The True Wealth of Nations | Catholic Education | The Catholic Tradition | Generations in Dialogue | Interreligious and Ecumenical Topics

Through a range of meetings, colloquia, conferences, and seminars, the Institute coordinates and sponsors scholarship on a number of core themes.

wealth_nations_earth-100The True Wealth of Nations

The Institute supports multi-disciplinary conferences and publications which analyze  the relevance of Catholic Social Thought to international economic relations.



Catholic Education

Drawing upon the decades of experience in Catholic education of Institute President Fr. Jim Heft, S.M. the Institute supports sustained reflections on the nature and mission of Catholic education. This includes, but is not limited to, the changing shape of Catholic primary education, Catholic contributions to professional training, and the relations of Catholic higher education institutions with Church institutions and leaders.


The Catholic Tradition

The Institute supports the search for and the dissemination of knowledge about the  intellectual traditions of the Catholic Church, including theology, history, spirituality, ethics and the research of a wide range of academic disciplines. Research projects in these thematic areas connect these sources of wisdom to current trends, challenges, and possibilities for the Catholic Church and our society.

A number of colloquia hosted by the Institute have recently been published, dealing with issues of interreligious dialogue, the intergenerational transmission of faith, the relationship of technology to Catholic social teaching, economics and globalization, and the challenges Catholic religious authority faces today.


 Generations in Dialogue

Generations in DialogueThe Generations in Dialogue (GID) program began in the spring of 2010 with two goals in mind.  The first is to prepare the next generation of junior scholars in a range of disciplines to be publicly-oriented in research that engages the intellectual traditions of Catholicism. The second is to create an inter-generational scholarly community that generates a sustained reflection on faith and scholarship. In this regard, the GID is a small but potent symbol of the eventual residential goal of the Institute.




Interreligious and Ecumenical Topics

learned-ignorance-iconJudaism, Christianity and Islam each claims to have received a divine revelation. That revelation is authoritative. Nonetheless, all three traditions recognize that the human capacity to fully receive and understand that revelation is inescapably limited. Those limitations derive not only from the sinfulness of the recipients of the revelation, but also from the inherent limitations of intelligence to understand fully the revelation, and the limitations of human language to fully express it.






 Conferences Hosted by IACS

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June 18-22, 2008

The True Wealth of Nations: Developing an Architecture for Analysis

University of Southern California

Brief Bios of Conference Participants (Word)

Conference Topics and Agenda (Word)

October 10-11, 2004

Fear, Faith and Indifference: Constructing Religious Identity in the Next Generation

University of Southern California

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May 5-7, 2003

Beyond Violence: Religious Sources of Social Transformation

University of Southern California

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Conference Video (32 MB, WMV format) – available soon

May 14, 2001

Catholicism and Science Conference

Georgetown University
Conference Video (5 MB, WMV format)