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Notre Dame professor to speak April 9

Brian Collier, fellow in the Institute for Educational Initiatives at the University of Notre Dame, will speak on the Furman University campus Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. in Daniel Memorial Chapel.

His talk, “Save Our Schools, Save Our Country, and Save Your Family,” is free and open to the public. Collier’s address is the 2013 Hesburgh Alumni Lecture and is part of Furman’s Cultural Life Program. It is sponsored by Furman’s Office of the Chaplains in partnership with the Notre Dame Club of the Western Carolinas.

In his address, Collier will trace American education since the turn of the 20th century, examining changes and behaviors leading to what some have described as “the greatest generation.” He explores the lessons we can learn from schools who trained humans to go to the moon, write novels and plays, and create television programming. Collier’s engaging and humorous lecture is intended for parents, students, and community members who seek new ideas for developing family life that fosters greater creativity and innovation.

In addition to his work at Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives, Collier is an educator for the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), where he works with educators to develop curriculum for their own classrooms.

The Hesburgh lecture, named in honor of Father Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., President Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame, aims to encourage intellectual dialogue between alumni, community members, and the distinguished faculty of Furman’s sister university, Notre Dame.

For more information, please contact Susan Bennett in the Office of the Chaplains, 864 294-2133, or

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