Student Life: Talk of the University

Talk of the University: What You Should Know


Over the course of the 2018-2019 academic year various faculty, staff, and students will host a series of informal discussions on current events entitled, "Talk of the University: What You Should Know". Each discussion will focus on a specific local, national, or global current topic or event. 

Discussions will be led by faculty, staff, and/or student facilitators. As future events are scheduled, dates, times, and information relevant to the discussion topic may be found here and will also be advertised to the campus community through Marywood University email and posted flyers.

Bring Your Lunch

For Talk of the University programs scheduled in Nazareth Hall during meal hours, community members are encouraged to bring a lunch to the event.  Community members with meal plans or those who purchase meals from Nazareth Dining Hall are welcome to bring meals upstairs to the event. 

Empowered and Informed

The goal of this activity is to empower university community members to be engaged and informed citizens and to foster respect for human dignity.  As such, these discussions are open to all Marywood University community members no matter your level of familiarity with the subject. 

Upcoming Talks

Faith and Religion in a Time of Crisis: Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church

September 20, 2018
Nazareth Student Center, Upper Main Dining Area

Join us for a facilitated discussion on the impact of the Grand Jury Report regarding sexual abuse in the Catholic Church on personal faith and religion.


  • Sr. Mary Persico, IHM, President
  • Dr. Helen Bittel,  Associate Professor English, Director for Transformational Teaching & Learning
  • Rev. Joseph Elston, University Chaplain
  • Kevin Gaughenbaugh, Assistant Director of Housing & Residence Life
  • Zack Haney, Graduate Student and Assistant Swimming and Diving Coach 
  • Dr. Elizabeth McGill, Special Assistant to the VP of Enrollment Management and Student Success
  • Ann O’Brien, Assistant Director for Service Learning and Community Service

Additional Resources

Past Discussions