Holy Names University (HNU) announces the appointment of Robert Ludwig, PhD, as Interim Director of the Sophia Center. Ludwig joined HNU on July 13, 2015, replacing Jim Conlon, PhD, who recently retired from HNU.
Ludwig is an experienced educator and scholar. He earned his MA and PhD in theology from The Aquinas Institute of Theology (now at St. Louis University), and studied political theology in Germany at Tubingen. His dissertation on theology and politics in America focused on Jesuit peace activist Daniel Berrigan and the Catholic Peace Movement during the Vietnam War. He was “Theologian in Residence” at the University of Colorado (Boulder) from 1972-1979, where he taught Religious Studies and organized academic symposia, lecture series, and conferences on theology and culture. He led a distance-learning graduate program at Loyola University in New Orleans from 1982-1989 at the Loyola Institute for Ministry, and was director of the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola Chicago from 2004-2012.
Ludwig’s award-winning book, Reconstructing Catholicism for a New Generation (Crossroad, 1995) includes a penetrating exploration of the challenges facing humanity due to environmental degradation, and an exposition of the insights of Thomas Berry and Teilhard de Chardin for reconstructing Christian spirituality for a sustainable future.
HNU President William J. Hynes, PhD, says, “Dr. Ludwig’s expertise in creation spirituality and his understanding of the current need for both ecological awareness and transformation, especially within the work of Thomas Berry and Teilhard de Chardin, make him an excellent leader for the Sophia Center during this time of transition.”
Ludwig says, “Pope Francis’ recent encyclical, Laudato Si, has put spirituality and ethics on the public agenda regarding ecology. This is a time to reflect and consider what kind of society we want and how we will shape it. The Sophia Center’s enhanced curriculum—along with our Fall Forum—tentatively scheduled for the second weekend in October—will explore the opportunity we have to act as change agents and contribute to a new and different future.”
Vice President for Academic Affairs, Beth Martin points out, “The curriculum is designed to help students learn practical ways of putting the Sophia vision into action. We are excited about the enhanced program and the leadership that Dr. Ludwig brings—and, we are still accepting applications for the fall!”