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Director of Bannan Forum
Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education


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FACULTY SEMINAR | Labor and Economic Justice within the Catholic Intellectual Tradition

The Ignatian Center’s Bannan Forum offers this faculty seminar to explore the Catholic intellectual tradition (CIT) and its relationship to scholarship, service, and teaching. The seminar will deepen faculty’s knowledge and engagement with Santa Clara’s Jesuit, Catholic intellectual tradition as a reference point and resource for their work. In addition, faculty will have the opportunity to explore the relationship between faith, reason, and culture in contemporary society. We hope the seminar is a way to meet other faculty across the disciplines and schools, and an opportunity to share in deep reflection and conversation.

The theme for the 2021-2022 academic year will be labor and economic justice within the Catholic intellectual tradition.

People with or without faith commitments are warmly welcomed.

Seminar registration for the 2021-22 academic year is now closed.


For the 2021-2022 academic year, the seminar will meet for eight 90-minute sessions over the course of the academic year.

During the meetings there will be opportunities to bring in guest speakers based on topics and participant interests.

Meeting prep materials will include written, audio, and video content which will be provided by the Center. 

Participant Expectations:

In order to better integrate the principles of the CIT into teaching, service and scholarship participants will be expected to collaboratively lead discussions and contribute a 1,500 to 2,000 word reflection essay exploring the implications of the CIT for their work. The essay is due by August 1, 2022 and will be published in the Ignatian Center’s explore Journal

Faculty are expected to attend all 8 meetings of the seminar. We will set meeting dates and times prior to the start of each new quarter.

Faculty who are unable to make all of the meetings might forfeit their stipend and future preferential access to Bannan Mission Integration Grants. We understand that unforeseen circumstances arise and will make appropriate accommodations for such instances.  

Compensation and Benefits:

Participants will be offered a stipend of $1,500 and will be eligible for a separate pool of Mission Integration Grants for CIT Seminar alums.