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    Catholic Identity in Higher Education to be Examined in Newman Lecture at Duquesne

    The National Institute for Newman Studies in affiliation with Duquesne University will host the first Newman Legacy Lecture, Newman and the Restoration of the Interpersonal in Higher Education, on Monday, March 19, at 7 p.m. in the Power Center Ballroom.

    The Rev. Michael Buckley, S.J., author of At the Origins of Modern Atheism, will present the lecture, which focuses on Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman's The Idea of the University as a source of inspiration and challenge to contemporary higher education. While many universities today singularly focus on research and the production of knowledge for commercial use, Buckley will argue that, for Newman, the primary purpose of universities is to cultivate intellectual excellence in students to aid their maturation into whole persons.

    Dr. Kevin Mongrain, the inaugural Ryan Endowed Chair in Newman Studies at Duquesne and director of the National Institute for Newman Studies, said his goal in developing the lecture series was to bring top-quality scholars to Pittsburgh to share ideas about Newman's teachings.

    "This lecture series focuses on scholarship that is deeply rooted in Newman thought, the tradition of Newman," Mongrain said. "It's a focus on Newman's ongoing relevance. We're also developing another series for the fall, the Newman Memorial Lecture, which will be focused on Newman's life and philosophy itself."

    For more information, contact Jude Rutkowski at or 412.681.4375.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.