Who We Are
Named for Eugene J. Gerber, Bishop Emeritus of Wichita, and established in recognition and appreciation of his many contributions to the Diocese of Wichita, the Gerber Institute has sought since its inception to strengthen the Catholic identity of Newman University and to promote scholarly work in the area of Catholic studies. Our aim is to foster the sort of dialogue that is, we feel, most proper to a Catholic institution of higher learning: rigorous without being rigid, respectful without being uncritical, and inclusive in both the ecumenical and the interdisciplinary senses of the word.
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The Gerber Institute furthers the Mission of Newman University by promoting interdisciplinary dialogue exploring Catholic thought and practice in the diverse realms of educational, philosophical, political, social, and cultural life.
The Gerber Institute will promote intellectually rigorous discourse bringing Catholic thought and practice to bear on selected topics of public concern. The institute will engage Newman University students, faculty, and staff, as well as local and regional community members, through conferences, lectures, symposia, and other forms of programming. The inclusion of prominent scholars and public figures from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds will enhance Newman University’s reputation as a center for Catholic studies.