Academic Seminar

Introduction

The Academic Seminar that will take place at the World Congress of Families will gather a selection of scholars and researchers on family issues from all over the world. It will be chaired by Dr.  Allan C. Carlson, Ph.D, International Secretary of the World Congress of Families, President of The Howard Center, and directed by Dr. María Lacalle, Director of the Family Studies Center of the University Francisco de Vitoria. The Seminar will provide a favorable opportunity for personal interaction and in-depth discussions on family topics that can lead to future collaboration in research projects and other activities.

As Pope John Paul II said: “Universities are immersed in human society, so University research should seek to discover the roots and causes of the serious problems of our time, especially in areas such as the dignity of human life and the quality of personal and family life (Ex corde Ecclesiae, n. 32)”.

Aims:

  • To present the status questionis of research on family issues.
  • To build personal relationships and facilitate collaboration opportunities in family research.
  • To promote the spread and implementation of new, audacious ways to strengthen and reinforce families in today’s society.

Aimed at:

The seminar is aimed at scholars and researchers on family issues from any discipline: Theology, Anthropology, Morals, Law, Psychology, Sociology, and other. Participation in the Seminar is by personal invitation only. Participants will need to be registered at the Congress. Space permitting, applications may be submitted to Academia-WCF@congresomundial.es. Please don’t forget to include a short academic CV.

Lecturers

We will are privileged to announce the presence of three distinguished professors, real experts in their respective fields, who will deliver lectures on topics of great interest.

  • JUAN PÉREZ SOBA, Professor of Family Pastoral and Moral Theology, John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family (Rome)  - Confirmed
  • HELEN ALVARÉ, Professor of Family Law, George Mason University School of Law (Virginia, USA) – Confirmed
  • SYLVIA ASAY, University of Nebraska at Kearney. College of Business & Technology. Family Studies & Interior Design. -Confirmed

Workshops

Several Workshops will be held to promote personal interaction and open discussion on different issues. Researches will have the opportunity to present the results of investigation as well as new ideas.

The Workshops will be a great occasion to communicate with scholars pursuing research in a wide variety of areas related to families. They will be guided by topics bringing in an interdisciplinary, diagnostic lens to the analysis of challenges and issues that impact the well-being of families across the world.

Participants must choose a Workshop (or two, indicating order of preference).

IMPORTANT: Spots in Workshops are limited to ensure they can work well; therefore the assignment to Groups will be made on a first-come first-served basis and preferences of those applying. If a Working Group does not have sufficient participants, the Organizers reserve the right to cancel the Group and assign participants to other Groups.

The Workshops will be conducted by researchers of international standing.

a)      Human Love and its Natural Expression in the Family.

b)      From Family Well-being to Social Well-being.

c)      Family and Technical and Scientific Discoveries.

d)      University’s service to Family by the Development of a new social thought

e)      Communicating skills and the defense of family

f)       Family and Law in a Plural Society

Report on current research work

The Academic Seminar will also provide for a favorable opportunity to report on research findings and to present publications, new ideas and work in progress. It is possible to publish relevant information on research projects on family issues in this website.

AGENDA

09.00 – 09:30: Welcome and introduction

  • Dr. Allan C. Carlson, International Secretary of  WCF, Director of Family in America Studies Center
  • María Lacalle, Director of the Centro de Estudios para la Familia de la Universidad Francisco de Vitoria

09.30 – 11.30 – Lectures

  • Called to Love, JUAN PÉREZ SOBA, Professor of Family Pastoral and Moral Theology, John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family (Rome)
  • Contemporary Family Law, HELEN ALVARÉ, Professor of Family Law, George Mason University School of Law (Virginia, USA)
  • Family Strengths Model, SYLVIA ASAY, Professor Family Studies, University of Nebraska at Kearney (Nebraska, USA)

11.30 – 12:00: Coffee-Break

12.00 – 14.00: Workshops

a)      Human Love and its Natural Expression in the Family.

b)      From Family Well-being to Social Well-being.

c)      Family and Technical and Scientific Discoveries.

d)      University’s service to Family by the Development of a new social thought

e) Communicating skills and the defense of family

f)       Family and Law in a Plural Society

14:00 – 15:30 Lunch

15.30 – 17.00: Wrap-up and Conclusion

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