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The President’s Institute on the Catholic Character of Loyola Marymount University provides an opportunity for faculty learn about the University’s Catholic and Ignatian traditions and identity. Each year faculty from colleges and departments across the University participate as fellows in a week-long program exploring issues such as Ignatian pedagogy, scholarship of engagement, faith and the arts, justice, and hospitality. The President’s Institute is designed to provide opportunity for experience, reflection and action. We create a context of trust, allowing faculty to deepen their relationship to the University’s mission and to each other. This year, we focused specifically on the relationship of faith and reason in the 21st century university. After exploring definitions of faith, reason and their intersection from philosophical, theological, and practical perspectives, we explored ways to incorporate this understanding into our work at the University. Throughout the week fellows reflected and shared their insights and provided feedback about the Institute. We use their insights to understand the impact of President’s Institute on their work. Fellows reported a deeper understanding of the University’s mission, a closer connection to their colleagues, and a fuller understanding of the potential for integrating faith and reason in to their research and teaching.



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