Intellect
“Intellect unites us more firmly to Christ.”
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Intellect

Every year we host a variety of events and programs designed to educate our community not only about faith itself but also how to view issues through the lens of our Catholic faith. Past events included presentations on Pope Francis and the Environment; Islamic Theology; an Evening with Audrey Assad; Sports and Spirituality with Tommy LaSorda, and more. We offer several ongoing intellectual programs for students to join in on.

Credo program highlights

CREDO: Exploring Catholic Faith

In a series of evenings with scholars around Los Angeles, gain a 360-degree view of what we believe and how we live as Catholics in the modern world. Come ask all your questions in conversation with top Catholic thinkers. Please see our Credo fall semester schedule for more information.

Sessions:

  • Sunday, September 12 at 7:00 p.m.
    Hearing God Speak
  • Sunday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m.
    Who Do You Say That I Am?
  • Sunday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m.
    The Eucharistic Mystery
  • Sunday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m.
    The Vine and the Branches
  • Sunday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m.
    The Gift of Tradition
  • Sunday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m.
    Thinking with the Church

Nova Forum

The Nova Forum for Catholic Thought at the University of Southern California

The Nova Forum is an initiative of the Roman Catholic community at USC to introduce students to the Catholic intellectual tradition, to share that tradition’s resources with the secular university, and to equip the next generation to sustain the tradition. Nova Forum is a joint enterprise of the Caruso Catholic Center and the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies.

Students interested in applying may do so by visiting our Nova Forum page or contact Professor David Albertson by email using the subject line "Nova Forum."

Nova Forum’s Spring Course List

Looking for classes to take this spring? Check out Nova Forum's Spring '22 Course List.

Hey Trojans! Looking for some classes to take for spring 2022? Catholic students might think of their coursework and their faith as two separate things, but the Catholic intellectual tradition is so vast that many USC courses end up intersecting with it in different ways. Please visit our Nova Forum website, and check out the selected courses under the resource tab!

Nova Forum Seminar III: Future Hopes and Human Limits

Join us bright and early for Seminar III: Future Hopes and Human Limits on Saturday, November 13, at the USC Caruso Catholic Center! This seminar will be led by two amazing guest speakers: Cynthia Colburn (Pepperdine) and Douglas Christie (LMU). We will start the day off with coffee and end with lunch following an optional mass. We hope to see you there! To register and access the readings, visit our website!

Prayer and Poetry as Attention: Session III / November 20 at 10:30 a.m.

Christian Poetry Colloquium. Prayer and Poetry As Attention. October 23 from 10:30AM - 12:00PM. Led by Professor Amy Cannon (USC). The Fall 2021 Word In the Desert Series. Register at novaforum.org

The third and final session of our Fall 2021 Christian Poetry Colloquium series, “Prayer and Poetry as Attention” with Professor Amy Cannon (University of Southern California), is open to all USC and Pepperdine students, faculty, and staff and will be held online through Zoom. Readings are available on the Nova Forum website, and a Zoom link will be available.

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Catholic Trojan Mentorship Program

The Mentorship Program pairs Trojans in their junior and senior years with alumni currently working in their field of interest. While there are many mentorship programs available to USC students, our program is the only one that teaches how Catholic faith plays into ethical decisions in the workplace.

Students interested in applying, you can do so online. If you have additional questions, please reach out to Fr. Joe, OFM Conv. via email.

We welcome new mentors as well. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please fill out this form. If you have additional questions, don't hesitate to reach out to Rose Ramirez via email.

Leadership Development

USC Caruso Catholic Center student leaders serve as models for our entire Catholic Trojan Family. Students are invited to participate in ESTEEM - Engaging Students to Enliven the Ecclesial Mission. This program gives college students at 15 universities across the nation the tools they need to tap their full potential in connecting with the life of the Church. By participating in this innovative and dynamic year-long curriculum of study, prayer, community-building and service, students are given the skills, resources, and inspiration to help them live out their baptismal call. Please email Fr. Joe, OFM Conv. to learn more.

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Study Nights

Students enjoy the fellowship of others during study nights, making the stress of studying just a little bit easier to bear.