Brock, Mockaitis tapped for McCormick Days

Scheduled for October 29-30, McCormick Days 2009 takes on the timely topic of “Religion and Violence” with two of the country’s leading experts, the Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock and Dr. Thomas R. Mockaitis.

The event affords attendees a rich and provocative perspective on the coexistence and, at times, codependence of religion and violence from theological and historical perspectives, exploring centuries-old roots of contemporary problems, challenges unique to the modern era and hopeful responses for persons of faith. Keynote speakers Brock and Mockaitis will give the 4th Annual Lane Seminary Lectures in Church and Society at 7 p.m., October 29, at Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago. Dr. Brock’s lecture is “How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire,” and Dr. Mockaitis will deliver “New Threats and the Moral Danger of Perpetual War.” On the following day, Drs. Mokaitis and Brock will delivery plenary addresses “Security with Integrity” at 11 a.m., and “Saving Paradise: A Christianity of Justice, Peace, and Joy” at 3:30 p.m., respectively. Both addresses will be given in Augustana Chapel, 1100 E. 55th St.

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Rita Nakashima Brock is recognized as one of the leading scholars of our time in the area of religion and women’s studies, having taught and published widely on the subject for more than 20 years. She is author or co-author of several award-winning books including Journeys By Heart: A Christology of Erotic Power, Casting Stones: Prostitution and Liberation in Asia and the United States, and Proverbs of Ashes: Violence, Redemptive Suffering, and the Search for What Saves Us. Her most recent book is Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire with co-author Rebecca Parker.

Dr. Brock is the Founding Director of Faith Voices for the Common Good and Senior Editor in Religion at The New Press. For four years she directed the Fellowship Program at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, and was a Fellow at the Harvard Divinity School Center for Values in Public Life.
Dr. Thomas Mockaitis is Professor of History at DePaul University, Chicago, where he teaches courses in British, Modern European, and Military History. His research and writing cover terrorism, insurgency, counterinsurgency, and peace operations. As an adjunct faculty member of the Center for Civil-Military Relations of the Naval Postgraduate School, he co-teaches seminars on these subjects at venues around the world.
A frequent media commentator on terrorism and security matters, Dr. Mockaitis regularly appears on television and National Public Radio. His books include Iraq and the Challenge of Counterinsurgency, The “New” Terrorism: Myths and Reality, The Iraq War: Learning from the Past, Adapting to the Present, Preparing for the Future, and co-author of Grand Strategy in the War on Terrorism. He is also an editor of the journal, Small Wars and Insurgencies. Dr. Mockaitis earned his Ph.D. in Modern British and Irish History from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

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Please contact Grayson Van Camp ( or 773.947.6283) for any additional information.