‘Commonweal’ Editor to Discuss Catholic Identity

Thursday, February 9, 2012

PHILADELPHIA (Feb. 9, 2012) – Paul Baumann, the editor of Commonweal magazine, will speak at Saint Joseph’s University on Monday, Feb. 20, at 4 p.m., in the Doyle Banquet Hall North, Campion Student Center. His lecture, entitled “Liberal, Conservative or Just Catholic? Religious Identity in a Pluralistic World,” is co-sponsored by Saint Joseph’s Department of Theology and Religious Studies and Commonweal’s CampusSpeakers Program. The event is free and open to the public.

Baumann started at Commonweal in 1990 and was appointed editor in 2003. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Monthly, Columbia Journalism Review, Chicago Tribune and other publications. Before his tenure at Commonweal he worked as a newspaper editorial writer and reporter. With Patrick Jordan, he is the editor of Commonweal Confronts the Century: Liberal Convictions, Catholic Tradition - Celebrating Seventy-Five Years from the Pages of Commonweal (Touchstone). He was educated at Wesleyan University and Yale Divinity School.

Founded in 1924, Commonweal is an independent journal of opinion edited and managed by lay Catholics. Based in New York, the magazine publishes editorials, columns, essays, poetry and reviews of books and arts events. Historian Rodger Van Allen has described the award-winning magazine as “perhaps the most significant lay enterprise in the history of American Catholicism.” It is the oldest Catholic journal of opinion in the U.S.

Campion Student Center is located off of City Avenue on Cardinal Avenue. A campus map may be viewed online. For more information call 610-660-1850.

Contact Information

Patricia Allen, Senior Associate Director of Communications, 610-660-3240, patricia.allen@sju.edu



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