Dr. Brian Treanor is currently the Casassa Chair in Social Values, Professor of Philosophy in the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, and the Academic Director of the Academy of Catholic Thought & Imagination at Loyola Marymount University (founded in April 2014). He received his Ph.D. from Boston College and studied with Richard Kearney and Jacques Taminiaux. Dr. Treanor’s work takes its cue from the tradition of philosophical hermeneutics, but remains consciously interdisciplinary by engaging theology, literature, poetry, psychology, ecology, and other disciplines. He is the author or editor of six books; among his recent work are Emplotting Virtue (SUNY 2014), Interpreting Nature (co-editor, Fordham 2013), and Carnal Hermeneutics (Fordham 2015). He consistently demonstrates a deep commitment to his students and their learning, exemplifying LMU’s vision of the teacher-scholar.
Professor Treanor has been exceptionally engaged in and supportive of Loyola Marymount’s mission, including the Jesuit tradition of liberal arts education and the Catholic intellectual tradition. He has served two terms on the Committee for Mission and Identity, as a delegate to Western Conversations in Jesuit Higher Education, as a member of the Catholic Studies Advisory Council, and, repeatedly, in New Faculty Orientation on issues related to mission, teaching, and scholarship. Beyond LMU, he was a participant in the Collegium Colloquy on Faith and the Intellectual Life (2001) and served on the Executive Committees of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, the Gabriel Marcel Society, the International Association of Environmental Philosophy, and the Pacific Association for the Continental Tradition.
Treanor is committed to a vision of the Academy that embraces and serves the full range of intellectual inquiry and scholarship at LMU. “At its heart, the Catholic intellectual tradition is committed to the search for truth; therefore, in principle all academic disciplines have a place in this tradition. The Academy will serve as a hub for scholarship, research, and creative activity on a wide variety of subjects, dedicated to the ongoing intellectual enrichment of the LMU community.”
Katherine Brown is an alumna of both LMU's undergraduate and graduate programs, and received her B.A. in Philosophy and Theological Studies and M.A. in Theology. She comes to ACTI from the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, where she supported the college's interfaith programs with an emphasis on interreligious and ecumenical dialogue. Her academic interests include theological ethics, especially virtue ethics; liturgical theology; Ignatian spirituality; and philosophy of religion. She and her husband are deeply involved with student life on campus, serving as Resident Ministers in a first-year campus residence hall and as chaplains for the Creare student service organization. She is passionate about Catholic higher education and hopes that ACTI will enable all LMU community members, whether faculty, staff, or students, to recognize the good, the true, and the beautiful in the context of Jesuit education.