Year 1 Summary
The Center for Catholic Faith and Culture launched the Catholicism and the Common Good project in academic year 2017-18 . New initiatives were developed to address issues that range from interfaith and intramural Catholic disagreements, to larger scholarly conversations, to pressing social problems. We convened cohorts of national and emerging scholars in theology and other disciplines to encourage inter-religious and interdisciplinary collaboration and shared inquiry. We hosted a workshop to guide Duquesne faculty with discovering practical and innovative ways to integrate Catholic Social Teaching ideologies into any discipline. We also established two Social Justice Education seminars to bring together Duquesne faculty and community partners to produce academic and public scholarship and programming around the issues of community trauma, racial inequality, and restorative justice.
In addition, we tailored several existing Center initiatives to align with the project theme of the common good. These public events included our Catholic Artistic Imagination series, which explored the political import of satire and an art exhibit on housing insecurity. We hosted and co-sponsored a Day of Learning and Speaking Out Against Racial Injustice, a daylong symposium on campus for faculty, students, and community stakeholders. We explored restorative justice with a community partner in our Won't You Be My Neighbor community excursion that underscored Duquesne University's Catholic and Spiritan approach to community engagement through our commitments to building authentic relationships and to walking with those on the margins.