Dedicated Semester 2017:
We, Myself and Why?

Ask someone the question, “Who are you?” and you are bound to be met with a quizzical glance. But the question is fair – how much do we know about ourselves? How much do we care to know?


One hundred years ago, Fontbonne College didn’t have an identity, it was an idea waiting to be born. Today, Fontbonne University has forged its identity through the Sisters of St. Joseph while the personalities occupying its campus are constantly in flux. Catholics and non-Catholics, believers and non-believers, Americans and non-Americans have all walked through its doors.

You are more than just a number. You are more than just a face. You are a thumbprint, a unique identity in this ever-changing community. Behind each face is a complex identity, one worth asking the deeper questions:

  • What is the nature of the self?
  • What do gender, race and class have to do with identity?
  • Is a corporation a person?
  • How is identity changed, challenged or threatened by emergent technologies?
  • What does it mean to say we are created in God’s image?
  • How is identity cultivated in the population we serve?
  • Is identity avowed or ascribed?
  • How does profession impact identity?
  • How do we negotiate multiple identities?

These are just some of the questions to be considered during Fall 2017. Panel discussions, a film series, and guest speakers will add their voices to our discussion. Please see Janelle Julian or Kevin Eiler if you would like to join in any part of the planning process.