This is a lecture I gave at Michigan State University in the Spring of 2019 for the Muslim Studies program. We remembered the 800 year anniversary of the encounter between Saint Francis and Sultan Malik al-Kamil in Damietta, Egypt, during the 5th Crusade, and how that episode influences Pope Francis’ own relationship with Islam and the Muslims.

This lecture was delivered at the TELOS conference on Political Theology, February 2019, at New York University, NYC. My talk is entitled Political Theology as Civilizational Apocatastasis: On the Radical Right’s Return to Religion. My lecture begins at the 18:30 minute mark.

On November 16, 2019, I was honored to be able to both introduce my doctor-father, Rudolf J. Siebert, and present a paper in his honor at Western Michigan University. My paper is entitled “Ethno-Apotheosis contra Bilderverbot: The Frankfurt School’s Struggle Against the Idolatry of Racial Politics.” I was also honored to share the floor with Dr. Michael R. Ott, Prof. Nicholas Budimir, Dr. Toby Braden Johnson, and Dr. Lee McCorkle, in this tribute to Dr. Siebert.

I was honored to join other scholars in a discussion of the Frankfurt School on Religion and Theology via the Critical Theory Research Network. Above is the first of a five part video series on that topic.

I was honored to join my dear friends Rudolf J. Siebert, Michael R. Ott, and Jeremiah Morelock in a discussion on exclusive identity ideology and politics, which focused on a story from Rudolf J. Siebert’s early life in Frankfurt, Germany (1941). The story is entitled “The Friendly Jewish Woman from Frankfurt.” Above is the first of a five part video series produced but the Critical Theory Research Network.

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