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Catholic Intellectual Traditions Series

In support of its goal to educate and enrich community understanding of DePaul’s mission, particularly its Catholic identity, the Office of Mission and Values manages a collaborative outreach with the Catholic Studies Department, the Religious Studies Department, University Ministry, and the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology. The CIT series builds capacity among DePaul faculty and staff to engage the Catholic intellectual tradition on campus in three primary ways:

Quarterly Salons are discussion-based explorations of a specific theme or issue with members from different disciplines and departments.

Course Development Assistance provides financial resources for faculty to develop new curricula that incorporates aspects of the Catholic intellectual tradition.

Co-Sponsorship of Programming and Activities that enrich community understanding of and appreciation for the Catholic intellectual tradition.

If you or your department are interested in participating in any of these activities, please contact Scott Kelley (skelley6@depaul.edu )

Past salon topics include the following:

  • Perspectives on Food: Theology, Phenomenology, and Hospitality with Angel F. Méndez Montoya, OP Professor of theology and philosophy at Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City. 
  • Sexual Health and Human Flourishing facilitated by Mark Laboe from University Ministry, Fr. James Halstead from Religious Studies, and Peg Birmingham from Philosophy. 
  • The Desert of the Real: Ethics in an Age of Mediated Reality facilitated by H. Peter Steeves from the Philosophy Department and Charley Wilcox from the College of Computing and Digital Media. 
  • Nature/Culture: Models of Human Evolution facilitated by Peg Birmingham and Elizabeth Millán from the Philosophy Department focusing on three texts written in 1859: Charles Darwin’s The Origin of the Species, J.S. Mill’s On Liberty, and Karl Marx’s Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy.
  • David Orr, the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College and the James Marsh Professor-at-large at the University of Vermont, held a public lecture on sustainability in higher education. To hear the recorded lecture, go here.
  • Author John Haughey, S.J. discussed his book Where is Knowing Going? Listen to an interview with Fr. Haughey, go here.
  • Teaching Ethics and Technology: How, What, Why facilitated by Charlie Wilcox of the College of Computing and Digital Media and Thomas O'Brien of the Religious Studies Department
  • God, Nature, and Environmental Sustainability was a three-part salon to mark the opening of DePaul's Monsignor Andrew J. McGowan Science Building