A GROUP OF JESUIT UNIVERSITY STAFF AT THE ANNUAL HEARTLAND JESUIT PHYSICS RETREAT HELD AT CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY IN NOVEMBER 2019 (PHOTO COURTESY OF ANDREW G. BARUTH)

In Episode 1 of The Intersection, “On the Challenge and Promise of Being a Whole Person in Higher Education,” Kathleen Fitzpatrick, director of digital humanities and English professor at Michigan State University, and Ryan Duns, a Jesuit priest and theologian at Marquette University, reflect together about obstacles and possibilities related to being whole persons in higher education.

How do academic culture and institutional structures hinder people from becoming whole? What practices can promote greater alignment between intellectual work and the affective experiences that bring meaning to our lives? And what conditions can help everyone who works in higher education–faculty, staff, and administrators–to be more fulfilled in their work together?

Hosted by Jennifer Abe, Loyola Marymount University | Sponsored by Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education | conversationsmagazine.org

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Loyola University Chicago’s Retreat and Ecology Campus (LUREC)

In Episode 2 of The Intersection, “The Work of Wondering,” chemist Nicole Bouvier-Brown of Loyola Marymount University and poet Philip Metres of John Carroll University explore the power of wonder to help people in higher education become more integrated and fulfilled.

What would happen if we consciously placed wonder at the center of all of our work in higher education? How might wonder be shared across the institutional structures that divide staff from faculty, students from administrators? And how can greater attention to the power of wonder help to make everyone in higher education more whole, together?

Hosted by Jennifer Abe, Loyola Marymount University | Sponsored by Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education | conversationsmagazine.org

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In Episode 3 of The Intersection, “Creativity & Communion,” Rachel Mindrup, a visual artist at Creighton University Medical School, and Aldo Billingslea, an actor and theater professor at Santa Clara University, explore the relationship between creativity and community.

How can creativity help people in higher education to connect to their deepest desires and aspirations? And how can it become the source for nourishing growth into meaningful communities in the context of higher education?

Hosted by Jennifer Abe, Loyola Marymount University| Sponsored by Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education | conversationsmagazine.org

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The Rev. Mario Powell, S.J. (photo credit: The New York Times)

In this fourth and final episode of The Intersection, “Accepting the Gifts of Solitude & Mortality,” memoirist Howard Axelrod of Loyola University Chicago and religious studies scholar Gary Laderman of Emory University explore how the practice of solitude and the contemplation of mortality can help people to identify horizons of…

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