- Ph.D. (University of Notre Dame)
First Year at Xavier University:
Dr. Christopher Pramuk (systematic theology) is passionate about Jesuit education, inviting students to think deeply and imagine widely from a Catholic, ecumenical, cross-cultural, and inter-religious perspective. A lifelong musician, he is appreciated by many students for his use of music, poetry, and the arts in the classroom. With expertise ranging from Ignatian spirituality to Black Catholic history and racial justice to the life and writings of Thomas Merton, he has spoken widely and led retreats on all of these topics. Recently he spoke on “Merton and Racial Justice” at the Festival of Faiths in Louisville, and his recent keynote address for the 2015 Ignatian Spirituality Conference at St. Louis University combined his love of music with Jesuit Fr. General Adolfo Nicolas’s vision of Jesuit education and formation for justice. Committed to a contemplative model of teaching and shared learning, Dr. Pramuk’s courses are marked by the close reading of texts and seminar-style discussion. Every year, he takes students in his Senior Seminar class on an overnight pilgrimage to the Abbey of Gethsemani near Bardstown, Kentucky, the home of Trappist monk and spiritual writer Thomas Merton. Honored last year as Xavier’s Bishop Fenwick Teacher of the Year, he is presently working on a new textbook based on his interdisciplinary course in “Music, Art and Theology.” He blogs regularly and posts resources on race, faith, and culture at HopeSingsSoBeautiful.org.