Stephen S. Smith Center

Announcements & Social Events

 2022 Announcements






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The Smith Center is pleased to announce that our very own Professor Steven Frankel has been selected as this year's Recipient of the Roger A. Fortin Award for Outstanding Teaching and Scholarship in the Humanities. 

Congratulations Prof. Frankel!

Here an abstract from the College of Art and Science message:

"Professor Frankel arrived at Xavier in 2003, after teaching four years at the American University of Paris, where he won the Board of Trustees Distinguished Teaching Award in 2001. In 2017, Professor Frankel received the Teacher of the Year award at Xavier. His excellence as a teacher, in short, has been recognized far and wide. In the words of one student: "your philosophy class completely changed my outlook on life". One of the original faculty members involved with the PPP, Professor Frankel also developed foreign study programs in Paris and Israel. More recently, he has served as founding director of the Smith Scholars Program. His extensive scholarship, focusing mainly on the role of religion in early modern political thought, has received international recognition. An exemplary teacher and scholar and an outspoken defender of the humanities, Professor Frankel has been selfless in his dedication to his students, to the University, and to a philosophical life"




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 2021 Announcements


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New Library in the Smith Lounge

The newest addition to the Smith Center: A brand new library filled with many of the Great Books: an essencial aspect of the Smith Scholars curriculum and we are excited to bring this new resource to our students.





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Congrats to our Smith Scholars!

A huge shoutout to our very own Michael Collins (left) and JP Drier (right) for being named the new managers of D'Artagnan Fund. Many great things to come for our scholars!





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"Ten Universal Principles"

Come join us for an amazing talk with Fr. Robert Spitzeer, an event organized by our very own Carson Rayhill. It will take place on April 21st, 2021 via zoom. 





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Smith Scholars Reds Game 

On Sunday April 16th, The University's Smith Scholar Cohort are taking a break from their studies and enjoying the sun for some baseball.




2019 Announcements 



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December, 2019: Professor Frankel discusses great books and study abroad in an interview with AJCU ( Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities) Access here







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October, 2019: Professor Johnson discusses about The Smith Scholars Program in an interview with ACTA (American Council of Trustees and Alumni) Access here





June, 2019: The Smith Center is pleased to announce that it has received a $500,000 grant from the Charles Koch Foundation. The grant will be used to support its mission of promoting learning, scholarship, and debate about fundamental questions and ideas that impact our society. Access here