Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology
This event happened on: Friday, January 27, 2017, 8:30 am to Saturday, January 28, 2017, 5:00 pm
DSPT, 2301 Vine Street, Berkeley, CA 94708

The Stewardship of Knowledge & Evangelization in our Culture

8th Annual Convocation of the College of Fellows

Everything that is not lessened by being imparted, is not, if it be possessed without being communicated, possessed as it ought to be possessed. – St. Thomas, Contra Impugnantes, I.4., quoting St. Augustine.

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The format of this symposium will be one extended conversation stemming from a variety of perspectives. Panelists will offer short presentations to prompt conversation among all participants and attendees. Lunch will be provided both days (donations welcome).

Friday, January 27 - start 8:30 am

  • A Biblical Perspective - Sr. Barbara Green, OP
  • The Relationship Between the Stewardship of Knowledge and Evangelization - Justin Gable, OP, moderator
    • A Theological Perspective - Richard Schenk, OP
    • A Philosophical Perspective - Russell Hittinger
    • A Pastoral Perspective - Michael Sweeney, OP
  • Education - Bryan Kromholtz, OP, moderator

    • Velma Richmond, Paul Bulakowski, Agnieszka Winkler
  • Cultural Formation and the Arts - Marga Vega, moderator

    • Ron Austin, Greg Wolfe, Philip Bess
  • Perspectives from the Sciences - Michael Dodds, OP, moderator

    • Martin Nowak, Richard Gallagher, Robert Russell

Friday evening Mass followed by casual dinner - 5:30 pm

Saturday, January 28 - start 9:00 am

  • Perspectives from Economics and Business - Marianne Farina, CSC, moderator
    • Mary Hirschfeld, Anthony Annett, John Denniston
  • Tradition and Cultural Innovation - Chris Renz, OP, moderator

    • Bill Cox, Barbara Elliott, Greg Tarczynski
  • Governance related Perspectives - John Thomas Mellein, OP, moderator

    • Luis Aguilar, Patrick Brennan, Dan Lungren
  • Imaging Possible Futures - Anselm Ramelow, OP, moderator

    • Michael Oborne
  • Reflections in Conclusion - Russell Hittinger, Richard Schenk, OP, Michael Sweeney, OP

About the Participants (not exhaustive!):

