This lecture series is named to honor John W. Rettig, professor of Classics (1968-1996), for his work on behalf of 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.

This lecture series carries on the spirit of humanities education represented by these programs.