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The Common Good: Citizens in the 21st Century

Mount Aloysius College’s 2014 Spring Speaker Series focuses on the concept of “The Common Good: Citizens in the 21st Century.” Throughout the Spring 2014 semester, Mount Aloysius will feature six highly-regarded guest lecturers to share their views on citizenship in the 21st century, as it relates to their professional and personal experiences.

Mount Aloysius College’s Spring Speaker Series

Mr. Anthony L. Ross

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

January 21, 2014 | 3:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall

Anthony_L_Ross-OICA_President_and_CEO-12-8-2013Mr. Anthony L. Ross
President and CEO of the Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America

Mr. Anthony L. Ross, president and CEO of the Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America (OIC), will be the featured speaker for the College’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. His remarks will kick off the Mount Aloysius College Spring Lecture Series as the College theme of “The Common Good—Citizens in the 21st Century” continues. OIC and their mission of “self-help” were developed by American civil rights leader Reverend Doctor Leon H. Sullivan. attendees hearing Mr. Ross’s message should know that his work will further the globally successful strategy developed by the late Dr. Sullivan and adopted by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in 1999. Called the “Global Sullivan Principles” – these strategies are recognized guidelines for achieving human rights by creating equal work opportunities.

Sister Mary Ann Dillon, RSM, PH.D.

Moral Choices Lecture

April 8, 2014 | 7:00 p.m. in Alumni Hall

SisterMaryAnn-Dillon-409741-220Sister Mary Ann Dillon, RSM, PH.D.
Former Mount Aloysius College President

Mary Ann Dillon, RSM, Ph.D. is the senior vice-president of Mission and Sponsorship for Mercy Health System of Southeastern PA. She served as president of Mount Aloysius College from 1997 to 2010. Prior to that, Sr. Ann was assistant professor of philosophy and religion, chairperson of philosophy and religious studies and director of Pastoral Ministry Center at Saint Francis University in Loretto. Sr. Dillon is a member of the Boards of Trustees of Misericordia University, Salve Regina University, Gwynedd-Mercy College and the University of Detroit Mercy. Sr. Dillon is also a member of the Board of Advisors of the Graduate Program in Health Services Administration of Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio. She has served on the Boards of Directors of Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Conemaugh Health System and Bon Secours-Holy Family Hospital.

James A Sharkey

Spring Honors Lecture

April 28, 2014

Sharkey JamesJames A Sharkey
Historian & Diplomat

James Anthony Sharkey, born in Derry, Northern Ireland, is an Irish historian and diplomat. In addition to his historical writing, he serves as Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, and chaired the Human Rights Committee. He has served as Irish Ambassador to a number of countries including Australia, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Japan, Denmark, Iceland, Russia, and others. Ambassador Sharkey began his career as a teacher in Stepney, Derry and Dublin. He earned degrees in Russian and Russian history from University College Dublin and Birmingham University. He is the author of works on folk history in Inishowen, Scots Gaelic, the Russian peasantry and Lafcadio Hearn. He joined the Irish Diplomatic Service in 1970

David Shribman & Cindy Skrzycki

Commencement Speakers

May 10, 2014


David Shribman
Pulitzer Prize Winning Author

David M. Shribman, a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, is executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and a nationally syndicated columnist. He formerly served as a political writer for the New York Times and Wall Street Journal and as Washington bureau chief for the Boston Globe.


Skrzycki Cindy

Cindy Skrzycki
Author and Educator

Cindy Skrzycki is a correspondent for GlobalPost, a world-wide news service based in Boston. Previously, she was a weekly regulatory columnist for Bloomberg News. She was a business columnist for The Washington Post for 18 years before moving to Pittsburgh in 2003. She also was an associate business editor at U.S. News & World Report and a Washington correspondent for The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. She began her career at The University of Pittsburgh in 2003 as a journalist-in-residence and has since served as a senior lecturer in the English Department.

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