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
(630) 829-6094


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 located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.