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"Transforming Conflict Through Insight" 2014 Faculty Summer Seminar
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Summer SeminarThe 2014 Annual Faculty Summer Seminar on "Transforming Conflict Through Insight" will be held in the Diplomacy Room, School of Diplomacy, on May 20-22 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Applications are now being accepted until May 8, 2014.

About the Seminar

How to deal with conflict in human relationships and among human communities? How about among the various schools of thought in different disciplines and professions? Is there a "spirituality" of conflict resolution?

This annual opportunity for faculty development will explore the role of insight in approaching conflict. It will also explore the possible role that a religious or Catholic university can play in mediating conflict in the world. The seminar will guide participants through a discussion of the book, Transforming Conflict Through Insight, by Kenneth R. Melchin and Cheryl A. Picard (University of Toronto Press, 2008). Insight Theory is a learning-based approach to conflict that draws on the work of Catholic philosopher, Bernard Lonergan. This workshop will show how Insight Theory offers novel resources for the study of conflict in a variety of interpersonal and international contexts.

The seminar is facilitated by Dr. Kenneth Melchin, Professor in the Faculty of Theology and Director of the Lonergan Centre at Saint Paul University, Ottawa. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including Living With Other People and History, Ethics, and Emergent Probability. Dr. Melchin was a founding Board Member of Saint Paul University's Ethics Centre and a founding fellow of the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution.

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 co-sponsored by the Center for Vocation and Servant Leadership and the School of Diplomacy and International Relations, with the support of the William J. Toth Endowed Visiting Professorship.

For questions about the seminar, e-mail Msgr. Richard Liddy at

To Apply

This seminar is open to all administrators and faculty, but space is limited to 22 faculty. To apply, indicate your interest in attending the lecture to Francia Peterson at Preference will be given to those who have not participated in previous Faculty Summer Seminars. Participants who write a short response-essay will receive a stipend of $300. These essays will be collected and made available online here »

About the Center for Catholic Studies

Founded at Seton Hall University in 1997, The Center for Catholic Studies is dedicated to fostering a dialogue between the Catholic intellectual tradition and all areas of study and contemporary culture, through scholarly research and publications and ongoing programs for faculty, students, and the general public. In 2001, the Center conducted the annual faculty summer seminar, "The Core of the Core," which originated the present University Core Curriculum. The Center also developed the undergraduate degree program in Catholic Studies with its major, minor and certificate, which in 2012 became the Department of Catholic Studies. The Center continues to support the Department with scholarship aid and its ongoing program of co-curricular activities.

Focusing on the central role of the faculty, the Center is the sponsor of regular Faculty Development programs, including lectures, seminars and retreats. The Center also administers two national faculty development programs: Collegium: A Colloquy on Faith and Intellectual Life, and The Lilly Fellows Program.
The Center maintains a global focus in international scholarship and is the home of the G.K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture, as well as the Bernard J. Lonergan Institute. The Institutes offer opportunities for study and research, as well as ongoing programs related to faith and culture. In addition, the Micah Institute for Business and Economics concentrates on communicating Catholic Social Teaching and ethics to business education at Seton Hall and the wider business community. The Center also publishes the prestigious Chesterton Review, The Lonergan Review, and Arcadia, a student journal.
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For more information please contact:
Msgr. Richard Liddy
(973) 275-2175


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