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Providence College to host St. Dominic Weekend from October 12-13

Matthew Weber ’06 (right), who wrote a book about being a young Catholic, and David Gergen (below), a political analyst for CNN, will be the featured presenters at Providence College’s fourth annual St. Dominic Weekend on Friday and Saturday, October 12 and 13.

The weekend honors the commitment of the College’s most loyal and generous benefactors in the St. Dominic Society, the Harkins Society, and the 1917 Society. More than 400 are expected to attend.

Weber, author of Fearing the Stigmata (Loyola Press, 2012), will be the keynote speaker at the weekend’s headline event, the St. Dominic Evening of Appreciation, on Saturday night from 6:00 to 10:00 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in downtown Providence. His topic will be “Leading a Renewal in Young Catholic Imagination.”

Gergen, a political consultant and former advisor to four presidents, will share ideas on ethics, leadership, and the intersection of business and government during student and panel discussions on Friday in the Peterson Recreation Center.

An American studies major at PC, Weber earned a master’s degree in technology, innovation, and education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In his role as new and social media officer there, he has interviewed leaders in education from around the world, including Oprah Winfrey, and produces the podcast The Harvard EdCast.

Weber also is a regular on Catholic TV, which airs his weekly segment A Word with Weber. He compiled vignettes from those appearances into his book, which was published in late summer and features “humorously holy stories of a young Catholic’s search for a culturally relevant faith.”

Celebrating accreditation

Gergen’s appearance is sponsored by the Providence College School of Business, which received its accreditation in July from AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Gergen will talk to students on Friday at 5 p.m. about “How Business and Economic Issues are Shaping the 2012 Presidential Race.” Later, at 7:30, he will participate in a panel discussion on “Values, Leadership, and the American Electoral Process,” facilitated by Dr. Sylvia Maxfield, dean of the School of Business, and Steven J. Maurano ’78, assistant vice president for public affairs and community relations. Dr. William E. Hudson, professor of political science, will lead a question-and-answer session with the audience.

A senior political analyst at CNN, Gergen is a professor of public service and director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. His book, Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton (Simon & Schuster, 2001), is about his role as an advisor to presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Clinton.

Additional highlights of the weekend will include hard-hat tours of campus projects and a gathering of scholarship fund donors and student scholarship recipients. A schedule of events is available at


— Vicki-Ann Downing



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