University hosts 16th annual Lilly Fellows program in humanities, arts

Presentations are organized around theme, 'A Blessed Heritage: The Contribution of American Church-Related Higher Education' | October 13, 2006

About 150 people are convening at Xavier for the 16th annual national conference of the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts to discuss the contributions to and value of church-related higher education institutions in American society.

The conference begins with registration at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13 in the Gallagher Student Center and concludes mid-day on Sunday, Oct. 15. Presentations are organized around the theme “A Blessed Heritage: The Contribution of American Church-Related Higher Education.”

“We’re pleased to have the opportunity to welcome our colleagues from other colleges and universities to Xavier,” says Rev. J. Leo Klein, S.J., vice president for mission and ministry.

Three plenary addresses are being given: Rhonda and Douglas Jacobsen of Messiah College are speaking on “Protestant Universities and American Experiences: Vanity, Variety, and Vision,” Dr. David O’Brien of College of the Holy Cross is addressing “The Contribution of Catholic Higher Education to the American Experience” and the topic of Xavier's Walker Gollar is “The Role of Midwestern Christian Higher Education in the Abolition of Slavery.”

Attendees from 81 member institutions from across the country are also visiting the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati and venture across the Ohio River into Newport, Ky. The Ohio River once separated free and slave territory. The Freedom Center celebrates the legacy of courage and multicultural cooperation embodied in the story of the Underground Railroad. The Center uses a wide array of exhibits to educate the public about the historic and continuing struggle to establish universal freedom in the U.S. and around the world.

The Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, established in 1991, seeks to renew and enhance connections between Christianity and the academic vocation at church-related colleges and universities.