Dr. Donna Yarri

Associate Professor of Theology

 

Educational Background

  • Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, Ph.D., Religion, May 18, 2002; Major: Religious Ethics; Advisor: Charles Curran, Dissertation title:  “The Ethics of Animal Experimentation: A Critical Analysis and Constructive Christian Proposal”
  • Alliance Theological Seminary, Nyack, New York, M.Div., 1992
  • Queens College, Flushing, New York, B.A. 1980, cum laude, majors: English, Sociology

 

Areas of interest

  • medical ethics (especially genetics and ethics)
  • social justice issues
  • ethical treatment of animals
  • religion and popular culture

 

Current Projects

  • God, Science, and Designer Genes (co-authored book), Praeger/Greenwood (forthcoming, 2009)
  • Kafka’s Animals (in progress, co-edited volume, currently under serious consideration by a university press)

 

Representative courses taught

  • Global Issues
  • Medical Moral Theology
  • Marriage and Sexuality
  • God, Science, and Designer Genes

 

Publications and presentations

 

Books

  • God, Science, and Designer Genes (co-authored book), Praeger/Greenwood (forthcoming, 2009)
  • The Ethics of Animal Experimentation, Oxford University Press (AAR dissertation series, 2005)
  • Kafka’s Animals (in progress, co-edited volume, currently under serious consideration by a university press)

 

Articles/Essays

  • “Biology, Theology, and Academic Freedom: The Challenges of Interdisciplinary Teaching at a Catholic College,” co-authored article [currently under consideration by Horizons journal)
  • “’God, Science, and Designer Genes’: An Interdisciplinary Pedagogy,” co-authored essay in The Human Genome Project in College Curriculum: Ethical Issues and Practical Strategies (University of New England Press, 2008)
  • “Woody Allen” entry, Encyclopedia of Religion and Film (forthcoming, Greenwood Press, 2009)
  • “Animals as Kin: The Religious Significance of the Work of Marc Bekoff,” Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, pp. 21-28 (March 2006)
  • “Introduction to the Symposium [on work of Marc Bekoff],” Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, pp. 7-8 (March 2006)
  • “Exploring Faith Through Film: Creating a Film Festival in Your Parish,” CHURCH Magazine (Winter 2003)

Book Reviews

  • Loyal Dissent, in the Journal of Society of Christian Ethics (forthcoming, 2008)
  • “Christianity and the Global AIDS Crisis,” book review essay, Journal of Society of Christian Ethics (Spring/Summer 2007)
  • “Navigating the Field of Ethics Textbooks,” book review essay, Journal of Society of Christian Ethics (Fall/Winter 2004)
  • Good News for All Creation: Vegetarianism as Christian Stewardship, in Journal of Religion and Popular Culture (Vol. VIII, Fall2004) [http://www.asask.calrelst]
  • Moral Constraints on War: Principles and Cases, eds. Bruno Coppieters and Nick Fotion, in discussion network, H-War in H-Net Reviews On-Line, Humanities and Social Sciences (December 2003) [http://H-net.org/~war].
  • How Long O Lord? Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Voices from the Ground and Visions for the Future in Israel/Palestine, eds. Maureen and Robert Tobin, in Catholic Studies: On-Line Journal (August 2003) [http://www.catholicbooksreview.org].

Film Reviews

  • What the Bleep Do We Know, in The Journal of Religion and Film  (Spring 2006) [http://unomaha.edu]
  • I Love Huckabees, in The Journal of Religion and Film (Spring 2006) [http://unomaha.edu]
  • The Exorcism of Emily Rose, in The Journal of Religion and Film (Spring 2006) [http://unomaha.edu]
  • The Crime of Father Amaro, in The Journal of Religion and Film (April 2004) [http://unomaha.edu]

 

