Homecoming 2022: Donor College Offers Classes on Thomas Merton

February 16, 2022

As part of Bellarmine University’s Homecoming Week, members of two alumni and supporter groups will be on campus this weekend for the third annual Donor College, where Bellarmine faculty members lead classes and discussions on topics of interest. 
The Donor College is a benefit for members of the university’s 1950 Society donor group and the 50th Anniversary Society, made up of distinguished Knights who graduated from Bellarmine 50 or more years ago. 
“Part of Bellarmine’s mission is to educate and engage Knights throughout the course of their lives, not just while they attend university,” said Marisa Zoeller, Bellarmine’s director of donor relations. “Donor College allows our most loyal and engaged alumni to return to campus for a morning of challenging content, thoughtful discussion and visible fellowship.” 
This year’s Donor College, on Saturday, February 19, is themed “A Morning with Merton,” celebrating Bellarmine’s connections with Thomas Merton, the Trappist monk and author whose writings, photographs and drawings are housed in the university’s Thomas Merton Center.  
Classes include: 
  • "Thomas Merton: Poet, Monk, Prophet," presented by Dr. Paul M. Pearson, the Thomas Merton Center’s director and archivist. 
  • "The Only Solution is Love: Dorothy Day’s Activities, Friendships, and Impact on the Local Region," presented by Dr. Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty, professor of Theology and Religious Studies. 
  • "Thomas Merton and Dialogue: What Does He Have To Teach Us Today?" presented by Dr. Greg Hillis, professor of Theology & Religious Studies. 
The event concludes with tours of the Thomas Merton Center. 
The event is one of many offered for students, alumni, alumnae and friends of the university during Homecoming Week. For more information, visit our student and alumni homecoming portals.  
Learn more about the benefits of joining the 1950 Society

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