Sheil Seminars

Each quarter as part of the Christ the Teacher Institute, the Sheil Catholic Center offers Sheil Seminars on a variety of topics.

CORE Seminar/Students Only
The Sacramental Life
Days/Times Tuesdays
Sept 27, Oct 4,11,18,25
Professor Dr. Mary Deeley
Audience Undergradute & Graduate Students Only
Is a Good Death Possible: Anticipating the Journey
Days/Times Wednesdays
Oct 12, 19, 26
Professor Sue Durburg, Karen Barnes, and Patricia Corbett
Audience Open to everyone

Echoes of Racial Injustice in Public Policy

October 13, 20, 27
November 3
Location | Lunt Hall, Room 105 on the Northwestern Campus. (2033 Sheridan Road)

Professor Jack MacNamara
Contract Buyers League of Chicago
Audience Open to everyone


Journaling Workshop
Days/Times Sunday
Oct 16
Mary Frances Schneider, Ph.D
Audience Open to everyone


Sheil Seminars are academic and provocative courses taught by Sheil staff and occasional guest scholars. Unless otherwise designated, seminars are open to students, associates and the wider Sheil and Northwestern communities who want concise, challenging presentations and discussions on various aspects of Catholic teaching.

Classes are 60 to 120 minutes in length and taught from three to six weeks during the quarter. In addition, four core seminars designed for Catholic Scholars consist of five 2-hour sessions.

Each quarter, seminar topics will be selected from two or more of the following disciplines, which include:

  • Sacred Scripture
  • Theology and Christology
  • Ecclesiology and Church History
  • Morality and Social Justice
  • Liturgy, Prayer and Spirituality
  • Catholic Culture & Imagination
  • Human Person

Most seminars will take place in the new Sheil classroom, which is equipped with smart technology and provides space for presentations and discussion. Alternate spaces may include Sheil’s lower level or a Northwestern University classroom.

While these courses do not yet provide NU academic credits, they are designed and taught to the standards of academic excellence expected of a typical undergraduate course. Each session builds on previous material; and participants will be asked to do reading and offer evaluations.

For more information or to register for any of these classes, please contact Mary Deeley at or (847) 328-4648.