The Catholic University of America

Sept. 22, 2006

CUA Welcomes Philosophy Scholars From Around the World

10-Week Seminar Examines the Relationship Between History and Cultural Identity

Twelve scholars from around the world are at The Catholic University of America to participate in a 10-week seminar from Sept. 22 to Nov. 16 that addresses the ways national history impacts cultural identity.

Titled "History and Cultural Identity," the seminar is co-sponsored by the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy (CRVP) and CUA's Center for the Study of Culture and Values (CSCV).

The seminar will address topics such as U.S. race relations, immigration policy, international commerce, Islam, war and diplomacy. The seminar is intended to encourage participants to question the meaning of identity and to examine the way history is used to construct identity, says Rev. George F. McLean, professor emeritus of philosophy, CSCV director and CRVP secretary.

"We are seeing conflicts all over the world, and the way we construct our identities is extremely important at present," McLean says. "International pluralism can make or break a country as we enter into a global age, and it's important to address how our cultural identities can position us as opponents or healers of other countries."

Seminar participants, chosen from among 50 applicants, hail from Iran, India, Columbia, Vietnam, Russia, Romania, Nigeria, Senegal, the Philippines and the United States.

Later in the academic year, CSCV will publish a selection of papers written and discussed by seminar participants. The publication will be distributed to 350 university libraries across the globe.

Following the opening meeting on Sept. 22, the seminar will be conducted every Thursday through Nov. 16. All meetings will be held at 2 p.m. in Room 300 of St. Bonaventure Hall. Faculty and students who wish to participate must contact Father McLean at 202-319-5910 or

MEDIA: For more information about the seminar or to request an interview with Rev. George F. McLean, contact Chris Harrison or Katie Lee at 202-319-5600.


The Center for the Study of Culture and Values at The Catholic University of America is dedicated to publishing books that apply cultural heritage studies to contemporary global interchange. Established in 1977 and fully incorporated within the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, the center mobilizes and unites international academic groups and research teams specializing in cultural heritage and values. CSCV has published more than 150 books and hosts an annual 10-week interdisciplinary seminar at CUA, bringing together philosophers, scholars and opinion leaders from around the world.


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Media contact(s):
· Chris Harrison, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,
· Katie Lee, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,