Symposium Named In Honor of Fr. Monan To Debut On Jan. 28

    The J. Donald Monan, SJ, Symposium on Higher Education, a new forum on the challenges facing academia, gets underway on Jan. 28 with a lecture by its namesake, Fr. Monan, chancellor of Boston College and a central thinker on the role of religion in higher education.

    Monan, president of BC from 1972-96, will present "The Moral and Religious Commitments of the University" from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Heights Room of the Lower Campus Dining Hall, the first of eight presentations this semester by leading figures in the field of higher education.

    "The focus of the symposium is on the cutting-edge issues facing higher education in the new millennium," said the series' coordinator, Monan Professor of Higher Education Philip G. Altbach.

    "We are bringing together some of the best experts on key topics for discussions of the central issues of our era specifically for the higher-education community in the Boston area," said Altbach. "The Monan symposium will be a regular feature of the higher education community in Boston in the coming years."

University Chancellor J. Donald Monan, SJ, will inaugurate a new forum on higher education.

    Subsequent sessions will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Heights Room. Each will feature a talk by a respected expert on a central issue of importance to higher education, and an ensuing discussion period.

    On Feb. 4, Boston College Trustee Associate Blenda Wilson, Ph.D.'79, president of the Nellie Mae Foundation and former president of California State University at Northridge, will present "The Role of Leadership and the University Presidency."

    The remainder of the schedule is: March 3, "The New Politics of Higher Education," with Harvard University Associate Vice President for Higher Education Policy A. Clayton Spencer, a former aide to Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.); March 17, "The Future of the Academic Profession," with Richard Chait, professor of higher education at Harvard University and director of the Harvard Project on Faculty Appointments.

    March 31, "How is Higher Education to be Funded?," with Arthur Hauptman, a Washington consultant on higher-education finance; April 14, "Have Americans Lost Their Virtue? Higher Education and Morality , " with Prof. Alan Wolfe (Political Science), director of the Boston College Center on Religion and Public Life; April 28, "Does Private Higher Education Have a Future?," with Northeastern University President Richard Freeland.

    More information on the series is available from the Boston College Center for Higher Education at ext.2-4236.

                                                                                                                           - Mark Sullivan

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