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"Understanding Values"- 2013 Faculty Summer Seminar II
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Globe ImageThe Center for Catholic Studies and the Center for Vocation and Servant Leadership are proud to present the second 2013 Faculty Summer Seminar, "Understanding Values." Fr. Brian Cronin of Duquesne University will facilitate. The seminar will be held August 19 - 22, 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 by July 31, 2013. This program is supported by the William J. Toth Visiting Professorship.

About the Topic
So many of the words used to describe the mission of educational organizations are "value" words. But what do they mean? At a time when we speak about "infusing ethics" into our academic courses, what do we mean by that? How are values related to critical thinking? To feelings? To conscience? To religious experience?

About the Facilitator
Fr. Brian Cronin is the author of Value Ethics: A Lonergan Perspective (Consolata Institute of Philosophy Press, 2007), and teaches philosophy at Duquesne University. He describes his experiences with philosophy and ethics; "I am Irish and joined the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans) in Ireland. I spent from 1972 to 1980 in missionary pastoral work in Nairobi Archdiocese in Kenya. I have been teaching philosophy since in Kibosho Senior Seminar (1980-1983) and Spiritan Missionary Seminary Arusha Tanzania (1986-2008). I have specialized in appropriating the philosophical approach of Bernard Lonergan S.J. and designing courses for its effective teaching…For health reasons I was discouraged from returning to Africa and so I rejoice in the opportunity to spread the good news of a solid, critical, methodical, verifiable philosophy at Duquesne University."

Participating in the Seminar
Since 1998, the Center for Catholic Studies has provided the opportunity for faculty to reflect in depth on topics central to the purpose of teaching and learning at Seton Hall. This seminar is open to all administrators and faculty. Participants who write a short response-essay will receive a stipend. These essays will be collected and made available online at

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


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