The Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition

18 Chatham Sq., Wilms Bldg.
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Phone: 412.396.1595
Fax: 412.396.4501

Dr. Darlene Fozard Weaver, Director

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    Past Events:

    Canonization of Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II
    Webinar: What Makes a Saint?

    An Interdisciplinary Conversation Marking the Canonization of John XXIII and John Paul II
    Wednesday, April 23 @12:30pm

    As the Catholic Church prepared to canonize two of its recent popes, several Duquesne Liberal Arts faculty considered the meaning of sainthood from interdisciplinary perspectives. Included in the discussion were the legacies of Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II, a look at various ways of being holy, and consideration as to what the Church's "universal call to holiness" can mean for us today.

    Panelists include:
    Dr. Gerard Magill, Vernon F. Gallagher Chair for the Integration of Science, Theology, Philosophy, and Law
    Dr. Maureen O'Brien, Chair of the Department of Theology
    Dr. Jams Swindal, Dean of McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
    Darlene Fozard Weaver, Director of the Center fo rthe Catholic Intellectual Tradition

     Catholic Artistic Imagination:

    "The Mystery of the Crucified One in Byzantine Hymnography and Iconography"
    Thursday, March 20, 2014

    This presentation will discuss Byzantine icons and hymns of the Crucifixion, examine their biblical-exegetical basis, and ponder their theological claims. Dr. Bogdan Bucur is an Associate Professor with the Department of Theology. His work explores the link between biblical exegesis, doctrinal developments, and spirituality in early Christianity and the Byzantine tradition.

    "Encountering the Other: Catholic Social Teaching and Art"
    Monday, February 24, 2014

    "Through my art I hope to create images that strike a chord in the soul that resonates in the mind a state of wonder. Being in awe of humanity's possibility and celebration of the dignity of each person is reflected in how well society is creating a 'peace-filled' world. The artwork is more than social commentary of images and symbols; it is the story of you and I in relationship." - Matthew Walsh, Assistant Director, Spiritan Campus Ministry. Join us in exploring some of the key principals of Catholic social thought through the artist's imagination.

    "Rublev's Icon of the Trinity"
    Friday, December 6, 2013

    Our series continues with a consideration of iconographic representations of the LORD's appearance to Abraham in the form of three men (Gen. 18). Early Western and Eastern icons interpreted this passage Christologically. The Russian iconographer Andre Rublev, in his famous icon on the Trinity, illustrated the same event as an interaction between the three persons of the Trinity and an invitation addressed to the viewer to participate in the life of the Trinity. Dr. Radu Bordeianu will share his expertise in a relaxed setting.

    "Michelangelo's Catholic Imagination"
    Tuesday, November 12, 2013

    This series of receptions will begin with a consideration of Michelangelo's artistic engagement with Catholic liturgy and devotion, focusing on his first major commission, the Pieta in St. Peter's. Emily Fenichel, Visiting Assistant Professor in Art History, will share her expertise in a relaxed setting.

    Spiritan Pedagogy Dinner
    Friday, April 19, 2013

    Darlene F. Weaver, Director of the Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and Fr. James Chukwuma Okoye, Director of the Center for Spiritan Studies were joined by special guest, author John Rodden and invited members of the Duquesne community for a conversation regarding Spiritan Pedagogy. 

    Discussion topics included:

    • What are the hallmarks of Spiritan pedagogy?
    • What methods are particularly suited to Spiritan pedagogy?
    • What resources can you suggest?
    • What conditions would promote the development of Spiritan pegagogy?

    Paluse Faculty Fellows & Friends Luncheon
    Thursday, April 18, 2013

    Darlene F. Weaver, Director of the Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition was joined by author John Rodden and Duquesne University faculty members for a lunchtime discussion in the Seifert Suite.

    Building Relationships with Africa: Evolving Foundations for Research, Teaching and Service

    Anne Marie Hansen, Ed.D., O.T.R., Assistant Professor, Paluse Faculty Fellow

    Lisa Lopez Levers, Ph.D, P.C.C.-S, L.P.C., C.R.C., N.C.C., The Rev. Francis Philben, CSSp. Endowed Chair in African Studies, Professor of Counselor Education & Supervision

    Rodney Hopson, Ph.D., Professor, Hillman Distinguished Professor, 2006-2011

    View Building Relationshiops with Africa



    Catholic Strategies of International Conflict Resolution: Will the Rise of ‘Islamo-Liberals' Reduce Western-Islamic Hostilities?

    Mark L. Haas, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

    12 noon
    Africa Room

    Part of the 2013 Mission and Identity Founders Week events.

    View presentation by Dr. Haas

    2012 Paluse Faculty Research Grant Workshop

    The workshop provided interested faculty an opportunity to meet with previous grant recipients to discuss the scope of the Catholic intellectual tradition and the character of mission-related research and scholarship. We welcome full-time faculty members who are considering applying for the Paluse Faculty Research Grant, or would like to participate in a conversation regarding mission-related research in general.  Held Monday, December 10, 2012.

    "Echoes of Biblical Apocalypticism in Benedict XVI's Social Teaching"

    Dr. William Wright, Associate Professor, Theology Department

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

    View Presentation by Dr. Wright

    "The Invention of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition: Mission and Identity in Catholic Higher Education"

    Dr. Darlene Fozard Weaver, Director of the Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition

    October 3, 2012

    View Presentation by Dr. Weaver