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Intellect and Virtue: The Idea of a Catholic University

Faith and Intellectual Life - A Faculty Roundtable

President John Garvey hosted a faculty roundtable "What Faith Has to Do with Intellectual Life" as the first scheduled event in the series of inaugural year activities.

Six distinguished CUA faculty members, one each from six of the university's 12 schools, spoke about what faith means for them as teachers, researchers and scholars, and how they are able to bring it to bear in the environment of a Catholic university.

The roundtable was at 4:15 p.m. on Jan. 18, 2011, in Great Room B of the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center. An audience of nearly 250 faculty, staff and students attended.

The panel was moderated by Monsignor Robert S. Sokolowski, the Elizabeth Breckenridge Caldwell Professor of Philosophy. The other panelists were J. Steven Brown, associate professor of mechanical engineering; Joseph E. Capizzi, associate professor and area director of moral theology/ethics; Ann T. Cederna, associate dean for graduate studies and professor for the School of Architecture and Planning; Lucia A. Silecchia, professor of law at the Columbus School of Law; and Ernest F. Suarez, ordinary professor of English and chair of American literature, southern literature.

Each panelist spoke for 10 minutes, after which there was a 30-minute question-and-answer session. Read the full text of each panelist's remarks.

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Roundtable Panelists

Msgr. SokolowskiMonsignor Robert S. Sokolowski

is the Elizabeth Breckenridge Caldwell Professor of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America's School of Philosophy. Ordained in 1962, he is internationally recognized and honored for his work in philosophy, particularly phenomenology. He is the author of several books and scholarly essays including "Christian Faith and Human Understanding," "Studies in the Eucharist, Trinity, and the Human Person" and "Phenomenology of the Human Person." He has served as a visiting professor at the University of Texas at Austin, Villanova University and Yale University.

J. Steven BrownJ. Steven Brown

is an associate professor of mechanical engineering. His research interests include refrigeration and air conditioning, alternative refrigeration cycles, alternative refrigerants, thermodynamic modeling, and two-phase heat transfer. He is the recipient of the 2001 Ralph Teetor Educational Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers, was named a DuPont Young Professor Award winner for the period 2001-2004, and received the 2009 Best Paper Award from the ASHRAE Journal for his paper, "HFO's: New, low global warming potential refrigerants."

Joseph CapizziJoseph E. Capizzi

is an associate professor and area director of moral theology/ethics. He teaches in the areas of social and political theology, with special interests in issues in peace and war, citizenship, political authority, and Augustinian theology. He has written, lectured, and published widely on just war theory, bioethics, the history of moral theology, and political liberalism. In 2002, he was appointed to The Cardinal's Chair at The Intercultural Forum for Studies in Faith and Reason, The John Paul II Cultural Center, in Washington, D.C He has been a Senior Fellow at the Culture of Life Foundation and a bioethics adviser to the Maryland State Stem Cell Commission since 2006.

Ann CedernaAnn T. Cederna

is the associate dean for graduate studies and professor for the School of Architecture and Planning. She currently serves as the senior designer for Lessard Architectural Group and as vice president of Vir2l Technology. She is respected widely for her professional lectures on deconstruction and architectural visions of the digital realm. She received her B.Arch. and B.S. in architecture (urban studies) from the University of Kentucky and her master of architecture in urban design from Cornell University.

Lucia SilecchiaLucia A. Silecchia

is a professor of law at the Columbus School of Law and a native of Queens, New York. She received her B.A. summa cum laude from Queens College in 1987 and her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1990. She currently serves on the executive board of the Association of Religiously Affiliated Law Schools, and is the 2008-2009 chair of the Conference on Catholic Legal Thought, on whose executive board she has served since 2006. In April 2007, she was one of nine Americans to participate in a Vatican conference on "Climate Change and Development," organized by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

Ernest SuarezErnest F. Suarez

is professor of English and chair of the Department of English in the School of Arts and Sciences. His research specialties are 20th-century American literature, literature of the American South, and politics and literature. He is noted for his publications, "James Dickey and the Politics of Canon: Assessing the Savage Ideal and Southbound: Interviews with Contemporary Southern Poets." He was selected as District of Columbia Professor of the Year (1999) by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He was a Fulbright fellow in Spain and China. He is also part of the editorial board of The Texas Review and is the advising and contributing editor to "The James Dickey Newsletter." His research interests include 20th-century American literature, literature of the American South, politics and literature.

Inaugural EVENTS Calendar

  • May 2 Rerum Novarum Conference
    CUA's Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies will host a two-day conference titled "120th Anniversary of Rerum Novarum: Church, Labor, and the New Things of the Modern World." This conference celebrates the encyclical's 120th anniversary. The conference is free and open to the public. For more information about the event, call the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at 202-319-5999, or visit the institute's website.