College of Fellows
The College of Fellows: Helping DSPT and the Church Engage Contemporary Culture
To preach effectively in our culture, we must be conversant not only with the traditional disciplines of philosophy and theology but also with contemporary issues in secular society.
College of Fellows Events
Members of the College
The issues that we must engage – whether ideas or realities – are found in a variety of disciplines of human endeavor. Conversation and discernment in relation to various disciplines (such as politics, government, law, economics, business, the sciences, bio-medical research, technology, media, and the arts) is therefore vital. To address this need, the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology under the leadership of its President, Michael Sweeney, OP, initiated the College of Fellows.
Fellows serve as a resource to the School by gathering to consider the questions, problems, and opportunities of our day in light of both their own learning and experience and also their faith. Fellows offer analyses of contemporary issues, present colloquia to supplement the School’s curriculum, illumine issues where more probing philosophical and theological consideration is necessary, model collaboration of lay experts in the mission of the Church, and offer guidance to interested students. Fellows thus help the School to consider temporal matters that have philosophical and theological relevance from the perspective that their own competence and experience affords. They can thereby enhance the education that DSPT provides through its curriculum by offering for reflection the particular practical considerations without which prudence in engaging contemporary culture would be impossible. In their discussions and presentations, the Fellows are enriched by their conversation together, even as they contribute to the mission of the School.
The College of Fellows officially gathers twice a year:
Mazatlán Forum - The Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology sent its representatives to Mexico to join top Mexican intellectuals for conversations examining political, economic, and social assumptions at work in Mexico and the US.
2013 Convocation of the DSPT College of Fellows: DSPT Fellows Ron Austin, Gleaves Whitney, and Agnieszka Winkler offer presentations on the significance of a Catholic imagination in contemporary culture given their vocations as lay men and women.
2012 Convocation of the College of Fellows - four public presentations on the theme of "Catholic Imagination and Contemporary Culture" were delivered by Dan Lungren, Fmr. Ambassador Ray Flynn, Barbara Elliott and Judge John T. Noonan, Jr.
Work as Sacramental: The Mysterious Dynamics of Personal Vocation - presentation by DSPT Fellows Michael Naughton and André L. Delbecq.
2011 Convocation of the DSPT College of Fellows - presentations delivered by DSPT Fellows Gil Bailie, Ron Hansen, and James Francis Cardinal Stafford.