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Clemens Sedmak appointed Director of Catholic Social Learning at the Center for Social Concerns

By: JP Shortall

June 8, 2017

Clemens Sedmak has been appointed director of Catholic Social Learning at the Center for Social Concerns. He also holds an appointment at Notre Dame's new Keough School for Global Affairs. Previously Sedmak was visiting professor of Catholic social tradition and community engagement at the Center for Social Concerns and the Keough School for Global Affairs.

"The Center for Social Concerns seeks to explore and advance Catholic social tradition (CST) in all its work—from student programs in community-based and service-learning to its research efforts,” said Rev. Paul Kollman, C.S.C., Leo and Arlene Hawk Executive Director of the Center for Social Concerns.

“Professor Sedmak's expansive intellectual reach and deep familiarity with CST will allow us to inculcate it more fully in our educational efforts and to advance CST itself—a dynamic set of teachings and insights—through multi-disciplinary research that serves the common good."

Originally from Austria, Sedmak studied at the University of Innsbruck, the ETH Zurich, at Maryknoll (New York), and the University of Linz. He holds doctoral degrees in philosophy, theology, and social theory. After completing doctoral study, Sedmak spent two years in Chicago as a research fellow and became the Chair for Epistemology and Philosophy of Religion at the University of Salzburg in 2001. He held that position until 2005 when he went to King's College London as FD Maurice Professor for Moral Theology and Social Theology.

Since 2005 Sedmak has also been Director of the Center for Ethics and Poverty Research at the University of Salzburg and has served as President of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Social Ethics in Salzburg since 2008. He has been visiting professor at the Jomo Kenyatta University in Nairobi, at the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, at the University of Jena in Germany, the Vienna Business University, and at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.

Sedmak’s teaching, lecturing, and research focus on Catholic social tradition, Catholic moral theology, and international development. He has published numerous books in German and English. His recent English publications include A Church of the Poor: Pope Francis and the Transformation of Orthodoxy and The Capacity to be Displaced: Resilience and Inner Strength. 

Since his arrival at the University of Notre Dame, Sedmak has co-facilitated “Enacting Catholic Social Tradition: Making a Difference on the Ground,” a conference at the Notre Dame Global Gateway in Rome. He has also been a recipient of the 2017 Global Gateway Faculty Research Award.

Contact: JP Shortall, jshortal@nd.edu

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