Ohio Dominican University’s 2019 fall lecture series explores and examines various topics related to this year’s academic theme: Truth. The series, “Building Bridges of Understanding,” will feature five lectures, four of which will be presented by faculty, and one that will be presented by ODU President Robert Gervasi, Ph.D.
The presentations are free and open to the public, and will take place at 3:30 p.m. in the Colonial Room, which is located in Sansbury Hall on ODU’s campus at 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, 43219.
- Sept. 12, 2019 – “Truth in the Disciplines: A Variety of Perspectives”; Moderator: Michael Dougherty, Ph.D., Sr. Ruth Caspar Chair in Philosophy. Panelists: Marlissa Stauffer, Ph.D., associate professor of Education; Nicole Powell, Ph.D., assistant clinical professor of Physician Assistant Studies; Brian Besong, Ph.D., assistant professor of Philosophy; and Brad Nelson, Ph.D., associate professor of Exercise Science
- Sept. 26, 2019 – “The Truth About Labeling: Advocating for Inclusion”; Presenter: Kristall Day, Ph.D., associate professor of Education
- Oct. 10, 2019 – “The Truth About Generation Z: Developing a Broader Appreciation of Today’s Student”; Presenter: Natalie Kompa, Ed.D., assistant professor of Public Relations & Marketing Communications
- Oct. 24, 2019 – “Truth in the Marketplace: From Socrates to Social Media”; Presenter: Robert Gervasi, Ph.D., president of Ohio Dominican University
- Nov. 7, 2019 – “St. John Henry Newman’s Search for Truth”; Presenter: Leo Madden, S.T.D., associate professor of Theology
“The lectures presented during this fall series will allow us to identify, address and closely examine various issues present in today’s society, as well as how those issues are influenced by one’s perspective of truth,” said ODU’s vice president for Mission & Identity Sr. Diane Traffas, OP. “St. Thomas Aquinas once said, ‘We must love them both, those whose opinions we share and those whose opinions we do not share. They have both labored for truth and both have helped us in finding it.’ These lectures will celebrate the process of engaging in dialogue and shared reasoning to help determine that truth.”
“Each year, Ohio Dominican’s campus community is invited to explore a particular theme as part of its core curriculum. This is done through readings, by participating in discussions, and in attending lectures,” said ODU’s acting vice president for Academic Affairs Manuel Martinez, Ph.D. “In exploring this year’s theme of truth, we will discuss in-depth the mystery of the truth of yourself, of other people, of the world around us, and ultimately of the mystery of the absolute truth.”
The series is sponsored by ODU’s Center for Dominican Studies and Office of Academic Affairs.