Laura Blanche Jackson Memorial Lectureship Presents Social and Political Activist George Weigel

March 19, 2010

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George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, will present a lecture titled "The National Interest and the National Purpose: Moral Reasoning and U.S. Foreign Policy" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 23 in the Roxy Grove Hall in Waco Hall on Baylor's campus.

The 16th annual Laura Blanche Jackson Endowed Memorial Lectureship in World Affairs, hosted by Baylor Interdisciplinary Core, is free and open to the public.

Weigel attended St. Mary's Seminary College in Baltimore, Md., and the University of St. Michael's College in Toronto, Canada. In 1975, he moved to Seattle, where he was assistant professor of theology and acting dean of studies at the St. Thomas Seminary School of Theology in Kenmore, Wash.

"Because he both lectures regularly in academic settings and speaks in more popular media, his talk at Baylor should be of interest to our students and faculty and to members of the Waco community," said Dr.Thomas Hibbs, Dean of the Honors College at Baylor.

Weigel has been awarded 12 honorary doctorates, the papal cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice and the Gloria Artis Gold Medal by the Republic of Poland. He serves on the boards of several organizations dedicated to human rights and religious freedom.

The Laura Blanche Jackson Lectureship in World Affairs was created by Laura Jackson's family and many friends in memory of her life. Jackson was involved on Baylor's campus as a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and Student Foundation before her graduation in 1985. After Baylor, Jackson served on numerous campaign staffs for state and local political candidates. Later she became the director of marketing for the World Affairs Council of San Antonio.

Following her death in 1992, Jackson's family and friends created the lectureship dedicated to asking the questions and seeking the answers that she was committed to asking and finding in her life.

"In the Honors College, we are very grateful to the members of the Jackson family for their continued support of this lecture series which enables us to bring renowned speakers to campus," Hibbs said.

Waco Hall is located at 624 Speight Ave.

For more information about the lectureship, please contact

by Jessica Puente, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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