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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

See below for more information and upcoming event dates.

  • Fall Lecture Series

    You’re invited to join Ohio Dominican University during the 2015-16 academic year on an exploration of our academic common theme of Truth. The fourth-year seminar of the Core invites students and faculty to extend the conversation of human nature, justice, and the common good to address the question, what truths have we learned?

    The Office of Academic Affairs (through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities) and the Center for Dominican Studies are co-sponsoring the events, which provide comprehensive opportunities for the students, alumni, staff, faculty and friends to engage in the conversation together.

    All presentations will take place from 3:30-5:00 p.m., in Sansbury Hall’s Colonial Room on ODU’s main campus.

    Seeking Truth: Discussions across the Disciplines

    • Oct. 1
      Truth in Philosophy
      Speaker: Dr. Michael Doughtery, professor of Philosophy
    • Oct. 8
      Truth in Science
      Speaker: Dr. Becky Graham, assistant professor of Biology
    • Oct. 29
      Truth in Sports
      Speaker: Dr. James Strode, associate professor of Sport Management
    • Nov. 5
      Truth in the World of the Internet
      Speaker: Dr. Timothy Walker, associate professor of Computer Science

    The Center for Dominican Studies Presents

    • Oct. 8
      John Thavis Lecture
      The Vatican Prophecies: Investigating Supernatural Signs, Apparitions and Miracles in the Modern Age
      7 p.m., Colonial Room, Sansbury Hall
      Speaker: John Thavis, author, former Vatican reporter

    Videos from past events hosted by ODU's Center for Dominican Studies are available to enjoy online.

    See Videos
  • Special Presentations for Dominican Feasts

    Our Special Presentations for Dominican Feasts celebrate the days of St. Albert the Great, St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Catherine of Siena. 

    • Nov. 11
      St. Albert the Great Lecture
      11 a.m., Matesich Theatre, Erskine Hall
      Energy, Environment and Chemistry
      Speaker: Dr. Umit Ozkan, professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The Ohio State University 
    • Jan. 28, 2016
      St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture
      11 a.m., Matesich Theatre, Erskine Hall
      Speaker: Sister Barbara Reid, OP, Ph.D., vice president and academic dean, professor of New Testament Studies at Catholic Theological Union 
    • April 7, 2016
      St. Catherine of Siena Lecture
      3:30 p.m., Colonial Room, Sansbury Hall
      Catherine Siena in the Year of Divine Mercy
      Speaker: Sister Mary Ann Fatula, OP, Ph.D., professor of Theology (retired)

    Enjoy videos from past events hosted by ODU's Center for Dominican Studies.

    View Videos

  • Faculty & Staff Programming

    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. 

    Stay tuned for more information or contact Sr. Mattie Sterner at sternerm@ohiodominican.edu or (614) 251-4722.
  • Dominican Study Collaborative
    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
  • Fanjeaux Experience: Dominican Study Abroad

    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 or contact Sr. Mattie Sterner at sternerm@ohiodominican.edu or (614) 251-4722.

St. Thomas Aquinas, O.P.

"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."