Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture
Rev. Gary Chamberland, C.S.C., interim executive director
Jamie Powell, director
The University of Portland Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture was dedicated in 2005 as a gift of the Garaventa family of Concord, California.
The Garaventa Center has firmly established itself as a place of conversation, study, and consideration of the Catholic intellectual and social traditions from which the University draws its inspiration. The Garaventa Center fosters an ongoing conversation that is morally, ethically, and spiritually grounded, through a variety of programs including lectures, symposiums, art exhibits, and conferences. As Catholic, the Garaventa Center's commitment is informed by the values that stem from the recognition that all life is a gift from a loving Creator, that all human beings have intrinsic dignity, and that the goods of the earth and the goods of human ingenuity have been given by God for the sake of all God’s creatures. As Holy Cross, this commitment is to excellence in teaching in an environment that fosters the development of the whole person— the heart and the mind— to contribute to a just and lasting social order. The Garaventa Center is especially committed to challenging the students at the University of Portland to draw on the wisdom and living tradition of the Church to integrate faith and reason into every facet of their lives.
The University of Portland Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture is located in Suite 214 in Buckley Center and can be contacted at (503) 943-7702 or firstname.lastname@example.org.