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Faculty Summer Seminar 2013
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Faculty Summer Seminar 2013

The Center for Catholic Studies and the Center for Vocation and Servant Leadership are proud to present the 2013 Faculty Summer Seminar, "Newman's Idea of the University Today." Kevin Mongrain, Ph.D., will facilitate. The seminar will be held on May 21, 22, and 23, 2013, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day. Faculty members should please apply to attend by indicating your interest to Francia Peterson, at or by calling (973) 313-6042 by April 22, 2013.

About the Topic
This seminar will guide participants through Newman's "The Idea of a University," outline its historical context and inquire about its lessons for today. It will suggest the relevance of "The Idea"'s notion of a liberal arts education to contemporary specializations in the humanities, sciences and the professions, including business and healthcare.

About the Facilitator
Kevin Mongrain, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the National Institute for Newman Studies at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He has a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Yale University and he has taught at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas, and in the Program of Liberal Studies at Notre Dame. His writings have appeared in Newman Studies Journal, Heythrop Journal, and Modern Mythology. Besides his writings on John Henry Newman, he has also published a book and several articles on the thought of Hans Urs von Balthasar.

Participating in the Seminar
Since 1998, the Faculty Summer Seminar has provided the opportunity for faculty to reflect in depth on topics central to the purpose of learning and teaching at Seton Hall University. Participants will receive a stipend for the seminar. Open to all faculty, priority will be given to those who have not attended in the past. 

Participating faculty will be expected to discuss certain texts and to write a short response paper about the topic from their own perspective and discipline. Paper will be expected no later than June 20, 2013 and will be collected and published online.

For more information, contact the Center for Catholic Studies at Seton Hall University at, (973) 275-2525, or visit

For more information please contact:
Francia Peterson
(973) 313-6042


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