Program Aims to Open UD Ethos to Wider Community, Rebuild Culture
Date published: Oct. 17, 2019
On Thursday, Sept. 26, several members of the university community gathered to celebrate
the completion of Course II of the Studies in Catholic Faith and Culture program, the first component of UD’s Liberal Learning for Life initiative. The course is
titled “The Person: Tradition and History.”
“It is truly a remarkable course, beautifully presented, and a wonderful representation
of our beloved UD,” said Provost Jonathan J. Sanford, Ph.D., who described the program
as a way to share “the tremendous fruits” of what UD has to offer with everyone, including
those in the greater community who may never have heard of UD. Sanford sees the Studies
in Catholic Faith and Culture as a way “to rebuild the culture.”
The reception was held both to express gratitude to the faculty who worked on the second course and also to invite additional faculty to participate in the third course: “The Person:
Action and Influence.” Associate Professor of English Greg Roper, Ph.D., BA ’84, and
Affiliate Assistant Professor of English and Course Content Manager for Studies in
Catholic Faith and Culture Shannon Valenzuela, Ph.D., BA ’00, had prepared an introduction
of Course III, which Valenzuela presented.
Generally, Course III will explore the actions we ourselves take and the modes by
which we influence others to act. There will be three sections of the course: Choice
and Freedom; Modes of Action; and Modes of Influence, together comprising 10 classes,
which will cover such topics as reason and faith; conscience and the “freedom of choice”;
models of leadership; the purpose of education; wisdom and compromise; models of protest
and witness; the centrality of love; rhetoric and persuasion; and the responsibility
of the artist. With this course, the program will move to an interview format, with
the goal of encouraging and enabling wider faculty participation..
Now entering its second year, the Studies in Catholic Faith and Culture program enables alumni and friends of UD to re-engage with the questions, texts and faculty
that animate the core of the undergraduate experience. Cohorts across the country
have been meeting in schools, parishes and private homes over 10 sessions, and more
are forming now.
Discover more at catholicfaithandculture.org.