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Former Sacred Heart President to Speak at Faculty Seminar

Providence, R.I.—Dr. Anthony J. Cernera, president of the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU), will speak at Providence College as the Interdisciplinary Faculty Seminar (IFS) Guest Scholar on Wednesday, November 16.

Cernera, who served as president of Sacred Heart University from 1988 to 2006, will present “Diversity, Dialogue, Self and Other: Reflections on Fostering Dialogue and Understanding in the Midst of Conflict” in Feinstein Room 400 beginning at 3:30 p.m. 

The event, which is open to the College community, is being sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) and the Office of Academic Affairs​. Cernera is being hosted by members of the 2010-11 IFS.

The IFS brin​gs together up to eight faculty members from across the disciplines on campus in a collaborative teaching and learning experience each year. Participants devote an entire semester to a multidisciplinary and multidimensional study of a particular theme. The theme for this year’s IFS is “Relationships.”

This year’s participants are Dr. Joseph P. Cammarano, associate professor of political science; Dr. Angela Licia Carlson, assistant professor of philosophy; Dr. Sandra T. Keating, associate professor of theology; Dr. Lynne M. Lawson, assistant professor of physics; Paul J. Maloney, C.P.A, assistant professor of finance; Dr. Keith W. Morton [seminar leader], professor of public and community service studies; Dr. Michael D. Spiegler, professor of psychology; and Dr. Benjamin S. Yost, assistant professor of philosophy.

Leader in bolstering Catholic intellectual tradition

Cernera is in his second term as president of the IFCU, which represents more than 200 Catholic higher-education institutions throughout the world. He is the second American to head the federation, which was formally recognized by Pope Pius XII in 1949.

Cernera’s accomplishments at Sacred Heart included the introduction of the Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding and the Center for Strategic Planning for Not-for-Profit Organizations. In addition, under Cernera’s leadership, Sacred Heart’s undergraduate student body more than doubled, more than a dozen degree programs were added, and campuses were established in Luxembourg and Ireland.

A three-time graduate of Fordham University, where he earned his doctorate in theology, Cernera taught religious studies at Sacred Heart as a tenured professor.

Prior to Sacred Heart, Cernera was vice president for college advancement at Marist College. He also served as executive director of the Bread for the World Educational Fund.

He is a director of both the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities. In addition, he was served as chairman of the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges for three years.

Cernera is a board member of the Leir Charitable Foundations, the Mark Freitas Family Foundation, and the Global Virology Network.

A noted literary contributor, Cernera has edited several books, including Examining Nostra Aetate After 40 Years: Catholic-Jewish Relations in Our Time (Sacred Heart University Press, 2007), Continuity and Plurality in Catholic Theology (Sacred Heart University Press, 1998), and Examining the Catholic Intellectual Tradition (Sacred Heart University Press, 2000).  

For more information on the event, contact Dr. Laurie L. Grupp, associate professor of education and director of the CTE, at 401-865-2505. To RSVP, email


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