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Communio 2014: A Retreat for Faculty

May 19-23, Laity Lodge

Statue of Jesus the Good Shepherd at Laity Lodge (Photo credit: Sanghoon Kang, 2013)

About the Retreat

What does it mean to be a Christian scholar? How does Christian faith animate the intellectual life? What is the mission of a Christian university? And, how is our teaching and scholarship transformed by the answers that are given? Communio offers an opportunity to engage these questions with colleagues who share a common commitment to the scholarly vocation and a life of faith.

Each morning and evening we will join together for a session with one of our retreat speakers. These times allow for common reflection and conversation about matters of vocation, the relationship between faith and the academy, and the university's engagement with the church and culture.

Retreat Leaders

Communio 2014: James Davison Hunter

James Davison Hunter (B.A., Gordon College; Ph.D., Rutgers University) is Labrosse-Levinson Distinguished Professor of Religion, Culture, and Social Theory at the University of Virginia and executive director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. One of America's leading public intellectuals, his research and writing is concerned with the problem of meaning and moral order in a time of political and cultural change in American life. He is the author of seven books, three edited volumes, and numerous essays, articles, and reviews. His most recent book is the highly acclaimed To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World (Oxford Univ. P., 2010).

Communio 2014: David I. Smith

David I. Smith (B.A., University of Oxford; P.G.C.E., University of Nottingham; M.Phil. F., Institute for Christian Studies; Ph.D., University of London) is director of the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning at Calvin College and director of graduate studies in education. He serves as an editor of both the Journal of Education and Christian Belief and the Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages. His books include: The Gift of the Stranger: Faith, Hospitality and Foreign Language Learning (with Barbara Carvill; Eerdmans, 2000); Learning from the Stranger: Christian Faith and Cultural Diversity (Eerdmans, 2009); and Teaching and Christian Practices: Reshaping Faith and Learning (with James K.A. Smith; Eerdmans, 2011).

Communio 2014: Candace Vogler

Candace Vogler (B.A., Mills College; Ph.D., University of Pittsburg) is David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor of Philosophy at the University of Chicago. From 2000-2007, she served as co-director of the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities. Her research interests include virtue ethics, social and political philosophy, cultural studies, gender and sexuality studies, and philosophy and literature. Her books include John Stuart Mill's Deliberative Landscape: An Essay in Moral Psychology (Garland, 2001), a co-edited volume The Critical Limits of Embodiment: Reflections on Disability Criticism (Duke Univ. P., 2001), and Reasonably Vicious (Harvard Univ. P., 2002).