September 20-22, 2013 • Dayton, Ohio
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ABOUT THIS CONFERENCE
Among the speakers…
- Richard Rodriguez, essayist and author of Hunger of Memory.
- Nancy Dallavalle, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Religious Studies, Fairfield University.
- Paul J. Griffiths, Warren Professor of Catholic Theology, Duke Divinity School.
- Leslie Woodcock Tentler, Professor of History, The Catholic University of America.
- Miguel H. Diaz, University Professor of Faith and Culture, University of Dayton. U.S. Ambassador (Ret.) to the Holy See.
- Diane Winston, Knight Chair in Media and Religion, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California.
- Scott Appleby, Professor of History and John M. Regan Jr. Director of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame.
- Vincent J. Miller, Gudorf Chair in Catholic Theology and Culture, University of Dayton
Fifty years after the convening of the Second Vatican Council, the promise and the predicament of Catholic intellectual life are evident. The promise lies in the potential gift to the Church and the world of reasoned reflection and careful research rooted in the Catholic tradition. The predicament lies in the challenges to this effort in and out of the academy, as well as in and out of the Church.
- What does Catholic intellectual tradition look like in the age of Fox News, MSNBC and Wikipedia?
- Who are today’s Catholic intellectuals?
- Where are tomorrow’s Catholic scholars, writers and artists going to come from?
- The contemporary academy is more open than fifty years ago to the study of religious traditions; what difference does this change mean for intellectuals working within the Catholic tradition?
This conference seeks to address these and related questions, and to chart a faithful and critical scholarly path for the future.
In his 2009 encyclical, Caritas in veritate, Pope Benedict XVI writes,
"Truth, by enabling men and women to let go of their subjective opinions and impressions, allows them to move beyond cultural and historical limitations and to come together in the assessment of the value and substance of things. Truth opens and unites our minds in the lógos of love: this is the Christian proclamation and testimony of charity” [§4].
By inviting a wide variety of participants to think through the current situation and possible futures of Catholic intellectual life in light of this challenge to link love and truth, this conference will draw on ancient and contemporary resources in the hope of addressing the good of whatever age it is that is emerging.