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Nov. 15, 2000

School of Philosophy Co-Sponsors Symposium with John Paul II Cultural Center

The Catholic University of America’s School of Philosophy, in conjunction with the new Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, is sponsoring "‘…at home with you’: Pope John Paul II and the University World" on Friday, Nov. 17, and Saturday, Nov. 18.

The symposium honors the personal intellectual bond between Pope John Paul II and university life that the Holy Father himself described during his 1979 visit to CUA. On that occasion, the pontiff told representatives of Catholic universities: "My own association with the university world makes our encounter all the more gratifying to me. I cannot but feel at home with you."

The symposium, free and open to the public, marks the university career of CUA School of Philosophy Dean Emeritus Jude P. Dougherty and the inauguration of the Intercultural Forum at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center. The purpose of the Intercultural Forum is to advance understanding of the relationship between the Catholic faith and culture, especially through fellowships to eminent scholars in fields like theology, philosophy and history. "This symposium on the contributions of Pope John Paul II to university life is a momentous beginning to scholarly collaboration between the Intercultural Forum and The Catholic University of America," according to Dean Kurt Pritzl, O.P., of the School of Philosophy.

With Friday’s session being held in the Life Cycle Institute Auditorium on the CUA campus, and Saturday’s lectures scheduled for the Cultural Center, the joint venture on both properties highlights the linkage between the university and the cultural center, between reason and faith, between culture and religion, said Father Pritzl.

Symposium speakers and their topics include:

• Jean Bethke Elshtain, Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics at the University of Chicago, "John Paul II: At Home with the World (Philosophical Considerations)"

• Monsignor Robert Sokolowski, CUA professor of philosophy, "The Human Person and Political Life"

• The Most Reverend Joseph Zycinski, archbishop of Lublin, Poland, and president of the Catholic University of Lublin, "The Interdisciplinary Dialogue Between Science, Philosophy and Theology"

• George V. Coyne, S.J., director of the Vatican Observatory, "Science and the Search for Ultimate Meaning in the Thought of John Paul II"

• Rocco Buttiglione, professor at the International Academy of Philosophy, "Christian Social Doctrine as Critical Theory: On Methodology of Christian Social Doctrine"

• Kenneth Schmitz, professor at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies in Marriage and Family, "The Radical Non-Relative Plurality of Truth."

A Mass for the Holy Father will be celebrated in the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Friday at 4 p.m.

The conference will conclude on Saturday with a 4 p.m. academic convocation of Lublin’s Catholic University to bestow an honorary doctorate on Jude P. Dougherty at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center.

For more information, contact the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, symposium@jp2cc.org, or the Office of the Dean, School of Philosophy, The Catholic University of America, 202-319-5259, philosophy@cua.edu.

  

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