Vanderhaar Memorial Symposium Scheduled for March 30 at CBU

(Memphis)—The first annual Gerard A. Vanderhaar Symposium will be held Thursday March 30, at 7 p.m. in the Christian Brothers University Theatre. (East Parkway and Central Avenue)

The Vanderhaar Symposium was established in memory of Dr. Gerry Vanderhaar, who taught religion at CBU for 28 years. He died this past June. Symposium organizers seek to continue Vanderhaar’s legacy by bringing a noted scholar and/or activist to the campus to address social and moral issues related to peace and justice and/or Catholic social teaching.

Bishop Thomas Gumbleton of Detroit, a long-time peace and social justice activist, will help launch the annual series as its first speaker. Also, during the symposium, a university student from the Mid-South area will be chosen as the first recipient of the Dr. Gerard A. Vanderhaar Award. This award will be presented to a student who best exemplifies the spirit and practice of active nonviolence, consistent with Vanderhaar’s life and work.

For more information, contact Lisa Bell in the CBU Advancement Office at 901-321-4299.


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