A Distinctive Vision?

Catholic Higher Education 50 Years after Land O’Lakes


20-22 September 2017

***Registrations are still being accepted beyond the deadline***


Saint Louis University and the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities announce an interdisciplinary symposium on Catholic higher education fifty years after the Land O'Lakes statement on the nature of the Catholic university - a watershed moment in contemporary American Catholic history.  In July 1967, a group of Catholic educators, administrators, and board members gathered in Land O'Lakes Wisconsin to "study the nature and role of the contemporary Catholic university" in the wake of the Second Vatican Council.  While certainly influential, the statement has not gone uncontested.  Some consider it a revolutionary road-map for Catholic education in the modern world; others have declared a half-century of devastation. Still others designate it a mixed legacy.





Founded in 1818, Saint Louis University is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious Catholic universities. SLU, which also has a campus in Madrid, Spain, is recognized for world-class academics, life-changing researchcompassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service.

Guided by our enduring Jesuit mission, we offer our nearly 13,000 students a highly rigorous and deeply transformative education that helps them develop into bold, confident leaders. Rated among the nation’s top 100 research universities, SLU boasts more than 20 graduate and undergraduate programs ranked among the top 100 in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

Academically, ethics, spirituality and compassion take center stage, while outside the classroom, members of the SLU community provide more than 1.6 million service hours each year — just one reason we’re consistently known as a character-building college. In fact, more than 80 of SLU's courses integrate service into academics.

Inspired by our pioneering history while firmly focused on a promising future, Saint Louis University continues to move forward with an unwavering commitment to serve a higher purpose while always seeking the greater good.