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Author: Newman Centre for the Study of Religions



A series of two discussion panels exploring the history and contemporary relevance of John Henry Newman’s seminal work The Idea of a University (1854), written by him while Rector of the Catholic University of Ireland. The discussion panels will be of interest not only to Newman scholars, but to those with a more general interest in Newman and his works, and with an interest in university education.

Place and Time:

19th (Panel 1) & 26th (Panel 2) of October 2022, Newman House/Museum of Literature Ireland, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin.


All are welcome to attend in person or to watch online. 


Fr. Gary Chamberland (Notre Dame) & Dr. Daniel Esmonde Deasy (UCD).


We are grateful to the Notre Dame Newman Centre for Faith and Reason, the UCD Newman Centre for the Study of Religions, and the Newman Society of Ireland for support for this event.


5.30-8.30pm (GMT) Wednesday 19 October 2022: On Newman's Idea of a University 

Finola Kennedy (historian and former Lecturer, University College Dublin)

Mette Lebech (Maynooth University)

Andrew Meszaros (St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth)

Dermot Moran (Boston College)

Paul Shrimpton (Magdalen College School, Oxford)

5.30-8.30pm (GMT) Wednesday 26 October 2022: The University and Society in the 21st Century 

Paul Blaschko (University of Notre Dame)

Áine Mahon (University College Dublin)

Katherine O’Donnell (University College Dublin)

Kenneth Parker (Duquesne University; National Institute for Newman Studies)

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