Spring 2017 CEPS Workshops & Opportunities

Catholic Social Tradition and the Capability Approach | An Exploratory Workshop

Friday | February 3, 2017 | 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. | Geddes Hall Coffee House

The “capabilities approach,” developed by Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum, has emerged as one of the most influential contribution to development discourse, development planning and development work evaluation in the 20th and the 21st centuries. The Capabilities Approach (CA) has influenced grassroots NGOs as well as the development work of the United Nations. Catholic Social Tradition (CST), on the other hand, has also played a major role in development work, especially within the context of Church-based and Church-led development initiatives and efforts. In 2017, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of Populorum Progressio, Pope Paul VI’s encyclical on development. The workshop will explore common ground and similarities, but also differences and tensions between the two readings of the person, social realities and development. This is an exploratory workshop, i.e. a gathering of scholars that intends to identify key questions, essential common ground, crucial differences, and areas for further research. This series of Center for Social Concerns workshops will address key topics of the spectrum of social concerns and the Catholic Social Tradition. The workshops are open to faculty, staff, graduate, and undergraduate students. Schedule.

Organized by Paolo CarozzaPaul Kollman, C.S.C., and Clemens Sedmak, the workshop is sponsored by the Catholic Social Tradition and Human Development Working Group, a collaboration between the Kellogg Institute and Center for Social Concerns.

There is no fee; continental breakfast and a simple lunch will be provided.

Graduate students, please register through GradConnect or contact Patrena Kedik.

Others, contact Paula Muhlherr at the Center for Social Concerns.


Community Engagement and Higher Education: History, Contexts, and Future

Thursday | March 2, 2017  |3:00–5:00 p.m., Geddes Hall, room 233
Jay Brandenberger, Ph.D.

Colleges and universities increasingly advocate community engagement as a means to apply learning, serve community interests, and enhance relevance. Explore the history of such engagement, current paradigms, and future potentials. Especially relevant for graduate students hoping to integrate disciplinary interests with social concerns. Required session for the Graduate Certificate. Open to all disciplines. Apply via GradConnect. For more information, contact Patrena Kedik at the Center for Social Concerns.


2017 Catholic Social Tradition Conference

March 23–25, 2017 | University Notre Dame

This bi-annual conference presents salient opportunities to learn about engagement in the contexts of Catholic Social Tradition. Please visit the 2017 CST Conference website for more information and registration.


Just Wage | A Workshop in Catholic Social Tradition

Friday | March 31, 2017 | 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. | Geddes Hall Coffee House

The workshop will explore criteria for a just wage in the light of Catholic Social Tradition such as: “family wage,” “asset-enabling,” “proper proportionality” according to type of work, productiveness, conditions of work place, opportunity-generation, “contextual justice” (conditions of business), the “preservation of integrity” and additional rights such as right to rest, right to pension, right to accident insurance, right to social security connected with maternity.


2017 Community Engagement Faculty Institute

June 13-15, 2017

The Center for Social Concerns Community Engagement Faculty Institute is a focused exploration of community engagement. Graduate students may apply. Application deadline is February 9, 2017, 5:00 p.m.