Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Edith Stein Project Registration

Make sure to register for this year's Edith Stein Project conference, coming up Feb. 10-11. This year's theme is "Encountering Vulnerability: Courage, Hope and Trust in the 21st Century." Registration is available through the Notre Dame Conference Center. The full schedule is below.

Friday, February 10

12:45 p.m. Welcoming Remarks

1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Keynote Address
Auditorium Human Strength and Weakness: Edith Stein's Life at the Hand of the Lord
Sarah Borden Sharkey, Wheaton College

2:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m. Invited Speakers
Auditorium The Biology of Theology of the Body
Vicki Thorn, Founder, Project Rachel
Room 101-104 Love Conquers Fear -- Or Does It Really? Fear, Vulnerability and the Christian Life
Fr. Wilson Miscamble, C.S.C., University of Notre Dame

3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.   Invited Speakers
Auditorium An Exchange of Gifts: Embracing Vulnerability & Celebrating Adoption
Elizabeth R. Kirk, Visiting Scholar, Center for Ethics and Culture, University of Notre Dame
Room 101-104 Marriage and the Book of Ruth
Gary Anderson, University of Notre Dame
Room 112-114 Sheltering and Vulnerable--the Carmel of Edith Stein's Experience
Sr. Ann Astell, University of Notre Dame

5:15 p.m. Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart

6:15 p.m. Pizza Dinner

7:00 p.m. Film Screening: The Human Experience by Grassroots Films

8:30 – 9:45 p.m. Dessert Reception

Saturday, February 11
*Please note that Holy Mass will be offered in the Alumni Hall Chapel at 8am Saturday morning.

9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Submitted Papers
Auditorium Session 1: Edith Stein Instructs: Vulnerability, Care, and Trust in Successful, God-Centered Marriages
Pamela Fitzpatrick, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
The Core of Personhood: Vulnerability, Responsibility, Individuality
Philip Harold, Robert Morris University

Room 101-104 Session 2: The Blessed Wound: A Consideration of the Posture of Vulnerability Before Beauty
   Daniel Clarke, John Lane, and Garret Ahlers, University of St. Thomas

Room 112-114 Session 3: To Hold, Care, Challenge and Affirm: Entering into Vulnerability and Imaging God’s Love for Victims of Violence
 Lorraine Cuddeback, University of Notre Dame
 “Virtues of Acknowledged Dependence” and the Gift of Friendship with the Disabled
  Esther Terry, University of Notre Dame

Room 202 Session 4: Vulnerability and Mary’s Fiat in Edith Stein
Jacob Torbeck, Aquinas Institute of Theology
Self-Forgetfulness: The Little Way to Love and the Path to Vulnerability
Benjamin Rusch, University of Notre Dame

Room 200 Session 5: A Pilgrimage to Lourdes: Embarking with Hope, Praying with Courage, Leaving with Trust
Mary Regina Slonkosky, Holy Cross College
The Role of Vulnerability in the Life of Brother André
Andrew Polaniecki, Holy Cross College

10:15-11:15 Invited Speakers
Auditorium Give Us This Day, Our Daily Bread: Real Healing and Hope in the Struggle with Eating Disorders
Caroline Murphy Lashutka, Alumnus, University of Notre Dame
Room 101-104 “I Will Boast in My Weakness”: St. Paul and the Discovery of Christian Glory
Fr. Anthony Giambrone, O.P., University of Notre Dame
Room 112-114 Hyper-Vulnerability and Hypo-Vulnerability: Disordered Female Orientations, Empathetic Friendship, and Jane Austen’s Heroines
Kelly Henson, St. Thomas More Academy

11:30 -12:30 Invited Speakers
Auditorium Women, Sexual Asymmetry and Catholic Teaching: How the Church Beats Secular Feminists at their Own Game
Erika Bachiochi, Author, Women, Sex, and the Church
Room 101-104 Masculinity and Vulnerability
David O’Connor, University of Notre Dame

12:30-2:00 Lunch Break (a meal will be provided in a nearby residence hall, TBA)

1:15-1:45 Dialogue composed by Edith Stein
Auditorium Performed by students of Sr. Ann Astell

2:00-3:00 Invited Speakers
Auditorium The New Sexual Revolution
Kathryn Lopez, National Review Online
Room 101-104 Girard, GaGa, and Ghandhi: Redefining Sexual Violence and Transforming Vulnerability
Amelia Ruggaber, Alumnus, University of Notre Dame

