The Summer Faculty Study Group, “Catholicism and the Body,” is an intensive 8-days summer study group that invites faculty to read classical and contemporary texts that shape Catholic ideas about the body and issues that flow from human embodiment. Topics will include (but are not limited to): human sexuality, gender and race and perspectives on the evolving understanding of the family.
The goals of the summer study group are to:
1. Deepen the knowledge and understanding of key issues related to the Catholic Church’s approach to the body and the contemporary challenges to this.
2. Encourage multidisciplinary critical research/scholarship that engages Catholic teaching and Catholic tradition in this area.
3. Practice the art of civil discourse in the face of highly contested social issues.
4. Create a cohort of faculty who will act as exemplars of civil discourse through respectful, critical, academic examination of important issues and who will contribute to an on-going dialogue within our campus community.
Participants are invited to draw from their areas of expertise to broaden the conversation. They are encouraged to raise contemporary challenges to traditional thinking and teaching in this area in order to deepen the group’s understanding of theological and social approaches to human embodiment and its implications. We encourage participants to suggest texts for consideration in the discussions.
Catholicism and the Body Events
Check back this winter and spring for upcoming events related to Catholicism and the Body.