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Educating for Wisdom and Vocation: Christian Resources for the Contemporary Academy

A NetVUE Regional Conference

October 27, 2011
Baylor University, Waco, Texas


Baylor University's Institute for Faith and Learning is delighted to host a NetVUE regional gathering on Thursday, October 27. Administrators and faculty members from NetVUE affiliated schools or non-member institutions that share an interest in vocation and Christian education are cordially invited to attend this gathering as a stand-alone event or as a prelude to the 2011 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture: "Educating for Wisdom in the 21st Century University," which begins later that day.

This special NetVUE program will feature Thomas S. Hibbs, distinguished professor of ethics and culture and dean of the Honors College at Baylor University. Hibbs' presentation, "The University in Crisis (Again): A Christian Response to the Dilemmas of the Contemporary University," will include reflections, both theoretical and practical, on the common goods of the university, particularly the Christian university, in its attempt to bridge the gap between the classroom and the dorm, between student life and academic life, between scholarship and teaching, and between faith and reason.

Participants will be invited after Hibbs' presentation to join him and others for a wide-ranging discussion about the prospects for educating for wisdom and vocation. The gathering will conclude with lunch for all participants. Following the NetVUE gathering, the 2011 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture will commence.

The symposium, "Educating for Wisdom in the 21st Century University," will feature a distinguished group of plenary speakers in addition to presentations by more than 120 scholars from across the disciplines and from a variety of institutions. More information about the symposium is available at


Thursday, October 27, 2011

8:30 a.m. Coffee and light fare
9:00 a.m. Welcome
9:15 a.m. Presentation and discussion with Thomas Hibbs
10:30 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. Roundtable Conversations
12:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. Opening sessions of Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture


There is a $25 registration fee for the NetVUE regional gathering. It will be waived for those participants who also join us for the symposium, which will continue through Saturday, October 29.

There are two ways to register:

People-Thomas Hibbs

About the Speaker

Thomas S. Hibbs (Ph.D., University of Notre Dame) is distinguished professor of ethics and culture and dean of the Honors College at Baylor University.Prior to his arrival at Baylor, Hibbs taught at Boston College for thirteen years where he was full professor and department chair in philosophy. There he also served on the steering committee for the school's Initiative for the Future of the Church and on the Sub-Committee on Catholic Sexual Teaching. In addition to teaching a variety of interdisciplinary courses, he teaches in the fields of medieval philosophy, contemporary virtue ethics, and philosophy and popular culture.Dr. Hibbs is a much sought-after commentator on the intersection of liberal arts, faith, and the formation of students. To read his book and film reviews, please see

About NetVUE

The Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) fosters the exploration of vocation in college and university campus communities. This new initiative, which is being administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) with generous support from Lilly Endowment Inc., was launched at the Vocation in Undergraduate Education (VUE) Conference in March 2009. The goal of NetVUE is to provide a nation-wide campus-supported network to expand and extend the conversation about vocational exploration. See for more information.