Our Field Lab in Buenos Aires, Argentina will consist of a morning lecture on Francis and his namesake by Professor Schuchardt, transit to our starting point, and then the full day excursion “Pope Francis Tour” to see the locations of childhood and early youth of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the current Catholic pope. We will also be observing how contemporary Argentinians perceive him, and contextualizing these experiences in light of our readings on Catholicism, Protestantism, and Capitalism by Fanfani, as well as on the life and economic worldview of St. Francis of Assisi.
1. Understand the cultural history of Buenos Aires Catholicism
2. Understand Pope Francis childhood and youth context
3. Understand global Catholicism’s interest in “global south” and developing nations as venue for growth with history’s first non-European pope.