Marquette University News Release

Marquette lecture challenges superficiality in higher education

November 7, 2011

Event Information:
Date:  Monday, Nov. 14, 2011
Time:  4 p.m.
Place:  Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan St.

As part of the Inauguration of Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., as president of Marquette University, a lively and engaging public lecture will look at one of the challenges to Jesuit higher education today.

“Depth of Thought, Depth of Imagination: Challenging Superficiality,” will take place Monday, Nov. 14, at 4 p.m. in the Appellate Courtroom at Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan St. Rev. Michael Zampelli, S.J., a professor of theatre and dance and rector of the Jesuit Community at Santa Clara University, will be the featured speaker.  Father Zampelli and a panel of Marquette educators including Margaret Callahan, dean of the College of Nursing, John Su, associate professor of English, and Steve Blaha, assistant director of Campus Ministry, will address the “globalization of superficiality” as articulated by Rev. Adolfo Nicolas, S.J., superior general of the Society of Jesus, in his landmark April 2010 address on the future of Jesuit higher education.

Father Nicolas urged those shepherding Catholic, Jesuit colleges and universities to renew and recreate these institutions in response to the challenges and opportunities posed by an increasingly interconnected world. In describing the challenge that is the subject of this lecture, the “globalization of superficiality,” Father Nicolas laments how in a world in which information of all kinds is easier to access, “serious, critical thinking often gets short-circuited.”

Father Zampelli will discuss how educators help students examine their inner lives, while members of the panel respond to key points. John Pustejovsky, associate professor of German and chair of Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, will moderate. A reception in the Zilber Forum of Eckstein Hall will immediately follow the program.

Members of the public are welcome and guests should RSVP to University Special Events by Monday, Nov. 7, at or 414.288.7431.

Members of the media interested in attending or talking to Father Zampelli should contact Brigid Miller at 414-288-7445 or


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