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New Interdisciplinary Colloquium is Inspired by Faith  

Stephen Lovelette, M.B.A. ‘85There are important connections among the different scholarly paths that make up the fabric of the University. To celebrate the common journey that members of varied disciplines share, Seton Hall is launching The Lovelette Interdisciplinary Series. Running throughout the academic year, the series invites faculty, staff and students to participate in University-wide discussions inspired by the Papal Encyclicals, Pastoral Letters, and the concept of Water. "Through the generosity of Stephen Lovelette, M.B.A. '85," explains Karen E. Boroff, Ph.D., interim provost and executive vice president, "this unique series gives us a chance to view our work through a wider aperture to see beyond our own disciplines and into the many ways we are connected as teachers and learners."

The Church's Word to Us

From centuries past to modern times, the Popes have addressed important theological, social and moral matters in the form of Encyclicals. At times, bishops too have reached out to the Church to help guide behavior, strengthen moral commitments and inform scholarship. By means of Pastoral Letters, bishops have written to priests, religious, and the faithful, often with the aim of addressing priorities for the community and inspiring faith.

As part of the Lovelette Series, representatives of our academic areas will each lead a conversation on a Papal Encyclical or Pastoral Letter. Working closely with the Office of Mission and Ministry, presenters will share the genesis of their selected document, its historical context, and how its message informs our scholarship and our work with students.

A Fountain of Life

The second path of the Lovelette Series takes up the unifying idea of Water, which has a symbolic connection to God, the truth and the Christian teaching. As Monsignor Anthony Ziccardi, vice president of mission and ministry, explains: "Water is necessary for life. Truth or understanding are also necessary. Thus, water becomes a symbol of truth or understanding." Presentations for this colloquium will explore how water is relevant in our varied disciplines -- water in theology, science, history, music, art, international conflict, and so on.

The work produced for The Lovelette Interdisciplinary Series will be collected and published in a formal document by the University.

A Commitment to Faith and Service

The series was made possible by the generous support of Seton Hall alumnus Stephen Lovelette. Lovelette grew up on Cape Cod, and, after graduating from The College of the Holy Cross, moved to New Jersey in 1978. He began his career at Midlantic National Bank, and attended the Stillman School of Business, where he received his M.B.A. in finance. Lovelette joined in 1986 Arvida/Disney Corporation and later moved to capital management with JMB Financial Advisors, LLC. Now president of the firm, Lovelette raises funds for the Rush Street Gaming properties, the owner of casinos in several states. A resident of Northbrook, Illinois, Lovelette has been active in the Seton Hall Club of Chicago and remains a dedicated supporter of the Immaculate Conception Seminary. In 2000, he received the Stillman School of Business Alumni Service Award, presented at Many Are One, for his commitment to Seton Hall and numerous charitable organizations.

Lovelette Series Schedule 

Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 4 p.m., Chancellor's Suite
Mission and Ministry: What is an Encyclical and what is a Pastoral Letter?
Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology: Reflection on the encyclical, Presbyterorum ordinis (1965)

Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 3 p.m., Bethany Hall, Section A
University Libraries: Reflection on the encyclical, Rerum novarum (1891)
Stillman School of Business: Reflection on the encyclical, Centesimus Annus (1991)
The College of Education and Human Services: Reflection on the encyclical, Gravissimum educationis (1965)

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 9:30 a.m., Bethany Hall, Section A
Faculty from The College of Arts and Sciences and Department of the Core will present What are the prospects for Truth in the Liberal Arts? Disciplinary engagements with Fides et Ratio and Ex corde Ecclesiae

Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 11 a.m., Bethany Hall – Section A
The School of Diplomacy and International Relations: Reflection on the encyclical, Pacem in terris (1963)
The School of Health and Medical Sciences: Reflection on A Pastoral Letter of the American Catholic Bishops (1981)

Thursday, January 31, 2019, 11 a.m., Bethany Hall, Section A
The College of Education and Human Services together with the College of Nursing Present Water and Health: The Science and Civics of Clean Water Access

Tuesday, February 6 at 2 p.m., Bethany Hall, Section A
University Libraries: The Significance of Waterways in the Archdiocese of Newark – from Symbol to Substance
School of Diplomacy and International Relations: Reflection on Maritime Conflicts in the Asia-Pacific Region

Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 2 p.m., Bethany Hall, Section A
The College of Nursing: Reflection on A Pastoral Letter of the American Catholic College of Bishops -The Charter for Health Care Workers (1995)
The School of Law: Reflection on the encyclical Gaudium et spes (1965) - Seeing Differently: Disability, Race, & Law Through the Lens of Gaudium et Spes

March 7, 2019, 4 p.m., Bethany Hall, Section A
The College of Communication and the Arts and The Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology:
Renewal at the Well: Theological and Artistic Interpretations of the Women at the Well

Thursday, March 21, 2019, 1 p.m., Bethany Hall, Section A
The College of Arts and Sciences Presents Water: Social and Political Perspectives

Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 9:30 a.m., Bethany Hall, Section A
The School of Law Presents Water, Access, and the Public Trust
The College of Arts and Sciences Presents Water: Social and Scientific Perspectives

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 11 a.m., Bethany Hall, Section A
The School of Health and Medical Sciences: Water as it Relates to Health
The Stillman School of Business: The Flint Michigan Water Debacle – A Decision Analysis

Thursday, April 25, 2019, 2 p.m., Chancellor's Suite
College of Communication and the Arts: Reflection on the encyclical, Inter mirifica (1963)
School of Medicine Reflection on the encyclical, Dignitatis humanae (1965)

Categories: Arts and Culture , Business , Campus Life , Faith and Service

For more information, please contact:

  • Bernadette McVey
  • (973) 761-9655
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