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.
Carolyn Y. Woo, Ph.D.
President and CEO, Catholic Relief Services
“God, Neighbor, Self”
February 25, 2015
Salon, La Maison Française
Information from Catholic Relief Services:
Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo is President & CEO of Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. She came to CRS in January 2012 after a distinguished academic career.
Dr. Woo, representing CRS, was featured in Foreign Policy (May/June 2013) as one of the 500 Most Powerful people on the planet and one of only 33 in the category of "a force for good." Dr. Woo's Catholic News Service monthly column took first place in the 2013 Catholic Press Association Awards in the category of Best Regular Column – Spiritual Life. Before coming to CRS, Dr. Woo served from 1997 to 2011 as dean of the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business. During Dr. Woo's tenure, the Mendoza College was frequently recognized as the nation's leading business school in ethics education and research and received top ranking in 2010 and 2011 for its undergraduate business program from Bloomberg Businessweek magazine. Prior to the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Woo served as Associate Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Purdue University.
Dr. Woo was born and raised in Hong Kong, and immigrated to the United States to attend Purdue University, where she received her B.S., M.S.I.A. and Ph.D. degrees, and became a member of its faculty. Her teaching, research and administrative leadership have been recognized through Best Paper Awards by the Academy of Management, selection as one of Forty Young Leaders of American Academe by Change Magazine (the journal of the American Association for Higher Education), distinguished alumna and honorary alumna by Purdue University and University of Notre Dame, as well as by the conferral of honorary doctorates from Providence College, University of St. Francis, Lewis University, as well as the University of Notre Dame. She was the first female dean to chair the accreditation body for business schools (AACSB: Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and directed its initiative for Peace through Commerce.
From 2004 to 2010, Dr. Woo served on the Board of Directors of Catholic Relief Services. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the AON Corporation; NiSource (former NIPSCO); Catholic Charities USA; Aileron Foundation; the Board of Regents, University of Portland; the Board of Governors, University of Notre Dame Australia; Archdiocese of Baltimore Independent Child Abuse Review Board; Executive Council on Development of the Center for Strategic and International Studies; Migration & Refugee Services, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; and the International Policy Committee, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. She also served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Advisory Board, Fuel Up to Play 60 (sponsored by National Football League and the National Dairy Council); helped launch the Principles for Responsible Management Education for the United Nations Global Compact program; and the Diversity Advisory Committee of KPMG.
Dr. Woo is married to Dr. David E. Bartkus and they have two sons, Ryan and Justin.
Upcoming 2014-2015 Lecture Series Speakers
March 26, 2015
Salon, La Maison Française
James J. O’Donnell, Ph.D.
University Professor, Georgetown University
“St. Augustine the Pagan” Annual Augustine Lecture
April 13, 2015
Hagan Center Hall
Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Ph.D., D.D.
Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn, NY
At Assumption, we are committed to exploring with great gusto the relationship between faith and reason. By participating in this 2,000-year-old-tradition, today’s students join generations of scientists, artists, writers, and philosophers who have engaged in a search for truth across disciplines.
We believe the Catholic intellectual tradition to be especially relevant and useful for our times, and encourage the growth of mind, body and spirit in an inclusive, open climate where all faith traditions have a voice.