1. The rights of scholars. How can we overcome the fragmentation of knowledge into disciplinary silos? Should scholars in any academic discipline have the right to pursue the philosophical or theological dimension of their disciplines, just as scholars enjoy the right not to pursue that dimension?
  2. The rights of students. Most universities require students to take courses in a broad range of disciplines as a general education requirement. Religiously-affiliated universities usually require two or three courses in theology, but these courses are not necessarily connected to knowledge in the students’ majors. Should students in these universities be required to learn how knowledge in their disciplines can be informed by theological insight? If no, why not? If yes, how can that best be done without violating disciplinary norms, even while challenging the often-unacknowledged philosophical assumptions within disciplines?
  3. The rights of institutions. Do religiously-affiliated universities have the right to insist that most departments hire some faculty members who want to bridge knowledge in their discipline and theological insight? If not, why not? If yes, should they? Do they, in fact, have the responsibility to do so?
  4. Theology and religious authority. What role should religious authorities play in the life of the religiously-affiliated university, if any?
  5. How might our understanding of academic freedom evolve in the future, making it truly the guardian of the unfettered pursuit of truth, uninhibited by economic, political, or sectarian (both religious and secular) obstacles?
  6. For more information, please contact: Ken Garcia, Associate Director, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, University of Notre Dame.