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Dr. David Foote

Associate Professor of Catholic Studies; Associate Editor, LOGOS; Manager, Rome Program
Degree
Ph.D. History, University of California, Davis 1998
Office
Sitzmann Hall 300
Phone
(651) 962-5744

Education

Ph.D. History, University of California, Davis 1998 M.A. History, University of Florida, 1993 B.A. English, University of Florida, 1983

Areas of Expertise

Medieval Italy Medieval Church

Publications

Book

Lordship, Reform, and the Development of Civil Society in Medieval Italy: The Bishopric of Orvieto, 1100-1250. (University of Notre Dame Press, 2004)

Articles and Book Chapters

“History, Secularity, and the Problem of Catholic Seeing,” Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, 16:2 Spring 2013, pp. 35-62.

Mendicants and the Italian Communes in Salimbene’s Cronaca,” in The Origin, Development, and Refinement of Medieval Mendicant Identities, ed. Donald Prudlo (Brill Companion Series, forthcoming)

In Search of the Quiet City: Factional Violence and Papal State-building in Fourteenth-Century Orvieto,” in Paula Findlen, Michelle Fontaine, and Duane Osheim eds. Beyond Florence: Rethinking Medieval and Early Modern Italy. (Stanford University Press, 2002)‌

How the Past Becomes a Rumor: The Notarialization Of Historical Consciousness in‌ Medieval Orvieto,” Speculum 75:4 (October, 2000), 794-815.

Taming Monastic Advocates and Redeeming Bishops: The Triumphale and Episcopal Vitae of Reiner of Saint Lawrence,” Revue d’Histoire Ecclésiastique, 91:1(1996), 5-40.

Presentations

“Ecclesiastical Institutions and the Conversion of the Barbarians: Unity of Process, Diversity of Results,” Presented at the 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan May 13-16, 2010.

“An Alien in Their Midst: Reflections on Religion & Society in the Middle Ages,” Presented at the 41st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan May 4-7, 2006.

“A New Look at the Liber Censuum & Its Tax List,” presented at the 15th Biennial New College Conference on Medieval & Renaissance Studies” At New College, Sarasota Florida, March 9-11, 2006.

“From Charisma to Bureaucracy: The Making of an Episcopal Register in Medieval Orvieto,” Thirteenth Biennial New College Medieval Renaissance Conference, New College, Sarasota, Florida, March 14-16, 2002

“The Quiet City: Factional Violence and Papal State-building in Fourteenth-Century Orvieto,” Beyond Florence: Rethinking Medieval and Early Modern Italy. Stanford University, November 13-14, 1998

“The Bishopric as a Field of Power and the Formation of Political and Religious Culture in the Early Communes,” Eleventh Biennial New College Medieval Renaissance Conference, New College, Sarasota, Florida, March 12-14, 1998

“When the Past Becomes a Rumor: The “Chronicle” of Bishop Ranerio of Orvieto (1228-1248),” AHA January 8-11, 1998 (Session 42. “Between Continuity and Change: Ways of Remembering in Medieval and Early Modern Society”)

“Writing and the Confluence of Ecclesiastical and Civic Cultures: The Administrative Innovations of Bishop Giovanni of Orvieto (1211-1212),” UC Medieval Seminars, Huntington Library, October 17, 1997
"An Occupation for the Saint: The Passio of Petro Parenzo," Pope Innocent II and His World, An Interdisciplinary Conference, Hofstra University, May 1-3, 1997

Spring 2020 Courses

Spring 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
CATH 101 - D01 The Search for Happiness - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 55S 207

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

55S 207

Course Registration Number:

21247 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

David N. Foote

This course provides a critical investigation into the quest for meaning and happiness as found in the Catholic tradition. Beginning with fundamental Catholic claims about what it means to be a human being, this course explores the call to beatitude in materials from several disciplines, including theology, philosophy, literature, and art, as well as ancient, medieval, and contemporary sources. Topics explored include a consideration of human persons in relation to divine persons, the supernatural end to human life, the human person as experiencing desire and suffering, the Christian paradox that joy may be found in the giving of one's self, and the search for happiness through friendship and love. Through all these topics, the course particularly examines the question, "What is the specifically unique character of Christian happiness?"

