April 5, 2011

CUA to Welcome University Presidents from Asia, Europe, and the U.S.

Next week, when Catholic University plays host to a symposium on the interplay of intellect and virtue, seven presidents of Catholic institutions of higher education will be present along with CUA's President John Garvey.

The two-day symposium,"Intellect and Virtue: The Idea of a Catholic University," begins April 11. It will explore the ways in which virtue shapes how we learn and what we learn.

For Garvey, the symposium will achieve a dual purpose. "It will be the culmination of the conversation we have been encouraging within The Catholic University of America community about our identity and future. Beyond our community, it's a conversation among other Catholic universities, so we can learn from each other and from some of the best minds in the business. I am gratified that so many presidents will be able to join us for this symposium"

University presidents in attendance will include Sister Margaret Fitzpatrick, S.C., St. Thomas Aquinas College; Rev. Borys Gudziak, Ukrainian Catholic University; Rev. Terence Henry, T.O.R., Franciscan University of Steubenville; Thomas Keefe, University of Dallas; Rev. William Leahy, S.J., Boston College; Rev. Johan Yeong-Sik Pahk, Catholic University of Korea; and Rev. Brian Shanley, O.P., Providence College. All but Sister Fitzpatrick will participate in a roundtable discussion of presidents on April 12.

The April 11-12 symposium will include experts in such fields as economics, sociology, political science, law, and philosophy from Duke, University of Notre Dame, St. Andrew's in Scotland and others. The opening remarks will be delivered by the Bishop Thomas J. Curry, chairman of the Committee on Catholic Education for the U.S. Catholic bishops' conference.

Since President Garvey's inauguration in January, the University has hosted a series of 20 events on how intellect and virtue inspire the life of Catholic institutions of higher learning. "Our goal was to ensure that the inaugural theme on intellect and virtue did not begin and end with the day of my inauguration in late January. Thanks to the enthusiastic engagement of the Catholic University community, that goal has been met."

The symposium is open to the public. There is no registration fee; however, seating is limited. Attendees must pre-register by April 5 at http://president.cua.edu/symposium/register/index.cfm. Media wishing to cover must register by April 8.


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