2017 Hesburgh Alumni Lecture

Walter J. Nicgorski, Ph.D.

Tuesday, April 23

7:00 p.m.

Furman University’s Office of the Chaplains, in partnership with the Notre Dame Club of the Western Carolinas and the university’s Catholic Campus Ministry, is pleased to host the 2018 Hesburgh Alumni Lecture on Tuesday, April 23, at 7:00 p.m. in the Daniel Memorial Chapel at Furman University

His talk, “The Morality of the Liberal Arts,” is free and open to the public, and is this year’s Hesburgh Lecture presented by the Furman University Office of Spiritual Life in partnership with the Notre Dame Club of the Western Carolinas and the university’s Catholic Campus Ministry.

Nicgorski’s lecture addresses the question, “Does the exercise of the critical faculties and the broadening experience of a liberal education contribute to or undermine good character and good citizenship?” Nicgorski’s goal is to clarify the differences between general learning, technical expertise, the liberal arts, and the humanities.

Nicgorski received his master’s (1962) and doctorate (1966) from the University of Chicago. He is a classically-trained political theorist whose primary interests are the political thought of Cicero, that of the American founding, democratic theory, as well as the theory and practice of moral and liberal education.

He has held a Lilly Endowment faculty fellowship and research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Bradley Foundation and the Earhart Foundation. Nicgorski concurrently served as a professor in the Program of Liberal Studies and the Political Science Department at the University of Notre Dame from 1970-2012.

Established in 1986, the Hesburgh Lecture Series aims to encourage intellectual dialogue between alumni, community members and the distinguished faculty of Furman’s sister university, Notre Dame. Each year, Notre Dame faculty members deliver more than 200 presentations around the world. The series is named for Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., President Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame.

A reception hosted by the Catholic Campus Ministry​ follows the lecture in the Bryan Garden Room. 

For more information, please contact Susan Bennett, susan.bennett@furman.edu, or 864 294-2133.     

















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