Peter P. and Margaret A. D'Angelo Chair
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 humanities:
“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