experience

Mary Ann Hinsdale, IHM, 2004
Women Shaping Theology

Past Madeleva Lecturers on the 40th Anniversary of Vatican II, 2005
[No Publication]

Susan A. Ross, 2006
For the Beauty of the Earth: Women, Sacramentality, and Justice

M. Shawn Copeland, 2007
The Subversive Power of Love: The Vision of Henriette Delille

Barbara Fiand, SNDdeN, 2008
Awe-Filled Wonder: The Interface of Science and Spirituality

Anne E. Patrick, SNJM, 2009
Women, Conscience, and the Creative Process

Wendy M. Wright, 2010
Mary and the Catholic Imagination: Le Point Vierge

Kwok Pui-Lan, 2011
Globalization, Gender, and Peacebuilding: The Future of Interfaith Dialogue

Kathleen Hughes, RSCJ, 2012
Becoming the Sign: Sacramental Living in a Post-Conciliar Church

Catherine E. Clifford, 2013
Decoding Vatican II: Interpretation and Ongoing Reception

Christine Firer Hinze, 2014
Glass Ceilings and Dirt Floors: Women, Work, and the Global Economy

Voices of Young Catholic Women, A Panel Discussion, 2015
[No Publication]

Marianne Farina, CSC, 2016
Sacred Conversations and the Evolution of Dialogue

Ilia Delio, OSF, 2017
A Hunger for Wholeness: Soul, Space, and Transcendence

Mercy Amba Oduyoye, 2018
African Women's Theologies, Spirituality, and Healing: Theological Perspectives from the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians

Nancy Pineda-Madrid, 2019
Theologizing in an Insurgent Key: Violence, Women, Salvation

Lecture Canceled due to Covid-19 Pandemic, 2020

Barbara Reid, OP, 2021 (Virtual Event)
At the Table of Holy Wisdom: Global Hungers and Feminist Biblical Interpretation

Lecture Canceled due to health concerns, 2022.

Cristina L. H. Traina, 2023
Feminism, Finitude, and Flourishing: On 'Being Mortal, Like Everyone Else' (Wis 7:1)

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