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Catholic Intellectual Tradition: Why Leaders Should Care

Over the last half century, the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, characterized by a strong commitment to scholarship and spiritual values, has faced a challenging new intellectual and political culture.


Duquesne University’s Catholic Intellectual Tradition Lecture Series, established by the Office of Mission and Identity, asks Catholic leaders and educators how they should respond to new challenges. The second lecture in the series, Why We Should Care, will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 4 p.m. in the Power Center Ballroom and will feature speaker Margaret O’Brien Steinfels, co-director of the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture and former editor of Commonweal Magazine.

Steinfels will lead a discussion about why leaders at Catholic colleges and universities should care about the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and how they should respond to a constantly evolving social and political culture. A respected writer, editor and commentator, Steinfels is Fordham University’s journalist-in-residence.

“This lecture is an opportunity for all of us to understand—or reconsider—what is meant by the Catholic intellectual tradition and how it can enrich every aspect of our University,” said the Rev. James McCloskey, C.S.Sp., vice president for mission and identity. “Please plan to join us as we examine issues of critical importance to Duquesne University.”

Steinfels has written and offered commentary about a variety of subjects, including family issues, bioethics, religion and politics, and foreign and domestic policy. Her work has appeared in America, Dissent, the Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald, The New Republic, The New York Times, Slate magazine and the Washington Post Book Review.

The lecture is free for faculty, students and others who would like to attend, and a reception will follow. RSVP at universityevents@duq.edu or 412.396.5131.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.