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For Immediate Release: March 23, 2012

Prominent Scholar to Deliver Annual Delasanta Lecture at Providence College

ocallaghan.jpgProvidence, R.I. – Dr. John O’Callaghan, an associate professor of philosophy and director of the Jacques Maritain Center at the University of Notre Dame, will present "Human Dignity, Excellence, and the Embryo," for the Providence College Liberal Arts Honors Program’s annual Rodney Delasanta Lecture. The event will be held on Thursday, March 29, at 4:30 p.m. in Aquinas Hall Lounge, on campus (1 Cunningham Square, Prov., R.I.)

O'Callaghan’s presentation will focus on a philosophical and cultural discussion of the use of human embryos for experimentation, particularly experimentation that leads to the destruction of those embryos. O'Callaghan will try to locate the problem with this form of reasoning about embryonic experimentation by looking more closely at the moral character of medical practice in treating illness and disability within the human community.

A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 2003, O’Callaghan received his bachelor’s degree in physics from St. Norbert College in 1984 and earned a master’s degree in mathematics from Notre Dame in 1986. He worked as an engineer in Boston for two years before returning to Notre Dame, where he earned a doctoral degree in philosophy in 1996. Before joining the Notre Dame faculty, O’Callaghan taught philosophy at Creighton University and the University of Portland.

In 2010, O’Callaghan was appointed a permanent member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas.

O’Callaghan’s areas of interest include Medieval Philosophy, Thomas Aquinas, and Thomistic Metaphysics. Among some of his articles are “Aquinas’ Rejection of Mind, Contra Kenny,” “Creation, Human Dignity, and the Virtues of Acknowledged Dependence.” He is also the editor of the volume Recovering Nature, as well as the author of Thomist Realism and the Linguistic Turn: Toward a More Perfect Form of Existence (Notre Dame, 2003.)

The lecture is sponsored by the College’s Liberal Arts Honors Program and named in honor of the late Dr. Rodney K. Delasanta ’53, professor of English and director of the program from 1987-2004.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact (401) 865-1814.

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Chrissy Centazzo
Public Affairs and Community Relations Coordinator
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