Matteo Ricci Seminar

**Now accepting applications from rising sophomores for the 2022-23 academic year!  Read below for further information and plan to submit your application by May 30, 2022.

The Matteo Ricci Seminar is for students who are, or wish to be, distinctively engaged in meaningful work beyond the classroom, whether it be a field of research, community action, or student leadership. This experience challenges students to reflect on their place in this increasingly complex world, deepen their commitment to active engagement, and develop their unique voices through collaboration with peers and mentors. The Seminar is directed by faculty members with support from the FCLC Dean’s Office.

Co- Directors

Andrew H. Clark, PhD

Andrew H. Clark is author of Diderot's Part (Ashgate 2008) and, with the musicologist Keith Chapin, Speaking of Music (Fordham 2013). He specializes on questions of aesthetics, physiology, music, and literature in 17th and 18th century France and Europe. He has published articles in Eighteenth Century: Theory and Context, Diderot Studies, Méthode! Revue de littérature française et comparée, and Shark, and various book chapters and reviews. His current book project examines visual portraiture and the origin of the modern novel. Professor Clark teaches in both the French and comparative literature programs. He is the co-director of the NY 18th-Century Seminar. He previously served as vice president of the Faculty Senate and chair of the Faculty Salary & Benefits Committee, and directed the Fordham in France Summer program from 2004 to 2011. 

Anne Hoffman, PhD

Anne Hoffman has enjoyed the challenge of working with talented students in the Matteo Ricci Seminar since its inception, over ten years ago. Her teaching and research are interdisciplinary, with a focus on gender and narrative in nineteenth and twentieth century novels. She holds research affiliations in psychoanalytic studies at Columbia and Cornell. Professor Hoffman publishes in literary and psychoanalytic journals, as well as in the field of Jewish studies, with a focus on modern Hebrew literature. She loves to paint and keeps her watercolor sketchbook close by when she is working at home.

 

APPLY FOR 2022-23 MATTEO RICCI SEMINAR

All rising Sophomores are now welcome to apply to the Matteo Ricci Seminar -- a selective, non-credit experience for 12-15 participants that challenges students to reflect on their place in this increasingly complex world, deepen their commitment to active engagement, and develop their unique voices through collaboration with peers and mentors. When asked what is the purpose or goal of the Matteo Ricci Seminar, our response reflects what we hear from our students: the challenge to find your own voice. The Matteo Ricci Seminar offers a unique opportunity for some of Fordham’s most promising students to develop themselves beyond their solid academic achievements. The Matteo Ricci students become part of a community of diverse individuals who think about their place in the world and the impact they might  have, as they hone their communication skills, and work to identify and achieve their goals, as individuals and as a group.

Led by faculty directors Andrew H. Clark and Anne G. Hoffman, the seminar meets usually twice a month on Tuesday evenings from 6-7:30 pm. Accepted students are asked to hold their Tuesday evenings for the academic year. Fall 2023 and spring 2024 meetings will be held in person at FCLC unless there is a major change in university’s policy and a resurgence of the pandemic. Students are required to be present at all seminar meetings and to make a commitment for the entire academic year. Students should not apply unless they can make this commitment and they should carefully check their schedules to make sure that work, club activities, performance schedules, classes, etc., do not conflict with seminar meetings. Although the work is not extensive, there is indeed work above and beyond a student’s normal course load; students will need to manage their time well.

Seminar activities include:

  • Writing a brief response paper each semester in response to readings on current issues in higher education or matters of equity and social justice;
  • Small group work culminating in presentations and a roundtable discussion with faculty, mentors, and members of the administration; 
  • Discussions with invited speakers on topical subjects such as community activism, college access, or bystander intervention;
  • Group and individualized work with alumni and mentors on personal statements;
  • Introductions to and conversations with the Office of Prestigious Fellowships on fellowship applications and the Center for Community Engaged Learning on service opportunities;
  • Movement, breathing, and speaking exercises, working with a member of the faculty in French and Theater;
  • Social activities with Matteo Ricci alumni, alumni mentors, leaders in the private and public sector, trustees, and members of the Fordham administration;
  • A service project related to mass incarceration and the challenges of reentry after incarceration  in NYC;
  • Self-reflection and finding a voice

The experience is particularly suited for students who are, or wish to be, distinctively engaged in meaningful work beyond the classroom, whether in a field of research, community action, or student leadership. The seminar encourages interests and appetites that go beyond concern with GPA. 

The cohort of each seminar tends to form a close-knit community of people who often go on to collaborate together on future projects. Now in its fourteenth year, the Matteo Ricci Seminar has an extensive network of alumni involved in a broad range of fields who are eager to mentor, help each new cohort, and who have found that the seminar has played a distinctive role in their own intellectual and personal development. Members of the new cohort will be invited into the Matteo Ricci private network on Mighty Networks. 

If you wish to develop your own voice and are interested in making significant changes to a world in need of change, we encourage you to apply by submitting this form.