From Sept. 20 to Sept. 22, 2017, Saint Louis University and the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities will host an interdisciplinary symposium on Catholic higher education fifty years after the Land O’Lakes statement on the nature of the Catholic university - a watershed moment in contemporary American Catholic history.
In July of 1967, a group of Catholic educators, administrators and board members gathered in Land O’Lakes, Wis. to “study the nature and role of the contemporary Catholic university” in the wake of the Second Vatican Council. While influential, the statement has not gone uncontested.
Some consider it a revolutionary roadmap for Catholic education in the modern world; others have declared a half-century of devastation. Others designate it a mixed legacy.
The symposium will feature panel discussion and presentations from experts on a variety of topics including Catholic intellectual tradition and Catholic social teaching. Additionally, faculty, staff, administrators and graduate students will present papers throughout the conference.
Saint Louis University President Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D., and the president of the University of Notre Dame, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., will offer a joint reflection on the last 50 years and future trajectory of Catholic higher education on Sept. 20.
C. Reynold Verret, Ph.D., the president of Xavier University of Louisiana will offer closing remarks and insights for the future on Sept. 22.