Carrie Johnson, an award-winning correspondent for NPR's Washington
desk, addressed graduates at Benedictine's 126th
Commencement Convocation on Saturday, May 14. A Benedictine alumna, Johnson graduated in 1994 with a degree in Literature and Communication.
For its 2016 keynote address, the Center for Civic Leadership welcomed WGN weatherman Tom Skilling and NASA scientist and climate change researcher Dr. James Hansen to campus. Hansen's talk, "Energy and Climate Change: How Can Justice Be Achieved for Young People," concluded the CCL's Youth Government Day conference, "The Politics of Science."Read More
Kat Pleviak, professional puppeteer and the founder/artistic director of the Sea
Beast Puppet Company, taught a spring 2016 class in puppetry as part of the university's annual Artist-in-Residence program. Pleviak's class—the first of its kind at Benedictine—culminated in a performance by her and members of her company, as well as one in which her students presented their original work.
Christine Fletcher (associate professor, theology) has been awarded a $50,000 program development grant by the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVue). Just one of 34 institutions to receive the grant, Benedictine will use the funds to develop a University-wide initiative to facilitate and emphasize vocation discovery across academic disciplines.
Dr. Wilson Chen (literature)
was among a select group of scholars chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges and the Gilder Lehrman
Institute to take part in a seminar on "Slave Narratives" held at Yale
University in June 2015.
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