Lilly Fellows Program 30th Annual National Conference

Tranquillitas Ordinis: Liberal Arts Education and the Common Good

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



Opening Plenary

Order Oeuvres: Liberal Education in Its New Context(s)
with Jeremy D. Wilkins, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology, Boston College

The classical function of wisdom is to order and to judge. Our contemporary appreciation for relativity and diversity poses problems of order and judgment in an acute form. This presentation proposes a strategy for recovering the possibility of intellectual, moral and spiritual normativity in a postmodern society, and examines opportunities and risks for liberal education — education for effective freedom and responsibility — in the social and intellectual contexts of the modern university


Plenary 2

The Dignity of Persons and Divine Presence: The Aim of Education as the Growth of the Soul

Moderator: James Greenaway, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Philosophy, St. Mary’s University

Panelists: David Grenardo, J.D., Professor of Law, St. Mary’s University; Terri Boggess, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Exercise and Sports Science, St. Mary’s University; Verónica Contreras-Shannon, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Sciences, St. Mary’s University; and Stephanie Ward, Ph.D., Professor of Management and Interim Dean of the Greehey School of Business, St. Mary’s University

As parents, we love our children. As professors, we love our students. Of course, we want our children, our friends and our students to prosper, but we also want them to become authentic human beings: capable of telling the truth even when those around them falsify; willing to do what is genuinely good even when it is inconvenient; and able to recognize the beautiful and the extraordinary in the midst of all the ordinary things of life. Preparation for life always means more than career preparation. For the liberal arts university, the preparation of our students thus becomes a heightened responsibility.

The discussion will cover topics such as the complementarity of work and leisure, the professional and the personal, measurable outcomes and immeasurable goals; the need that a free and competent society has for the liberal arts; the impediments to the growth of the soul that a poor education can generate; the role that both liberal education and professional practice play in bearing witness to the presence of God.


Plenary 3

Spirituality and the Arts: Music and Conversation with Lilly Graduate Fellows

Moderator: Alicia Cordoba Tait, D.M.A., Beirne Director of the Center for Catholic Studies and Professor of Music, St. Mary’s University

Panelists: Nathan Cornelius, D.M.A. (Cohort 8), Adjunct Faculty, Johns Hopkins University and Towson University; Joel Scott Davis, D.M.A. (Cohort 2), Associate Professor and Director of Music Theory, Composition, and Musicology, Samford University; Daniel Gee, D.M.A. (Cohort 10), Assistant Professor of Music, Westmont College


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

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