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

2020 Presenters


Jeremy D. Wilkins

Associate Professor of Theology, Boston College

Keynote Speaker, Opening Plenary, Order Oeuvres: Liberal Education in Its New Context(s)

Jeremy D. Wilkins is Associate Professor in the Theology Department at Boston College, where he teaches in the first-year Perspectives on Western Culture program, an interdisciplinary, great-texts-based inquiry into the choice-worthy life, and systematic theology in the graduate division. His book, Before Truth: Lonergan, Aquinas, and the Problem of Wisdom, examines the relevance of rational self-appropriation to problems of personal, cultural, and intellectual order in our postmodern age.

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James Greenaway, Ph.D.

Chair of the Department of Philosophy; Associate Professor of Philosophy; Charles H. Miller Sr., M.D., Chair in Human Dignity, St. Mary’s University

Moderator, Plenary 2, The Dignity of Persons and Divine Presence: The Aim of Education as the Growth of the Soul


David A. Grenardo, J.D.

Professor of Law, St. Mary’s University

Panelist, Plenary 2, The Dignity of Persons and Divine Presence: The Aim of Education as the Growth of the Soul

David Grenardo

Terri Boggess, Ph.D.

Chair of the Exercise and Sport Science Department; Associate Professor of Exercise and Sport Science, St. Mary’s University

Panelist, Plenary 2, The Dignity of Persons and Divine Presence: The Aim of Education as the Growth of the Soul


Verónica Contreras-Shannon, Ph.D.

Professor of Biological Sciences, St. Mary’s University

Panelist, Plenary 2, The Dignity of Persons and Divine Presence: The Aim of Education as the Growth of the Soul

Veronica Contreras Shannon, Ph.D.

Stephanie G. Ward, Ph.D.

Interim Dean of the Greehey School of Business; Professor of Management, St. Mary’s University

Panelist, Plenary 2, The Dignity of Persons and Divine Presence: The Aim of Education as the Growth of the Soul

Stephanie Ward

Alicia Cordoba Tait, D.M.A.

Beirne Director of the Center for Catholic Studies and Professor of Music, St. Mary’s University

Moderator, Plenary 3, Spirituality and the Arts: Music and Conversation with Lilly Graduate Fellows


Nathan Cornelius, D.M.A.

Adjunct Faculty at Johns Hopkins University and Towson University

Cohort 8, Plenary 3, Spirituality and the Arts: Music and Conversation with Lilly Graduate Fellows

Nathan Cornelius, 2020 Lilly Fellows Conference Cohort

Nathan Cornelius teaches musicianship and music theory at Towson University and Johns Hopkins University, and he lives in Philadelphia with his wife. He received his D.M.A. in Guitar Performance and M.M. in Music Theory Pedagogy from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University in 2018. He enjoys sharing with students his enthusiasm for the patterns underlying the structure of Western music, and he pursues new ways to understand and play with those patterns through his work as a composer and music theorist. He is interested in classical music, for guitar and otherwise, of the 20th and 21st centuries, and how it reflects cultural conceptions of time and memory. Nathan also holds a B.Mus. in Guitar Performance from Bethel University and an M.M. with a dual concentration in Composition and Guitar Performance from the University of Denver.

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Joel Scott Davis, D.M.A.

Associate Professor and Director of Music Theory, Composition, and Musicology, Samford University

Cohort 2, Plenary 3, Spirituality and the Arts: Music and Conversation with Lilly Graduate Fellows

Joel Scott Davis is a composer, arranger, conductor, and multi-instrumentalist whose work has garnered performances and recordings by the likes of Duo46, the Amernet String Quartet, and the Samford String Quartet at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Vienna’s Palais Ferstel, and Harlaxton Manor in England. His music has been featured in international film festivals and in television and radio broadcasts, and two of his recent compositions were named semi-finalists for the American Prize in Music. An alumnus of Cohort Two of the Lilly Graduate Fellows Program, Davis now serves as Associate Professor of Music and Director of Music Theory, Composition, and Musicology at the Samford University School of the Arts. He holds degrees in theory and composition from Samford University and Claremont Graduate University, where he studied with Peter Boyer, Edward Zeliff, and James Jensen. Additional information may be found online at joelscottdavis.com.

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Daniel Gee, D.M.A.

Assistant Professor of Music, Westmont College

Cohort 10, Plenary 3, Spirituality and the Arts: Music and Conversation with Lilly Graduate Fellows

Daniel Gee, 2020 Lilly Fellows Conference Cohort

Daniel Gee is a conductor, composer and educator based in southern California where he is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Southern California.  Equally experienced in both orchestral and choral worlds, Daniel currently serves as Assistant Conductor for the Long Beach Symphony and Assistant Conductor of Choral Arts Initiative.  As a composer, he has fulfilled commissions for ensembles in the Santa Barbara and Los Angeles music communities, including the Santa Barbara Quire of Voyces, the Westmont Orchestra and College Choir, and the Westridge School Chamber Orchestra. His choral music has been published by Colla Voce Music on the Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series.  For more information or to contact Daniel, visit danielgee.co.

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

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