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Myser Initiative welcomes author Jill Ker Conway in April

Jill Ker Conway.
Jill Ker Conway.
Photo provided by the author.

The Myser Initiative on Catholic Identity welcomes author and former president of Smith College, Jill Ker Conway, Thursday, April 14 at 7 p.m. in The O’Shaughnessy on the St. Catherine University St. Paul campus. The lecture is free but tickets are needed to assure seating. Tickets are available at The O'Shaughnessy, 651-690-6700.

The first woman president of Smith College (1975-1985), Conway is also a best-selling author of three memoirs — The Road from Coorain, True North and A Woman’s Education. The books begin with her childhood in New South Wales, and recount her education and marriage to John Conway and her career in academia at the University of Toronto and Smith College.

At Smith, Conway juggled the needs of faculty, students, parents, trustees and alumnae, and realigned programs to address the new realities of women’s lives at the time. Among her many accomplishments were the creation of programs to assist welfare mothers in obtaining their liberal arts education and a part-time scholars program for older women.

A graduate of the University of Sydney, Australia, she earned her doctorate from Harvard University in 1969. She also has received 39 honorary degrees from colleges and universities across North America and Australia.

Since 1985, Conway has been a visiting scholar and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Program in Science, Technology and Society. She serves as a director of Colgate-Palmolive Co. and Nike, Inc. and is a member of the board of ImagineNations Group, a nonprofit global development organization.

About the Myser Initiative

The Myser Initiative on Catholic Identity annually brings professionals who exemplify in their life and work the values and principles inherent in the Catholic Identity of St. Catherine University. The initiative infuses Catholic perspectives and understandings more deeply into the curriculum and daily life on campus. Workshops and discussion groups promote greater depth of thought, inquiry, sharing, listening, dialog and understanding about the Catholic faith and understanding the great spiritual resources alive and accessible in every religion.  

March 30, 2011 by Julie Michener

See also: Catholic Identity, Education, Students