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.
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