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2011 Faculty Travel Immersion Seminar - Rome

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The Meeting of Cultures: Encountering Difference and Diversity

Between Jan. 5 and Jan. 11, a group of professors from the University of San Diego participated in the annual Faculty Travel Immersion Seminar organized by the Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture (CCTC). The theme for this year’s seminar was "The Meeting of Cultures: Encountering Difference and Diversity" and the venue was the "Eternal City" of Rome in Italy.

The program was divided between academic sessions consisting of lectures, analysis and discussions, and immersion visits to different organizations, offices and historical and cultural sites linked to the overall theme. Participants had to prepare by working through a rigorous and demanding set of preliminary and preparatory academic readings selected by the facilitating professors of the seminar who were Professor Sandra Mazzolini, of Rome’s Urbaniana University, Professor Mary McClintock Fulkerson of Duke University, Professor Peter Phan of Georgetown University and Professor Gerard Mannion, the director of the CCTC who organized and coordinated the seminar and program.

Professor Gioacchino Campese facilitated an academic session that particularly focused on the challenges of the pastoral care of migrants. Other sessions included a focus on "Otherness;" the story of Rome as the meeting point of cultures and faiths historically; encountering difference and diversity; Catholicity, Pluralism, inter-church relations (ecumenism); The "Religious Other" (inter-faith relations); issues of gender, race and able-bodiedness/disability; migration and multiple belonging; and being religious inter-religiously.

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Seminar participants and facilitators pose outside of the Pontifical Gregorian University after a day of academic sessions.

Presentations on the Rome Faculty Travel Seminar

The eight members who participated in the Faculty Travel Seminar presented papers generated by the immersion experience.

Monday, March 28, 2011 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in KIPJ–A

"The Holding Environment for Dialogue: A Reflection on Nonprofit Scholarship and Practice"

Mary McDonald, Leadership Studies

“What Kind of Ecumenism Should We Want?”

Harriet Baber, Philosophy

“Encountering Difference and Developing Social Responsibility: The ‘Core’ in the Core Curriculum”

Carole Huston, Communication Studies

“Beyond Inter‐Faith and Inter‐Cultural Dialogue: The Foundations for International Solidarity”

Necla Tschirgi, Peace Studies

Friday, April 15, 2011 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. (with a reception to follow) in KIPJ-EF

“Resilience Through Conflict (Resolution) ‐ A Macro Perspective”

Ami Carpenter, Peace Studies

“Expanding Understandings of Dignity at Work: Teaching and Transforming Beyond the Other”

Belinda Lum, Sociology

"The Shared Christian Praxis Methodology Learning Process: A Faculty’s Self‐Reflection of the Learning Movements with Difference and Diversity in Rome”

Reyes Quezada, Learning and Teaching

“Diversity, Communication and Theatre: Crossing the Major Divides”

Evelyn Diaz Cruz, Theatre Arts and Carole Huston, Communication Studies

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USD faculty members participate in an interdisciplinary seminar titled, “The Dialogical Imperative: Ecclesiology and Interculturality.”