3:15-4:15 Invited Speakers
Auditorium Using the Relationship Attachment Model to Build Secure Relationships
John Van Epp, Author, How to Avoid Falling in Love with a Jerk
Room 101-104 Consumed by Mercy: Mary Magdalene and the Christian Witness
Fr. Nathan Cromly, CSJ, Congregation of St. John

4:30-5:30 Invited Speakers
Auditorium How to Have “Safe” Sex
Anamaria Scaperlanda-Ruiz, Co-founder, Edith Stein Project
Room 101-104 Women and Public Policy
Emily Matich, Director of Operations, World Youth Alliance North America
Room 112-114 Beauty and Vulnerability
Ashley Crouch, Director of Outreach and Programs, Love and Fidelity Network

6:00 Closing Banquet
Lower Level

Monday, January 30, 2012

Integritas Seminar V

Last week, the Integritas program held its first seminar of the new semester. Prof. Dan Philpott of Notre Dame's Political Science and Peace Studies departments facilitated the discussion of "War, Peace, and Conscience." Students read about Just War Theory and pacifism, and we discussed why these are the two alternatives that a Christian can embrace, in thinking about international conflict. One student said he was especially struck by how the desire for peace was at the heart of both Just War Theory and pacifism, so that both approaches are intended to be truly peace-oriented.

Prof. Philpott explained that for Christians, the whole discussion comes down to the question: Can using lethal force against another human being be compatible with the love of Christ? If the answer is no, that you have committed yourself to pacifism, and if the answer is yes, then some version of Just War Theory is an option. We looked back at the development of the Church's thinking on this issue, from the time of Christ to the present day, noting that pacifism was a much stronger movement within the early Church, before Christianity was endorsed by Emperor Constantine, than it has been at any time since while Christianity has become a mainstream religion and Christians hold secular authority.

A heated debate developed over whether President Truman was right to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end World War II. The students struggled to come to terms with the Christian moral principle that intrinsic evils, such as the killing of innocent civilians, must always be avoided, and you can never do evil that good may come of it. It is a hard Christian truth that it is always better to suffer wrong than to do wrong, and to witness to that in a time of war requires a strong faith in the resurrection and hope for the coming of God's kingdom. We look forward to continuing the discussion on Feb. 16, when Fr. Bill Miscamble, Prof. David Solomon, and Prof. Mike Baxter will have a public discussion at 7:30 p.m. in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium on Truman's most controversial decision.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Integritas welcome back Mass and dinner

Last night we welcomed the students in the Integritas program back with Mass said by Fr. Bill Miscamble, CSC, followed by dinner in the Geddes Hall coffeehouse. It was great to catch up after a long break that took some students as far away as Australia, and we're excited to be plunging into the second semester of the program. This semester we look forward to five more seminars, several experiential activities, and a retreat to the Trappist monastery of Gethsemani, KY.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Edith Stein Project Registration

Registration is now available here for the annual Edith Stein Project, a conference sponsored by idND and cosponsored by the Center for Ethics and Culture. This year's conference is entitled "Encountering Vulnerability: Courage, Hope, and Trust in the 21st Century" and will take place February 10-11 in McKenna Hall at Notre Dame. The conference schedule is now available, below. This is one of the most anticipated events of the spring semester at Notre Dame, so mark your calendar!

Conference Schedule



Introduction and welcome to the conference

Dr. Sarah Borden, Edith Stein and Vulnerability

Fr. Wilson Miscamble, C.S.C.: Love and Fear
Vicki Thorn, Hormones and Bonding

Dr. Gary Anderson, marriage and Book of Ruth
Elizabeth Kirk, adoption and vulnerability

5:15 Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart

6:30 Pizza dinner
7:00 Movie and Discussion with Professor David Solomon


Submitted Papers

Caroline Latushka, Eating Disorders
Fr. Anthony Giambrone, O.P., Vulnerability in Scripture....

11:30 -12:30
Erika Bachiochi, Women, Sex and the Church
Dr. David O’Connor: Masculinity and Vulnerability


Kathryn Lopez, Media and Vulnerability
Amelia Ruggaber, Sexual Violence and Other Violence Against Women

Dr. John Van Epp, How to Avoid Falling in Love with a Jerk
Fr. Nathan Cromly, CSJ, Vulnerability and Mary Magdalene

Anamaria Scaperlanda-Ruiz, Chastity and Vulnerability
Emily Matich, Women and Public Policy
Ashley Crouch, Beauty and Vulnerability

Closing Banquet