Seton Hall University

University Core Hosts Events on The Catholic Intellectual Tradition  

Saint Elizabeth Ann SetonInside the Core this week, we have a wonderful array of programs. After an amazing talk by Bryan Stevenson on Sunday evening, when he received an honorary doctorate from SHU, we are all inspired and excited to move on in the direction toward which he pointed – justice, mercy, and truthful reconciliation. As Mr. Stevenson said, we must face the evils of the past and present in order to experience true and meaningful peace in our country, and faith, as he pointed out, should help us to do that. He noted how people of faith are ideally poised to deal with facing the evils of the past because faith teaches us to bring our sins (individually and as a country) to God in repentance and then move on toward them in redemptive acts involving reconciliation and reparation. It is not possible, in the church or in society, to move onto redemption without confession and repentance.

After this powerful event on Sunday, on Tuesday, the Brownson debate team presents "Dante and the Good Life: Dante Reinterpreted," where students from COAR give renditions of passages from Dante’s Divine Comedy, taken from the excerpts we cover in Core I: Journey of Transformation (5-6:15 p.m., Schwartz Hall, room 06). This top-ranking team is under the direction of Prof. Catherine Zizik and coached by Prof. Sam Ohrenberger Hopkins. This event is part of our Dante series, co-sponsored by the Catholic Studies Program, the Catholic Studies Center, the College of Communication and the Arts, Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, University Libraries, Special Collections, and the University Core Curriculum.


Dr. Tom Rzeznik, Associate Professor of History and author

On Wed., the Core is excited to present Dr. Thomas Rzeznik, Associate Professor in the History Department, will be presenting on his book, The Cambridge Companion to American Catholicicsm (Cambridge, May, 2021), co-edited with Margaret M. McGuinness. Dr. Rzeznik also teaches in the Catholic Studies program and serves as co-editor of the quarterly journal, American Catholic Studies. He is currently working on a history of St. Vincent's Hospital and Catholic healthcare in New York City.

Click Here for a link for his book. The Scholars’ Forum meets on Wed., at 4 p.m. via TEAMS. Click Here for a link to the meeting. 

Gregory Glazov

Dr. Greg Glazov, ICSST professor and Biblical scholar

Finally, on Thursday, Nov. 11, the Core is pleased to co-sponsor with the Catholic Studies Program and the Catholic Studies Center another special event in our Dante series. Dr. Greg Glazov, of ICSST and who also teaches in the Core, will be presenting on Dante and the Bible. His presentation will be at 5 p.m. Dr. Greg Glazov, graduate of Oxford University and Biblical scholar, who has also conducted faculty development sessions in how to teach the Bible for the Core, will be giving his insightful look at the work of Dante. It should be extremely interesting. His talk will be in the Beck Rooms of Walsh Library and will be available via Teams. Join the Teams meeting Here.

We in the Core are excited about all of these inspiring events, and very grateful for all who have made them possible.

Categories: Faith and Service

For more information, please contact:

  • Nancy Enright
  • (551) 358-7667