Christine Hélot, Ph.D., professor of English, University of Strasbourg, presented “Language in Education Policy in France: A Critical Approach to Bi-multicultural Education” on February 24.
Noted author and journalist Peter Steinfels, Ph.D., delivered a lecture entitled “Secularization and Its Discontents: Is ‘Secular’ a Four-Letter Word?” on February 27. Steinfels holds the 2014 Peter P. and Margaret A. D’Angelo Endowed Chair in the Humanities.
St. John’s capped its 17th Annual Women in Sports Day celebration on February 8 with an awards dinner featuring Olympic volleyball player and three-time gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings as the keynote speaker.
As part of the Caribbean Writer Series, on March 31 Jamaican-born author and motivational speaker Devon Harris shared his unlikely path to becoming a three-time Olympic bobsledder.
Rev. James Martin, S.J., a best-selling author and editor at large of America magazine, spoke at St. Thomas More Church on April 2 about his new book, Jesus: A Pilgrimage. Martin drew upon a variety of sources to provide believers and seekers with a more direct understanding of Jesus.
As part of St. John’s recognition of National Autism Awareness Month, Jacqueline Laurita, a star of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, spoke on April 3 about her experiences raising a son with autism.
Borough President James S. Oddo visited the Staten Island campus on April 24 as a guest speaker in the Discover New York class taught by Marilyn Dono-Kouloris, Ed.D.
Carmen Fariña, chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, delivered the Carol Gresser Forum Lecture on April 16. She stressed the importance of collaboration and communication in her lecture, “100 Days and Beyond.”
In his keynote speech at the undergraduate Staten Island campus Commencement ceremony on May 17, David Ushery, news anchor at WNBC-TV, encouraged graduates to change the world “one corner at a time.”
Stressing that no one is too young to make the world a better place, Hugh Evans, CEO of the Global Poverty Project, delivered the undergraduate Queens campus Commencement address on May 18.
Elisa D. Garcia C. ’85L, executive vice president and chief legal officer for Office Depot, Inc., served as keynote speaker at St. John’s School of Law’s 2014 Commencement Exercises on Sunday, June 1.
St. John’s welcomed a wide range of guest speakers and lecturers to campus this spring, enriching the lives of the entire University community.
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