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The Catholic Intellectual Tradition Series

The Catholic Intellectual Tradition Series brings together faculty over lunch or dinner to extend the dialogue between faith and culture, a dialogue so characteristic of Catholic teaching institutions. The CIT Series is sponsored by the Offices of the Provost and the Office of Mission and Ministry. Together, the Iona faculty commit themselves to pursuing an open, animated dialogue concerning Iona's dual Catholic and Christian Brothers traditions. The Brothers have invited the faculty to join them as partners in seeking insight and understanding: this Series extends their work on campus. This dialogue is informed by the many cultural traditions represented here at Iona, among all who form this community of scholars and lifelong learners.

The Office of Mission and Ministry encourages all full time faculty members to attend each session.

The five sessions are the following:

September - Iona faculty members reflect on the founding inspiration of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers in light of their own lives of service at Iona.

October - Faculty members report on insights gained during the most recent Collegium, an annual summer seminar on the integration of faith and intellectual life for faculty.

November - Speaking out of their own academic disciplines, faculty explore connections between their current research and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.

February - Noted outside scholars invited by the CIT Committee address an issue of common concern to faculty working in American Catholic Higher Education.

March - The President of the College explores the current direction of the College, and the newest expressions of our living intellectual tradition in dialogue with the faculty.

Past Speakers and Topics:

  • "To Stage or Not To Stage: Producing Theatre in Keeping with the Catholic Intellectual Tradition": Thomas Donnarumma, FPA Theatre Program Director
  • Carl Procario-Foley, PhD, Director of the Center for Campus Ministries, Co-Chair of Week of the Peacemaker "Catholic Social Teaching and Higher Education: Is "teaching solidarity" a learning outcome?"
  • William S. Egelman, PhD, Professor of Sociology "Children's Well-Being: International and National Comparisons"
  • Scott Cleary, PhD, Associate Professor of English and Chair of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition Steering Committee, and Regina Plunkett-Dowling, PhD "Lingua Franca? Lingua Sacra? Liturgical Prayer and the Translation Wars"
  • Terrence Tilley, PhD, Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., Professor of Catholic Theology and Chair of the Theology Department, Fordham University "Catholic Identity, Catholic Colleges, and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition"
  • Panel: Br. Robert Novak, PhD, Professor of Physics; Jack Breslin, PhD, Assoc. Professor of Mass Communication; Natalie Redcross, PhD, Asst. Professor of Mass Communication "Creating Global Bonds: The Christian Brothers, Iona and Africa"
  • Brian Nickerson, PhD, Dean, School of Arts and Science "The Current Challenges for Catholic Higher Education: Achieving the Congruence of Mission, Organizational Effectiveness and Student Engagement"
  • Tricia Mulligan, PhD, Chair of Political Science & International Studies "The 2010 Midterm Elections: American Foreign Policy and International Priorities"
  • Patrick J. Ryan, S.J., Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society, Fordham University "Iona and the World: An Educational Mission"

The Faculty Steering Committee & the Office of Mission and Ministry

Dr. Marcus Aldredge, Sociology
Dr. John Breslin, Mass Communication
Dr. Scott Cleary, English
Dr. Thomas Castonguay, Chemistry
Mr. Thomas Donnarumma, Fine & Performing Arts
Dr. Joseph Ford, Finance
Dr. Dorothy Leone, Speech and Communication Studies
Dr. TJ Moretti,  English (co-chair)
Dr. Tricia Mulligan, Political Science & International Studies
Dr. Meryl Nadel, Social Work
Dr. Elena Procario-Foley, Religious Studies
Dr. Margaret Smith, Education (co-chair)
Dr. Carl Procario-Foley, Mission and Ministry (ex officio)
Ms. Tameka Hastick, Mission and Ministry (ex officio)