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The Providence College Humanities Forum

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Fall 2016


Richard Clifford“The Beginning of ​Genesis: What Should We Learn from It Today?”
Friday, Se​ptember 9 at 3:00 p.m.
Ruane 105 (Reception in the Ruane Gr​eat Room)
Richard Clifford, S.J., Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Boston College

A Boston College and U.S. Jesuit icon, Father Clifford was the founding dean of B.C.’s School of Theology and Ministry, has taught approximately 4,000 students (including some 40 percent of all U.S. Jesuits), and is a prolific and noteworthy biblical scholar.

To view a recording of Father Clifford's talk, please c​lick here.


Clayborne Carson“Martin Luther King Jr. and Liberal Arts Education”
Friday, September 23 at 3:00 p.m.
’64 Hall (Reception in ’64 Hall)
The Humanities Forum presents the Inaugural Lecture in the Rev. Robert A. Morris Speaker Series: Clayborne Carson, Martin Luther King, Jr. Centennial Professor of History and Editor of the Martin Luther King Papers Project, Stanford University (“Martin Luther King Jr. and Liberal Arts Education”)

A scholar, activist, and playwright, Clayborne Carson is one of the foremost experts on the life and legacy of Martin Luther King​. He began the King Papers Project in collaboration with the late Coretta Scott King in 1985. Twenty years later, Prof. Carlson founded Stanford’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education institute to endow and expand the work of the King Papers Project.​

To view a recording of Dr. Carson's talk, please clic​k here.


Sansho the BaliffScreening and discussion of  Kenji Mizoguchi’s 1954 Japanese film Sansho the Bailiff 
Thursday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m. in Guzman 250 (Reception in Guzman 250)
Presented by Raphael Shargel, Associate Professor of English, Providence College

Considered one of Mizoguchi’s seminal works, Sansho the Bailiff chronicles the story of two Japanese children from privileged society sold into slavery. The film ​is set in Japan’s Heian period (794-1185 A.D.)



Jorge Garcia“Social Construction: Breaking It Down”
Friday, October 7 at 3:00 p.m. 
Ruane 105 (Reception in the Ruane Great Room)
Jorge L. A. Garcia, Professor of Philosophy, Boston College 

Prof. Garcia has been a Bo​ston College faculty member since 2000, having previously taught at Rutgers University, Georgetown University, and the University of Notre Dame. His scholarly specialties include applied and theoretical ethics in areas such as race, ethnicity, and ethnic perspectives on medical ethics.

To view a recording of Dr. Garcia's talk, please click here​.


Jeffrey Henderson“Aristophanes and Obscenity in Comedy”
Friday, October 14 at 3:00 p.m. 
Ruane 105 (Reception in the Ruane Great Room)
Jeffrey Henderson, William Goodwin Aurelio Professor of Greek Language and Literature and General Editor of the Loeb Classical Library, Boston University ​

Prof. Henderson is a leading expert​ on ancient Greek drama, as well as the Greek language, Ancient Greece, and Ancient Rome. A former Guggenheim Fellow, Prof. Henderson was the founding director of the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program at B.U., where he has been a faculty member since 1991, and is the current editor of Harvard University’s Loeb Classical Library.

To view a recording of Dr. Henderson's talk, please click here.


Blue HeronPerformance of 14th century music by the Blue Heron Renaissance Choir
Friday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m. 
Ryan Concert Hall (Reception in the Smith Center for the Arts Atrium)

Based in Boston, Blue Heron is a vocal ensemble renowned for startlingly authentic live performances of works of the Renaissance and Medieval periods.


francis-daly.jpg“Meaningful Work”
Friday, December 2 at 3:00 p.m.
Ruane 105 (Reception in the Ruane Great Room)
The Humanities Forum Hosts: The Keynote Address of the 3rd Annual St. Nicholas of Myra Conference on Catholic Social Thought: Frank Daly, Kallman Executive Fellow at the Center for Business Ethics, Bentley University

Frank Daly is a Kallman Executive Fellow at the W. Michael Hoffman Center for Business Ethics at Bentley University.  He was the Ethics Officer for a Fortune 100 Corporation and the Chair of the Ethics Officer Association. Frank served as a part-time faculty member in the School of Business Administration at L​oyola Marymount University and an Executive Fellow at the Markkula Center for Ethics at Santa Clara University. This spring he was a panelist in a colloquium sponsored by Real Colegio Complutense of Madrid at Harvard University on "Trust in the Workplace and Meaningful Work." Frank was educated in Philosophy and Theology and is currently exploring a return to ministry.

 Fall 2016 Spotlight

​The Humanities Forum recently hosted the Inaugural Lecture in the Rev. Robert A. Morris Speaker Series. Our guest was Professor Clayborne Carson, Martin Luther King, Jr. Centennial Professor of History and Editor of the Martin Luther King Papers Project, Stanford University. He spoke on "Martin Luther King Jr. and Liberal Arts Education."​​

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