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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 )

2011-2012 events

On January 27th, Angel F. Méndez Montoya, OP Professor of theology and philosophy at Universidad Iberoamericana, in Mexico City presented the salon: Perspectives on Food: Theology, Phenomenology, and Hospitality. In this salon, alimentary theology -­‐ a deep connection between the art of doing theology and satisfying hunger – was examined in the context of cultural, familial and religious traditions grounded in hospitality, philosophy, and theology. The Christian community of faith believes that God extends to all humankind a divine and inexhaustible welcome in the transforming experience of food, theology and hospitality, where the door is always open, the table always set and our minds open to others.

2010-2011 events

On April 8th, Mark Laboe from University Ministry, Fr. James Halstead from Religious Studies, and Peg Birmingham from Philosophy co-facilitated “Sexual Health and Human Flourishing.” The Salon focused on the central question what is the human person adequately considered? Using various readings from philosophers, theologians, and Catholic thinkers, the Salon explored visions of the human person and human flourishing to better understand appropriate responses to many of the sexual health related challenges that university professionals address with students on a frequent basis.

On February 18, H. Peter Steeves from the Philosophy Department and Charley Wilcox from the College of Computing and Digital Media co-facilited a salon titled "The Desert of the Real: Ethics in an Age of Mediated Reality." Drawing from a number of provocative texts, the salon explored the philosophical nature of technology and a number of ethical issues related to social media.

On October 22nd, Peg Birmingham and Elizabeth Millán from the Philosophy Department co-facilitated a salon Nature/Culture: Models of Human Evolution, 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. Using these texts, as well as the recent encyclical letter of Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate, the salon explored the fraught relationship between humans and nature, the meaning of progress in human society, and beauty’s role in human development and evolution.

2009-2010 events

On April 26th, 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, which was co-sponsored by the Center for World Catholicism & Intercultural Theology, Vincentian Endowment Fund, Office of Mission and Values, Institute for Business and Professional Ethics, Environmental Science Program, College of Communication, and the Political Science Department. To hear the recorded lecture, go here

On March 12, author John Haughey, S.J. discussed his latest book Where is Knowing Going? Listen to an interview with Fr. Haughey: go here

On February 12, Charlie Wilcox of the College of Computing and Digital Media and Thomas O'Brien of the Religious Studies Department co-facilitated a salon on Teaching Ethics and Technology: How, What, Why.

In addition to the programs it directly sponsored, the CIT fund also co-sponsored a lecture given by Jim Wallis and a lunch session during This is Our Faith of Global Catholicism Week 2010

2008-2009 events

To mark the opening of DePaul's Monsignor Andrew J. McGowan Science Building, the Catholic Intellectual Tradition Series and the Environmental Sciences Program co-sponsored a three part salon titled God, Nature, and Environmental Sustainability during the Spring Quarter.

The inaugural three-part salon series was held in the Winter Quarter of 2009, focusing on St Paul the Apostle: his religion, ecclesiology, ethics, political vision of civil authority, and how classic Pauline texts have been appropriated over the centuries.