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Providence College’s Randall Professor to Speak on Ethics

​For Immediate Release:  October 14, 2015   

​Providence, R.I. — Dr. David Solomon, this year’s Rev. Robert J. Randall Professor in Christian Culture at Providence College, will present his first Randall Lecture of the academic year, “How Twentieth-Century Ethics Ends: Bang or Whimper?” on Thursday, October 15, at 4:30 p.m. in Aquinas Lounge, on campus. ​

Solomon is a member of the University of Notre Dame faculty (Philosophy) since 1968, and is the 12th scholar to serve as Randall Professor.

He 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, 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, 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, he 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.

​Solomon earned a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas.

The Randall Professorship, the College’s first endowed chair, was established in 2002 and is named for Father Randall, who taught at PC for more than 25 years. The professor exemplifies Father Randall’s commitment to educational excellence and teaching in the Department of English, the Development of Western Civilization Program, and the Liberal Arts Honors Program.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Dr. Suzanne Fournier at 865-2587.