Talks & Media

Below is a list of professional presentations I’ve given and media about my work. Most of the academic talks given in 2015 and earlier have been published; click here for full CV.


Panelist, “Table Talk: Making Sense of COVID-19,” Online discussion among Valparaiso University-Chair Professors sharing thoughts on the current crisis in historical, moral, and theological perspective, Valparaiso University, June 1, 2020.

Disease, Community, and Grief in a COVID-19 World,” Public Orthodoxy (an online peer-reviewed publication of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University), May 29, 2020; Greek translation here

Short book note on Steven Johnson’s The Ghost Map, part of the Valparaiso University Institute for Leadership and Service “Q Reads” series, April 2020. View on YouTube.

“A Columbus Physician in Diplomatic Court,” Conference on Medicine and Religion, Columbus, Ohio, March 2020, invited and prepared [postponed due to COVID-19]

Valparaiso University Chapel Talk, Valparaiso University, February 10, 2020. [note that chapel attendance is optional for all students at the university and all Monday faculty talks are  curriculum-Core approved].  Listen on SoundCloud  View on YouTube.


“Bodies of Water: Hydration and Communal Wellness in Monastic Public Health,” invited speaker, New England Medieval Conference, Brown University, 2019.

“Shaping Water: Public Health and the ‘Medicine of Mortality’ in Late Antiquity, presentation for the workshop, “Disability Discourse, Embodiment, and Healing: Intersecting Christian Antiquity and Modern Health Care,” XVII International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford, UK, 2019.

Healers across Christian History: What’s to Learn?” Fireside Symposium, Christ College, Valparaiso University, February 21, 2019.

“Shape of Water: ‘Medicine of Mortality’ in Patristic Pastoral Health Care,” Invited seminar presentation, Project for Spirituality, Theology & Health, Department of Theology, Durham University (UK), October 2018.

Respondent, ReMeDHe (Working Group for Religion, Medicine, Disability, and Health in Late Antiquity), First Book Workshop, discussing Mark Alan Anderson, “Hospitals, Hospices and Shelters for the Poor in Late Antiquity,” (Yale PhD diss., 2012), Chicago, May 2018.

“Doctors in the Choir: Healing Embodiment in Early Christian Arts,” public lecture, Valparaiso University, February 2018.

“Whip Handle and Spoon: Forced Feeding Eucharist in Late Antiquity,” panel presentation, “Meals in the Graeco-Roman World” session, Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Boston, November 2017.

“Doctors in the Choir: Theological Medicine in the Ancient Church Precinct,” panel presentation, “Healing and Medical Practices in the Early Christian World” session, Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting, Berlin, Germany, 2017.

Workshop Discussant, “Religion, Medicine, Disabilities and Health in Late Antiquity (ReMeDHe) dissertation-to-book workshop session, in conjunction with the North American Patristic Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, May 2017.

Panel discussant, 5th Symposium on Women in Leadership and Ministry, City Seminary of New York, January 27-28, 2017. Symposium theme: “Heal for the Peace of the City.”

Respondent, Roundtable conversation on Beholden sponsored by the Religion, Medicines, and Healing Group, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, November 20, 2016. Listen to all speakers here.

“Food, Poverty, Liturgy: Early Christian Connections for 21st Century Ministry,” invited lectures, St. John the Compassionate Mission, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, October 22, 2016.

“Practical Theology: What Can We Learn From Late Antiquity?” and “Religion, Globalization and Health: Connecting Study and Practice”; invited lectures during a visit as Guest Researcher at the Centre for Mission and Global Studies, VID Specialized University, Stavanger, Norway, September 2016. Part of a collaboration with researchers at the Center,  including lecturing, seminar presentations, and strategic planning.

Public Lecture, “Health Justice – Hermeneutic of Blessing?” Louisville Seminary, April 2016  VIEW LECTURE

Video interview, University of Louisville, April 2016

Online interview at the LA Review of Books Marginalia Podcast, “First Impressions,” March 2016

Grawemeyer Award Announcement, Times Square, December 2015; photo courtesy Oxford University Press

“‘And yet the books’: Patristics in the footnotes,” Invited Fall 2015 Papatheofanis Lecture on Early Christianity, Center for Early Christian Studies, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, November 2015. View

Online interview with the Harvard University Initiative on Health, Religion & Spirituality, June 2015. Download pdf. Learn more about the Initiative.

“Theological foundations: Conceptual architectures and definitions of humanitarianism,” Panel 1 of Colloquium on “Orthodox Christianity and Humanitarianism: Ideas and Actions in the Contemporary World,” sponsored by the Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical, & Interfaith Relations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America; May 7, 2015.   VIEW TALK     VIEW PANEL DISCUSSION

“From the American Hospital in Chile to the Poorhouse: What can we Learn from 19th Century Public Health?” Invited Keynote Address, National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference, Florida State University, April 10, 2015.

Beholden book launch hosted by the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard Chan School of Public Health, April 3, 2015; co-sponsored by the Global Health Education and Learning Incubator at Harvard University.

Religion and the Social Determinants of Health: A Photo Essay,” invited post for the Oxford University Press (OUP) Blog, February 9, 2015.


Guest e-interview online at “The Poor in Spirit”, August 2014.

