Centers Highlights

Centers Highlights

With support from a $100,000 grant from the Ford Foundation, the Center for Faith and Public Life (CFPL) disseminated the findings of its two-year research project on undocumented students in Jesuit higher education. The findings were compiled as a 36-page policy paper, Immigration: Undocumented Students in Higher Education, along with supporting materials, and highlighted at a February event in Washington, D.C. Attendees included representatives from more than 12 Senate offices, 13 AJCU presidents, and more than 55 students from seven AJCU institutions, as well as alumni, media, NGO representatives, and others.

The Center for Faith and Public Life’s JUHAN (Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network) is entering a new phase. With new funding from the Teagle Foundation, Fairfield will partner with Georgetown University and the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) in Nicaragua to equip students to deal more effectively with some of the “great questions” of meaning, value, and moral
responsibility. The Center also plans to launch an interdisciplinary Humanitarian Studies minor in September 2014.

In May 2013, the Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) hosted its 12th Innovative Pedagogy and Course Redesign Conference. The theme of “Collaborations for Empowerment & Learning” drew 120 faculty, professional staff, and community partners from institutions across the U.S. and abroad. Invited presenters included Dr. Mary Deane Sorcinelli, noted expert on mentoring; Drs. Cathy Burack and Cathy Jordan, experts on community engage scholarship; and Dr. Katie Linder, expert in faculty development and issues in higher education.

Dr. Barbara Kirshenblatt- Gimblett, professor of performance studies at New York University, packed the house for “Rising From the Rubble: Creating the Museum of Polish Jews,” a lecture hosted by the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies. Dr. Kirshenblatt- Gimblett is an ethnographer who has also been called a folklorist, and is director of the core exhibition at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, Poland. Nearly two decades in the making, the museum opened last April and houses $40 million worth of interactive exhibits tracing the long, intertwined history of Jews and Poland. The lecture was made possible by the Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Foundation.

Last fall, the Center for Catholic Studies sponsored “Throw Open the Windows,” a weeklong series of events to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. The week began with the 12th Annual Anne Drummey O’Callaghan Lecture on Women in the Church, with speaker Dr. Francine Cardman, associate professor of historical theology and Church history, Boston College. The week concluded with a lecture by Dr. Paul Lakeland, Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., Professor of Catholic Studies, entitled “Was Vatican II the Last Ecumenical Council?”