This lecture series is named in honor of Robert J. Murray, professor of Classics (1960-1997), for his many contributions to Xavier University, the Department of Classics, and the Honors Bachelor of Arts Program.
The Honors Bachelor of Arts Program was established in 1948 by William Hetherington, S.J., in an effort to preserve the classical Jesuit liberal tradition. Honors A.B. students pursue the study of Latin, Greek, and philosophy for four years in addition to completing Xavier's core curriculum.
Professor Murray, a member of one of the first honors classes, directed the program frequently until his retirement. His devotion to students and to the classical liberal arts was a cornerstone of the program for 37 years.
This lecture series carries on the spirit of humanities education represented by these programs.