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Faculty Workshop on Self-Knowledge and the University  

Self Possession: Being at home in conscious performance Faculty are invited to join Dr. Mark Morelli in a workshop on “Self-Knowledge and the Language of the University.” Dr. Morelli will be joining the Center for Catholic Studies via Skype on June 13, 14 and 15 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Arts & Sciences 109 to introduce faculty to their inescapable relationship to the fundamental ideals that inform the language of the university: meaning, objectivity, knowledge, truth, reality and value.

Morelli’s recent book, Self-Possession: Being At Home in Conscious Performance, will help faculty members in describing and understanding the illusive interior experience of these basic notions at work in our conscious experience. Morelli will ask the individuals to challenge the everyday languages of the contemporary university such as critical thinking, assessment and evidence-based science. He will push them to question whether these phrases are jargon, or refer to dimensions of our very personhood.

Mark Morelli is Professor of Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Toronto. His book, Self-Possession: Being At Home in Conscious Performance (2015), is published by the Lonergan Institute at Boston College.

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 has also helped to establish the Toth/Lonergan Endowed Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies to honor the memory and legacy of Bill Toth by bringing exceptional scholars and outstanding contemporary thinkers to the university to encourage interdisciplinary dialogue and studies.

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 and The Lonergan Review.

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For more information, please contact:

  • Danute Nourse
  • (973) 275-2525
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