Woodrow Wilson Fellow Maria Karagianis to Visit SJC

March 08, 2011 BK LI

BROOKLYN AND PATCHOGUE, NY March 9, 2011 - St. Joseph's College is pleased to announce that Woodrow Wilson Fellow Maria Karagianis will visit both its Brooklyn and Long Island campuses during the week of March 28 31, during which time  she will deliver the public lecture: "Making Meaning: Seven Steps to Creating a Life Worth Living. The Long Island Campus lecture will take place in the McGann Conference Room in OConnor Hall on Thursday, March 31 at 12:40 p.m. and will be followed by a discussion with faculty and students; the Brooklyn Campus talk will be held in the Tuohy Hall Auditorium on Wednesday, March 30 at the same time. Aside from public lectures, Ms. Karagianis will spend the week exchanging ideas and sharing his unique insights with students, faculty and administrators on a wide range of issues.

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 Masters 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. Josephs has hosted a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at the College.