Dawn M Nothwehr

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Chicago, IL United States

Catholic Theological Union

Academic Position:
Professor of Catholic Theological Ethics - The Erica and Harry John Family Endowed Chair in Catholic Theological Ethics

Prior Education Background:
Ph.D. in Religious Studies, 1995 Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI Certification AIDS Education (500 Hrs.), 1989 New York State AIDS Institute, Albany, NY Master of Arts in Religious Studies, 1985 Maryknoll School of Theology, Maryknoll, NY Bachelor of Arts, 1973 (Double Major) Psychology and Social Work (Minor) Sociology College of St. Teresa, Winona, MN

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Recent Publications:
Books: Ecological Footprints: An Essential Franciscan Guide to Sustainable Living, Liturgical Press, 2012. That They May Be One: Catholic Social Teaching on Racism, Tribalism, and Xenophobia, Orbis Books, 2008 ; Catholic Press Association Award – 2009. A Franciscan View of the Human Person: Some Central Elements, Vol. 3, Franciscan Intellectual Tradition Series, The Franciscan Institute, 2005. Franciscan Theology of the Environment: An Introductory Reader, Franciscan Press, 2002. Mutuality: A Formal Norm for Christian Social Ethics, Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2005. Book Chapters : “When ‘Knowledge’ is Simply ‘All Wet’ and ‘Ignorance’ is Bliss,” in Jung and Jung, eds. Moral Issues and Christian Responses, Revised Edition (Fortress Press, 2012), 276-282. “Bonaventure’s Franciscan Christology: A Resource for Eco-Conversion,” in Schaefer, ed. Confronting the Climate Crisis (Marquette University Press, 2011), 101-123. “Defining “Racisms: Understanding Our Globalized, Terrorized, Ecologically Threatened World,” in Vethanayagamony and Chia, eds., Mission After Christendom: Emergent Themes in Contemporary Mission (Westminster John Knox, 2010), 115-127. “The Catholic Position Against Torture: It Is NEVER Justified – Mea Culpa!.” in Bill Mefford, ed. Faithful Against Torture. (United Methodist Church, 2009), 7-10. “From Ontology, Ecology, and Normativity to Mutuality: The Attitude and Principle that Roots the Consistent Ethic of Life” in Thomas A. Nairn, ed. The Consistent Ethic of Life: Assessing Its Reception and Relevance, (Orbis Books, 2008) 132-151. “The Kogi Máma’s Ecological Ethics: Lessons for Christians,” in Pullapilly, ed. Christianity and Native Cultures: Perspectives from Different Regions of the World, Vol. XIII, Church in the World Series, (Cross Cultural Publications, 2004), 481-518.

Professional Activities and Affiliations:
CATHOLIC THEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA National Board Member President's Committee on CTSA Convention Structure Convener: Women’s Consultation in Constructive Theology 2005-11 Convener: Moral Theology Topic Sessions 2007-08 Papers: “Kenan B. Osborne’s ‘Postmodern Sacramentality:’ A Critical Resource for Catholic Environmental Ethics” 2012 “Bonaventure’s Franciscan Christology: A Resource for Eco-Conversion toward Halting Human-forced Global Warming” 2009 “Accompanying a Parent Through the ‘Long Good-bye’: Friendship, Alzheimer’s, and Changing Unto God” 2008 SOCIETY OF CHRISTIAN ETHICS Co-Convener: Environmental Ethics & Theology Section 2006-Present Peer Reviewer: Journal of SCE 2006-2010 Papers: “Ecological Foodprints: Food Access & Food Security in Chicago” 2013 Organized & Directed Pre-Convention Eco-justice Tour New Orleans; paper/follow-up panel (w/R. Eugene Turner & Keith Douglas Werner) “Disrupting Environmental Degradation” 2011 “Opportunities Beyond the Degree: Environmental Ethics” 2011 "Still Fighting Environmental Racism in Chicago: Moral Empowerment and Formation of African American Leaders for Justice” 2009 Breakfast w/Author Book Discussion: "That They May Be One: Catholic Social Teaching On Racism, Tribalism, And Xenophobia" 2009 CONSULTATIONS Organized Conference: "Morality and Immigration" w/Archdiocese of Chicago Immigration Office ; Paper: “Redemption - There is No ‘Other’ Way” 2012 Archdiocese of Chicago, Office for Immigration Affairs & Immigration Education, 2010-Present. Executive Committee of Chicago Immigration Lawyers , 2011 National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement, Midwest Region, Paper:“Just Policing – Not War: Some Ethical Considerations Concerning Police & Use of Force,” 2011 Franciscan Sisters, “Dying as a Franciscan: Ethics, Power of Attorney, End of Life Care,” 2011 EDITORIAL WORK Co-Editor: peer reviewed journal, The New Theology Review (http://newtheologyreview.org/index.php/ntr)

Research Interests:

  • Fundamental moral theology
  • Social ethics
  • Virtue ethics
  • Feminist ethics
  • War and peace
  • Race
  • Environmental ethics

Past Events:

  • Trent 2010

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