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


Watch the Conference

The conference is open to Lilly Fellows Program representatives only. A livestream of the plenary sessions will be available for non-conference attendees at www.stmarytx.edu/live on the day of the conference.

The Lilly Fellows Program 30th Annual National Conference will be livestreamed on Friday, Oct. 9. Registration to view the conference plenary sessions is not required. Viewers on the livestream will not be able to contribute via chat or videoconference.

Registered conference participants will receive a Zoom webinar link to participate in the Q&A and discussions.

Note: The livestream will be available at the link below on the day of the conference.


About the Conference

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

Conference Resources

Conference Materials

Opening Plenary Materials

Plenary 3 Materials


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.

Learn more at lillyfellows.org.


Conference FAQs

Will there be a workshop for senior administrators connected to this national conference?

The Lilly Fellows Program Workshop for Senior Administrators will be postponed until 2021, but there will be a virtual event for senior administrators concerning Covid-19 and Church-Related Mission on Thursday, Oct. 8. More information will be available on this event in late August or early September.

What time zone is the conference?

The Lilly Fellows National Conference plenary sessions take place in the Central Standard (CST) time zone.  For example, Plenary 1 begins at 10 a.m. (CST) which is 11 a.m. (EST) for those on the east coast and 8 a.m. (PST) for those on the west coast.

I registered for the virtual conference on Oct. 9 but did not select whether I wanted to participate as a facilitator or join discussion options under each of the Plenary sessions. Is there a way that I can select these later?

Yes, there are two ways that registration choices can be updated: 1) resubmit your registration for the virtual conference, or 2) send us an email at lillyfellows@stmarytx.edu requesting to update your registration choices.

I am unable to attend the conference on the specified date/time. Will the sessions be available to view at a later date?

Yes, we will be recording each plenary session and will post recordings on the Conference webpage. We will send an email to all LFP representatives once the recordings are available.

Normally all LFP National Conference attendees receive a folder of materials. Will there be links available for these documents?

Yes, links to all materials normally found in the Conference folder will be available on the Conference webpage.  Each registrant will also receive a conference bag and folder with these materials in hard copy.

One of the best parts of the Conference is the Night on the Town. Is there a possibility of getting people together virtually in chat rooms?

Yes, in addition to the discussion groups chat rooms, at the end of the final plenary session, breakout rooms will be opened to enjoy conversation and camaraderie in a “virtual happy hour” setting. More details will be available on the Conference webpage.


Questions? Contact lillyfellows@stmarytx.edu or 210-436-3856.

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