Center for Catholic Studies and CFPL 10th Anniversary

Center for Catholic Studies and CFPL 10th Anniversary

The Center for Catholic Studies and the Center for Faith and Public Life celebrated their 10th anniversaries in 2016. The Center for Catholic Studies was established in 2006 under the direction of Paul Lakeland, PhD, the Aloysius P. Kelley Chair of Catholic Studies. Since its inception, the center has established an undergraduate minor program in Catholic Studies, encouraged the inclusion of mission and identity issues in academia on campus and promoted Catholic intellectual and religious tradition on campus.

The Center for Faith and Public Life was established with the goal of preparing students to become global citizens, while creating a public forum to discuss today’s critical issues and generate research-based solutions.

Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies

Fairfield University’s Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies launched its Inaugural Diane Feigenson Lectureship in Jewish Literature with world-renowned Yiddishist Dovid Katz, PhD. Dr. Katz, a Lithuanian-based Yiddish scholar, author, educator and cultural historian, discussed “Exotic Exploits and Contentious Chapters in Modern Yiddish Literature.”

Center for Academic Excellence

In April and June, the Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) hosted three online course development workshops in response to increasing interest in online or hybrid formats from students and faculty. The workshops focused on designing learning activities that facilitate students’ engagement in the learning process and mastery of course outcomes, using student-centered teaching models as opposed to traditional instructor-centered models. A subsequent Course Design Institute (CDI) was held over the summer focused on helping to refine and revise course syllabi. The CAE supports innovation and scholarship at Fairfield University, drawing on the principles of Ignatian pedagogy and focusing on integrating learning across the core and in the majors, and connecting it to life outside the classroom.

Center for Ignatian Spirituality

Business as Vocation: Ignatian Spirituality for the Corporate World was the theme of the first annual symposium of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality. Renowned and former managing partner at JP Morgan & Co. Chris Lowney spoke about what Ignatian spirituality brings to the business world and was joined by a panel of business leaders who discussed how it has impacted their work and choices. Lowney is author of Heroic Leadership: Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company that Changed the World and chairman of the board of Catholic Health Industries. The Dolan School of Business
co-hosted the breakfast event.