The Lasallian Education Mission: Challenges, Convictions, and Hopes
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Oct. 1-3, 2021
The 9th Annual International Symposium on Lasallian Research
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is looking forward to hosting the 9th annual International Symposium on Lasallian Research on its Twin Cities Campus. Given the fact that it was necessary to cancel the Symposium last year, there is a strong desire to gather in person this year. After consulting with representatives of the various regions, it is clear that international travel continues to be uncertain and may, in fact, not be possible. All who can safely attend the 2021 Symposium at Saint Mary’s on Oct. 1-3 are welcome! For those who cannot attend this year, we encourage you to engage with other Lasallian educators in your region as you are able to do so. We are requesting that each region prepare a recorded video presentation providing an update about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the schools in your region and what your current circumstances may suggest regarding research needs and possibilities. We plan to post these on the symposium website. More details and consultation about this process will be available to you via the contacts below. We already look forward to the 10th Symposium in 2022 at which time we hope to be able to host a truly international gathering.
The theme for the 2021 Symposium is adopted from the recent Declaration following the 45th General Chapter:
The Lasallian Education Mission: Challenges, Convictions, and Hopes.
Like the Declaration itself, it is our hope that this theme will “motivate and guide our educational work toward the future in response to the needs and challenges of today’s world.” We note our dedication to this mission. This symposium should highlight the contributions that Lasallian higher education is making toward these goals. With this gathering we also recognize and celebrate our commitment to association and acknowledge how challenging this has been during a pandemic. Please consider joining us even if you are not submitting a proposal.
The Call for Proposals for the 2021 Symposium is now open. Submissions can be focused on theoretical research and/or practice. Proposals may fall under the broad theme of the Symposium or more specifically, the following categories:
- Leadership and Character
- Inclusion and Human Dignity
- Science, Health, and Sustainability
- Lasallian Education and Pedagogy
Proposals should include a description of the paper of approximately 250 words. In addition to your name and contact information, the proposal should also include your institutional affiliation. Proposals should be sent as soon as possible; the deadline for submission is June 15. Notifications of acceptance will be sent no later than July 15. Proposals, as well as any questions regarding the Call for Proposals, may be directed to Jack McClure, Ph.D., and Michael Hahn, Ph.D., at ISLR@smumn.edu. Student presentations are encouraged but we suggest that students work with a faculty facilitator/mentor.
The registration fee includes meals during the Symposium. The fee structure for the 2021 is as follows:
- $300 for individuals at institutions in the U.S.
- $200 for individuals at institutions outside of the U.S.
- $150 for students (undergraduate and graduate)
Lodging is not included in the registration fee. Participants of the Symposium are encouraged to book directly with Minneapolis Marriott City Center.
The aim of the 2021 Symposium is to bring together Lasallian educators from around the world as well as a range of disciplines to celebrate community, share research, and explore questions of importance. We particularly welcome proposals from teachers and other practitioners.
The 2021 Symposium is planned as an in-person event. We will continue to follow safety protocols related to the COVID-19 pandemic and follow guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health.
Minneapolis Marriott City Center
30 South 7th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55402
The Minneapolis Marriott City Center is tucked within the city's lively downtown district. The hotel is connected via the Minneapolis Skyway System of enclosed climate-controlled pedestrian footbridges to buildings throughout 80 city blocks in over 11 miles of downtown Minneapolis.
Christian Brothers Conference (CBC) Hotel Reservation Policy
The cost of a participant’s hotel room is the responsibility of the participant. By using the reservation link or calling in to make a reservation, you acknowledge and agree to the conditions of this policy.
Hotel reservations for the International Symposium on Lasallian Research may be made online using a dedicated booking website that has been created specifically for the event. Please click here to make, modify, or cancel your hotel reservation online. You may also make your reservation by phone using the following dedicated group reservations phone numbers:
*Reservations Toll-Free: 1-866-315-9403
*Reservations Local Phone: 1-612-349-4000
By using the Lasallian Research online reservations link or one of the above dedicated phone numbers, you will receive the discounted conference rate of $119 per person, per night, plus applicable tax and occupancy fees, currently 14.025% (group rate). This rate is available from Thursday, Sept. 30, through Sunday, Oct. 3, based on availability. If you have any questions regarding your reservation, place a call to the reservations toll-free number listed above. All reservations must be accompanied by the first night’s room deposit or guaranteed by a major credit card. The hotel will not hold any reservations unless secured by one of these methods.
Reservation Cut-Off Date
The cut-off date to make a reservation in the Lasallian Research discounted room block is 5 p.m., Central Daylight Time (CDT), Monday, Aug. 30, 2021 (the cut-off date). Please be sure to book your room early. After Aug. 30 or if the block is sold out, the hotel will accept reservations on a space-available basis at the prevailing rate.
Check-in time starts at 4 p.m. and checkout time is noon.
Individual cancellation on guest rooms is to be made by 4 p.m., 72 hours prior to the check-in date. If a guest cancels after 4 p.m., 72 hours prior to check-in date, a cancellation fee of one night’s room and tax will be charged to the individual’s credit card on file.
The 2019 symposium featured two keynote presentations:
Brother Andrés Govela, FSC, Internationally recognized leader in Lasallian higher education - "Reflections on the Role of Research in the Development of Lasallian Higher Education in Light of the Discourse of the Last Three Decades"
Peter Stemp, Associate Director, De La Salle Solidarietà Internazionale – ONLUS, Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, Rome, Italy - "Deepening Our Collaboration: De La Salle Solidarieta Internazionale and Lasallian Tertiary Institutions"
The 2018 symposium featured three keynote presentations:
Brother Louis DeThomasis, FSC, Ph.D., President Emeritus, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota - “From Chaos to Ethical Clarity: The Quest for Lasallian Higher Education in Today’s Global Society”
Carmelita Quebengco, AFSC, Ph.D., Consultant to the President and Chancellor Emeritus, De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines, “Conversations on Cross Institution Research”
Brother Cristhian Diaz, FSC, Ed.D., Principal, Gigante, Huila, Colombia, “Making Peace Possible: Grassroots Peacebuilding Leaders”