Manhattan College Hosts Second Annual Newman Lecture on Sept. 12

Molly Easo Smith, Ph.D., executive director of the Initiative to Develop Women as Academic Leaders will present the second annual Newman Lecture at Manhattan College.

Molly Easo Smith, Ph.D., executive director of the Initiative to Develop Women as Academic Leaders, which is sponsored by the International Association of University Presidents, will present the second annual Newman Lecture at Manhattan College on Monday, Sept. 12, at 4 p.m. in Hayden 100. She will speak on The Liberal Arts: Engaging the Global Community and focus on developing interest in liberal arts centered education globally.

Smith was born in Chennai, India, and earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees in English from Madras Christian College, University of Madras and her doctorate from Auburn University. She has published widely on Shakespeare and Renaissance drama and held faculty and administrative positions at Ithaca College, St. Louis University, University of Aberdeen, Seton Hall University and Wheaton College, and served as the 11th President of Manhattanville College.

Manhattan College launched the annual Newman Lecture in 2010 to celebrate Cardinal John Henry Newman’s beatification, which occurred on Sept. 19, 2010, in Birmingham, England, at a ceremony presided by Pope Benedict XVI. The goal of the lecture series is to reaffirm the significance of the liberal arts as the core of undergraduate education. The series is named after Cardinal Newman, whose The Idea of a University stressed the central place of the liberal arts in the Catholic intellectual tradition, as well as education in the professions.

“We are delighted that someone who so eminently exemplifies the value of the liberal arts in a global community will be delivering the Newman lecture this year,” said Richard K. Emmerson, Ph.D., dean for the school of arts at Manhattan College.

For more information on the lecture series, please contact Richard Emmerson by phone at (718) 862-7346 or e-mail: richard.emmerson@manhattan.edu.