Summer Faculty Study Group

The Summer Faculty Study Groups gathers faculty from different disciplines for eight days during the summer to study a salient topic related to the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. The purpose of the Study Groups is to seek understanding of the Church’s teaching on a current, relevant topic through examination of Church positions and doctrines, writings by theologians and Catholic intellectuals and insight from other academic disciplines.


1. Deepen the knowledge and understanding of key issues related to the Catholic Church’s approach to the body and the contemporary challenges to this.

2. Encourage multidisciplinary critical research/scholarship that engages Catholic teaching and Catholic tradition in this area.

3. Practice the art of civil discourse in the face of highly contested social issues.

4. Create a cohort of faculty who will act as exemplars of civil discourse through respectful, critical, academic examination of important issues and who will contribute to an on-going dialogue within our campus community.

Participants are invited to draw from their areas of expertise to broaden the conversation. They are encouraged to raise contemporary challenges to traditional thinking and teaching in this area in order to deepen the group’s understanding of theological and social approaches to human embodiment and its implications. We encourage participants to suggest texts for consideration in the discussions.


2016 Racial Justice and the Church

Are you a member of the faculty who seeks to deepen your commitment to racial justice? Are you curious to learn more about the complicated relationship between Catholicism and race? In view of contemporary events and social movements such as Black Lives Matter, the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture will sponsor an eight-day summer reading group for faculty focused on racial justice.

The format of the reading group will be seminar discussion of classic and contemporary texts at the intersection of social scientific, philosophical and theological thought on racism, as well as some practical training in dismantling racism. Two of the eight sessions will address a classic text in critical race theory, Cornel West’s Race Matters. Dr. Jeanette Rodriguez and Dr. Michael Jaycox (Theology and Religious Studies department) will co-facilitate. The group will meet June 20-23 and 27-30. Location TBD. Please RSVP to to arrange for delivery of West’s book and the reader.


2015 Ecological Justice Catholic Social Teaching

The Catholic Church has become increasingly vocal on the issue of climate change and ecological justice. In light of Laudato Si, the official statement of Pope Francis on the enviroment, and the university commitment to environmental justice and sustainability, the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture (ICTC) and the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability (CEJS) invited faculty to apply for the 2015 Summer Faculty Study Group focused on ecology and its social justice implications in light of Catholic thought.

During this intensive, 8-day study group, faculty read classic and contemporary texts related to Catholic thought about creation, Earth and the relationship of ecological well-being to social justice. Our time also incorporated reflection about the nature of our relationship with non-human creation and invited participants to be open to thinking rigorously and feeling deeply about these issues.

SFSG 2014 Economy, Violence, and Justice Course Page










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