Fides quarens intellectum, faith seeking understanding, is a venerable phrase in the Christian intellectual tradition, associated especially with Augustine of Hippo (354–430), and Anselm of Canterbury (1033–1109).
It was chosen as our lecture series title because it suggests our view at Gordon College that faith should not be a matter of self-satisfied piety and isolation from the life of culture and intellect. Rather, we should be engaged in the great issues, ideas, and debates of our day.The speakers we invite each year seek to nurture both faith and understanding and explore the relationship between the two.
This event will Inaugurate the Thomas T. Howard Lecture in Catholic ThoughtClick to read more
Mary Ann Glendon is the Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard University. She has been the President of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences since 2004, and is a former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See. She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. Glendon writes and teaches in the fields of human rights, comparative law, constitutional law, and political theory. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Academy of Comparative Law, and a past president of the UNESCO-sponsored International Association of Legal Science. She served two terms as a member of the U.S. President's Council on Bioethics (2001-2004), and has represented the Holy See at various conferences including the 1995 U.N. Women's conference in Beijing where she headed the Vatican delegation.
This event will inaugurate the Thomas T. Howard Lecture in Catholic Thought
Ivy George Speaking—Symposium 2014 Keynote LectureClick to read more
Professor Ivy George will deliver this year's keynote Lecture at the annual Gordon College Symposium.
She is professor of sociology and social work at Gordon College. She is committed to the multi-disciplinary opportunities that sociology offers in her classroom. Her research and teaching since 1983 have focused on gender, religion, race, ethnicity, globalization and social change. She leads Gordon students in their study abroad program in South Africa, and is currently working on a book on international adoption. She received the Distinguished Senior Faculty Award in 2012.