Dec. 21, 2010

Inaugural Events at Catholic University to Kick Off in January

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In connection with the Jan. 25 inauguration of John Garvey as the 15th president of The Catholic University of America, CUA will host a number of events in January and throughout the spring 2011 semester related to the inaugural year theme of "Intellect and Virtue: The Idea of a Catholic University."

On Jan. 18, the University will kick off the inaugural events with a faculty roundtable on "What Faith Has to Do with Intellectual Life" at 4:15 p.m. in Great Room B of the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center. Six CUA faculty members, one each from six of the University's 12 schools, will talk about what faith means for them as teachers, researchers and scholars, and how they are able to bring it to bear in the environment of a Catholic university.

On Jan. 25, President John Garvey will be inaugurated as president of Catholic University at 10 a.m. in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Garvey will speak on "Intellect and Virtue: The Idea of a Catholic University" following the Communion prayer at a Mass that will start at 10 a.m. in the Basilica's Great Upper Church. In his address, Garvey will present his vision for the future of Catholic University. Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, university chancellor, and a member of the CUA Board of Trustees, will serve as the principal celebrant.

On Jan. 26, Dana Gioia, internationally acclaimed poet and former chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, will speak on "The Catholic Writer Today" at 4:15 p.m. in Great Room B of the Pryzbyla Center. He has published three collections of his own poetry and has edited several literary anthologies. His poetry collection, "Interrogations at Noon," won the 2002 American Book Award.

In addition to events focused on intellect, CUA is devoting one month to each of the four Cardinal Virtues during the first four months of the year. In January the Cardinal Virtue of justice will be emphasized at two events, including the Martin Luther King Day of Service on Jan. 17 and the March for Life on Jan. 24.

On Jan. 28, the university will host an Inaugural Ball organized by students at 8 p.m. in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center. President Garvey and his wife, Jeanne, will attend.

In addition to individual events, an exhibit titled "Intellect and Virtue: A Catholic Tradition" will be on display in the May Gallery of the John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library from Jan. 5 through Feb. 4. The goal of the exhibit is to educate visitors about some of the key Catholic saints, educators, and social justice advocates who embody intellect and virtue through their personal educational goals and their professional goals of helping those in need.

The faculty roundtable, the talk by Gioia and the exhibit are free and open to the public. For more information about them, contact the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.

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