Interdisciplinary Scholar Leading New Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition
Dr. Darlene Fozard Weaver has been selected as the director of the new Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition at Duquesne University.
In her new role, Weaver will encourage interdisciplinary work to foster curricular cooperation and sustain ongoing research at Duquesne. "The primary focus of the institute is going to be to support but also to highlight and showcase the ways in which the work already being done here engages the Catholic intellectual tradition," said Weaver. "We will continue with the Paluse Mission-Related research awards, but also will explore the possibility of sponsoring competitions for collaborative teaching enterprises and research projects on common themes. We can create conversations and partners here at Duquesne that would bear fruit for years to come."
The former director of Villanova University's Theology Institute, an interdisciplinary forum for examining religious, cultural and political issues, Weaver also served as an associate professor of theology, exploring ethical issues such as fundamental moral theology, health care ethics, ethics and the family, and sexual and reproductive ethics.
Weaver's own research often involves interdisciplinary inquiry. For instance, one of her current interests focuses on "safe haven" laws that allow anonymous drop-off of babies at certain locations and the putative father registries that are sometimes used to terminate fathers' parental rights. She is examining the erosion of men's parental rights and ways to educate young people about their generative responsibilities. Even in this work, she sees how an interdisciplinary effort-sociology, political science, law, health sciences and nursing, for instance-might yield different perspectives.
"With her focus on the intersection of ethics and contemporary life, Weaver is a wonderful fit with the vision of Duquesne's Spiritan founders," said the Rev. James McCloskey, C.S.Sp., vice president for mission and identity. "Her leadership in the center will guide the campus community and inspire scholars and seekers everywhere."
Weaver's most recent book, The Acting Person and Christian Moral Life, examines the person as a moral agent and how our moral code mediates our relationship with God and others.
Weaver received her doctoral degree from the University of Chicago, her master's from Yale Divinity School and her undergraduate degree from Carnegie Mellon University.
She and her family are living in Pittsburgh.