The Newman Lecture series continues at Manhattan College with John Churchill, Ph.D., secretary of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the oldest academic honorary society in the nation.
John Churchill, Ph.D., secretary of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, America’s oldest and most widely recognized collegiate honor society, will present at the third annual Cardinal Newman Lecture at Manhattan College on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 4 p.m. in Hayden 100. His presentation, Saving America From Efficiency: The Primacy of Meaning in Higher Education, is free and open to the public.
Churchill attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and graduated in 1971 with a B.A. He had the opportunity to study as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, receiving one of the highest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world, and was later awarded a Ph.D. from Yale University in 1978.
Having previously served as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college at Hendrix College, Churchill was also a professor of philosophy and twice interim president of the college. In the 1970s, he worked as an assistant American secretary to the Rhodes Scholarship Trust, and has been active since that time in the selection of Rhodes Scholars.
The Cardinal Newman Lecture was launched at Manhattan College in 2010 to celebrate Cardinal John Henry Newman’s beatification, which occurred on Sept. 19, 2010, in Birmingham, England, at a ceremony presided over by Pope Benedict XVI. The goal of the lecture series is to reaffirm the significance of the liberal arts as the core of undergraduate education. Cardinal Newman’s The Idea of a University stressed the central place of the liberal arts in the Catholic intellectual tradition, as well as education in the professions.
Manhattan College is one of 280 institutions in the United States with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, which celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences.