Catholic universities have a special responsibility as stewards of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. As such, they seek to preserve, transmit and develop this 2,000 year old tradition in the context of and in active dialogue with the contemporary cultures of the world and the signs of the times. The tasks of preserving, transmitting and developing the Catholic Intellectual Tradition enriches our pedagogical mission of preparing students for lives of continuous learning, leadership and service to others. Sacred Heart University has emerged as one of the leading Catholic universities in the United States in this important work at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

Members of the faculty have a unique role in fulfilling this aspect of the University’s mission. To assist those members of the faculty interested in developing this part of the University’s mission an annual Presidential Seminar on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition was established. The Presidential Seminar is a year-long program for a group of ten members of the full time faculty. The Seminar has four objectives: (1) to assist the participants to come to a better understanding of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition; (2) to articulate and explore the methodological and pedagogical implications of this Tradition for the participants’ work as teachers seeking to engage students with the Catholic Intellectual Tradition; (3) to examine the research opportunities that engagement with the Tradition creates for the participants; and (4) to encourage the participants to work toward development of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition throughout their academic life.

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Submissions from 2015

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Leadership Development of Faculty in Academia - The Impacts of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Michael S. Carriger

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Three Popes: Lessons in Leadership, Valerie Christian

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Integrating the Catholic Intellectual Tradition into College Courses: An Annotated Bibliography of Resources for Faculty, Nancy S. DelVecchio

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The Marketing of Sacrifice, Enda McGovern

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Justice Without Solidarity? Collective Identity and the Fate of the "Ethical" in Habermas' Recent Political Theory, Andrew J. Pierce

Submissions from 2014

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Brigid's Peace: An Examination of the Influences of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition on One Writer's Creative Work, Marie A. Hulme

Submissions from 2013

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Hyperbolic Geometry and God, Andrew Lazowski

Submissions from 2012

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The Dilemma between Ethics, Contemporary Political-Economy and Society's Common Good: Reengaging the Stewards of the Common Good, Kwamie Dunbar

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Simplicity, Sustainability, and a Greening of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Cara E. Erdheim

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Teacher Evaluation Systems and Multi-cultural Commonalities and Challenges: England, Mexico, Portugal, Finland, Ireland, and Turkey, Jacqueline P. Kelleher and Sandra Kase

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Gilgamesh to Blade Runner: Teaching the Catholic Intellectual Tradition in RSCC104, Christopher J. Kelly

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Framing Racism Post Vatican II: Critical Race Theory and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Amanda Moras

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Animal Cognition, the Importance of Touch, and the CIT, Deirdre Yeater

Submissions from 2010

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Dante, Existential Hero, Joseph L. Nagy

Submissions from 2009

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Lucille Clifton's Mercy, Angela DiPace

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The Catholic Educational Tradition between the Pinchers of the Classical and Political Liberal Educational Ideals, Edward Papa

Submissions from 2008

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Response to the 2007-8 Presidential Seminar on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Thomas D. Curran Ph.D.

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Ecology and Spirit: Reflections on the CIT Seminar, Richard M. Magee

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After Ten Years: Tracing the 1997 Vatican Statements Regarding Ethics in Advertising in Today's Advertising Textbooks, Anca C. Micu

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Is Mathematics Created by Humans or is it Discovered by Humans? A Catholic Intellectual Perspective, Jason J. Molitierno

Submissions from 2006

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Transparency in Financial Markets and Institutions: A Catholic Social Thought Perspecitve, Bridget Lyons and Lucjan T. Orlowski