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E.J. Dionne Jr.

Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne to discuss faith and public life Nov. 1 at USC

Contact: Peggy Binette 803-777-5400

Popular Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. will deliver the annual Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Lecture in Ethical, Moral and Religious Studies at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, in the campus room of USC’s Capstone House.

Dionne’s talk, titled “Reweaving the Seamless Garment: Cardinal Bernardin’s Living Legacy to American Public Life,” is free and open to the public.

As someone who knew Bernardin personally, Dionne will share his insights on the life and work of the South Carolina native and Roman Catholic cardinal. Dionne’s latest book, “Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics after the Religious Right,” includes a chapter on Bernardin.

In addition to being a syndicated columnist, Dionne is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and University Professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture at Georgetown University.

He is well known for his research and writing on topics that include community and civility, elections and politics, journalism and public opinion and faith-based initiatives and the role of religion in public life.

The Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Lecture was inaugurated in 1999 to honor the Columbia native, former University of South Carolina student and leader in the Roman Catholic Church.

As priest and archbishop of Chicago, he addressed the social and ethical issues and left a profound legacy of service, social concern and education. The university is working to raise funds to establish the Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Chair in Ethical, Moral and Religious Studies.

The lectureship is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences’ department of religious studies, the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies, the President Pastides’ Civil Discourse Initiative and Samuel Tenenbaum on behalf of the Tenenbaum Lectureship Fund.

Dionne will be featured on ETV Radio’s statewide radio show Walter Edgar’s Journal to discuss the USC lecture and the life and work of Cardinal Bernardin. His interview will air Friday, Oct. 28,and Sunday, Oct. 30, depending on the station. Visit the website for more details.

For more information about the Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Lectureship, contact Mardi McCabe at 803-777-4100 or via e-mail at For more information on the lecture, visit the website.


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Posted: 10/18/11 @ 4:00 PM | Updated: 10/28/11 @ 9:10 AM | Permalink



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