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:

Celia Deane-DrummondCelia E. Deane-Drummond, Ph.D.
Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame

“The Theological Tapestry of Laudato sí: A Franciscan Vision for a New Earth”

October 19, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Salon, La Maison Française

Professor Celia Deane-Drummond is Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame and Director of the Center for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing. She holds doctorates in plant physiology and systematic theology.

Prof. Deane-Drummond’s research seeks to explore theological and ethical aspects of the biosciences. She was editor of the journal Ecotheology for six years and is now joint editor of a new journal titled Philosophy, Theology and the Sciences. Prof. Deane-Drummond has previously served as Chair of the European Forum

Professor Deane-Drummond will draw out the theological threads weaving through Pope Francis’s recent Laudato sí encyclical to examine the deepest roots of its call for ecological conversion.

Upcoming 2014-2015 Lecture Series Speakers

Monday October 19, 2015
7 p.m.
Salon, La 
Maison Française

Celia Deane-Drummond

Celia E. Deane-Drummond, Ph.D.
Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame

“The Theological Tapestry of Laudato sí: A Franciscan Vision for a New Earth”

Wednesday Nov. 4, 2015
7 p.m.
Salon, La Maison Française

Randy BoyagodaRandy Boyagoda
Professor of American Studies, Ryerson University
President of PEN Canada

Putting First Things First: Richard John Neuhaus’ Vocation to Public Life

D’Amour Lecture in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition

Monday February 8, 2016
7 p.m.
Salon, La Maison Française

Richard Garnett

Richard W. Garnett, J.D.
Paul J. Schierl/Fort Howard Corporation Professor
Concurrent Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame

The Past, Present, and Future of Religious Freedom in America?

Tuesday March 22, 2016
7 p.m.
Salon, La Maison Française

John Peter Kenney

John Peter Kenney, Ph.D.
Professor of Religious Studies, Saint Michael’s College

The Mysticism of St. Augustine
Annual Augustine Lecture

Monday April 11, 2016
7 p.m.
Salon, La Maison Français

Mary Hirschfeld

Mary Hirschfeld, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Economics and Theology, Villanova University

Toward a Humane Economy: Ordering Economic Life to Genuine Human Happiness

Full President’s Lecture Series Schedule

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