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2014-15 Randall Chair: Kathleen Norris

1norris.gifKathleen Norris, a celebrated author and poet and a Benedictine oblate, served as the 2014-15 Rev. Robert J. Randall Distinguished Professor in Christian Culture at Providence College. She was the 11th person to serve as Randall Professor.

​Rev. Robert Randall Distinguished Professorship
in Christian Culture

The Randall Professorship is held by a recognized scholar whose work concentrates on an understanding of culture that embodies a Christian view of human achievement. The selected individual contributes to undergraduate instruction in the theology, philosophy, history, literature, or the social sciences departments by participating in the Liberal Arts Honors and Development of Western Civilization Programs, directing student research, and delivering public lectures.

2015 Randall Professor: Dr. David Solomon

solomon.jpgDr. David Solomon, a member of the University of Notre Dame faculty since 1968, has been named the Rev. Robert J. Randall Distinguished Professor in Christian Culture at Providence College for the Fall 2015 semester. Dr. Solomon is the 12th person to serve as Randall Professor.

A member of Notre Dame’s Department of Philosophy faculty, Dr. Solomon has held several roles at the university, including serving as the founding director of the Notre Dame Arts and Letters/Science Honors Program and the director of the Notre Dame London Program. He also was the founding director of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture and later served as the H.P. and W.B. White Director of the Center.

In addition to his academic and administrative duties at Notre Dame, Dr. Solomon has been a National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellow, a Milbank Research Fellow, a University Research Fellow at Oxford University, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs at St. Andrews University.

A scholar of contemporary moral philosophy with a special interest in medical ethics, Dr. Solomon co-edited and contributed to Abortion: New Directions for Policy Studies, the first study of the public policy implications of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. He also contributed to The Synoptic Vision, a study of the philosophy of Wilfrid Sellars. An oft-published author of academic journal articles, Dr. Solomon has received a number of awards for his academic achievement, including the Paul Ramsey Award for Excellence in Bioethics, presented by the Center for Bioethics and Culture, and the Career Achievement Award, presented by the Jacques Maritain Society.

Dr. Solomon received his bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas.

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