Center for Dominican Studies Programs

ODU's Center for Dominican Studies provides students, faculty, staff and the public a variety of opportunities for study, dialogue and the search for truth. The Center offers programs and events throughout the year including public lectures, faculty and staff development, student-focused events, and more.

Programs Include

  • Fall Lecture Series
  • Special Presentations for Dominican Feasts 
  • Faculty & Staff Programming
  • Dominican Study Collaborative
  • Fanjeaux Experience

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Faculty and staff programs provide informal opportunities to engage in conversation around the Center's mission.

Faculty & Staff Orientation

Orientation sessions provide the opportunity for new and continuing faculty and staff to explore and discuss:

  • The History of the Ohio Dominican University
  • The Dominican Mission and Charism: Roots of our University Culture
  • The Catholic Intellectual Tradition of the University
  • Ex Corde Ecclesiae
  • The Many Forms of Preaching in Our Contemporary World
  • The Integration of the Dominican Charism Across University Life and the Academic Curriculum
  • Sharing the Charism with Students: A Collaborative Study, Research and Service Event
  • Dominican Institutions as Promoters of Peace, Justice and Service to the Global Community
  • Dominican Institutions as Centers for Ethics: Our Challenge and Options
  • Reflective Practice: A Dominican Activity for University Teaching
  • Connections with the Dominican Family at Home and Abroad: Networking Opportunities

Focus Groups

Faculty & staff focus groups provide informal opportunities for faculty and staff to engage in brainstorming and conversation regarding the mission and activities of the Center for Dominican Studies at Ohio Dominican University. These sessions engage participants in a process of understanding and embracing the mission of the Center for Dominican Studies as programs, activities and opportunities evolve. 

An overview of the history, vision, mission and activities of the Center for Dominican Studies at Ohio Dominican are also presented.

The Dominican Study Collaborative bring together ODU administrators, faculty and staff with the Center for Dominican Studies to explore and facilitate opportunities to:

  • Research and study current topics and issues related to the mission of the Center for Dominican Studies such as:
    • Peace & Justice
    • The Church and the World
    • Ethics in the Workplace and Society
    • The Church in Latin America and Africa
    • Reconciliation
    • Documents of the Church
    • Catholic Social Teaching
  • Prepare periodic, electronic journals connected with topics related to the mission of the Center for Dominican Studies
  • Explore University curriculum issues related to the Catholic and Dominican identity of the University
  • Network with other Dominican universities
  • Engage in grant opportunities related to the mission of the Center for Dominican Studies

Held in Fanjeaux, France, this international study experience brings together faculty, administrators, students and staff from U.S. Dominican colleges and universities. 

We gather in the medieval hilltop town where St. Dominic's vision of an order devoted to seeking and sharing the truth took shape. Mornings are spent in study, afternoons in excursions to historic sites in southern France with a focus on places special to Dominicans' early years in the thirteenth century. As a community of learners, we enjoy simple living and superb meals at the Belvedere, a Dominican guesthouse.

The program conclude with four nights in Paris.

Stay tuned for more information.


Illustration of St. Thomas Aquinas


"We can't have full knowledge all at once. We must start by believing then afterwards we may be led on to master the evidence for ourselves." — St. Thomas Aquinas, O.P.

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