In commemoration of a rich 175-year legacy as the first Catholic college in Iowa and second oldest Catholic College west of the Mississippi River, Loras College will celebrate its annual Heritage Week March 17-21.
The week-long celebration’s keynote event, a Hesburgh Lecture
with Rev. Ronald J. Nuzzi, Ph.D., titled “Only the Strong Can Be Gentle: Toward Spirituality for Leadership” will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18 in the Alumni Campus Center, Marie Graber Ballroom. Sponsored by the University of Notre Dame Alumni Club of Dubuque, the event is free and open to the public.
“The University of Notre Dame is excited about sharing its passion for Catholic education with the Dubuque community. With Loras College as a valued partner, we hope this Hesburgh Lecture Series can become an annual event,” said Dr. Mark Hermann, a local University of Notre Dame alumnus.
Nuzzi, a priest of the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, served as a high school administrator and currently is the Director of Catholic Leadership Programs in the Alliance for the Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame. A nationally known speaker and author, Nuzzi has written on the multiple intelligence theory in Catholic education, the spirituality of leadership, and inclusion in Catholic schools. Nuzzi has conducted two separate research tours at the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education and has provided original translation of Church documents pertaining to the history of Catholic schooling.
In addition to the Hesburgh Lecture, Loras will offer the following free public events:
Saturday, March 15 through Friday, April 25 the Center for Dubuque History at Loras College will exhibit a seamless, 110-foot panoramic group portrait picturing hundreds of DubuqueFest 2013 festival-goers. Captured by Dubuque artist Tim Olson (’03) and photographer Tony Moline, the piece features over 600 people on 220 sheets of film and was shot using a massive 1930s era studio camera?. To complement the piece, a selection of historic older panoramic portraits from the Center for Dubuque History’s collection will also be a part of the exhibition.
The Center for Dubuque History at Loras College (CDH) will be open to the public from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, with Director Michael Gibson (MA ’91) available to answer any questions. The CDH is located on the lower level of the Loras College Academic Resource Center and contains numerous and varied sources of local history including: more than 30,000 photographs arranged by subject; Dubuque-area newspapers on microfilm from 1839 to present; art work, sketches, painting and architectural drawings; manuscripts, letters and diaries; aerial and topographic maps; and more.
The Special Collections of the Loras College Library will be open to the public from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 19. Located in Room 302 of the Loras College Academic Resource Center, the collection contains over 7,500 items including: 20 manuscript books dating back to the 12th century; 65 incunabula (books printed in the 15th century); The Horace Howard Furness Collection of the Latin poet Horace; the John Caldwell-Irving Windt Collection of Checker Books; The Torch Press Imprints collection; a collection of Bibles in over 225 languages of the world; a collection of the Limited Editions Club books (nearing completion); the Rev. Karl G. Schroeder T. S. Eliot collection; the Rev. J. K. Downing Collection of Encyclopedias; and a special Dubuque Authors Collection.
All are invited to join the St. Joseph’s Day Mass, presided over by Most Rev. Michael O. Jackels, Archbishop of Dubuque, at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19 in Christ the King Chapel.