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For Immediate Release: October 24, 2011

Notre Dame Professor to Deliver Annual St. Albert the Great Lecture at Providence College

Providence, R.I. – Providence College’s Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies will present its annual St. Albert the Great Lecture on Monday, November 14, 2011, at 4:00 p.m. in the Aquinas Hall lounge on campus. The lecture will be presented by Dr. Peter Kilpatrick, Dean of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, who will speak on “Creation and Science: The Role of Beauty, Elegance, and our Ultimate Destiny.”

Kilpatrick is a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and the Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to his most recent appointment at Notre Dame, he had been chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University since 1999. 

He is the author and co-author of more than 100 articles in scholarly journals such as ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, Journal of Supercritical Fluids, Langmuir, and Soft Matter. Kilpatrick teaches a course on technology and ethics and is deeply interested in how the humanities and engineering intersect. 

This lecture is presented in honor of the feast day of St. Albert the Great, which is November 15. This Dominican Friar, better known as Albertus Magnus, was born in Lauingen, Swabia, in 1206 and died in Cologne, Prussia, in 1280. He introduced Greek and Arabic science and philosophy to medieval Europe, was considered on a par with Aristotle as an authority on the natural sciences, and was the most influential teacher of St. Thomas Aquinas. Albert served as the Bishop of Regensburg, Bavaria, was canonized in 1931, is hailed as the “Universal Doctor of the Church,” and is the patron of the natural sciences, philosophers, and scientists.

This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies. For more information, please call (401) 865-2870.

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Chrissy Centazzo
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