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September 19, 2023

2023 Call for Proposals

Proposals accepted through June 15, 2023.


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Our University mission statement affirms that as a Sinsinawa Dominican–sponsored institution, we prepare students to pursue truth, to give compassionate service, and to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world. The vision animating our mission claims that we will be an innovative leader in empowering graduates from diverse backgrounds to meet the challenges of an increasingly interdependent world. This year’s Caritas Veritas Symposium explores interdependence. It focuses on the ways in which truth finds expression and is challenged in communities both local and global. Together, we will consider the ways in which we can study, articulate and share our collective wisdom in networks.

We invite scholarly, creative and artistic expression of the ways we engage one another in the pursuit of truth and collective wisdom. How we understand and interact with our interdependent world and experience truth in our relationships might lead us to greater reverence and care for one another. The Dominican University community asks: 

  • What role does community play in the pursuit of truth?
  • How do we honor both our individual and collective stories?
  • How are relationships and experiences at the heart of our communal wisdom, undergirding our studies, teaching, research, and service?
  • What partnerships are we building for the creation of a more just, humane, and sustainable world?
  • How do our collaborative relationships create the space for contemplation, awe, healing, and care for our global community?

All members of the Dominican University community--students, staff, faculty, alumnae and trustees alike--are invited to reflect on these questions from the perspective of their lives within their disciplines, professions, cultures, and social locations. Given the nature of the 2023 theme, we particularly encourage interdisciplinary proposals. We invite students to consider their community-based learning, internships, research projects, clinical and field placements as loci of reflection and analysis on the guiding questions.

Proposals for formal papers, research presentations, ignite-style lightning talks, panel presentations, round-table discussions, workshops, dialogues, and original creative work are all encouraged. We especially welcome proposals from student presenters. The committee is happy to work with any member of the community who has an idea for a presentation, but would appreciate help or guidance in refining it into a proposal. Examples of previous presentations can be found on the Caritas Veritas Symposia Archives.

Papers with a single author will be presented in a 30-minute format, and sessions involving multiple presenters will be allowed 60 minutes. We ask that panels limit themselves to no more than four presenters. Ignite-style talks will be given 5 minutes and paired with others to complete a full session. 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. 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 program as a whole.

Proposals are being accepted now through June 15, 2023. Questions may be directed to Rachel Hart Winter, Director of the Siena Center, at

Submit a Proposal