The University in the 21st Century:
A Reflection and Collegial Discussion
Sponsored by the Newman Association of Montreal Inc.
Provost Christopher Manfredi, PhD, McGill University
Wed. Oct. 5th 2016
Lecture: 5:00 p.m. at the Newman Centre (3484 Peel Street, Montreal)
A reception will follow in the Newman Library
Professor Christopher P. Manfredi currently serves as Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) of McGill University, a position to which he was appointed in 2015. He served previously as Dean of the Faculty of Arts from 2006 to 2015 and as Chair of the Department of Political Science from 2000 to 2006. Professor Manfredi received his doctorate from Claremont Gradaute University in 1987 and joined the Department of Political Science at McGill in 1988.
In his current capacity as McGill’s chief academic officer (after the Principal) and the chief budget officer, Provost Manfredi is on the front lines addressing issues and problems that face higher education in the 21st century. These include questions that directly affect students in McGill’s classrooms and labs, as well as faculty and staff. The experience and knowledge he has gleaned as a top university administrator has uniquely positioned him, we believe, to lead this special evening of reflection and discussion on the challenges and opportunities facing the university today.
Recently the author of Contested Constitutionalism: Reflections on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (2009, edited with James Kelly) and Judging Democracy (2008, with Mark E. Rush)
The History of the Newman Lecture
The Newman Lecture was first delivered at McGill University in 1989 by the renowned literary critic Northrop Frye (1912-1991) . Since its inception, its purpose has been to explore the role of the secular university in the modern world and the place of faith within that context. It has done so either by presenting themes and ideas from the writings of John Henry Newman, author of The Idea of a University (first published in 1852), or by exploring particular facets of Catholic philosophy, theology, and culture as they relate to the academic vocation and disciplined scholarship. The Newman Lecture is overseen by an academic committee and is sponsored principally by the Newman Association of Montreal Inc. Nearing its 30th anniversary, it continues to offer fresh perspectives on the academic vocation, the role of the university, and the Christian intellectual tradition.
Select Newman Lectures:
- Rev. Philippe Capelle-Dumont, “Wisdom and Transcendence in the University”
- Rev. Mgr. Frank Leo Jr. “Reflections on the Marian Paradigm in Newman’s Life & Writings”
- Robert George, “Fides et Ratio and the Secular University”
- Ian Ker, “Re-reading An Essay in Aid of a Grammar of Assent“
- Anne Carson, CM “The Idea of A University After John Henry Newman”
- Claude Ryan CC, GOQ (1925-2004) “Newman’s Legacy for our Secular Age”
- George Benson Johnston, “Reflections on the Place of University Education”
- Jean Vanier CC, GOQ, “Is the University Relevant Today?”
- James Francis Cameron, “Liberal Education and the University”
- Northrop Frye (1912-1991), “The Idea of the University”