Our Work



What is the Common Good?

Research Fellows Colloquy

We are convening ten prominent scholars to explore the idea of the common good and advance our understanding of and responses to specific issues germane to our shared wellbeing.
Jennifer Beste
Professor of Theology, Koch Chair for Catholic Thought and Culture, College of St. Benedict + St. John’s

Tricia Bruce
Associate Professor of Sociology, Maryville College

Jeremy V. Cruz
Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, St. John’s University

Teresa Delgado
Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics, Iona College

Kristin E. Heyer
Professor of Theology, Boston College

Linh N. Hoang
O.F.M., Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Siena College

Andrew Kim
Assistant Professor of Theology, Marquette University

Bryan Massingale
Professor of Theological and Social Ethics, Fordham University

Michael P. Moreland
Professor of Law and Religion, Villanova University

Shannen Dee Williams
Assistant Professor of History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

What is the future of Catholic higher education?

Theology and the University Colloquy

What is the future of Catholic higher education? How do Catholic colleges and universities effectively steward the intellectual and ethical capital of Catholicism in a manner that is respectfully and responsibly engaged with other faith communities and moral perspectives? This colloquy convenes leaders from across Catholic higher education to explore these questions and forge collaborative networks.
Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action, St. Mary’s College

Center for Arab and Islamic Studies, St. Bonaventure University

Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies, St. Leo University

Center for Faith and Public Life, Fairfield University

Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, Seattle University

Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought, University of San Francisco

Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center, University of St. Thomas

Orthodox Christian Studies Center, Fordham University

How do we promote equality in human flourishing?

Racial Equality Seminar

Racial injustice is a global crisis and a local scourge. This community-based research and collaborative action seminar supports important work being led by Duquesne faculty in concert with community partners, most particularly the Elsinore Bennu Think Tank for Restorative Justice and The Civil Rights Clinic in the School of Law. The multi-disciplinary work of this seminar leverages these existing initiatives in concert with humanities scholarship on racism and racial equality, including literature and theology, as well as scholarship in counseling and education.

Trauma-Informed Community Development Seminar

Entire communities are affected by multiple forms of trauma. In recent years FOCUS Pittsburgh, in partnership with Duquesne University and others, has developed a groundbreaking response called Trauma-Informed Community Development (TICD). This community-based research and collaborative action seminar builds on the rich relationship between FOCUS and Duquesne. Faculty, community partners, and graduate students are working together to disseminate and document TICD. Learn more…

How do we support ethical leaders?

Emerging Scholars in Religious Ethics

We are convening promising junior scholars who work in Christian, Jewish, and Muslim religious ethics. Selected participants will form a peer cohort to encourage inter-religious collaboration, shared inquiry, and professional development. Learn more…