Academic Conference Presentations

  • Co-Presenter, “Here Comes Frankenstein Again: The Depiction of Genetic Science in Recent Films,” Film and Science conference (forthcoming, November 2008)
  • Co-Presenter, “Social Justice: Teaching on Ethical Issues in Genetic Science,” ACFU national conference, June 2008
  • Presenter, national American Academy of Religion meeting, “Ethical Values in ‘The Sopranos’” (November 18, 2007)
  • Co-Presenter, Challenging Assumptions: Religious Faith, Genetic Science, Human Dignity conference sponsored by Pacific Institute of Ethics and Social Policy (Portland, OR) and National Institutes of Health, “Teaching Genetic Science and Policy within Communities of Faith: The Unique Challenges at a Catholic College,” October 13, 2007
  • Co-Presenter, national Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, “Making Explicit the Implicit: Pedagogical Considerations in Interdisciplinary Teaching,” February 24, 2007
  • Co-Presenter, ELSI (ethical, legal and social implications of the Human Genome Project) reunion conference, Dartmouth College, “God Science, and Designer Genes: An Interdisciplinary Pedagogy,” August 12, 2006
  • Panelist and Presenter, National Association of Women in Catholic Higher Education conference, “Globalization and the Problem of Justice,” June 10, 2006
  • Co-Presenter, national Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, “God, Science, and Designer Genes: Biology and Theology in Dialogue,” March 4, 2006
  • Presenter, national American Academy of Religion Meeting, Joint session of Animals and Religion, and Religion and Science Sections: “Animals as Kin: The Religious Significance of the Work of Marc Bekoff,” November 20, 2004
  • Presenter, national Society of Christian Ethics meeting: “The Suspension of Rights of Suspected Terrorists in the Aftermath of 9/11: Exigent Circumstances or Descent into Moral Anarchy?” January 10, 2004
  • Presenter, national American Academy of Religion meeting, Ethics Section:“Universal Rights and Liberties in an Age of Terrorism,” November 24, 2003
  • Participant and Presenter, Conference on Animals and Religion, Perryville, Arkansas, November 2002
  • Presenter, national College Theology Society meeting, Ethics Section:  “A Christology for the Treatment of Animals,” June 2002
  • Presenter, national American Academy of Religion meeting, Religion, Film and Visual     Culture section: “Redemption in the Film Fight Club: Embracing the Shadow Side,” November 2001
  • Presenter, regional American Academy of Religion meeting, Ethics Section: “Can Human Experimentation Provide a Helpful Model for Animal Experimentation?” March 2000
  • Presenter, national American Academy of Religion meeting, Ethics Section: “Ethical Values Implicit and Explicit in the Y2K Personal Preparedness Manuals: A Recipe for Disaster?” November 1999
  • Respondent, Graduate Colloquoy with Lisa Cahill, Southern Methodist University, April 1995

 

Non-Conference Presentations

  • Presenter, “Religion and Popular Culture,” Theology on Tap program, Lancaster, PA (March 2009)
  • Co-Presenter, “God, Science, and Designer Genes,” Theology on Tap program, Kutztown, PA (October 2008)
  • Presenter, Alvernia Senior Student Luncheon, “Regrets? Fuhgetaboutit!” April 21, 2008
  • Co-Presenter, Alvernia Students’ Honors Council, “God, Science, and Designer Genes,” April 28, 2008
  • Co-Presenter, “God, Science, and Designer Genes,” Theology on Tap program, Lancaster, PA, April 7, 2008
  • Presenter, Alvernia College, with local TV coverage, “The Theological Foundations of Service and Catholic Social Teaching,” December 3, 2003
  • Faculty Forum presentation, Alvernia College, “The War in Iraq: A Christian Theological Response,” March 27, 2003
  • Presenter and Panelist, Alvernia College, with local TV coverage, “A Culture Changed: America One Year Later - A Theological Perspective,” September 24, 2002
  • Presenter, Alvernia College, Reading, PA with local TV coverage,: “A Time to Learn, A Time to Heal: A Christian Theological Response to the Attack on America, 9/11/01,” October 2, 2001 
  • Presenter, Southern Methodist University Graduate Colloquoy, “What Makes Us So Doggone Special? An Inquiry Into Human Superiority and Animal Inferiority,” May 1, 2000

Contact Information

 
Img: Donna Yarri
 

Donna Yarri, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Theology

     Francis Hall 227
     610.796.8479
     donna.yarri@alvernia.edu



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