The Idea of the Catholic University in the 21st Century

Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles

March 15-16, 2018


What is the “idea,” the essence, of the Catholic university today? And how might we envision it continuing to serve a vital institutional role in 21st century society? Our conference asks scholars from all corners of the university—the humanities, arts, social sciences, sciences, and professional schools—to think carefully, critically, and clearly about what makes Catholic colleges and universities distinctive. That is to say, in what respects should Catholic colleges and universities differ and in way respects should they not differ from other institutions, whether large state-sponsored schools or non-Catholic liberal arts colleges? And how should these distinctive characteristics of shape the missions, goals, research, curricula, and programs of the Catholic university in the 21st century?


We gathered at Loyola Marymount University for two days of discussion and dialogue about the present and future of Catholic universities. Please use the links below to view the program as well as photos and videos from the conference.