CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The Iowa Catholic Collegiate Association (ICCA) will host Connections, an inaugural summer institute for member institution faculty, May 28 – 29 at Mount Mercy University. The institute will focus on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.
Members from each of the six Iowa Catholic member institutions will be in attendance, including Loras College, Clarke University, St. Ambrose University, Mount Mercy University, Mercy College of Health Sciences and Briar Cliff University.
“Mount Mercy is happy to host Connections and continue working with our member institutions to advance Catholic higher education throughout Iowa,” said Laurie Hamen, Mount Mercy University president.
The institute’s purpose is to provide member institution faculty—from across disciplines and from any faith tradition—with a deeper awareness of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition to inform teaching and learning, scholarship and service, and sense of vocation.
Through readings, presentations, reflection and conversations, participants will recognize the existence and core features of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, gain a deeper understanding of its particular application, reflect on how intellectual resources can enrich their work at their home institutions, and reflect on how their work fits with and contributes to the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.
“I think this summer institute will be a great way for faculty from Iowa’s Catholic colleges and universities to make connections and explore how the Catholic Intellectual Tradition can support the work we do at our member institutions,” said David Cochran, Ph.D., professor of politics at Loras College.
The institute’s name conveys the “connections” to be developed and explored: with colleagues, between faith and reason, with voices inside and outside the Church, with the wisdom of the past, and with Catholic ways of seeing the world and the human person. Participation will deepen each person’s connection to the shared missions and purpose of Iowa’s Catholic colleges and universities.