Senior Editor of Touchstone Magazine to Deliver 2014 Ruggiero Lecture

by Lore McFadden-Westwood | Sep 02, 2014

The 2014 Ruggiero Lecture on Catholic Education will take place on Monday, September 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the DeSales University Center on the Center Valley Campus.

Sponsored by the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture at DeSales, this event is free and open to the public. The title of this year’s lecture is "The Uncommon Core of Catholic Education" and will feature Anthony Esolen.

Dr. Anthony EsolenEsolen is a professor of English at Providence College and translator of classic works, as well as writer for magazines including the Claremont Review of Books and Touchstone Magazine, of which he is a senior editor. He has translated Dante's Divine Comedy, Lucretius' On the Nature of Things, and Torquato Tasso's Jerusalem Delivered. He also writes a column for the Inside Catholic website.

Esolen graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1981. He pursued graduate work from the University of North Carolina, receiving his M.A. in 1981 and his Ph.D. in 1987. His dissertation was titled "A Rhetoric of Spenserian Irony" and was directed by S.K. Heninger. He taught at the University of North Carolina from 1985 to 1988 and then at Furman University from 1988 to 1990. He began teaching at Providence College in 1990, becoming a full professor in 1995.

Esolen's translation of the Divine Comedy was published by Modern Library. His translation of Inferno appeared in 2002, Purgatory in 2003, and Paradise in 2005. Esolen's translations are unique for their deliberate choice not to attempt a "preservation of Dante's rhyme in any systematic form."

Fr. Thomas Dailey, OSFS, director of the Salesian Center, explains that the lecture series focuses on the contribution that Catholic schools make to society. “In terms of the future of Catholic schools, or any schools,” he says, “leadership is key.”

Initially begun to commemorate the canonization of St. Leonie de Sales Aviat this series was renamed in 2005 in memory of Anthony J. Ruggiero, an adjunct faculty member who taught the philosophy of education and helped supervise the student teacher program at DeSales University. For more information about the upcoming event, contact the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture at 610-282-1100, ext. 1244 or or visit our website at

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