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2020 Lilly Fellows Conference

Lilly Fellows Program 30th Annual National Conference

Tranquillitas Ordinis: Liberal Arts Education and the Common Good
A Virtual Conference

Oct. 9, 2020
presented by St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas

The 30th Annual Lilly Fellows National Conference, originally scheduled on the St. Mary’s University campus, will be held virtually.

Registration will open soon.

The theme of this year’s conference, “The Tranquility of Order,” suggests how we should think about, and engage in, Christian higher education as we continue to read the “signs of the times” (Gaudium et Spes, para. 44). The theme indicates to us, as educators, that we have a responsibility to the tranquility of order, which we recognize can be mirrored in the souls of students, through the process of education, and for the sake of the common good that flows from education.

The conference will focus on the crucial role played by liberal arts education in this emergence of a personal and social tranquillitas ordinis, insofar as it is within the liberal arts that, first, serving the common good becomes an explicit goal and value; that second, it is clearly recognized what it means to belong to a regional, a national, and a global community; and third, that the discovery is made by students that they know, and are obligated by, genuine truths and values which guide them toward affirming the dignity of persons, and protecting the rights of others; in particular, the most vulnerable among us in our communities today.

Our theme suggests that much is at stake in a properly liberal education.

“The peace of the whole universe is the tranquility of order.”

St. Augustine of Hippo

About the Lilly Fellows Program

One of the three Lilly Fellows Program initiatives is the Lilly Network of Church-Related Colleges and Universities.

The National Network addresses issues of common interest to institutions in church-related higher education. The 98 members of the Network represent a diversity of denominational traditions, institutional types, and geographical locations. Through their collaborative efforts, they explore and discuss the relationship of Christianity to the academic vocation and strengthen the religious nature of church-related institutions through a variety of activities and publications.

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