Students and faculty at all levels enjoy a more vibrant academic
experience when their university engages them with leading authors,
scholars and thinkers from a wide spectrum of academia, government
and private industry.
This is the aim of the Peter P. and Margaret A. D’Angelo Chair in
the Humanities at St. John’s University. Peter P. D’Angelo ‘78MBA,
‘06HON, and Margaret LaRosa D’Angelo ‘70Ed established the Chair in
2007. It draws high-profile, multi- and cross-disciplinary visiting
professors to St. John’s College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences — the University’s oldest division —
for a semester of teaching and scholarly exchange.
Visiting professors appointed to the Peter P. and Margaret A.
D’Angelo Chair will be rotated among the various humanities
departments in St. John’s College. The agreement between the
D’Angelos and the University offers the following definition of the
“The humanities are a group of academic subjects united by a
commitment to studying aspects of the human condition and a
qualitative approach that generally prevents a single paradigm from
coming to define any discipline. The humanities are usually
distinguished from the social sciences and the natural sciences and
include subjects such as Classics, English, History, Languages,
Literature, Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies.”
Jeffrey Fagen, Ph.D.
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences