Lilly Fellows Network Exchange

News Story: May 1, 2011

Save the Date for the upcoming Network Exchange at Sacred Heart University, April 15-18, 2012, entitled The Human Journey Core: Integrating A Faith-based Education for the 21st Century: Challenges and Responses. Network Exchange Programs allow Network institutions to showcase distinctive projects, institutes, or curricula that highlight the Christian or church-related characteristics of their schools. They provide for an extended visitation by faculty and leaders from other Network colleges, allowing close observation and study of the pertinent program, so that other institutions might learn from the host institution's experience and perspectives.

Consistent with and reflective of Sacred Heart University’s Mission, which is rooted in the liberal arts and Catholic intellectual tradition, the University has in place a Common Core, The Human Journey. This Common Core engages students in an integrative, multi-disciplinary understanding of the arts and sciences and the Catholic intellectual tradition framed by four enduring questions of human meaning and value. The courses that constitute The Human Journey are history, literature, a choice between a social science (psychology, political science, anthropology, sociology), or a natural science (physics, biology, chemistry) and a capstone in religious studies, theology, or philosophy. The four enduring questions frame the syllabus of each course and each course engages the Catholic intellectual tradition from the perspective of its discipline.

Using The Human Journey Core as one way of responding to the challenges we face today, this Network Exchange aims to bring together faculty and administrators from all Christian denominations to address how best to integrate the meaning and values of their faith-based missions across the curriculum, and how best to educate and prepare students for a contemporary and global world. Showcasing the components of The Human Journey Common Core will give an opportunity to all of us to discuss and share how our various programs, curricula, pedagogies, and assessment methodologies may best serve our students, our institutions, and our society.

We will hear from leaders of distinguished programs: Thomas S. Hibbs from Baylor University and Thomas A. Howard from Gordon College as well as from renowned theologian and leading thinker about the Catholic intellectual tradition, Fr. David Tracy from the University of Chicago.

For more information contact:

Michelle Loris
Sacred Heart University
Phone: 203-396-8020