Call for Papers: Notre Dame's Center for Ethics and Culture Annual Fall Conference

And the topic is . . .  Humility, Wonder and Joy!  All the past conferences with the Center for Ethics and Culture were excellent, and this 2010 conference promises no less.  This is not just any conference--this conference is a provocative, stimulating retreat, a tonic for the mind!  Learn more here.

Here is their brief description:
This year, we will continue this inquiry by a discussion centered around the proposal that humility, wonder, and joy are great among those virtues which undergird human flourishing in this world and—in the Christian tradition—lead in grace to eternal happiness in the next. These virtues, the fullness of which Georges Bernanos identified in the state of the Blessed Virgin who, attending at the manger, is described as ―"younger than sin"—free, with a virtuous simplicity of soul, for her joyful assent to and embrace of the Truth and the Good that has set her free. We, not so "young" as she, must undertake the journey to simplicity by humility, which enables honesty concerning oneself and one’s dependence on others; wonder, which as Aristotle wrote, first leads one to seek the freedom of the truth; and joy, the delight of the soul that is able to apprehend the true and the good and draw them to itself.


The 11th annual conference, Younger than Sin: Retrieving Simplicity through the Virtues of Humility, Wonder and Joy, will take place at Notre Dame November 18-20, 2010. One-page abstracts for individual papers must include name, title, affiliation (academic or otherwise), address, and e-mail address. The deadline for submissions is Friday, July 16, 2010. Notification of acceptance will be mailed by Monday, August 2, 2010.
Suggested topics include
  • Education and the cultivation of the simple mind
  • Cultivating a sense of wonder
  • An addiction to self-distraction—Web-surfing, infinite playlists, and the pursuit of novelty ―on demand
  • E.F. Schumacher and distributivism—small is beautiful
  • Subsidiarity and the role of small, mediating institutions in a flourishing society
  • The clear sight of truth—the complexity of simplicity in the arts
  • The role of wonder and beauty in the sciences
  • The modern emphasis on youth
  • The beauty of simplicity
  • The virtue of smallness
  • Contraception and abortion—the rejection of children
  • Childishness v. childlikeness
  • The simplicity of the Liturgy
  • Advent and Christmas mediations on childhood
  • Herod and the Massacre of the Innocents
  • Awakening us to the sacred: what children teach us about God
  • St. Therese of the Child Jesus, Doctor of the Church, and her ―little Way
  • The Christ-child—The Word has made Himself small
  • Reflections on dependence, vulnerability and trust
  • Reflections on the adage, ―wise as serpents and innocent as doves
  • Reflections on wonder, whimsy, and spontaneity
  • ―Divine play‖ and ―divine order in Christianity and Eastern religions
  • Analysis of legal protections for the vulnerable and the innocent
  • The virtue of humility in politics and business
  • Humility and humor
  • Mediations on the virtue of hilaritas
  • Exploration of the theme of childlikeness in the work of:
    • St. Therese of Lisieux
    • George Bernanos
    • Charles Peguy
    • Hans Urs von Balthasar
    • G.K. Chesterton
    • C.S. Lewis
    • Hans Christian Anderson
    • John Paul II
    • and many more

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