Manhattan College announces the launch of the inaugural Newman lecture series on Monday, Sept. 20 at 5:00 p.m. in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers to celebrate Cardinal John Henry Newman’s beatification. Michael Baur, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy at Fordham University, will speak on: What Cardinal Newman Really Said About the University, and Why it Really Matters and the lecture will be followed by a reception.
Pope Benedict XVI will preside over Cardinal Newman’s official beatification at a ceremony in Birmingham, England on Sept. 19. After being named cardinal in 1879 by Pope Leo XIII, Cardinal Newman continued his work as a prolific scholar of early Christianity as well as a poet, and his most famous works include: “The Idea of a University”and his autobiography, “Apologia pro vita sua.” Cardinal Newman’s views on the nature of liberal arts education, its contemporary significance and social consequences will be integrated into Michael Baur’s presentation.
“I'm delighted not only that Manhattan College has established an annual lecture series focusing on the liberal arts and Cardinal Newman, but also that the series will have such an auspicious beginning,” said Richard K. Emmerson, Ph.D., dean for the school of arts at Manhattan College. “Professor Baur is an eminent scholar-teacher, and I expect his presentation to be superb.”
Baur is a founding member of the Society for the Study of Cardinal Newman, which is designed to promote “thoughtful dialogue and genuine understanding regarding the life, work, and legacy of John Cardinal Newman.” A specialist in German idealism, nineteenth-century continental thought, and philosophy and law, he is the editor/co-editor of 14 books. He has also published more than 30 articles, presented almost 50 papers and has spoken at several professional conferences and universities. In addition, Baur serves as director of the Fordham Natural Law Colloquium and secretary of the Hegel Society of America.