Response paper for “Constructions of Poverty and the Poor in Late Antiquity” session of the “Religious Worlds of Late Antiquity” section, Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland, November 24, 2013.

“Public Health, Poverty, and Patristics,” Invited public lecture at “Religions in Public Life Seminar,” offered by the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke University Divinity School, April 2013.

“On Writing Lived Theology” Invited talk for University of Virginia Project on Lived Theology, meeting of the Virginia Seminar on Lived Theology, May 2012. (now a chapter in Lived Theology: New Perspectives on Method, Style and Pedagogy, published in 2016 by Oxford University Press)

“Martyrs, Demons, and the Child at Play: Violence and Sacred Healing in early Christian Pediatric Folk Medicine,” invited paper (for subsequent publication) on how folklore shows people caring for the health of vulnerable children, for session on “The demographic regime: hunger and health,” at the Roman Family VI conference on the “Limits and Borders of Childhood and Family, Rome, May 2012.

“‘Weep the Seeds of Eternal Joy’: Tears and Thanksgiving in Basil of Caesarea’s Homilies on 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18,” Brief Communication, Sixteenth International Conference on Patristic Studies, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, August 2011.

Interview, Tufts University Friedman Graduate School of Nutrition Science and Policy, 2010

“Supporting cross-disciplinary FBO collaborations to promote social justice in public health care delivery,” [poster presentation], Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Denver, CO, November 2010.


Interview, Project on Lived Theology (2009) [updated link].  [pdf]

“On the ground: Realizing an Altared Philoptochia,” invited keynote lecture for “Lord When did we see you hungry? Philanthropy and social welfare in Eastern Orthodox tradition,” The Second Sophia Institute Annual Conference, Union Theological Seminary, December 2009.

“A Ps.-Basil Homily ‘On Beneficence’: A Voice on Social Action?” (co-written and presented with Brian Matz), North American Patristic Society, Chicago, IL, 2009.

“Out of the Fitting Room: Rethinking Patristic Social Texts on ‘The Common Good,’” invited presentation for Expert Seminar on “The Church Fathers and Catholic Social Thought,” Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, September 2007.

“Basil of Caesarea on the ‘Common Good,” Fifteenth International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford, UK, August 2007.

“Concepts of Justice in Late Antique Christian Charity Narratives,” invited lecture for conference on “Charity and Piety in the Middle East in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages: Continuity and Transformation,” sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Study at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, February 2007.

“Sick Children in Sophronius’ Miracles of Ss Cyrus and John,” 21st International Congress of Byzantine Studies, London, UK, August 2006. The abstract was published in F. K. Haarer, and Elizabeth Jeffreys, eds., Proceedings of the 21st International Congress of Byzantine Studies. London, 21–26 August 2006. 3 vols. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2006, vol. 2, p. 172.

“Patristic Poverty and Modern Need: Apples and Oranges? Some Models for Dialogue,” North American Patristic Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, May 2006.

“Rich and Poor in a Healing Sanctuary: Therapeutic Pairing in Sophronius of Jerusalem’s Miracles of Ss. Cyrus and John,” Invited Plenary lecture, 2nd annual conference of the Stephen and Catherine Pappas Patristic Institute, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Boston, MA, October 2005.

“Theology of Congregational Life: Models from Early Christian Philanthropy Rhetoric,” Invited address to the “Conversation on Theology and Congregational Life,” Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT, October 2005.


“Phoenix and Eunuchs: Offhand Comment of a Medical Monk,” North American Patristic Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, May 2004.

“Is Meletius’ Phoenix a Red Herring?” International Society for the History of Medicine, Birmingham, UK, June 2004.

“Rich City Burning: Social Welfare and Ecclesiastical Insecurity in Basil’s Mission to Armenia,” American Society of Church History Winter Meeting, Chicago, IL, January 2003.

“In his father’s voice? Gregory and the mob in Oration 16,” North American Patristic Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, May 2000.


“Taxing Nazianzus: Gregory and the Other Julian,” Thirteenth International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford, UK, August 1999.

“‘Hellenic’ Philanthropy and Shame in Christian Cappadocia,” University of New Brunswick Ancient History Colloquium, Frederickton, New Brunswick, Canada, March 1999.

“The Entitled Poor: Relief Language in Gregory of Nyssa’s ‘Peri Philoptochias’,” Fourth Meeting of the International Society for the Classical Tradition (ISCT), University of Tübingen, Germany, July 1998.

“Feeding Egypt: Joseph’s Famine Relief as an Exegetical Model for Basil and Gregory of Nazianzus,” North American Patristic Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, May 1998.

“Touching the Suffering ‘Other’: Reverse Contagion as an Agent of Healing in Gregory of Nyssa’s Sermon on Matthew 25:40,” New England/Maritimes Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Boston, MA, April 1998.

“Relative Entitlements: Obligations vs. Rights in Formative Christian Texts on Poverty Relief,” Predistributed paper and Roundtable session, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, November 1996.

“‘You Speculate on the Misery of the Poor’: Usury as a Social Crime in Basil of Caesarea’s Second Homily on Psalm 14,” International Conference on Organised Crime in the Ancient World, University of Wales, Lampeter, UK, September 1996.

“Molded as Wax: Formation and Feeding of the Ancient Newborn,” American Philological Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, December 1994.