Education and the Catholic Intellectual Life

Oct 28, 2020
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Fr. Andrew LiaugminasCalvert House Catholic Center

Jennifer Newsome MartinUniversity of Notre Dame

Andrew HorneLumen Christi Institute

Open to current University of Chicago students (undergrads and grad students welcome). This event will take place over Zoom.

Join Calvert House and the Lumen Christi Institute for an hour-long panel discussion and Q&A on the Catholic Intellectual Life. Why do we pursue education in the first place? Why study topics that may not be directly relevant to our work? Do Christians approach their studies differently? There is no better time to think broadly about the meaning of education than at the start of a new school year.

The panel will feature Fr. Andrew Liaguminus, chaplain of Calvert House; Jennifer Martin, professor in the Program of Liberal Studies at Notre Dame; and Andrew Horne, postdoctoral fellow at the Lumen Christi Institute


Fr. Andrew Liaugminas is a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, and the Director and Chaplain of Calvert House. After his ordination to the priesthood in 2010, Fr. Liaugminas served as the Associate Pastor of Mary, Seat of Wisdom Parish in Park Ridge, Illinois, before being assigned to doctoral studies in Rome in 2013. He completed his doctoral studies in Dogmatic Theology in Rome, focusing on the Christology of Saint Thomas Aquinas and Hans Urs von Balthasar, with an emphasis on the relationship of their christological thought to the theology of the Fourth Gospel.

Jennifer Newsome Martin is Associate Professor in the Program of Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame, where she also received a PhD in 2012. She is a systematic theologian with areas of research interest in 19th and 20th century Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox thought, trinitarian theology, theological aesthetics, religion and literature, French feminism, ressourcement theology, and the nature of religious tradition. Her first book, Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Critical Appropriation of Russian Religious Thought (University of Notre Dame Press, 2015),  was one of 10 winners internationally of the 2017 Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise (formerly the John Templeton Award for Theological Promise). She is also the co-editor of An Apocalypse of Love:  Essays in Honor of Cyril O’ Regan (Herder & Herder, 2018). Other work has appeared in Modern Theology, Communio: International Catholic Review, and in a number of edited volumes and collections of essays.

Andrew Horne holds a PhD in Classics from the University of Chicago (2018) and an AB in Greek and Latin from Brown University (2011). He was awarded a Rome Prize Fellowship by the American Academy in Rome in 2017. Andrew works on the history of ideas in antiquity, especially freedom, justice, leisure, and humanitas. His articles have appeared in Classical Antiquity and Vergilius, with another forthcoming in Ramus. At Lumen Christi, he contributes to the campus program, liberal arts programming, Greek and Latin reading groups, and great books seminars.