Faculty Day Focus Will Be On Catholic Higher Ed.

By Sean Smith
Staff Writer

This year's Faculty Day presentation will feature a panel discussion on Jesuit education and its future at Boston College. University President William P. Leahy, SJ, and Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculties William B. Neenan, SJ, also will offer remarks at the annual event, to be held on Thursday, May 1 from 1-4 p.m. in Gasson 100.

Sponsored by the office of the Academic Vice President, this year's Faculty Day, titled "American Catholic Higher Education and the Future of Boston College," also serves as a capstone for the Inaugural Lecture Series marking Fr. Leahy's first year as president. The series, which began last semester, has brought prominent scholars to the University to remark on the tradition, characteristics and issues relating to Jesuit and Catholic education.

After Fr. Neenan's introduction, Fr. Leahy will present his first Faculty Day address, and College of Arts and Sciences Dean J. Robert Barth, SJ, will moderate the panel session that follows. The panelists, who will each offer brief remarks, are: Jesuit Community Rector Joseph Appleyard, SJ, Prof. Ali Banuazizi (Psychology), Prof. Brinton Lykes (SOE) and Office of Publications and Print Marketing Director Ben Birnbaum. Fr. Leahy will provide concluding remarks.

Fr. Barth, who is coordinating Faculty Day, said there will be ample opportunity for audience members to respond to the panelists' presentations, and offer their own thoughts on the subject.

"This event is not intended merely as a conclusion to the Inaugural Lecture Series," said Fr. Barth. "The conversations we have had on campus this academic year are highly important to the future of Boston College, and should continue at many different levels. We see the Faculty Day discussion as a way to further the dialogue which has taken place."

"As we come to the close of the first year of Fr. Leahy's administration," Fr. Neenan said, "it is appropriate he review his experiences and observations, and fitting that this take place in the context of an ongoing discussion on the essential nature and mission of this University."

The traditional reception at Connolly House will follow immediately afterwards.

The Inaugural Lecture Series began on Nov. 14 with a presentation by Yale Law School Professor Stephen Carter, "Law, the Constitution and Religious Education."

The second event was a Feb. 26 lecture by US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge John T. Noonan Jr. titled "Cherishing Freedom, Conveying Faith."

The third lecture in the series was "A Vision of the Catholic University," presented on April 17 by Monika Hellwig of Georgetown University.

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