News Release: Events, Religion and Ethics

Feb. 28,  2011

Notre Dame President to Speak at Emory

News Article ImageThe Rev. John I. Jenkins

The Rev. John I. Jenkins, president of the University of Notre Dame, will give a public talk at Emory University titled “Passionate Convictions and Respectful Conversations: Faith in a Pluralistic Society,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14 at Glenn Memorial Auditorium, 1652 N. Decatur Rd., Atlanta.

Tickets, which are required, are $10 for the public, free for students with ID. Tickets are available online, or by calling 404-727-6352.

Jenkins’ visit is part of a collaboration between Emory’s Candler School of Theology and the Aquinas Center of Theology to host a prominent Catholic speaker to address a current issue. While on campus Jenkins will participate in a discussion with Emory President James Wagner and Jan Love, dean of Candler, on the role of religion and theology in a research focused university.

Last year the program brought to Atlanta Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, to lecture on “The Timeliness of Speaking of God.”

A Notre Dame alumnus, Jenkins was selected as 17th president of the university in 2004, having served the previous four years as vice president and associate provost.

As president, Jenkins repeatedly has vowed to maintain Notre Dame’s identity as a Catholic university, perhaps most notably at the 2009 commencement ceremony when, in the face of criticism of his invitation to President Barack Obama to receive an honorary degree, he said:

“The University of Notre Dame belongs to an academic tradition of nearly a thousand years—born of the Church’s teaching that human reason, tempered by faith, is a gift of God, a path to religious truth, and a means for seeking the common good in secular life. It is out of this duty to serve the common good that we seek to foster dialogue with all people of good will, regardless of faith, background or perspective.”

Jenkins has been a member of the Notre Dame philosophy faculty since 1990. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and the book, “Knowledge and Faith in Thomas Aquinas.”

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