Conversatio, is a monthly informal roundtable discussion of topics germane to living the university mission and is one component of Benedictine University’s Hiring and Orientation for Mission program for new employees. Typically, the first 15 minutes are allotted for socializing over hors d'oeuvres and refreshments, followed by a 30-45 minute presentation. Ample time is reserved after the presentation for group discussion with the presenter. Conversatio is aimed at building community and perpetuating the charism of the university founders.
Conversatio sessions are OPEN to all faculty and staff. Gatherings take place on Fridays beginning at 3:00 P.M. during the regular academic year.
Presenter: Patrick Flynn, Professor, Philosophy
Title: Considerations of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition: Defined, What Counts, History, and Current Thoughts
Presenter: Benedictine University Students of IDS 201
Title: IDS 204: Catholic and Benedictine Traditions: Art and the Common Good
Presenter: William Scarlato, Professor, Art
Title: Interpreting Three Masterpieces of American Painting: The Virtues They Reveal and the Questions They Ask
Presenter: Christine Fletcher, Associate Professor, Religious Studies
Title: The Vocation of the Intellectual in the Catholic and Intellectual Tradition
Presenter: Rita George-Tvrtković, Associate Professor, Religious Studies
Title: Vernacular Theologians
Presenter: Fr. David Turner, O.S.B., Special Assistant to the President for History and Mission
Title: Consideration of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition: Looking Toward the Future