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.
Some of the projects from the Presidential Seminar are featured in this series.
Submissions from 2017
Submissions from 2015
Three Popes: Lessons in Leadership, Valerie Christian
The Marketing of Sacrifice, Enda McGovern
Submissions from 2014
Submissions from 2013
Hyperbolic Geometry and God, Andrew Lazowski
Submissions from 2012
Teacher Evaluation Systems and Multi-cultural Commonalities and Challenges: England, Mexico, Portugal, Finland, Ireland, and Turkey, Jacqueline P. Kelleher and Sandra Kase
Gilgamesh to Blade Runner: Teaching the Catholic Intellectual Tradition in RSCC104, Christopher J. Kelly
Animal Cognition, the Importance of Touch, and the CIT, Deirdre Yeater
Submissions from 2010
Dante, Existential Hero, Joseph L. Nagy
Submissions from 2009
Lucille Clifton's Mercy, Angela DiPace
Protestant Observers of Vatican II: A Bibliography, Peter Gavin Ferriby
Submissions from 2008
Response to the 2007-8 Presidential Seminar on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Thomas D. Curran Ph.D.
Ecology and Spirit: Reflections on the CIT Seminar, Richard M. Magee
Submissions from 2006
Transparency in Financial Markets and Institutions: A Catholic Social Thought Perspecitve, Bridget Lyons and Lucjan T. Orlowski