A New Way of Thinking on Campus
The Bellarmine Forum is LMU's annual celebration of the life of the mind, offered by the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts. The 2017 Bellarmine Forum goes beyond the traditional academic conference, creating a range of creative ways for LMU to engage "The Idea of the Catholic University in the 21st Century" all semester.
The heart of the Bellarmine Forum is a set of courses that invite students to immerse themselves in the idea the modern Catholic university, from multiple disciplinary angles. All Bellarmine Forum courses meet at the same class time to facilitate regular gatherings for seminars, service opportunities, and other shared activities. In addition to the undergraduate courses, the Bellarmine Forum Research Seminar convenes a mix of faculty and graduate students to read, think, and create new scholarship related to challenges and opportunities unique to Catholic education.
The semester-long Bellarmine Forum lecture series brings in creative scholars from fields as diverse as Catholic feminist theology, rhetoric, sociology of relationships, and environmental philosophy. The lectures are designed for course participants but are open to the community.
Shusaku Endo's novel, Silence, is LMU's 2017 Common Book. The novel foregrounds the moral fabric of life, prompting readers to consider complex moral dilemmas and the mixed and sometimes tragic results produced by the choices they struggle to make. The book will be taught in all Bellarmine Forum courses and provide an opportunity for other courses, faculty, and students to interface with the Forum.
Bellarmine Forums Archive
In years past, the Bellarmine Forum has covered an array of thought provoking topics, including The Values of Time, Restoring Justice, and Vulnerability Windows to the Human Condition. For more information, visit the Bellarmine Forum Archive.