Jan. 7, 2011

Exhibit Highlights Inaugural Theme of Intellect and Virtue

Marek Desol hangs banners on campus.

A new exhibit at The Catholic University of America will showcase individuals who exemplify intellect and virtue.

The exhibit, titled "Intellect and Virtue: A Catholic Tradition," is on display in the May Gallery of the John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library through the middle of February. Created by the University Archives, the exhibit is tied to President John Garvey's choice of his inaugural theme of Intellect and Virtue: The Idea of a Catholic University.

The exhibit focuses on key individuals who have worked within the CUA community and the broader Catholic community to educate and serve those in need by helping to found charitable and educational organizations. Among those featured are saints, religious leaders who helped found the university, former CUA faculty members, and lay Catholics who fought for social justice.

Items included in the exhibit include vestments, portraits, statues, photographs, and a CUA graduation gown.

After the exhibit is removed from the May Gallery in mid-February, it will move to the lobby of Mullen Library, where it will remain for the rest of the spring semester.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Also in preparation for the inauguration, the university has installed approximately 50 banners around campus that feature the inaugural year theme. The banners will stay up through the summer when they will be replaced by banners celebrating the university's 125th anniversary.

Throughout the spring semester, the university will host programs related to intellect and the four Cardinal Virtues of justice, prudence, temperance and fortitude. The choice of theme springs from two sources: Garvey's abiding interest in the distinctive character of Catholic higher education and the inspiration that he has drawn from the lectures on the idea of a university by Cardinal John Henry Newman, who was beatified in September 2010.

For more information about these events, visit http://president.cua.edu/inauguration/index.cfm.


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