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
CSMA 539 - 01 Secularization M - - - - - - 1800 - 2100 55S 207

Days of Week:

M - - - - - -

Time of Day:

1800 - 2100

Location:

55S 207

Course Registration Number:

22357 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

David N. Foote

The development of modern Western culture is often described as a steady process of “secularization,” in which a distinctively Christian vision of reality inexorably recedes, leaving in its wake a “disenchanted” but presumptively real world best described by the natural sciences, or an exclusively naturalistic philosophy, with no place for God or the transcendent. Drawing on the recent work of Catholic philosopher Charles Taylor (A Secular Age, 2007) and others, this course examines recent challenges to this “master narrative” of a secularized modernity. How did this narrative come to achieve the status of unquestioned truth? How might we tell the story of modernity in a way that does not foreclose the reality of God and transcendence, but is also more than nostalgia for an imagined past? Recent debates over the coherence of “secularization” narratives provide the occasion for rediscovering the richness of the Catholic intellectual tradition as a vantage point from which to engage and critique modern culture.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
CSMA 599 - 01 Mindfulness in a Secular Age - - - - - - - 0600 - 0700

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

0600 - 0700

Location:

Course Registration Number:

23310 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

David N. Foote

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
CSMA 599 - 02 Deification in the Digital Age - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

23397 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

David N. Foote

Schedule Details

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CSMA 599 - 03 The Person, The Church, & Mass - - - - - - - 0700 - 1000

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

0700 - 1000

Location:

Course Registration Number:

23443 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

David N. Foote

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Location Time Day(s)

Summer 2020 Courses

Summer 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
CSMA 500 - 01 Cath Thought & Culture I - T - R - - - 0900 - 1200 55S 207

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0900 - 1200

Location:

55S 207

Course Registration Number:

30318 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

David N. Foote

This interdisciplinary course begins exploration of the relations between [Catholic Christian] faith and culture exhibited through works of imagination and intellect drawn from the New Testament through medieval periods. As part of the M.A. program core curriculum, the course focuses on the multifaceted Catholic tradition but includes perspectives from Christians of other denominations and non-Christians selected to show the dialogue between Catholic thought and other cultural views and accomplishments. Primary attention will be given to works of literature, music, and art, with some attention to philosophical and theological works selected especially for their contributions to articulating insights concerning the relationship between faith and culture.

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Fall 2020 Courses

Fall 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
CATH 101 - D02 The Search for Happiness M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 55S B10

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1055 - 1200

Location:

55S B10

Course Registration Number:

44989 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

David N. Foote

This course provides a critical investigation into the quest for meaning and happiness as found in the Catholic tradition. Beginning with fundamental Catholic claims about what it means to be a human being, this course explores the call to beatitude in materials from several disciplines, including theology, philosophy, literature, and art, as well as ancient, medieval, and contemporary sources. Topics explored include a consideration of human persons in relation to divine persons, the supernatural end to human life, the human person as experiencing desire and suffering, the Christian paradox that joy may be found in the giving of one's self, and the search for happiness through friendship and love. Through all these topics, the course particularly examines the question, "What is the specifically unique character of Christian happiness?"

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
CATH 487 - 01 St Francis M - W - F - - 1335 - 1440 55S B10

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1440

Location:

55S B10

Course Registration Number:

46505 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

David N. Foote

The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Searchable Class Schedule on Murphy Online, View Searchable Class Schedule

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
CSMA 519 - 01 Happiness M - - - - - - 1800 - 2100 55S 207

Days of Week:

M - - - - - -

Time of Day:

1800 - 2100

Location:

55S 207

Course Registration Number:

45978 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

David N. Foote

This course considers particular topics in the area of Catholic Studies and Theology. Although the topics will vary , the courses will have both a theological foundation and an interdisciplinary focus. These topics courses fulfill the area requirement of Catholic Studies and Theology.

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