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Gonzaga Scholars to Discuss ‘What Can We Learn from St. Ignatius of Loyola?’ Oct. 23 on Campus

A statue of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, adorns the front entrance to College Hall, the University's administration building. Photo by Rajah Bose.

A statue of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, adorns the entrance to Gonzaga's College Hall. Rajah Bose photo.

Part of Gonzaga’s 125th Anniversary Celebration

SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University’s popular “What Can We Learn?” series, which focuses on valuable lessons from great thinkers of the past, continues this fall with the discussion, “What Can We Learn from St. Ignatius of Loyola?” The free public event starts at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23 in the Jepson Center’s Wolff Auditorium.

Rev. J. Kevin Waters, S.J., music professor and former dean of Gonzaga’s College of Arts and Sciences, and Daniel Bradley, assistant professor of philosophy at Gonzaga, will provide insights into the work and mission of St. Ignatius, founder of the Society of Jesus. The series is co-sponsored by Gonzaga’s College of Arts and Sciences and philosophy Professor Wayne Pomerleau in his capacity as the Robert K. and Ann J. Powers Chair of the Humanities. Gonzaga is one of many educational institutions worldwide founded by the Jesuits, who were inspired by the educational vision of St. Ignatius. Gonzaga is one of 28 U.S. Jesuit colleges and universities.

Rev. Waters, S.J. has earned multiple degrees in disciplines including music, philosophy, and theology from several universities, including Gonzaga. Ordained a Jesuit priest in 1964, Father Waters came to Gonzaga in 1983 and has been a Gonzaga music professor since 1996. He also holds the title of dean emeritus of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Bradley received bachelor’s degrees from Gonzaga in biology and philosophy in 1999 before earning a master’s degree in ethics and cultural studies from University College Galway (Ireland) in 2002 and a doctorate in philosophy from the National University of Ireland (2008).

This marks the ninth consecutive year of this lecture series, which has focused on historical figures including: Socrates, Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Charles Darwin, St. Thomas Aquinas, Jane Austen, Abraham Lincoln, William James, William Shakespeare, Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus, Confucius and Lao Tzu, John Muir and Aldo Leopold, Herodotus and Thucydides, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. The most recent event in this series, presented March 26, focused on the concept of postmodernism and was titled, “What Can We Learn from Postmodernism?”

This academic year marks the 125th Anniversary Celebration for Gonzaga University and the Centennial Celebration for the Gonzaga University School of Law. Visit the following link for a list of all Gonzaga 125th Anniversary and Gonzaga Law Centennial events, historical timeline, stories, videos, downloads and more.

For more information, please contact Professor Wayne Pomerleau at (509) 313-6750 or via e-mail.

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