Garaventa Center: Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture
The Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture was dedicated in June 2005 with a gift from the Garaventa family of Concord, California. The mission of the Center is rooted in the identity of the University as a Catholic, Holy Cross, and American institution of higher learning.
The Garaventa Center is a thriving enterprise on campus that brings people together around our mission as a Catholic university. Through lectures, conferences, symposiums, art exhibits, and concerts, the Center explores the Catholic intellectual tradition from an array of perspectives and disciplines.
Recent speakers and artists hosted on The Bluff by the Garaventa Center include:
- Clarence Thomas, U.S. Supreme Court Justice
- Patrick Leahy, Senator
- Helen Alvare, Vatican advisor
- Michael Behe and Jack Haught, Intelligent Design vs. Evolution dialogue
- Alice Cahana, Holocaust survivor and artist
- Adam Bonica, Stanford economist
- Elias Chacour, Archbishop of Galilee
- Jim Towey, Director of White House Faith-based and Community Initiatives
- Anita Houck, St. Mary's College in South Bend, IN
- Jonathan Kozol, author of Amazing Grace
- Antonin Scalia, U.S. Supreme Court Justice
The Garaventa Center has a strong interdisciplinary focus and the Garaventa Center strives to deepen the conversation on campus about what it means to be a Catholic in America. Your generous support will help fund our many endeavors in this regard. If you would like to make a gift to the Garaventa Center, please call (503) 943-7702 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.