'Setting the World on Fire: Faith that Inspires Action?
September 12, 2013, Conaton Board Room, 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm

The fourth week of the Spiritual Exercises speaks of the love of God as a generous gift that inspires action. In the light of Spiritual Exercises, a panel representing the Xavier community will discuss faith that incites action in the life of Xavier University.


Dr. Scott Chadwick

Scott Chadwick assumed his duties as Provost and Chief Academic Officer on July 1, 2011. Prior to coming to the University, he served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Mission and Identity Officer for Canisius College, a Jesuit Catholic university in Buffalo, New York. Dr. Chadwick served at Creighton University as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs (2005 - 2007) and Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs (2003 - 2005). He taught at Iowa State University (1997 - 2003) and Oregon State University (1994 - 1997). Prior to earning his Ph.D. in 1994, Dr. Chadwick work for Sprint, Firestone, and Arthur Andersen Consulting.





Dr. Steven FrankelDr. Steven Frankel

Professor Steven Frankel received his Ph.D. from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago in 1997. Upon graduation, Professor Frankel joined the faculty at the American University of Paris, where he received the Board of Trustees Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2001. In 2003, Professor Frankel moved to Xavier where he teaches for the Department of Philosophy and Philosophy, Politics, and the Public (PPP).  At Xavier, he established an international exchange program with Marne-la-Vallée University in Paris and a summer study program with  L'Institut Thomas More.

Professor Frankel's scholarly work focuses on the relationship between philosophy and religion.  He work has appeared in over a dozen journals including the Review of Metaphysics, Interpretation, Archiv für Geshichte der Philosophie, The Review of Politics, International Philosophical Quarterly, Teaching Philosophy, and the Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy. He is currently at work on two books: a guide to French intellectual and cultural life and an introduction to the philosophy of Spinoza.

Michael Petrany 

Michael is an undergraduate student at Xavier, Class of 2014, with majors in Biology and Philosophy and minors in German and Chemistry. He is fortunate enough to call Huntington, WV his hometown. Michael has developed an interest in Ignatian spirituality and ideals through the influence of his parents, both Jesuit university alumni, and through the relationships he has forged with the many wonderful priests, religious, and faculty members on campus. He is active in various organizations at Xavier, including several Catholic ministry programs, the Learning Assistance Center, Ethics Bowl, German Club, and Residence Life. He enjoys reading and playing the piano.