Collegium - A Colloquy on Faith and Intellectual Life
Collegium is a national organization of Catholic colleges and universities, founded in 1992, to encourage the meaningful engagement of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition in the classroom. Collegium "engages faculty from all traditions to discover how they can make a particular contribution to their institution's identity that respects and explores Catholicism's traditions and goals, while also respecting and taking advantage of their own religious perspectives and talents."
Each June, Collegium sponsors a summer colloquy - part workshop, part retreat - for a new group of faculty from its member institutions, and advanced graduate students from universities throughout the United States. The colloquies invite scholars to explore compelling aspects of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, and to develop their own sense of vocation as intellectuals in a contemporary context. Participants usually include: new faculty from a variety of religious and cultural backgrounds curious about what role they have in the mission of their Catholic Institution; tenured faculty looking for collaborative, integrative models for their institutions; graduate students hoping to discern where they might best develop their own spiritual and intellectual vocation.