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The ACCU calendar lists events taking place around the country with a focus on Catholic higher education. Included are both conferences sponsored by ACCU and those that are related to member campuses. To submit an event that may be of interest to Catholic higher education, please e-mail


March 2015
Seeing with Eyes of the Heart (Eph 1:18): Cultivating a Sacramental Imagination in an Age of Pornography
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - Friday, March 27, 2015
Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN
How does our culture of pervasive pornography influence our capacity to behold one another as women and men created in the image of God and redeemed in the image of Christ? Seeking student papers and works of fine art that give artistic expression to the contrast between a sacramental and pornographic visual culture. Proposals due by January 15, 2015.

April 2015
Renewing the Passion for Education in Catholic Universities
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - Saturday, April 11, 2015
Libera Universita Maria Ss. Assunta, Rome, Italy
26th Colloquium of the Association for Catholic Institutes for the Study of Education (ACISE-IFCU)

Contact:    Association of Catholic Institutes of Education
41st Conference on Value Inquiry: Sport and Values
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - Saturday, April 18, 2015
Neumann University, PA

Call for Papers: See

May 2015
Dorothy Day and the Church: Past, Present, and Future
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - Friday, May 15, 2015
University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN
This conference will explore Dorothy Day's life, legacy, and contemporary significance for the Church. Paper and session proposals are welcomed from academics and others familiar with the work of Dorothy Day. Visit for information.

June 2015
Liturgical Art and Design after Vatican II: A Catholic Research Resources Alliance Symposium and Annual Meeting  
Monday, June 1, 2015 - Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL

The symposium will explore post-Vatican II changes and current activities in preserving and providing access to the archives of liturgical designers and artists, as well as engage scholars and students who use these resources

Contact:    Jennifer Younger
Sacra Liturgia USA 2015
Monday, June 1, 2015 - Thursday, June 4, 2015
New York, NY
This international conference on liturgical formation in light of the new evangelization will carry the theme, "Culmen et Fons Vitae et Missionis Ecclesiae." Topics addressed will range from broad subjects like the relationship between liturgy and culture, Catholic identity, youth, the arts, and Catholic education, to specific questions like the mid-20th-century changes to Holy Week and the post-Vatican-II reform of the calendar and lectionary.

2015 ACCU Mission Officer Institute  
Monday, June 8, 2015 - Thursday, June 11, 2015
Lewis University, IL

Designed around the theme, “The Many Hats of the Mission Officer,” the inaugural ACCU Mission Officer Institute will feature presentations, discussions, and activities that acknowledge the mission officer’s complex, multifaceted role within the Catholic university community, with a particular emphasis on the mission officer as formator, administrator, and catalyst.

Contact:    Fr. Mark Pranaitis
(202) 457-0650 ext. 225
The Mission Integration Institute: Catholic Higher Education Program
Monday, June 8, 2015 - Friday, June 12, 2015
University of San Diego, CA

Designed for entry-level and mid-career professional administrators working in Catholic higher education. Deepen your knowledge and understanding of Catholic higher education and contemporary moral issues. Register by April 15, 2015— enrollment is limited.

(619) 260-4585
ACCU Rome Seminar  
Sunday, June 14, 2015 - Thursday, June 18, 2015
Rome, Italy
Contact:    Sandra Kerr-Porcari
Collegium Summer Colloquy on Faith and Intellectual Life
Friday, June 19, 2015 - Friday, June 26, 2015
Saint John's University, MN
July 2015
25th IFCU General Assembly
Monday, July 13, 2015 - Friday, July 17, 2015
Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia

Australian Catholic University (ACU) is hosting the 25th General Assembly of the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU), 13–17 July 2015 in Melbourne, Australia, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the establishment of ACU.

     The theme of the IFCU 25th General Assembly is “Times change. Values endure." Over five days, delegates will discuss, analyse, and reflect on the challenges Catholic universities face in today’s ever-changing world. We look forward to an engaging, rich, and relevant exchange of ideas that will impact the way we manage change, while keeping true to the values and ethos of Catholic higher education.

     Aligned to the IFCU 25th General Assembly will be a series of satellite events held in Melbourne, which ACU is also hosting, including:

  • AUSJAL General Assembly on 6-7 July 2015
  • Jesuit Higher Education Conference on 7-10 July 2015
  • Presidents’ Roundtable on 11-12 July 2015, focusing on the theme of internationalisation

Institute for Administrators in Catholic Higher Education
Monday, July 13, 2015 - Thursday, July 16, 2015
Boston College, MA
ASACCU Annual Conference
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - Friday, July 24, 2015
Providence College, RI
October 2015
Transcending Orthodoxies: Academic Freedom in Religiously Affiliated Universities  
Thursday, October 29, 2015 - Sunday, November 1, 2015
University of Notre Dame, IN

A reexamination of the secular principles of academic freedom, and a discussion of how a theological understanding might build on and further develop it. Call for papers now open.

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