The Catholic University of America

Inaugural Theme

Inaugural Symposium

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.

Presentation Reports

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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

Curry Text (PDF)  |  Video  |  Photos News Story


Virtue and Intellect at Catholic Universities Today

John RistJohn 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

Rist Text (PDF)  |  Video  |  Photos News Story


Virtue and Faith Life:
How does the life of faith at Catholic universities impact intellectual life?

John Joseph Haldane

Christopher KaczorJohn 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

Haldane Text (PDF  Video  |  Photos News Story


Virtue and the Intellectual Life:
 How do the virtues shape intellectual life at Catholic universities today?

Paul GriffithsJoseph KaboskiPaul 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)
  Video  |  Photos News Story


Mass

– Celebrant and homilist: Archbishop Augustine Di Noia, O.P., secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments

Homily Text (PDF)  |  News Story  |  Photos


Virtue and Campus Life: 
How do the practices of campus life at Catholic universities impact intellectual life?

Helen Alvare W. Bradford WilcoxHelen 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
 

Wilcox Presentation Slides  |  Video  |  Photos


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

Henry Text (PDF)  |  News Story

Concluding Remarks: John Garvey, president of The Catholic University of America

Video  |  Photos

For more information, contact:
Office of Public Affairs
The Catholic University of America
202-319-5600 • cua-public-affairs@cua.edu

 

 

 CUA President John H. Garvey

Advisory Committee

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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