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 SeriesMr. Anthony L. Ross
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
January 21, 2014 | 3:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall
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.
Moral Choices Lecture
April 8, 2014
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.
Spring Honors Lecture
April 15, 2014
Librarian of the Library of Congress
James Hadley Billington has served as the Librarian of Congress since 1987. He is the 13th person to hold the position since the Library was established in 1800. Dr. Billington has championed the Library of Congress’s National Digital Library program, which makes available over 31.4 million American historical and cultural documents. The information is located on the Library’s website at www.loc.gov. These one-of-a-kind American Memory materials and the Library’s other Internet services, including THOMAS (a congressional database) and information from the U.S. Copyright Office, are widely used in K-12 education. Under Dr. Billington’s leadership, the Library has also placed online a major bilingual website cooperating with Russian libraries, and others in Brazil, Spain, France, the Netherlands and Egypt. His idea for a World Digital Library was endorsed by UNESCO. Today the site contains cultural materials from all 193 countries in UNESCO with expert commentary in seven languages.
Spring Honors Lecture
April 28, 2014
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
May 10, 2014
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.
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.