  • Luis Aguilar - Founding Director of the Institute of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Guadalajara; DSPT Fellow
  • Anthony Annett - Climate Change and Sustainable Development Advisor at the Earth Institute and Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
  • Ron Austin - Hollywood Screenwriter and Producer; Author; Essayist; Lecturer; DSPT Fellow
  • Gil Bailie - Author; Founder and President of The Cornerstone Forum; DSPT Fellow
  • Philip Bess - Professor, School of Architecture, University of Notre Dame; DSPT Fellow
  • Patrick Brennan - Professor of Law & John F. Scarpa Chair in Catholic Legal Studies at Villanova University; DSPT Fellow
  • Paul Bulakowski - Cognitive Scientist; Co-founder, Mind My Education
  • William Cox - President and CEO, Alliance of Catholic Health Care; Member, California Catholic Conference’s Institutional Affairs Committee; Consultant to the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops’ Subcommittee on Health Care Issues; DSPT Fellow
  • John Denniston - President, San Mateo County Chapter of the St. Vincent de Paul Society; Social Impact Entrepreneur; DSPT Fellow
  • Michael Dodds, OP - DSPT Professor of Philosophy and Theology; Master of Sacred Theology; GTU Core-Doctoral Faculty
  • Ned Dolejsi - Executive Director, California Catholic Conference (public policy arm of the Catholic Church in California); DSPT Fellow
  • Barbara Elliott - Founder, The Center for Cultural Renewal; Founder, WorkFaith Connection; Assistant Professor, The Honors College, Houston Baptist University
  • Marianne Farina, CSC - DSPT Professor of Philosophy and Theology; GTU Core Doctoral Faculty; Faculty Member for the Center of Islamic Studies
  • Justin Gable, OP - DSPT Assistant Professor of Philosophy
  • Richard Gallagher - Emeritus Scientist, BC Cancer Agency; Clinical Professor Emeritus, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia; DSPT Fellow
  • Barbara Green, OP - DSPT Professor of Biblical Studies; GTU Core-Doctoral Faculty
  • Ron Hansen - Novelist; Essayist; Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. Professor in the Arts and Humanities, Santa Clara University; DSPT Fellow
  • Mary Hirschfeld - Assistant Professor, Economics & Theology, Villanova University; DSPT Fellow
  • Russell Hittinger - Dean of the DSPT College of Fellows, William K. Warren Chair of Catholic Studies at the University of Tulsa; Member, Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences; Member, Pontifical Academy of Thomas Aquinas
  • Bryan Kromholtz, OP - DSPT Associate Professor of Theology; Regent of Studies, Western Dominican Province
  • Dan Lungren - Lawyer; Former US Congressman; Former Attorney General, State of California; DSPT Fellow
  • Martin Nowak - Director, Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, Professor of Mathematics and Biology, Harvard University; DSPT Fellow
  • Michael Oborne - Fellow, Las Casas Institute, Blackfriars, Oxford; Former Director General for Strategic Foresight, OECD; DSPT Fellow
  • Anselm Ramelow, OP - DSPT Professor of Philosophy and Philosophy Department Chair; GTU Core-Doctoral Faculty; Senior Fellow, The Berkeley Institute
  • Velma Richmond - Author; Professor of English, Emerita, Holy Names University; DSPT Fellow
  • Peter Rogers, OP - DSPT President; PhD, Curriculum and Instruction
  • Robert J. Russell -  Founder and Director of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS), and the Ian G. Barbour Professor of Theology and Science at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), Berkeley. 
  • Richard Schenk, OP - Past President, Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt, Germany; Author; Master of Sacred Theology
  • Michael Sweeney, OP - Director, Lay Mission Project; Director, Permanent Deacon Formation, Archdiocese of San Francisco; Co-Founder and Co-Director, Catherine of Siena Institute; Past DSPT President
  • Greg Tarczynski - Vice President, Retail Thought Leadership at Nielsen; DSPT Alumnus
  • Agnieszka Winkler - Entrepreneur; Author; Founder and Former CEO of both TeamToolz (acquired by Artesia Technologies) and Winkler Advertising (acquired by Grey Advertising); Trustee, Holy Names University and Santa Clara University; DSPT Fellow
  • Gregory Wolfe - Founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief, “Image” - a literary journal on faith and the arts; Senior Fellow at the Institute for Catholic Thought & Culture at Seattle University; DSPT Fellow

Why this topic?

In light of the conclusion of the 800th Jubilee of the Dominican Order, a multi-disciplinary consideration of the stewardship of knowledge across and within a variety of disciplines will be held for the sake of articulating ways in which disciplines and practitioners can be at the service of the Dominican Order’s mission to preach – that is, in its mission to convert by means of the truth

The General Chapter of the Dominican Order in Valenciennes in 1259 – attended by St. Albert the Great and St. Thomas Aquinas – determined the Dominican educational vision that philosophy must be pursued for its own sake. Only in pursuing truth wherever it could be found could the study of scripture and of theology be placed at the service of preaching. Thus the purpose of this symposium is to inquire into the state of the stewardship of knowledge in the secular disciplines today and thereby to help inform the Dominican Order’s mission to preach in our contemporary culture.

In every discipline and profession there is something of a canon of knowledge that is significant for the practitioner whereby we can speak of a “stewardship of knowledge”, the theme for our Convocation. Fellows and other presenters are requested to consider: What is the state of knowledge in their discipline/work and what is its significance (if discernible) to the faith or its relation (if discernible) to the evangelization of our culture? Put otherwise, what developments have there been in their discipline/work that they think are most important to share for our consideration and how do they conceive the development(s) with respect to the faith and our culture.

This event is made possible in part by the generous support of The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations.

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