Pontifical academician to lecture as part of visiting scholar series

Pontifical academician to lecture as part of visiting scholar series
September 20, 2010

Phil Brozynski
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Lisle, Illinois ~ An expert in philosophy, theology and law and former chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of Tulsa, Russell Hittinger, Ph.D., will lecture at Benedictine University on October 27 and 28 as part of Benedictine University's "Visiting Scholar in Catholic Thought" lecture series.

Hittinger will present "What St. Benedict Taught the Dark Ages: Then and Now" at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27 in Birck Hall Room 112 (Tellabs Lecture Hall). He will also present "Are Societies Made Unto the Image of God" at 12:20 p.m. on Thursday, October 28 in the same location.

Hittinger is the incumbent William K. Warren Chair of Catholic Studies at the University of Tulsa, where he is also a research professor in the School of Law. He was recently appointed to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences by Pope Benedict XVI. He is also a member of the board of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas and is one of only two lay academics in the world to serve on two Pontifical academies.

The "Visiting Scholar in Catholic Thought" series heightens awareness and appreciation of the distinctive contributions the Catholic intellectual tradition has made and continues to make to all branches of knowledge and creativity.

The lectures are free and open to the public.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.