In Defence of Nonconformity: Liberal Arts in the 21st Century

The winner of the Fr. Norm Choate Distinguished Graduate Award for 2002 is Michele Diemanuele, (neé Mallett) (B.A. Political Science ’87). Michele Diemanuele’s career took a meteoric rise through the Ontario civil service to the level of Assistant Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Health. She is now Vice-President of Human Resources and Organizational Development for Brookfield Properties, Canada’s largest commercial property manager. Michele has demonstrated leadership in the voluntary sector and an ongoing commitment to St. Jerome's through the establishment of the Elizabeth Mallett Award in memory of her mother as well as her role in our liberal arts campaign. Dr. Terry Downey, one of her most influential and inspiring professors, will deliver this year’s Graduates’ Association Lecture. Dr. Terry Downey argues that the conformity inherent in globalization imperils the liberal arts tradition of unfettered inquiry. What is the role of liberal arts in an era of mass conformity?

Dr. Terry Downey, President, St. Mary’s College, Calgary

President of St. Mary’s College in Calgary since 1999 Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo (1977-1999), Distinguished Teacher Award, University of Waterloo (1988) Co-recipient (with his wife Margaret) of the Fr. Norm Choate Distinguished Graduate Award, St. Jerome's University (1990)

Friday, November 15, 2002 - 7:30pm
Siegfried Hall, St. Jerome's University