Caritas Veritas Symposium

Clash or Conversation?:
Engaging Multiple Perspectives as a Way toward Truth

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

With the 2017 Caritas Veritas Symposium, Dominican University considers the values of caritas et veritas within the long Dominican tradition of disputatio, “a method that seeks to resolve difficult questions and controverted issues by finding the truth in each.” What role can a Dominican university play in a nation in which ideas are violently contested or facts flagrantly disregarded?  What contribution can a Dominican community make to ensure that marginalized voices are heard rather than silenced?  The practice of disputatio requires “a rigorous exploration of multiple ways of resolving a question… and the heritage associated with it challenges Dominican men and women of all ages to direct their talents not only to the resolution of matters of speculative interest, but also to urgent questions of justice and peace.”*

And so, all members of the Dominican University community are invited to reflect on this important question:  How has your pursuit and experience of truth been enriched through serious and deliberate attention to a genuinely diverse range of alternatives? Participants are invited to share how, in their lives as students and educators, within their disciplines and professions they have pursued truth in one or more of these ways:

  • by exploring or encountering multiple and diverse responses to significant questions,

  • by considering a genuine range of ways in which knowledge itself could be understood, applied, or experienced,

  • by engaging alternative methods of analysis or discovery,

  • by attending to caritas even in disputed matters,

  •  by listening deeply to stories others tell about their lives.

Proposals for formal papers, panel presentations, round-table discussions, workshops, dialogues, and original creative work, particularly in the visual, performing and other arts, are all encouraged.  We ask that panels limit themselves to no more than four presenters.  Papers with a single author will be presented in a 30 minute format at the symposium, and sessions involving multiple presenters will be allowed 60 minutes.  All sessions should allow time for conversation with participants.  Proposals should be approximately 150 words in length. In addition to your proposal, please include a two sentence description of your topic for publication in the symposium program, and any needs you may have for the use of technology.  In order to design a balanced symposium accommodating as many of the best proposals as possible, the planning committee may ask some individuals to adapt their preferred presentation format to fit the shape of the program as a whole. Flexibility and a collaborative spirit will be valued.

Please submit proposals by Monday, April 17 2017. Questions may be directed to Claire Noonan, Vice President for Mission and Ministry, or 708-524-6860. 

*quotations taken from “The Dominican Charism in American Higher Education:  A Vision in Service of Truth.”