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Catholic Intellectual Tradition

Established in 2012, the Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition expands upon Duquesne’s long history of considering—and contributing to—the Catholic intellectual tradition in both the historical and the modern contexts. Its mission is to promote and advance the Catholic intellectual tradition across the entire spectrum of the University’s pursuits: research, teaching, faculty networking, and programs that apply Catholic ideas and ideals to a broad range of issues. As part of the Division of Mission and Identity and in concert with Duquesne's Strategic Plan, the Center supports a community-wide emphasis on central Catholic and Spiritan values such as social justice, peace, and the integrity of creation.

What is Catholic intellectual tradition?
  • An ongoing dialogue - informed by faith, guided by reason, and infused with human creativity - that produces knowledge, shapes culture, and orients human lives
  • A shared labor to discern and promote the human and common good
  • historically, globally, and disciplinarily diverse intellectual achievements and cultural treasures that enrich human inquiry and fund viable solutions to contemporary problems.

Learn more about A Day for Learning and Speaking Out:  Racial Prejudice and Social Injustice on March 25th by clicking here.


Paluse Grant


The Paluse research grant competition is open to all full-time Duquesne faculty. Faculty are encouraged to pursue collaborative and cross-disciplinary research projects and to submit them for Paluse funding. Recipients of Paluse Faculty Research Grants are not permitted to teach during the summer in which the grant is awarded.

Previous winners of Paluse Faculty Research Grants are welcome to apply. Their proposals must demonstrate research outcomes from previous grants, and their applications must show that the current proposal focuses on a new research project. Preference will be given to applicants who have not received a Paluse Faculty Research Grant in the last two years.

A Paluse Grant-writing Workshop will be held September 21, 2015.

The workshop will be held from noon - 1:30 pm in Union 607
•Space is limited
•RSVP to ccit@duq.edu


  • Prequalification proposals are due October 5, 2015
  • Applications are due on or before November 16, 2015
  • Awards will be announced on December 7, 2015
  • Report of Project Outcomes is due June 1, 2017

Paluse Faculty Research Grant 2015-16

PT Faculty Research Grant

The Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition is pleased to announce the Part-time Faculty Research Grant for the 2014-15 academic year.

Rice on the Road

Please join us for the 2015 Rice on the Road: Community-Engaged Interdisciplinary Work for Justice:

Go here for information on 2015 Rice on the Road events.

Go here to see past Rice on the Road community events.

Go here to find information on the Rice Fellows Program.

Student Research Awards
2014-15 Catholic Artistic Imagination

The Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition will host a series of informal, collegial, interdisciplinary dialogues on the idea of a "Catholic Artistic Imagination."

Click here to see previous conversations