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Intellect and Virtue: The Idea of a Catholic University

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President John Garvey's choice of his inaugural year theme springs from two sources: his abiding interest in the distinctive character of Catholic higher education and the inspiration that he has drawn from the famous lectures on the idea of a university by Cardinal John Henry Newman, who was beatified in September 2010.

Intellect and Virtue: The Idea of a Catholic University was the theme of President Garvey's inaugural address, delivered on Jan. 25, 2011, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The theme was extended throughout the spring semester with programming devoted to intellect and to virtue.


During the spring 2011 semester, Catholic University hosted a series of prominent intellectuals in disciplines, such as history, music, literature, and science, who presented lectures on the interplay between their ideas about virtue and their scholarly work.

> Full reports and speaker profiles.

Conference: 120th Anniversary of Rerum Novarum

Catholic University's Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies hosted a two-day conference titled "120th Anniversary of Rerum Novarum: Church, Labor, and the New Things of the Modern World" in May 2011. This conference - featuring major addresses by Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, and John Sweeney, former president of the AFL-CIO - celebrates the encyclical's 120th anniversary.

For more information about the event, call the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at 202-319-5999, or visit the institute's website.

Cardinal Virtues

The University conducted a four-month campaign to encourage CUA students, faculty, and staff to reflect on the four cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance.

> Full reports and videos on the virtues.


Scholars and presidents of universities from around the world gathered at Catholic University on April 11-12, 2011, to explore the inaugural theme particularly the ways in which virtue shapes how we learn and what we learn.

> Full reports and speaker profiles.