Notre Dame Professor To Deliver Beall Russell Lecture Oct. 30

Oct. 23, 2001

Dr. Fred Crosson, a noted authority on existentialism and phenomenology, will present "Seeing and Believing: Education and Faith," the fall 2001 Beall Russell Lecture in the Humanities at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, in Jones Theater in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center on the Baylor University campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Crosson, The John J. Cavanaugh Professor Emeritus of Humanities at the University of Notre Dame, received his undergraduate and master's degrees from Catholic University of America and studied at Laval University in Quebec and at the University of Paris before receiving his doctoral degree in philosophy from Notre Dame in 1956. A member of the Notre Dame faculty from 1953-1998, he held the John Cardinal O'Hara Chair in Philosophy from 1976-1984, and was Cavanaugh Professor of Humanities from 1984-1998. In 1997 he received Notre Dame's Sheedy Award for excellence in teaching.

Crosson directed the program of liberal studies from 1964-1968, when he became the first lay dean of Notre Dame's College of Arts and Letters, a position he held until 1975, when he returned to full time teaching and scholarship. From 1976-1982 he served as editor of Notre Dame's Review of Politics.

A contributor of more than 40 articles, essays and reviews to philosophical and theological journals, Crosson is the author of numerous articles in the "New Catholic Encyclopedia" and the "Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy." He has written or edited several books, including "The Autonomy of Religious Belief," a collection of essays on the meaning and truth of religious language. He was national president of the Phi Beta Kappa Society from 1997-2000.

The Beall-Russell lectureship program annually brings leading figures in humanities to the Baylor campus. It was endowed in 1982 by Mrs. Virginia Beall Ball of Muncie, Ind., to honor her mother, DeLouise McClelland Beall, and Lily Russell, former dean of women at Baylor.

For more information, contact Dr. Alden Smith, chair of classics and director of the University Scholars program, at 710-1399.

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