Intellect and Virtue: The Idea of a Catholic University
Universities have long emphasized the impact that education (the 'what' of learning) has on the way we live our lives and effect change in the world. Far less attention is given in contemporary society to understanding the impact that conduct (the 'how' of living) has on what we learn and how we learn it.
Catholic universities, with their religious and moral underpinnings, are especially well suited as environments to promote the intentional interplay of virtue and the intellect. This symposium, in celebration of the inauguration of John Garvey as president of The Catholic University of America, examines the ways in which virtue shapes how we learn and what we learn.
The symposium was held on April 11-12, 2011, at The Catholic University of America. More than 350 people from 21 colleges and universities in five different countries participated in the symposium.
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Opening Remarks: Addressing the Separation Between Intellect and Virtue in American Public Life: The Role of Catholic Education
- Most Rev. Thomas J. Curry, auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles and chairman of the Committee on Catholic Education, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
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Virtue and Intellect at Catholic Universities Today
John M. Rist, professor emeritus of classics and philosophy, University of Toronto, and visiting professor at the Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum
Respondents: Taras Dobko, Senior Vice Rector, Ukrainian Catholic University, and Angela McKay Knobel, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, The Catholic University of America
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Virtue and Faith Life: How does the life of faith at Catholic universities impact intellectual life?
John Haldane, director of the Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland
Christopher Kaczor, professor of philosophy in the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts at Loyola Marymount University
Respondents: Rev. Jun Gui Choi, Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education and the Graduate School of Culture and Spirituality, The Catholic University of Korea; Mariana Hernandez-Crespo G., Associate Professor of Law and Executive Director of the International ADR Research Network, University of St. Thomas; and Mary Njeri Njai, Assistant Professor of Accounting, The Catholic University of America
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Virtue and the Intellectual Life: How do the virtues shape intellectual life at Catholic universities today?
Paul J. Griffiths,
Warren Professor of Catholic Theology at Duke Divinity School
Joseph Kaboski, the David F. and Erin M. Seng Foundation Associate Professor of Economics at University of Notre Dame
Respondents: Patrick Deneen, Associate Professor of Government and Markos and Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis Chair in Hellenic Studies, Georgetown University; and Caroline Sherman, Assistant Professor of History, The Catholic University of America
Griffiths Text (PDF) | Kaboski Text (PDF)
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- Celebrant and homilist: Archbishop Augustine Di Noia, O.P., secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
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Virtue and Campus Life: How do the practices of campus life at Catholic universities impact intellectual life?
Helen M. Alvaré, associate professor of law at George Mason University
W. Bradford Wilcox is associate professor of sociology and director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia
Respondents: John F. Crosby, professor of Philosophy, Franciscan University of Steubenville; Jeanne Heffernan-Schindler, Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities and Affiliate Professor in the School of Law, Villanova University
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Roundtable: Presidents from Catholic Universities Around the World
- Rev. Borys Gudziak, Ukrainian Catholic University; Rev. Terence Henry, T.O.R., Franciscan University of Steubenville; Thomas Keefe, University of Dallas; Rev. Johan Yeong-Sik Pahk, Catholic University of Korea; Rev. Brian Shanley, O.P., Providence College
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Concluding Remarks: John Garvey, president of The Catholic University of America
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To prepare for the symposium, in fall 2010, President Garvey assembled an advisory committee of 10 distinguished presidents of Catholic universities in the United States and abroad. Six of the 10 participated in the symposium April 11-12, 2011.
John J. DeGioia, Georgetown University
Rev. Peter Donohue, O.S.A., Villanova University
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
Rev. John Jenkins, C.S.C., University of Notre Dame
Thomas Keefe, University of Dallas
Rev. William Leahy, S.J., Boston College
Rev. Johan Yeong-Sik Pahk, Catholic University of Korea
Rev. Brian Shanley, O.P., Providence College
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