Call for Papers

At the 2012 symposium, Sr. Clemente Davlin quoted from a recent graduate of Dominican University, Hannah Minks ’11, who wrote, “I’ve realized that who I was at Dominican is the closest I’ve ever come to being both who I want to be and who I’m meant to be.” The 2013 Caritas Veritas Symposium will explore some of the questions raised by Hannah’s reflection—questions of being and becoming, of meaning and calling, of mindfulness and wonder. As we examine life, what light do love and truth shed on the big questions? 

At the fourth annual symposium, we gather under the theme “Caritas Veritas and the Examined Life.” We invite the entire Dominican community—faculty, staff, students, trustees and alumnae/i—to ponder and explore one or more of the following questions:

  1. What is the role of love and truth in the examined life?
  2. What does your discipline, teaching, study or profession offer the examined life?
  3. How does one become a loving self? A truthful self?

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. Proposals should be approximately 150 words. In addition to your proposal, please include a two sentence description of your topic for publication in the symposium program. 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 to by May 17, 2013. Questions may be directed to S. Diane Kennedy, OP, Vice President for Mission and Ministry, or 708-524-6860; or Claire Noonan, Director of Siena Center, or 708-714-9107.