Caritas Veritas Symposium

The Caritas Veritas Symposium is a treasured annual tradition at Dominican University. For one day during the fall semester, the entire university comes together to explore the meaning of our mission and motto through formal papers, panel presentations and interactive workshops. 

During the day, the regular class schedule is suspended so that students, faculty and staff can give presentations or attend other presentations.

Caritas et Veritas: Foundation of a Good Life?
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

With the 2016 Caritas Veritas Symposium, Dominican University continues its celebration of the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Order of Preachers. We bring all members of the university community together to consider values—namely love and truth--foundational to Dominican life and mission and ask, what are their roles in the creation or discovery of “The Good Life”? From professional, personal, religious, civic and scholarly points of view, what do we imagine the good life to be? How does one live a good life?

Informed by the Dominican University motto and mission, we invite the entire community—faculty, staff, students, trustees and alumnae/i—to contemplate these questions:

  • What does it mean to be good, to lead a good life?
  • How do you find your good life?
  • What does it mean for a student, professional, scholar, or educator to be good?
  • How have the love and truth of others shaped your life?
  • How does one reconcile self-interest with a sense of broader responsibility?

Interested in presenting at the Symposium?

Proposals for formal papers, panel presentations, round-table discussions, workshops, debates, 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.

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