The lecture series will focus on issues and values in education and will honor Julian Parker, the longtime chair of the education department and dean of the graduate school at Xavier University in New Orleans. Parker was also instrumental in dealing with issues of race and diversity when he worked at the University of St. Thomas in an exchange program between the nation's historically black colleges and private colleges in Minnesota.
The event takes place on Thursday, May 8 at the Minneapolis Campus of the University of St. Thomas, 1000 LaSalle Ave.
The focus of this year's lecture is Social Mobility for Diverse Communities, and will feature Chief Dist. Judge William J. Haynes, a 1970 graduate of the University of St. Thomas. His keynote address, "St. Thomas – An Education for Life," will touch on how the University of St. Thomas prepared him for the world and how he has used the teachings in his personal and professional life.
The evening will include a public reception from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and a short program to present Haynes with an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from St. Thomas. The keynote address begins at 7:00 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is requested online at www.stthomas.edu/celc/newsevents.