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For Immediate Release: March 5, 2014

Providence College to Host Discussions on the Nature of Marriage

Providence, R.I. – Providence College today announced that the College will host two events addressing the nature of marriage during the spring semester.  The first event, “Haters, Sinners, and the Rest of Us: The Gay Debate Today,” will take place on Thursday, April 24th at 4:30 p.m. in Slavin Center, ’64 Hall, on campus.  Dr. John Corvino, chair of the Philosophy Department at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich., and a nationally recognized proponent of same-sex marriage, will be the featured speaker.  Dr. Dana Dillon, assistant professor of theology at PC, will provide the response to Dr. Corvino’s remarks.

The second event, “What is Marriage: Man and Woman: A Defense and Response,” will happen on Wednesday, April 30th at 4:30 p.m. in the Smith Center for the Arts, Angell Blackfriars Theater, on campus.  It will feature Sherif Girgis, an Oxford Rhodes Scholar who is a supporter of traditional marriage.  Mr. Girgis is a doctoral candidate at Princeton University and a law student at Yale Law School.  Dr. Christopher Arroyo, associate professor of philosophy at PC, will provide the response to Mr. Girgis’ remarks.

Speaker Bio Information:



Dr. John Corvino is an associate professor and chair of the Philosophy Department at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He is the co-author (with Maggie Gallagher) of “Debating Same-Sex Marriage” (Oxford University Press, 2012) and the author of “What’s Wrong with Homosexuality?” (Oxford University Press, 2013).  He received a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University and a Ph.D. at The University of Texas at Austin.





Dr. Dana Dillon is an assistant professor of theology at Providence College.  She teaches and publishes in the area of Moral Theology.  She is the author of “Expanding in a Different Direction: Reclaiming the Twofold Nature of the Moral Object,” Heythrop Journal, Vol. 53, no. 4 (July 2012) and “Human Rights, the Common Good, and our Supernatural Destiny” Christianity and Human Rights: Christians and the Struggle for Global Justice, edited by Frederick Shepherd (Lexington Books, 2009).  She earned both a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Divinity degree from the University of Notre Dame, and a Ph.D. at Duke University.




Sherif Girgis
received a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and went on to earn a master’s degree in moral, political and legal philosophy at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.  He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in philosophy at Princeton and a J.D. at Yale Law School. His paper “What Is Marriage?” coauthored with Robert George and Ryan Anderson, was published and became an expanded version into a book titled, “What is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense” (Encounter Books, 2012).



Dr. Christopher Arroyo is an associate professor of philosophy at Providence College.  He specializes in Kant’s moral philosophy; practical/applied ethics (especially as it relates to Catholic ethics.)  He received a bachelor’s degree from Saint John’s University and both a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Fordham University.  Some of his publications include, “Same-Sex Marriage, Homosexual Desire, and the Capacity to Love,” International Journal of Applied Philosophy, Vol. 25, no. 2 (Fall 2011), “Freedom and the Source of Value: Korsgaard and Wood on Kant’s Formula of Humanity,” Metaphilosophy Vol. 42, no. 4 (2011), and “The Role of Feelings in Husserl’s Ethics,” Idealistic Studies, Vol. 39, Issue 1-3 (2009).  He has a forthcoming publication, "Kant on the Emotion of Love," in the European Journal of Philosophy.

Chrissy Centazzo
Public Affairs, Community and Government Relations
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