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Saint Mary’s announces 2017 Aquinas McMahon lecturer

| Monday, September 18, 2017

Associate professor of philosophy at Notre Dame, David O’Connor, will deliver the College’s annual McMahon Aquinas lecture, which aims to discuss an avenue of thought related to Thomas Aquinas. O’Connor’s talk, titled “Love More Than You Know: The Tao of Thomas Aquinas,” will take place in Rice Commons on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m., according to a Saint Mary’s press release.

O’Connor specializes in ancient philosophy, ethics, political thought and philosophy and literature, the release states.

Associate professor of philosophy at the College, Michael Waddell — who is hosting the lecture — said in the release O’Connor possesses abundant talent and prowess at fostering important dialogue.

“His gifts in the classroom have made him beloved among generations of Notre Dame undergraduates,” Waddell said in the release. “His charm, generosity and insight as a conversation partner have made him a cherished mentor to graduate students, and his paradigm shifting scholarship has made him widely respected among professional colleagues.”

Waddell said in the release he looks forward to the impact O’Connor will have on the Saint Mary’s community.

“We feel very fortunate to be able to have him deliver this year’s McMahon Aquinas Lecture,” Waddell said.

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