Ohio Dominican University’s Center for Dominican Studies and Office of Academic Affairs will host its annual St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022. The free event, which is open to the public, will take place in the Sr. Mary Andrew Matesich, OP Theatre, located on the second floor of Erskine Hall on ODU’s campus at 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, 43219.
Sr. Joan Franks, OP, Ph.D. will deliver the keynote address, “St. Thomas and the Common Good.” Following the lecture, attendees are invited to participate in a Eucharistic Celebration in the theatre, which also will be livestreamed.
Due to ODU’s campus policies related to the COVID-19 pandemic, all attendees will be required to wear facemasks while indoors. The lecture also will be available to watch via livestream at ohiodominican.edu/CDS.
Franks is 1964 alumna of then-College of St. Mary of the Springs and current member of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, which is ODU’s founding congregation. She previously served as a faculty member at ODU in its philosophy and theology programs, eventually being named professor emeritus, and also served as vice president for Mission & Identity.
Franks earned a Bachelor of Arts in French from Ohio Dominican, Master of Arts in Philosophy from The Ohio State University, and a doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Toronto. She is a member of the American Catholic Philosophical Association and the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy. Widely published, Franks has presented philosophical papers at various meetings and symposiums.