President's Lecture Series

The President’s Lecture Series at Assumption College is a public forum in which important ethical, spiritual and human issues are illuminated and examined within the Catholic intellectual tradition.

The heart of a classical liberal arts education is an ongoing conversation across disciplines. By ensuring that the sharpest minds, representing diverse viewpoints and areas of study, are a part of this dialogue Assumption reaffirms –and bolsters– its commitment to providing students with an education that goes beyond the mere memorization of facts and acquisition of skills and empowers them to continue the discussion.

All lectures in the series are open to the Assumption College community and the general public at no charge.

Next Speaker:

John AllenJohn L. Allen Jr., D.S.Litt.
Associate Editor, The Boston Globe
Senior Vatican Analyst for CNN

“The Moral Voice of Pope Francis”
October 1, 2014
7 p.m. Hagan Center Hall

John L. Allen Jr. is associate editor of The Boston Globe, specializing in coverage of the Vatican and the Catholic Church. He also serves as senior Vatican analyst for CNN and was for 16 years the prize-winning senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter. He is the author of seven best-selling books on the Vatican and Catholic affairs, including The Global War on Christians: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Anti-Christian Persecution, and writes frequently on the Church for major national and international publications. His weekly internet column, “All Things Catholic,” is widely read as a source of insight on the global Church.

Allen believes the key to understanding Pope Francis is that the Holy Father he sees himself as the ‘Pope of Mercy,’ operating in what he has described as an akairos, or privileged moment, to deliver a message of mercy. Allen will unpack what this commitment to mercy means in terms of the pope’s moral leadership, especially his commitment to the ‘Social Gospel’ as well as his approach to governance inside the Catholic Church.

Upcoming 2014-2015 Lecture Series Speakers

November 5, 2014
7 p.m.
Salon, La Maison Française

Miguel DiazMiguel Humberto Díaz, Ph.D.
John Courtney Murray Chair in Public Service, Loyola University Chicago
Former United States Ambassador to the Holy See

“Jesus on the Border: God, Human Relationsand the Common Good”
D’Amour Lecture in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition

February 25, 2015
7 p.m.
Salon, La Maison Française

Carolyn WooCarolyn Y. Woo, Ph.D.
President and CEO, Catholic Relief Services

“God, Neighbor, Self”

March 26, 2015
7 p.m.
Salon, La Maison Française

James O'DonnellJames J. O’Donnell, Ph.D.
University Professor, Georgetown University

“St. Augustine the Pagan”
Annual Augustine Lecture

April 13, 2015
7 pm
Hagan Center Hall

Reverend Nicholas DiMarzioMost Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Ph.D., D.D.
Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn, NY

“The Church and Immigration Reform”

RSVPs are encouraged due to limited space. Please call 508-767-7322 or email

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