Maria Karagianis spent 13 years as an award-winning journalist at the Boston Globe, where she helped the paper win a Pulitzer Prize by covering school desegregation. She later went on to write for the Rand Daily Mail in South Africa during the apartheid. Subsequently, she attended the Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, MA, where she earned a Master’s in world religions and the Harvard Pfeiffer Fellowship. The director of U.S. operations for Anatolia, a private educational institution in Greece, Ms. Karagianis is currently writing a book on how to create a meaningful life. She also frequently writes magazine articles and op-ed pieces about spirituality, healing and ecology.
Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows connect a liberal education with the world beyond the campus by bringing thoughtful and successful practitioners to colleges for a week of classes and informal discussions with students and faculty. Fellows, who include government officials, business leaders, journalists, environmentalists and medical ethicists, are matched with small colleges chosen for their commitment to the goals of the program. Together they help to equip students for the social, political and economic settings they will enter and illuminate the roles they may play as professionals and informed citizens.
In 2007, the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) accepted an invitation from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation to administer its nationally renowned Visiting Fellows program, which has been developing and conducting programs in higher education since 1945. More than 200 colleges have participated in the Visiting Fellows program since 1973. This is the eighth consecutive year that St. Joseph’s has hosted a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at the College.
About St. Joseph's College
St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 23 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs through its School of Arts and Sciences and its School of Professional and Graduate Studies.