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Dedicated Semester: Fontbonne University

We launched the first Dedicated Semester in Fall 2007 with the topic of Judaism and its Cultures. Ten years later, the tradition of the Fontbonne Dedicated Semester is still going strong.

Current Dedicated Semester

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Family: Past, Present, Future | Deborah Phelps & Mary Beth Ohlms

Catholic Social Teaching suggests the family is the most important social institution, the basic building block of humanity. This Dedicated Semester takes a broad, interdisciplinary perspective on practical, theoretical, and political topics related to families. It will offer opportunities to examine the history of the family and its role in education, religious formation, socialization, economic structures, and emotional development. We’ll explore traditional, changing, and families of choice and the challenges they face now and in the future. 

What IS a Dedicated Semester?

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The tradition of the Dedicated Semester began in the fall of 2007 with a campus-wide exploration of Judaism. Each fall, the Fontbonne University sponsors a different subject for the semester. With cooperation from schools, divisions, departments, and programs across the university, our campus community explores a new theme. Academic departments contribute courses that are the core curriculum of  the Dedicated Semester, which is also supported by a variety of co-curricular activities and events.

Learn more: https://www.fontbonne.edu/dedicated

Upcoming Dedicated Semesters

2019: Memory

2020 Vision: Image, Perception, and Ways of Seeing

“The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled.”
– John Berger, Ways of Seeing

Images surround and influence us on a daily basis, and yet we are seldom taught ways to read visual culture. In this semester, we will explore the visual image in a variety of contexts: from art to advertising, technology to aesthetics, from religious vision to the selfie. How does what we see shape what we know? How does it guide and misguide us? How do images persuade? What makes them so powerful? How do we define what is beautiful or ugly, and when or why should we? What does it mean when we say a leader is a 'visionary' in his or her field? How can we use images to serve the common good rather than to reduce it? What can the science of sight illuminate about human perceptions and limitations?  How does visual perception, or impairments in visual perception, shape development in psychology, education, and beyond? How is the visual privileged or marginalized? What do we mean when we speak of 'our image'? 

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