The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University

Session Schedule: ITMS Meeting 2021

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Wednesday, June 23 Virtual Connection 1 Virtual Connection 2 Virtual Connection 3 Virtual Connection 4
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1 PM Conference Welcome and Multifaith Prayers      
4 PM A1. Concurrent Papers
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A2. Concurrent Papers
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A3. Concurrent Papers
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A4. Concurrent Workshop
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  a. Paul Pearson a. Alda Balthrop-Lewis a. Dung Tran and Michael Carey Jacqueline Chew and Jonathan Montaldo
  a. "To Be Known as You Are": Thomas Merton and the Countercultural Call of St. Benedict’s 12 Steps of Humility a. Why Merton took Arendt’s Defense of the Active Life as a Defense of the Contemplative Life a. Strangers and Aliens No Longer: The Experience of Monastic Hospitality and Community in a Hybrid Graduate Leadership Education Course "We Are Already One" : Musical Meditation and Wisdom of Thomas Merton
  b. Michael Plekon b. Anthony Nuccio b. Ellyn Crutcher  
  b. Merton: Stranger or One at Home—A Paradox and Image of Faithful Living b. The Importance of Contemplation in a Broken World: Jägerstätter and Merton as Strangers in the "Post-Christian" World b. The "Houses of Prayer" Concept from Vision to Reality  
8 PM Plenary: Bonnie Thurston - "Inward Stranger? Challenge, Coordinates, and Consequences"      
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Thursday, June 24 Virtual Connection 1 Virtual Connection 2 Virtual Connection 3 Virtual Connection 4
1 PM B1. Concurrent Papers
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B2. Concurrent Papers
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B3. Emerging Scholars
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B4. Concurrent Workshop
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  a. William Apel a. Daniel Horan a. R. Zachary Karanovich Christine Bochen
  a. The Strangest of the Strangers: Merton and the Hibakusha, Survivors of the A-Bomb a. From Stranger to ‘Sister’ and ‘Mother’: Insights from Thomas Merton’s Relationship with Naomi Burton Stone a. No New Strangers: Thomas Merton on Conversion without Contempt Awakening in the Dark: Reading "Day of a Stranger"
  b. Dominiek Lootens b. Glenn Loughrey b. Matthew Reid  
  b. Byzantium, Paris and Louisville: Thomas Merton, Natural Contemplation and Orthodox Pastoral Theology b. Merton and the Aboriginal Ways of Seeing b. Happiness: Contemplative Influence on Contemporary Culture  
4 PM C1. Concurrent Papers
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C2. Concurrent Papers
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C3. Emerging Scholars
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C4. Concurrent Workshops
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  a. Christopher Pramuk a. Fred Herron a. Emilie Grosvenor a. Carol Lenox
  a. She Who Dwells Among Us: Merton and Melissa Raphael on Theology After, and In, Auschwitz a. Are We There Yet? Thomas Merton as Experience, Text and Event a. Feminist Theological Thought and the Spirituality of Merton: Reflecting upon His Relationship with M. a. Are We Strangers to the Birds?
  b. Kathleen Tarr b. Stephanie Redekop b. William Simpson b. Jennifer Trently
  b. On the Necessity of Pilgrimage and Traveling with the Inward Stranger b. Obliged to Speak: Thomas Merton’s Literary Essays and 1960s Crisis Discourse b. "Jerked clean out of the habitual vision of things": Divided Self and Conversion of Manners in Merton’s Spiritual Autobiography b. Visio Divina: Using Merton’s Art to Reflect on Stranger
8 PM Plenary: Andrew Prevot - "Contemplation in Times of Crisis"      
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June 25
Virtual Connection 1 Virtual Connection 2 Virtual Connection 3 Virtual Connection 4
1 PM D1. Concurrent Papers
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D2. Concurrent Papers
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D3. Concurrent Papers
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D4. Concurrent Workshops
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  a. Kathleen Baker a. Mary Frances Coady a. Christopher Fici a. Eric Martin
  a. These Thickets of Symbols: A Place to Search for the Stranger a. "Bring Tom to Us!": Merton and the Trappist Renewal from Penitential to Contemplative a. A Circle Whose Circumference Is Nowhere and Whose Center Is Everywhere: The Regenerative Ecological Vision of Thomas Merton a. "The Moon is Shining and the Wheels are Turning": Listening to Merton’s Jazz Meditation Today
  b. Jamal Lyksett b. P.E. Wilson b. Alan Kolp b. Paul Pynkoski
  b. The Knight of Faith and Solitude: Thomas Merton’s Reading of Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling b. When Solitude Becomes Overcrowded b. A Transforming Moment: A Comparison of Thomas Merton and Illia Delio’s Pivotal Experience and Its Dynamic Implications b. Merton as Stranger: Witness, Poetry and Protest
4 PM E1. Concurrent Papers
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E2. Concurrent Papers
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E3. Concurrent Papers
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E4. Concurrent Workshops
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  a. Patrick O'Connell a. Elizabeth Burkemper a. David Odorisio Judith Valente and Br. Paul Quenon
  a. Merton’s Strange Archipelago: Poetic Responses to a Prosaic Journey a. Countering "Strangerness" in Late Capitalism a. "Yes to Everyone": Thomas Merton’s Radical Ecumenism and Inter-Monastic Mysticism Thomas Merton and the Art of Letter-Writing
  b. Robert Whalen b. Jim Robinson    
  b. Noir, Hip, Beat, Cool: Thomas Merton as Outsider b. The "Age of Rosemarys": Merton's Engagement with Rosemary Radford Ruether and Rosemary Haughton    
 8 PM Plenary: Marie Dennis - Nonviolence: Essential to a Laudato Si' Future      
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Saturday, June 26 Virtual Connection 1 Virtual Connection 2 Virtual Connection 3 Virtual Connection 4
1 PM F1. Concurrent Papers
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F2. Concurrent Papers
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F3. Concurrent Workshop
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F4. Concurrent Workshops
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  a. Marjorie Gourlay a. Gary Hall Douglas Hertler a. Aaron Kerr and Emily Muntean
  a. Merton and the Refugee: Exploring a Contemplative Approach towards Hospitality to the Perceived “Other”- Syrians in Scotland a. The Particularity of Strangers and the Practice of Availability: In Memory of Herman Hanekamp Merton and Me, Haunted By Intimacy: Friendship, Freedom, and the Fire of God's Love a. Placing Merton in Ministry and Teaching with Undergraduates
  b. Gordon Oyer b. Gray Matthews   b. Thomas Malewitz
  b. Imperfect Knowing: Merton's Inward Stranger in Letters with Blacks b. Unmasking the Contemplative   b. Secret Path: Using Poetry as a Catalyst for Reconciliation in Response to National Tragedy
4 PM David Golemboski,
Presidential Address
Louie Awards and
Conference Discussion
Virtual webinar:        
8 PM Plenary: Carrie Newcomer and Parker Palmer - "Encountering the Stranger: Finding the Hidden Wholeness in a Broken World"      
  Closing Prayer by
Christopher Pramuk
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