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Sister Rose Thering Fellow: James Carroll

Sister Rose Thering, a Dominican nun, spent her life combating anti-Semitism and fostering better Jewish-Catholic relations. Her research influenced the writing of "Nostra Aetate," the Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions issued by the Second Vatican Council in 1965, which dismissed the charge that Jews were responsible for the death of Jesus Christ. It also urged Christians and Muslims to work together for mutual understanding and social justice. The gift of Victor and Susan Temkin, the Thering Fellowship is designed to bring a leading figure in conversations among Jews, Christians and Muslims to UW-Madison as a scholar-in-residence to both deliver a public lecture and to meet with small groups of students and other members of the greater Madison community.

LISAR and the In the Memory of Sister Rose Thering Foundation
Proudly Announce the Fourth Annual Thering Fellow:
James Carroll

James Carroll"Jews, Christians, Muslims: The Better Future"
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Fluno Center Auditorium
601 University Avenue

Free and Open to the Public


James Carroll received BA and MA degrees from St. Paul’s College, the Paulist Fathers’ seminary in Washington, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1969. Carroll served as Catholic Chaplain at Boston University from 1969 to 1974 and then left the priesthood to become a writer.

Carroll’s memoir, An American Requiem: God, My Father, and the War that Came Between Us, received the 1996 National Book Award in nonfiction and other awards. His book Constantine’s Sword: The Church and the Jews: A History, published in 2001, was a New York Times bestseller and was honored as one of the Best Books of 2001 by the Los Angeles Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and others. It was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times, and won the Melcher Book Award, the James Parks Morton Interfaith Award, and the National Jewish Book Award in History. In 2006, he published House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power, which the Chicago Tribune called “the first great non-fiction book of the new millennium.” Among its honors is the first PEN-John Kenneth Galbraith award.

Carroll has been a Shorenstein Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Values in Public Life at the Harvard Divinity School; the Richman Distinguished Visiting Professor at Brandeis; and a trustee of the Boston Public Library. He is a member of the Dean’s Council at the Harvard Divinity School, and an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Carroll holds honorary degrees from, among others, the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, Suffolk University, Brandeis University, and Claremont Graduate University. He is currently an Associate of the Humanities Center of Harvard University and Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Suffolk University.

As part of the Thering Fellowship, Carroll will hold conversations with small groups of faculty, students, and members of the greater Madison community.

The Sister Rose Thering Fellowship is sponsored by a generous gift from the In the Memory of Sister Rose Thering Foundation, created by Victor and Susan Temkin.

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