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Faculty Travel Immersion Seminars

The Holy Land: Art, Architecture, Engineering, and Politics

The Holy Land

The Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture announces its 2018 Faculty Travel Immersion Seminar.  Each year the CCTC takes a small group of inter-disciplinary USD Faculty to a place connected in a broad sense with the Catholic intellectual and/or cultural and social traditions.  This year the Travel Seminar will take place in the Holy Land, and the theme will be The Holy Land: Art, Architecture, Engineering, and Politics.

“O Lord, I have loved the beauty of thy house.” ~ Psalm 125

“By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; and by knowledge the rooms are filled With all precious and pleasant riches”. ~ Proverbs 24:3-4

"Woe to him who builds his house without righteousness and his upper rooms without justice.” ~ Jeremiah 22:13-14.

The Holy Land is a sacred place for three of the world’s great religions: Catholicism, Judaism, and Islam. Integral to each are sacred sites and buildings. This year’s faculty travel immersion will visit the Holy Land to examine the art, architecture, and engineering surrounding the most sacred sites in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Galilee, and Mount Tabor.  What does sacred architecture tell us about each faith? Is sacred architecture different from secular architecture? How do the buildings facilitate different types of liturgical celebration and expressions of faith? How do they contribute to the life of the community? Buildings also function as important metaphors in all three faiths and these implications will be explored.

The Second Vatican Council’s Nostra Aetate, “On the Church’s Relation to Non-Christian Religions,” will be used as a lens to view the interaction of the three faiths. Some time will be spent on contemporary issues as well, some involving architecture.

The dates for the seminar will be January 7-15, 2018 (travel days Jan. 7 and 15)

The seminar is facilitated by experts in the field and involves a pre-seminar program of preparatory academic readings. Each Faculty member selected to participate produces an academic paper upon return, which is presented, on campus in a series of follow-up presentations and additional collegial gatherings and discussions take place to continue the dialogue and strong links formed by the group during their trip.

If selected, participation will be dependent upon prior agreement to attend preliminary information and preparation sessions and also to attend post-seminar follow-up sessions, including the production and presentation of a formal paper as a result of the seminar.

Applications are open to all full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty, and full-time visiting faculty with multi-year appointments will also be considered, space permitting and will be accepted on or before June 15, 2016. Successful applicants will be informed by July 1st.

To apply, use our Online Application. To request a paper copy, please email cctc@sandiego.edu

*As a general rule, any faculty member who has already participated in a previous travel seminar is ineligible to benefit from this program a second time.

Past Seminars

The experience of sharing the [Faculty Travel Immersion Seminar] with my USD colleagues was a highlight. This trip created fellowship amongst a very diverse group of individuals and I will always be grateful for that. – Evelyn Diaz Cruz, participant in the 2010 travel seminar

Contact Information

Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture
Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice 213
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-7936
Fax: (619) 849-8316
cctc@sandiego.edu