2017 Summer Seminar
Registration is closed for the 2017 Summer Seminar: Academic Freedom and Free Speech in a Catholic University: Who Cares (and Why)?
Date & Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM June 12 to June 15, 2017 from 9:00 AM to Noon
St. Paul Campus (location will be emailed to you with your registration confirmation)
About the Seminar
Attendance in the seminar is limited to 20 faculty (full or part-time) and it is expected that participants will be available to attend the entire seminar.
Academic Freedom and Free Speech in a Catholic University: Who Cares (and Why)?
Facilitated by: Fr. Patrick Tobin (Adjunct Professor of Chemistry and Assistant Chaplain) and Teresa Collett (Professor of Law)
This seminar will explore competing definitions of freedom, common good, and truth in academic settings. How do current understandings of freedom in research, teaching, and as private citizens line up with our St. Thomas mission and policies? What distinguishes a Catholic university from other private or public universities? Should our Catholic identity shape our research priorities or influence the kinds of questions we ask as scholars or courses we offer our students? Can academic freedom be at odds with pursuing the common good? How are students and classrooms impacted by the decisions we make about academic freedom? How does our Catholic identity influence our understanding of what it means to be a welcoming and safe community for all? Readings will include Ex Corde Ecclesiae and policies of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) relevant for Catholic universities; excerpts from academic journals and legal cases.
Seminar outcome: Participants will write a reflective/integrative piece that could be shared with other participants addressing the question of how their teaching and research advances our institutional commitment to the common good. Participants will receive a stipend ($400) if they attend and successfully complete the culminating writing assignment.