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Dialogue Television Series collection

Identifier: XUA-06

Scope and Content

The Dialogue television series was a weekly Sunday morning program aired on WKRC-TV in Cincinnati, Ohio. Moderated by Edward Brueggeman, S.J. of Xavier University, this program invited ecumenical discussion on topics not only theological but also of modern social or political importance. Panelists were drawn from the clergy of local Cincinnati-area churches and from professionals of various disciplines.

Contents: Program #1: Malachi Martin's Recent Book (4/26/1987).--Program #2: Fundamentalism and the Inerrancy of the Bible (3/22/1987).--Program #3: Fundamentalism (4/4/1989).--Program #4.: The Influence of Fr. Charles Curran and Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen (1/25/1987).--Program #5: Islam (11/1/1987).--Program #6: The Life and Times of Ministry (6/18/1989).--Program #7:Nostra Aetate (circa 1990).--Program #8: Fundamentalism and Fundamentalists (undated).--Program #9: Does One Have the Constitutional Right to Die? (circa 198-).--Program #10: The Medical World in Turmoil (circa 198-).--Program #11: Rushdie's Satanic Verses (circa 198-).--Program #12: Women in the Church (8/9/1987?).--Program #13: the Decline of Participation in Organized Religion (10/28/1990?).--Program #14:The Growth of Islam in the World and in America (9/6/1992).--Program #15: Prayer (9/13/1992).--Program #16: Synod of the Laity (circa 1987).--Program #17: Saints in the Modern Church (4/28/1991).--Program #18: The Right to Die (5/5/1991).--Program #19: Catholics Comment on the Pope's Visit (undated).--Program #20:Crisis in America's Mainline Churches (11/19/1989).--Program #21: Hope for Peace Worldwide (11/12/1989).--Program #22: 25th Anniversary Show (6/23/1990).-Program #23: The Meaning of Ecumenism in the Present Day (6/30/1990).--Program #24:Important Issues for Discussion in the Upcoming Primaries (2/23/1992).--Program #25:The Deteriorating Family in the United States (3/1/1992).--Program #26: Religion in the 1990's (1/7/1990).--Program #27: Trust in Government and Problems Under the Reagan Administration (1/18/1987).--Program #28: The Churches in Russia, Poland and Elsewhere (circa 1989).--Program #29: Discussion about the Koran (circa 1989).--Program #30: The Communist Party in China and the Tiananmen Square Massacre (circa 1989).--Program #31: Changes in the Family and Divorce (circa 1989).--Theological Liberalism and Conservatism in Seminaries (circa 1989).--Program #33: Ecumenical Discussion Among Different Churches (circa 1989).--Program #34: Current Issues in the News Affecting Religions (1984?).--Program #35: Scandals and Current Prominent Public Figures (1984?).--Program #36: Current Day Moral Issues (1984?).--Program 37: Drugs (8/4/1986).--Program #38: A World Without Nuns (3/15/1987).


  • Creation: 1984-1992

Restrictions on Use

This material is copyrighted by WKRC-TV. Copies of this material may not be made, and the material described may not be re-used or re-edited into any other production without the express written consent of WKRC-TV.

Please contact the Xavier University Archives staff concerning use restrictions.

History of the Dialogue television program

Dialogue was a series of weekly Sunday morning television programs which aired in the 1980s and 1990s. This program was produced by the National Conference of Christians and Jews and WKRC-TV. The introduction to each program mentioned that Dialogue was "an exchange of views by persons of different faiths on current social and religions issues." Moderated chiefly by Edward Brueggeman, S.J., each show included a team of panelists drawn from local Cincinnati-area clergy and other professional groups.


.25 Linear Feet (1 box) : 38 DVDs

Language of Materials



Various programs of the television program Dialogue which aired on WKRC-TV (Cincinnati, Ohio). This series was a joint production of WKRC and the National Conference of Christians and Jews.

Statement of Arrangement

Programs arranged by order of viewing by the archivist. Programs are not arranged necessarily in chronological sequence by air date.

Existence and Location of Copies

Programs copied from original VHS format with VHS format separately housed in the Xavier University Archives.

Processing Information

This collection was reprocessed into its current arrangement and description as part of a major University Archives reprocessing project in 2012-2013. This reprocessing project was largely an effort to disband a record group system, developed in the late 1970s, used to arrange university records. The record group scheme had been established by the first University Archivist, Lee Bennish, SJ, and chiefly organized materials by originating office and organizational structure. After Bennish’s tenure, oversight of the archives changed several times and resulted in a lack of adherence to the record group scheme for new acquisitions. The 2012-2013 processing project also sought to incorporate records for which little acquisition or contextual information existed. The project staff primarily reorganized records into subject-based collections. Occasionally subjects coincided with offices of origin (e.g. Subject= Presidents, Office= Office of the President, Collection= Xavier University President’s Office). This subject-based arrangement makes it difficult to identify or describe the collections by office of origin but administrative project records do indicate transfers and connections between original record groups and 2012-2013 collections. During the project, records were rehoused in archival folders and boxes, and new finding aids were created using the OhioLINK Finding Aid Creation Tool.

As of 2017, University Archives no longer employs the 2012-2013 system of arranging collections by subject.

This collection is shelved with other Xavier Archives media under call number BV 625.W73 1984-1992.

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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Special Collections, Xavier University Library Repository

3800 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati Ohio 45207 US