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Academic provost first speaker in E/RS lecture series

Roger Fortin discusses Xavier's success, failure in responding to community needs

09/23/05

Roger Fortin, provost and academic vice president, is delivering the talk, “Xavier University and the Community: Fulfilling its Jesuit Mission,” on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 7:00 p.m. at the Schiff Family Conference Center. His presentation is part of the University’s 2005-2006 Ethics/Religion and Society (E/RS) lecture series.

Fortin is a historian familiar with Xavier’s and Cincinnati’s historical experience. He is reflecting on the University’s response to a changing community and exploring when Xavier has responded ethically to the community and when it has not. He is the author of Faith and Action: A History of the Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati, 1821-1996 and recently finished a history of the University.

The theme for this year’s E/RS lecture series is “175 Years of Xavier in Cincinnati: Responding Ethically to the Changing Face of the Community.” Speakers are addressing leadership issues on this topic. The program format leads to informal discussion after the presentation.

The purpose of the E/RS program is to encourage ethical and/or religious analysis of socially significant issues.