Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) was a scientist, a scholar, a risk-taker and a Renaissance man of deep intellectual and spiritual curiosity. When he supported Copernican theory, it was Cardinal Robert Bellarmine who agreed to mediate communications between the church and Galileo, in an attempt to prevent Galileo from being accused of heresy. Much like Galileo, our students must study across many disciplines in the pursuit of human knowledge, and much like Bellarmine, our students should seek to understand and protect the freedom of learners to expand that knowledge.
In the LC, Galileo is emblematic of our desire to connect new knowledge in a limitless, comprehensive understanding of the world in which we are global citizens. The LC strives to help students make connections across disciplines, inside the classroom and out of it, and through a variety of activities.
The Galileo Learning Community at Bellarmine University is a program for 108 first-year residents and commuters. They support each other in exploring the themes of mind, body and spirit. The themes will be used to help connect classes, curriculum, and events. This close-knit environment allows students to make personal connections more smoothly.