Formative Education: Mapping the Terrain

Institute for the Liberal Arts

Formative Education: Mapping the Terrain

Boston College is not unique in higher education in regard to the quest for more integrative and meaningful experiences for students, and there is some evidence that these aspects of education now are receiving more attention in colleges and universities than they have are the past. Where Boston College does distinguish itself, however, is in its institutional commitment to drawing upon a 500-year old tradition of Jesuit, Catholic education to bring an unusually deep blend of experience, reflection, and action to its teaching and learning.  This requires students to know themselves well, to become skilled in the arts of discernment, and to undertake purposeful action to promote the public good and to become “men and women for others.”

To stimulate further dialogue and debate, we are inviting colleagues from across campus to participate in a conference on November 14th and 15th of this year to explore and further develop Boston College’s shared praxis in the area of formative education.  We also welcome a small number of guests from other institutions in the US and abroad to inform and enrich our deliberations.

Hands

Day 1: November 14, 2019 in Gasson Hall, Room 100

12:30–1:00
Box Lunch

1:00-2:15
Welcome Stanton Wortham (Dean of the Lynch School of Education and Human Development)
Introduction and Orientation by Cristiano Casalini (Lynch School of Education and Human Development)
and Dennis Shirley (Lynch School of Education and Human Development)

2:15-2:25
Coffee Break

2:25-3:40
Panel: Formative Education at Boston College
Moderator, Mary Crane (Director of the Institute of Liberal Arts)
Panelists: David Quigley (Provost of Boston College), Joy Moore (Vice President for Student Affairs), Jack Butler, S.J., (Haub Vice President for Mission and Ministry)

3:40-3:50
Coffee break

3:50-5:00
Critical Dialogue Panel: Focusing on Undergraduate and Graduate Formation
Moderator: Meghan Sweeney (Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences)
Panelists: Amy LaCombe (Associate Dean for Undergraduate Curriculum, Carroll School of Management), Mike Sacco (Executive Director, Center for Student Formation), Filippa Anzalone (Law School)
Respondent: Burt Howell (Executive Director of Intersections)

5:15-6:15
Reception in the Higgins Hall Atrium

6:30-8:00 in Devlin Hall, Room 100 
Public Lecture: James Arthur (Director of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, Birmingham University)



Day 2: November 15, 2019 in the Murray Function Room, Yawkey Center

8.45-9:00
Introductory Remarks: Dennis Shirley (Lynch School of Education and Human Development) and Cristiano Casalini (Lynch School of Education and Human Development)


9:00-10:30
Panel: Historical, Theological, and Philosophical Perspectives on Formation
Moderator: Tom Groome (School of Theology and Ministry)
Panelists: Jeffrey Bloechl (Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences), Chris Higgins (Lynch School of Education and Human Development), Mary Troxell (Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences).

10:30-11:00
Coffee Break

11:00-12:00
Presentation and Discussion: Philosophy of Formative Education
Michele Dillon (University of New Hampshire, author of Post-secular Catholicism).
Discussion with Dennis Shirley.

12:00-1:00
Lunch

1:30-2:30
Panel: Formation Today: Mapping the Terrain
Moderator: Scott Seider (Lynch School of Education and Human Development).
Panelists: Henry Braun (Lynch School of Education and Human Development), Larry Ludlow (Lynch School of Education and Human Development), Theresa O’Keefe (School of Theology and Ministry).

2:30-3:00
Coffee Break

3:00-4:30
Roundtable: The Future of Formation. Our Next Steps
Chair: Greg Kalscheur, S.J. (Dean of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences)
Discussants: Stanton Wortham (Dean of the Lynch School of Education and Human Development), Susan Gennaro (Dean of the Connell School of Nursing), Gautam N. Yadama (Dean of the School of Social Work), Tom Stegman, S.J. (Dean of the School of Theology and Ministry)