Research Corner Fall/Winter 2013

Publications and Talks
In July, Dan Finn, the leader of the Institute’s True Wealth of Nations project, received word from Oxford University Press that the third volume in the series, Distant Markets, Distant Harms: Christian Ethics and Complicity, will be published in the spring of 2014.
journal-catholic-higher-educationIn July, an issue of the Journal of Catholic Higher Education published a plenary address, “Institutionalizing Catholic Identity,” that IACS President Fr. James Heft was invited to give at the 8th International Conference on Catholic Social Thought and Management Education, at which Cardinal Peter Turkson of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Peace and Justice gave the welcoming address.
In August, Gary Adler, IACS Director of Research spoke on the subject of changes in the Catholic parish at the annual meeting of the Association for the Sociology of Religion and gave a lecture on transnational altruism by churches at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association. In addition, an article Dr. Adler authored on church-based political activity was accepted for publication by The Sociological Quarterly.
In September and October, the Institute hosted talks from sociologist Richard Madsen (University of California San Diego), on “Catholicism in China,” and Paul Elie (Georgetown University), on “Catholic Writing in a Critical Age.” Both presentations are fine examples of the vitality and life of Catholicism in another culture and in the arts. Videos of these events can be found under the “Videos” tab.
In October, Fr. Heft was invited by Boston College President Fr. William Leahy to present a major paper on “Leadership in Catholic Higher Education” for a university presidents-only symposium marking BC’s 150th anniversary.
In November, Theological Studies–the most prominent Catholic theological journal in the United States–asked Fr. Heft to review Fr. Gerald O’Collins’ latest book, The Second Vatican Council on Other Religions.
This fall, as he does each fall, Fr. Heft taught two courses at USC—a course detailing the history of the issues that Catholics faced in the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries, and a senior seminar on the issues of religion and violence.
What the Critics Are Saying:
After Vatican II“With its blend of history, religious analysis and social insight, it provides hard-hitting analysis perfect for Catholic scholars and others seeking insight into Vatican II’s concepts and revolutionary ideas.” — Midwest Book Review.
After Vatican II, which Fr. Heft edited with John O’Malley, S.J. continued to receive excellent reviews, with the Catholic Press Association of America awarding the volume third prize in its Scholarly Books category.
Learned-Ignorance-CoverIn a review that appeared in the journal Catholic Library World, Learned Ignorance: Intellectual Humility among Jews, Christians, and Muslims, edited by James Heft, S.M. and others and published in 2011 by Oxford University Press was described as “a very valuable addition to the growing body of interreligious literature.”
The Latest Research
The core mission of the Institute is to support research on the meaning, depth and breadth of the Catholic intellectual and spiritual traditions through sustained conversations with scholars in all the disciplines, from all denominations and religions, and any other thinkers who desire to study Catholicism. Here are the latest research developments:
In April, an inter-disciplinary group of scholars gathered to discuss the IACS’ research agenda including Gary Adler (IACS), Catherine Cornille (BC), Dominic Doyle (BC), Dan Finn (CSJSB), Jim Heft (IACS), Bryan Hehir (Harvard), James McCartin (Fordham), Peter Steinfels, and Susan Crawford Sullivan (Holy Cross).
In August, Gary Adler, the Institute Director of Research sent a manuscript structured around U.S. Ambassador (ret.) and Pepperdine law professor Doug Kmiec’s essay Secularism Crucified? to Oxford University Press for review.
In September, the Institute joined the University of Dayton to sponsor the “In the Logos of Love” conference on the U Dayton campus. More than 140 scholars and supporters attended.
In November, we convened a planning lunch for a major Catholic Literary Imagination Conference to be held in Spring 2015. The conference will bring together Catholic and other writers to discuss the nature of Catholic writing and the relation of Catholicism and literature. Present were representatives from Loyola Marymount University, Biola University, Azusa Pacific University, and Pepperdine University, along with Dana Gioia, Peter Steinfels, Greg Wolfe of Image journal and Maire Mullins of Christianity and Literature.


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