Preliminary Daily Schedule

(All events take place in the conference center, McKenna Hall, unless otherwise noted.)
 

Day 1:  Thursday, October 29, 2015

3:00 pm  Arrival and Registration (McKenna Hall Lobby)
5:15 pm Mass at Basilica of the Sacred Heart (optional)
7:45 pm Opening Welcome: John T. McGreevy, I.A. O'Shaughnessy Dean, College of Arts & Letters, University of Notre Dame
8:00 pm 
Plenary Session 1:

Kenneth Garcia, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, University of Notre Dame
"Transcending Orthodoxies: Reexamining Academic Freedom in Religiously Affiliated Universities”

Respondent:  William O’Neill, S.J., Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley
Chair: Brad Gregory, Director, Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study

Day 2:  Friday, October 30, 2015

8:00 am Morning Mass  (optional)
8:30 am Continental Breakfast
9:00 am 
Plenary Session 2:
 
Theodore Ziolkowski   
Professor Emeritus of Germanic Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature
Princeton University
“Academic Freedom in the German University: Past and Present”
*Paper Read by Mark Roche, Deptartment of German Language and Literature, Concurrent Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame
 

Respondent:  Professor Carsten Dutt, University of Notre Dame

Chair: Claire Jones, University of Notre Dame
10:30 am Refreshment Break
10:50 am  
Plenary Session 3:
 
Tom McLeish   
Professor of Physics, Durham University
“Academic Freedom, Transcendence, and the Natural Sciences”
 
Respondent:  Don Howard, Department of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame
Chair:  Katherine Brading, History and Philosophy of Science, University of Notre Dame
 
12:30 pm Lunch
2:00 pm
Plenary Session 4:
 
Debora Shuger  
Distinguished Professor of English
University of California, Los Angeles
“Religion, Literature, and Censorship”
 
Respondent:  Susannah Monta, Department of English, University of Notre Dame
Chair:  Vittorio Montemaggi, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, University of Notre Dame
 
3:30 pm
Refreshment Break
3:45 pm
Concurrent Sessions:

A. Religion and Literature Track:

"The 'both/and' Catholic imagination of The Brothers Karamazov"
Paul Contino, Department of English, Pepperdine University
 
"The Language of Spiritual Literature in a Post-Religious Age"
Michael McGregor, Department of English, Portland State University
 
"Altars to the Unknown God: Poetry's Religious Impulse"
Angela Alaimo O’Donnell, Center for American Catholic Studies, Fordham University
 
Chair:  Ken Garcia, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, University of Notre Dame
 
B. Philosophical Track: Academic Freedom: What Went Wrong?
 
"The Myth of Academic Freedom"
Patrick Deneen, Department of Political Science, University of Notre Dame
 
"Freedom From or Freedom To? Suggestions from the Experience of a Scholar-Teacher"
Emanuele Colombo, Program of Catholic Sudies, DePaul University
 
Chair: Richard Garnett, Law School, University of Notre Dame
 
6:30 pm  Reception 
     

Day 3:  Saturday, October 31, 2015

8:00 am Morning Mass (optional) 
8:30 am Continental Breakfast
9:00 am
Plenary Session 5:
 
Fr. James Heft, S.M.   
Alton M. Brooks Professor of Religion, University of Southern California
“The Open Circle: The Catholic university and Academic Freedom”
 
Respondent: John Inazu, School of Law, Washington University
Chair:  Susan Collins, Department of Political Science, University of Notre Dame
 
10:30 am Refreshment Break
10:50 am
Plenary Session 6:
 
Douglas V. Porpora   
Professor of Sociology, Drexel University
“Academic Freedom, Religion, and Social Science: Stories from the Front”
 
Respondent:  Mary Ellen Konieczky, Department of Sociology, University of Notre Dame
Chair:  Mary Keys, Department of Political Science, University of Notre Dame
12:30 pm Lunch
2:00 pm
Plenary Session 7
 
Reinhard Huetter  
Professor of Christian Theology, Duke Divinity School
“The Transcending Orthodoxy: Divine Revelation and Academic Freedom”
 
Respondent:  David Bentley Hart, Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study
Chair:  Jennifer Newsome Martin, Program of Liberal Studies, University of Notre Dame
3:45 pm
Concurrent Sessions
 
A. Religion and Science Track:
 
“God and Evolution”
Fr. John Braverman, S.J., Department of Biology, St. Joseph University
 
“Academic Freedom, the Unity of Truth, and the Sensus Fidei”
Barbara Sain, Department of Theology, University of St. Thomas 
 
Chair:  Phil Sloan, Professor Emeritus, Program of Liberal Studies, University of Notre Dame
 
B. Transcending Orthodoxies in Academic Departments: A Concrete Work in Progress at Villanova University:  A Case Study
 
"Integrating the Disciplines in the Humanities Classroom"
Mary Hirschfeld, Department of Humanities, Villanova
 
"Humane Learning as a Spiritual Formation"
Anna Bonta Moreland,Department of Humanities, Villanova
 
"Integral Humanism"
Thomas W. Smith, Univeresity Honors Program, Villanova
 
"Transforming Scholarship in Response to the Whole"
James Matthew Wilson, Department of Humanities, Villanova
 
 
Chair:  Ken Garcia, Insitutute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, University of Notre Dame
6:30 pm Reception and Banquet

Day 4:  Sunday, November 1, 2015

8:00 am  Morning Mass  
9:00 am Continental Breakfast
9:30 am
Concluding Plenary Forum:  
 
Bridging the Sacred and the Secular in the Culture and the Academy
 
"The Campus and Beyond: Catholicism and the Public Mind"
Peter Steinfels, Universeity Professor Emeritus, Fordham University
 
“The Freedom to 'Bridge' Silos and the Role of Theology in a Catholic University"
Bernard Brady, Chair, Department of Theology, University of St. Thomas
 
Chair:  Ken Garcia, Insitutute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, University of Notre Dame