Intellectual Samaritanism: Embracing the Stranger and His Strange Ideas on College Campuses

Jan 4, 2024
Social Sciences, Tea Room
1126 E 59th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
Back to Events

Meghan SullivanUniversity of Notre Dame

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Reception will follow.

This lecture is cosponsored by the In Lumine Network. It is made possible through the support of ‘In Lumine: Supporting the Catholic Intellectual Tradition on Campuses Nationwide’ (Grant #62372) from the John Templeton Foundation.

What moral and intellectual obligations do we have as scholars when encountering unfamiliar, strange or “other” ideas?  It is a fraught idea on many college campuses right now. This lecture will unpack resources from the Catholic intellectual tradition that can help us navigate these issues, in particular developing a theory of what it means to be an intellectual Good Samaritan and applying it to the roads we traverse on modern university campuses.

Meghan Sullivan is the Wilsey Family College Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame and the Director of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study. She works on questions about time and ethics, and teaches Notre Dame's very popular "God and the Good Life" course.  In 2022, Penguin published a book based on the course -- the Good Life Method. She is the recipient of Notre Dame’s Joyce Awards for Teaching, with the Provost’s All-Faculty Team Award, and with the City of South Bend’s 40 Under 40 Award. Sullivan is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar.