John McHale and Anthony Alioto

Co-authors of Saintly Sex: Saint John Paul II, sex, Gender & the Catholic Church

“Sex, Gender and the Catholic Church”

Thursday, October 9, 2014
11:00 a.m.

Bixby Lecture Hall, Brouder Science Center
Columbia College Campus

John McHale Anthony Alioto

About the Lecturers

John P. McHale

John McHale is a member of the Secular Franciscan Order, a Catholic fraternity devoted to living according to the principles advocated by St. Francis of Assisi. McHale received his PhD from the University of Missouri in 2002. He is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication at Illinois State University. McHale is the author of Convergent Writing: Telling a Good Story Well, Communicating for Change: Strategies of Social and Political Advocates, coauthor of Bush versus Kerry: A functional analysis of campaign 2004, and has published a number of book chapters and academic articles on political discourse. McHale has won several awards for his work as a screenwriter, documentary film producer, and director. McHale has written six unproduced film scripts and a full-act play. McHale, has written 7 produced films, directed 5 produced films, produced 9 films, executive produced over 20 films, and has received over 10 awards for his film work in a number of organizations including the 2012 Grand Prize for Short Film Writing for his television dramatic program pilot episode of The Last Exit to Normal for Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival. Also of particular note, McHale worthier, directed, produced the award winning Picture This: The Fight to Save Joe, narrated by Danny Glover, which was an important catalytic factor in Joe Amrine's release from Missouri death row in 2005. McHale was awarded the Walter Cronkite Civic Engagement Leadership Award at the United Nations in New York in 2006.

Anthony M. Alioto

Anthony Alioto is the professor and John Schiffman Endowed Chair in Ethics, of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri. He is the author of "A History of Western Science," Prentice Hall, "The Ninefold Path: A Memoir" and a fictional work entitled "Toad Familiar." His research and teachings have covered such subjects as: ancient to modern science, philosophy of religion, psychology, ancient and modern cosmology, the quest for the historical Jesus, as well as Eastern philosophies and religions. He teaches Buddhism at the University of Missouri-Osher Foundation and has taught mindfulness for seniors at the University of Missouri.

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