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CUA Experts Available to Discuss Aftermath of Terrorist Killings in France

Faculty members at The Catholic University of America are available to comment on themes related to the Charlie Hebdo massacre and Pope Francis’ recent comments on freedom of speech and killing in the name of religion.

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  • RHETORIC OF SATIRE — Stephen McKenna, associate professor and chair of media studies, can comment on the rhetoric of satire and its relation to religion(s). He can comment on why satirists could become targets.

    Contact McKenna at or 202-319-5601.
  • CHRISTIAN-MUSLIM RELATIONS — Pim Valkenberg, professor of religion and culture, can comment on the topic of Christian-Muslim relations, and can comment on Pope Francis’s remarks on religion and freedom of expression.

    He recently published a Q-and-A in The Washington Post on what his students can learn from recent events.

    Contact Valkenberg at or 202 319 6517.

To search for other CUA faculty who serve as experts for the media, visit the online Experts Guide or contact the Office of Public Affairs for more assistance at 202-319-5600.